Inspiring Australia is a national strategy for engagement with the sciences, working across all levels of government and industry to promote science and science literacy in Australia. Launched in 2010, it aims to deliver a more scientifically engaged Australia where Australians are inspired by and value scientific endeavour; Australia attracts increasing national and international interest in its science; Australians critically engage with key scientific issues; and young Australians are encouraged to pursue scientific studies and careers. The Inspiring Australia strategy was developed through national consultations with a wide range of science communicators, educators, journalists and scientists in all states and territories. Its 17 recommendations are a blueprint for this engagement. In this presentation the 17 recommendations will be discussed, in particular the moves to establish an evidence base for public engagement through research into science communication, past and present, and the establishment of a national survey of Australia’s public.

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Inspiring Australia

Susan Stocklmayer   The Australian National University, Australia

Inspiring Australia is a national strategy for engagement with the sciences, working across all levels of government and industry to promote science and science literacy in Australia. Launched in 2010, it aims to deliver a more scientifically engaged Australia where Australians are inspired by and value scientific endeavour; Australia attracts increasing national and international interest in its science; Australians critically engage with key scientific issues; and young Australians are encouraged to pursue scientific studies and careers. The Inspiring Australia strategy was developed through national consultations with a wide range of science communicators, educators, journalists and scientists in all states and territories. Its 17 recommendations are a blueprint for this engagement. In this presentation the 17 recommendations will be discussed, in particular the moves to establish an evidence base for public engagement through research into science communication, past and present, and the establishment of a national survey of Australia’s public.

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