Celebrating science

The recent launch of Victoria’s Inspiring Australia Program brought together passionate scientists and advocates for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The program aims to promote STEM activities and National Science Week.

It’s being delivered by the Royal Society of Victoria (RSV), with funding from the Victorian and Federal Governments and is chaired by Victoria’s Lead Scientist, Dr Amanda Caples.

Watch the video to hear more from Amanda; Dr Renee Beale, Victorian Science Week Lead; and Mike Flattley, Chief Executive Officer form the Royal Society of Victoria:

Find out more about National Science Week, on from 11 to 19 August 2018.

Video transcript: Victoria’s Inspiring Australia Program

[Vision: Royal Society of Victoria building]

Dr Amanda Caples – Lead Scientist, DEDJTR

We’re here at our Royal Society of Victoria to launch the Victoria’s Inspiring Australia program.

[Vision: People mingling and discussing matters]

And that’s about bringing the power of various networks together to really get behind National Science Week for maximum impact.

Dr Renee Beale – Victorian Science Week Lead

National Science Week started around 21 years ago now.

[Vision: National Science Week signage]

And it’s the annual celebration of science in Australia.

[Vision: People mingling and discussing matters]

So this year it is the 11th to the 19th of August.

What we want to do is bring a whole pile of people together to celebrate science, because science is involved in everyone’s life.

So it doesn’t matter whether you’re a scientist or you’re just a citizen.

If you’re interested in science then you can be part of Science Week.

[Vision: National Science Week signage – Dr Amanda Caples speaking]

People can get involved in Science Week by two mechanisms.

[Vision: National Science Week website]

They can log their event on the National Science Week website.

[Vision: People mingling and discussing matters]

We will soon be launching a Victorian Inspiring Australia website, and that’s another way in which they can register their event.

Mike Flattley – Chief Executive Officer, The Royal Society of Victoria

It’s a terrific way of getting some very bright young minds really enthusiastic about what they’re doing, because it’s an enormous amount of fun.

And at the end of the day scientists are doing what they’re doing because it’s fun.

[Vision: People using digital headset – PHORIA]

They have gone through the whole process of childhood into adulthood, a very difficult process of becoming a professional scientist.

[Vision: PHORIA signage]

But you don’t do something like that unless you’re passionate about it.

[Vision: Lady using digital headset]

And you won’t be passionate about it if it’s not fun.

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