all scientists fit the stereotype of a middle-aged male with glasses
and a lab coat! The Young Tassie Scientists program is aimed at raising
awareness of the role undertaken by young scientists in different
areas of scientific research in Tasmania.
involves developing profiles of selected scientists and publicising
these during National Science Week. Scientists also participate
in key National Science Week events and present talks to school
groups at both primary and secondary levels.
Week is Australia’s largest national festival, raising community
awareness of the value and relevance of science, acknowledging Australia’s
scientific achievements and inspiring young people to investigate
careers in science, engineering and technology. By encouraging interdisciplinary
collaborations, resulting in a range of events from open days at
research institutions to art exhibitions in galleries, National
Science Week reaches diverse audiences and engages members of the
community who may not normally participate.
In 2005, the
Young Tassie Scientist program has once again created successful
science/art collaborations with students from the University of
Tasmania’s School of Fine Arts. These students will create
artworks inspired by the Young Tassie Scientists' research, resulting
in an exhibition “eMerging II”
at Salamanca Arts Centre during National Science Week and the following
Tasmanian Living Artists Week.
The Young Tassie
Scientist program aims to raise awareness of the value and relevance
of science, engineering, technology and innovation; it assists in
making connections between studying science and resulting jobs and
careers; it helps to build a scientifically literate society - and
it celebrates the excitement of science and innovation!
Scientists 2005 is made possible by National
Science Week funding from the Department
of Education, Science and Training, and is also supported by
the Department of Economic
Development and the University