Welcome to South Australia's Regional Science Hubs.
UPDATE: A new Regional Science Hub is to be established on Kangaroo Island. Expressions of Interest are now being sought to launch the hub. Find out more information.
The SA Regional Science Hub Strategy seeks to create a network of organisations that will collaborate to deliver ongoing community science engagement activities, including events held during National Science Week.
South Australia’s Regional Science Hubs bring together multi-disciplinary teams. The objective is for them to be comprised of science experts, professional organisations, educational institutions, research bodies, industry, community groups and local governance organisations. Each Hub serves to formalize disparate and informal science communication networks in regional areas and aims to create a more collaborative approach to science engagement activities.
Engaging South Australians with Science
The central theme of the SA Regional Science Hub Strategy is to improve scientific literacy for South Australians with the following goals:
- More young people are motivated to pursue scientific careers
- People across SA feel more confident in their decision-making relating to scientific issues
- Communities work together to deliver events that suit the interests of those in their region
- An appreciation of the important work undertaken by SA scientists and engineers.
Developing Community Programs
Each Hub will deliver a series of initiatives that will showcase science, build cooperation between community, government, research bodies and industry, and engage people in activities that are both educational and entertaining.
Using the ‘national-framework – local action’ approach, Hubs will determine the kinds of activities best suited to the needs and interests of the local community.
South Australia’s Regional Science Hubs
The first four Hubs were established during 2015 in the Limestone Coast, Murray and Mallee, Yorke and Mid-North, and in the Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island regions. Two hubs were established in 2016 in the Far North and in the Eyre and Western regions. Hubs are funded by the Inspiring South Australia grants program to help bring the celebration of science to an increasing number of South Australians.
The Hubs are a key initiative that raises community awareness of the importance of science and innovation and the potential careers that are possible involving science. This includes facilitating regional science engagement such as applying for National Science Week federal and state grants, and building cooperation between community, government, research bodies and industry to engage people in activities that are both educational and entertaining.