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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.

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.

Tim Lyons at the 2014 Eureka PrizesFloaties for choppers wins Eureka Prize for WA inventor

A Western Australian helicopter buoyancy device has been awarded the Defence Science and Technology Organisation Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia.

Engineer and ex-Navy diver Tim Lyons from Rockingham-based One Atmosphere developed the emergency buoyancy system to save lives following a helicopter crash at sea.  The system’s airbags automatically inflate within a second to prevent a helicopter from sinking.

The Eureka Prizes—described as the 'Oscars of Australian science'—were announced in Sydney on 10 September 2014. A number of other Western Australian scientists were recognised as finalists including from Edith Cowan University, Curtin University and the Future Farm Industries CRC. 

For more information visit the Eureka Prizes pages on the Australian Museum website.

News

Latest announcements and media statements are featured on the News and media page on this website. Click on a news item to view the full news article.

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