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The Office of Science was established in 2013 as a stand-alone office within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, reflecting the importance of science and a science culture to the future development of the State.

The Office of Science plays a role in:

  • Providing a long-term strategic context for the delivery of research and development programs across Western Australia.
  • Supporting the coordination of research and development across Government Departments to enable efficiencies of scale and scope to be identified.
  • Facilitating linkages across Government agencies and between industry, research and academic organisations at local, national and international levels.
  • Encouraging and facilitating co-investment from the private sector, State and Commonwealth Government and other national funding bodies.
  • Coordinating Western Australia's involvement in the Square Kilometre Array project.
  • Supporting the Premier as Minister for Science.
  • Supporting the Chief Scientist of Western Australia.

WA Science Capability Directory

Critical to the work of the Office of Science are our stakeholders from across the priority and opportunity areas of the Science Statement for WA. Download the new WA Science Capability Directory - May 2016.pdf to see who they are and how they can be contacted.

Big Data Week opens with a crunch 

BDW.pngPerth Big Data Week 2016 runs from 2 to 6 May. The opening event, Big Data Crunch, will bring school students together with data professionals to explore careers in data science and other STEM fields. State Development and Finance Minister Bill Marmion will launch the event at Scitech alongside WA’s leaders in big data.

A range of events are being offered for students, businesses, government, academics and the general public to learn about the career, research and business opportunities that WA ‘Big Data’ initiatives can provide. More information on Big Data Week, including the schedule of events, can be found on the Big Data Week Website and this liftout.

Running concurrently to Perth BDW 2016 is an international medical research conference, Science on the Swan, which will explore precision medicine, medical imaging and the applications of big data and informatics in medical research, attracting world-leading researchers to travel to WA.


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