Bringing science to the community
New website proves science is for everyone
A new website will provide a useful resource for the science and general communities to find out about science activities in the state.
The target audience? Everyone, from young to old, scientists, their colleagues and those just keen on science and learning.
The Minister for Innovation, Science and Technology, David O'Byrne, officially launched the WhySci website.
WhySci was developed by the State and Federal governments and the UTAS Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology.
UTAS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Rathjen, welcomed the new website.
"A project like this, that will demystify science and encourage open communication between science professionals and the local community, is a highly positive development.
"To both celebrate science and to engage society in events, news and activities is an admirable pursuit," he said.
"Additionally, it will give Tasmania's world-class scientists and researchers a useful forum to keep in touch with each other's lectures and events."
Mr O'Byrne said he was sure WhySci would become an invaluable resource for Tasmanian researchers.
"I look forward to using it myself, to keep informed of what's new and exciting in our local scientific scene.
"Whether it's our world-leading Antarctic sector, or the innovative thinkers in our quality agricultural industries, the world is taking notice of Tasmanian quality and excellence," he said.
"I congratulate the University of Tasmania and the Department of Economic Development for showing the creativity and leadership to get this project up and running."
Guests at the website launch event were also treated to an engaging display of a dry-ice experiment, a sample of the excellent demonstrations UTAS' science education officers show in local schools.
To see the website and what's happening in Tasmania's science community, visit: WhySci.
Image: Adele Wilson from the UTAS School of Chemistry demonstrates a fun science experiment.