WHO IS INSPIRING AUSTRALIA – ACT?
Inspiring Australia is a national strategy to help build connections between scientists, organisations, businesses, and students to foster public participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and innovation. Inspiring the ACT is the local action to help bring the national strategy to life!
Australia needs a scientifically literate community, a more technologically-skilled workforce, and scientifically well-informed decision makers. We want a society that is inspired by and values scientific endeavour, that attracts increasing national and international interest in its science, that critically engages with key scientific issues and encourages young people to pursue scientific studies and careers.
The ACT is renowned for its strength in knowledge-based industries, including government services, information and communications technology (ICT), space and spatial science, defence and security, health, sport science and renewable energy. The ACT Government’s recently released Confident & Business Ready – Building On Our Strengths report also identifies Innovation as a vital part of the ACT economic journey.
Build and strengthen science networks and partnerships in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors
Support initiatives that increase engagement in STEM and entrepreneurship in the ACT across the community, business and government sectors.
Motivate Territorians from all walks of life to understand and get involved in the sciences
Inspire young people to consider pursuing their passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics through further study or innovative and entrepreneurial thinking
Inspiring Australia Strategy
Inspiring Australia is a national strategy to help science researchers, communicators and governments to better work together to improve the quality, reach and impact of science engagement in Australia.
The goal is to use the broad principles and recommendations of the Inspiring Australia report to drive a national, coordinated strategy to develop a scientifically engaged Australia
ACT Business Development Strategy
A strong and sustainable economy is essential for us to meet the needs of the Canberra community now and into the future. We know that our economy will grow as we are diversifying our private sector and that this in turn will create new jobs. That’s why the ACT Government is focussed on continuing to create the right business environment and using our competitive strengths to accelerate innovation and investment.
WHAT’S INSPIRING US?
Missed out on National funding? Don’t panic! The ACT National Science Week Coordinating Committee has $10,000 worth of funding to be allocated! We are offering seed grants up to $1000 (incl. GST) to support science engagement events, programs and activities conducted between 1 July and 31 October 2016. Preference will be given to events that occur at least once in or very close to Science Week itself. National Science Week runs from 13-21 August in 2016. The seed funding is designed to assist innovative, interactive events that are able to attract new audiences. These grants are not intended to fund existing activities.read more
You already know how enthusiastic we are here at Inspiring Australia about innovation – not just entrepreneurship, but encouraging innovative thinking and practices in the workplace. But we weren’t sure how these young high schoolers with PhD’s and research careers in their sights might feel about it.read more
Inspiring Australia ACT sponsored the first Teen Start-Up Camp! Teams of teens came together to come up with an idea for a product or a service that provides a solution to global issues and challenges in the areas of:
This exhibition was organised by Dr. Anne-Sophie Dielen and Britta Foster, with the support of the ANU Gender Institute and Inspiring Australia. It started life as Tumblr blog, interviewing 40 female scientists working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) about what it means to be a women in science in 2015, what challenges they have faced as well as rewards of working in science.read more
Science in ACTion is designed to be a free, fun, family event with interactive science and technology displays. It was held in the Former Transport Depot (Old Bus Depot) in Kingston. I was so impressed by how these (mostly) high-level scientific and research organisations made their work accessible to “normal” people, without a science degree! I learnt so much!!read more
This was my first National Science Week in the ACT and WOW! What a week it was! Celebrating the theme of the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies, we had a full program of exciting live science events around the ACT – starting with the Launch of National Science Week!
This year’s launch was at the impressive National Library of Australia – a fitting location to “Ignite Your Imagination”!read more
INSPIRING AUSTRALIA ACT PROJECTS
Provide support,funding and promotion for the ACT National Science Week Committee and Science Week activities as well as encouraging more organisations and communities to be involved in National Science Week.
We are encouraging and supporting the establishment of live events that appeal to the public and are held outside of National Science Week and also outside traditional settings to enable as many people as possible to understand science and its importance.
We are providing support and sponsorship to help inspire our young people to undertake studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as supporting innovative and entrepreneurial activity in the ACT.
We are partnering with tourism bodies and operators to promote the science in key tourism destinations around the ACT.