From chemistry in the kitchen, to tracking meteor ‘fireballs’ through the sky, 53 projects will share in over $720,000 through the Coalition Government’s 2019 National Science Week Grants.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the aim of the grants was to support science engagement activities for universities, community groups and the public.

“National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of all things science and technology, and the grants go towards supporting 53 events taking place across the country,” Minister Andrews said.

“From science based dance performances and a quest to discover plastic eating bacteria, the grants have been awarded to projects that showcase innovative ideas and creations.

“National Science Week activities give people all over Australia opportunities to learn about these exciting advances and become involved through interactive workshops, discussions and demonstrations.

“In a world of continuous technological advancement, new industries are constantly emerging, which means science plays a vital role in boosting the economy and building jobs for future generations.”

The Coalition knows the value of science and technology to Australia’s jobs of the future - that’s why we’ve invested $1.5 billion more into our science agencies compared to when Labor was last in government. Only through our strategic plan to continue boosting Australia’s economy can we continue funding our capabilities in these sectors, and help create 1.2 million more jobs over the next five years.

National Science Week was first held in 1997 and has grown substantially, now featuring more than 2,000 events around Australia that attract children, adults, science amateurs and professionals.