report released

(Brenton Honeyman, Manager, Science Communication & Strategic Partnerships at Questacon has announced the release of a new report.)

The resultant report “Inspiring Australia – A national strategy for engagement with the sciences” was launched yesterday by the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr, at the opening session of the Australian Science Communicators National Conference in Canberra.

The report is available online at:

http://www.innovation.gov.au/inspiringaustralia

(or the full form of the address is:

http://www.innovation.gov.au/General/Corp-MC/Pages/InspiringAustralia.aspx)

The report recognises the extent and importance of science communication activities that currently engage communities across the country, and proposes a ‘national framework – local action’ approach to address the often fragmented nature of current initiatives.

In December 2009, Federal, State and Territory Innovation Ministers agreed to work together to develop a national approach to science communication. As a first step, a framework of principles for the funding of science communication is being developed.

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