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Office of Science

The Office of Science provides advice to the State Government on science related programs and policy. Key focus areas for the Office of Science include:

  • providing leadership and advice on matters related to science;
  • building the State’s science capacity;
  • playing a key leadership role in coordinating Western Australia's involvement in the Square Kilometre Array;
  • supporting science engagement;
  • recognising excellence in science; and
  • supporting the Chief Scientist of Western Australia.

WA scientist wins a Prime Minister's Prize for Science

Professor Ryan ListerProfessor Ryan Lister, a genome biologist and Future Fellow from The University of Western Australia’s ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, has been awarded the 2014 Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year.

Professor Lister's research focuses on molecular codes, how they control genes and how they influence healthy development and disease in animals and plants. He has developed a revolutionary technique for mapping the epigenome, which has provided new insights into the composition and function of DNA.

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science annually reward excellence in science and science teaching in five categories. The Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year Prize is awarded to a scientist at an early to mid-stage in their career for an outstanding achievement in science that advances, or has the potential to advance, human welfare or benefits society.

For more information visit the Department of Industry website.

2015 National Science Week Grant Round

The grant round for National Science Week 2015 will be open for submissions from 9am (AEST) on 1 October to 4pm (AEDT) on 23 October 2014.

Applications for projects that present science in new ways to new audiences in new places are especially encouraged.

For more information, including the Grant Guidelines and all of the other supporting material, visit the 2015 Grant Round page of the National Science Week website.

SKA scientists and engineers welcomed to Western Australia

Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett welcomed more than 250 scientists and engineers to the 2014 SKA Engineering Meeting in Fremantle on Monday 29 September 2014.

The meeting is an important milestone for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project, with more than 80 different institutions and companies from around the world coming together to discuss detailed designs for the SKA telescope and supporting infrastructure.

For further information view the media release.

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