Grants to build strong science networks

Are you willing to join or start a Regional Science Hub in your community? Inspiring Australia (NSW) is extending its network of organisations committed to creating opportunities for more people to discover the wonders of science through the 2014 Regional Science Grants program.

With projects spanning smart farming, biodiversity, astronomy and more, partnerships created under the 2013 NSW Regional Science Grants program delivered initiatives that were both entertaining and educational.

Inspiring Australia (NSW)’s leadership team has been impressed with the imaginative and professional ways NSW Regional Science Hubs have invited their communities to explore scientific themes and engage with some of the critical issues of our times.

Here are just some of the exceptional events delivered in 2013:

  • Sap flow monitors developed by Armidale-based company ICT International were the focus of a community art project developed by the North Western Science Hub. Talking with trees – exploring SMART trees from the inside out! brought together artists, schools and community groups to create a sound and sculpture installation that was on show at the New England Regional Art Museum for several months and included a smart tree talks program.
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  • On the NSW/Victorian border, Murray Arts teamed up with the Astronomical Society of Albury Wodonga and Albury Wodonga Community College to create a series of stunning charcoal animations in response to a weekend of stargazing that included lectures about Indigenous astronomy. The animations created by students were later shown all over town during science week.
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  • Over two weekends on the NSW Far South Coast, locals worked with scientists to explore, learn and record the natural world. Activities included rock platform surveys, Yellow Bellied Glider night searches, heathland flora walks and whale watching at Greencape Lighthouse. Find out more

With connections sparked between all manner of partners from local businesses, schools, art galleries and universities to community groups, farmers, politicians and science clubs, NSW Regional Science Hubs are delivering the ‘national framework-local action’ goals of Inspiring Australia. The program demonstrates the success of supporting committed partnerships to develop local science engagement programs that meet the needs and interests of regional communities.

Inspiring Australia (NSW) is seeking to build more of these dynamic science networks in 2014 and funds of $70,000 are now available to new and exisiting Regional Science Hubs. Applicants meeting the selection criteria can apply for $2,000 to $8,000 to support their initiatives.

You must have three or more partners to apply and demonstrate an interest in continuing to present ongoing science outreach activities in your community.

The NSW Regional Science Grants program closes on 26 March.