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Celebrating chemistry - a winning formula for Australia



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CELEBRATING CHEMISTRY - A WINNING FORMULA FOR AUSTRALIA

08 Feb 2011

Prof. David Wood, Royal Australian Chemical Institute President; Dr Vickie Gardiner, IYC 2011 Australia Convener; Senator Kim Carr, Innovation Minister; and Prof. Penny Sackett, Chief Scientist for Australia.

If you want to change the world, a chemistry degree is a good start.

That's the message of the International Year of Chemistry, launched in Australia by Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr today.

"Australia is rightly proud of our chemists, but it is easy to forget just how far-reaching and transformative their work is today," Senator Carr said.

"Homes, factories, mines and farms see the impact of their ingenuity every day. Our investments in chemistry are an investment in a better future for all Australians.

"The International Year of Chemistry is our chance to send that message across the nation.”

The proud history and great future of Australian chemistry will be marked in 2011 by events and activities around the country.

The recently released 2010 Excellence in Research for Australia National Report confirmed that chemistry is an area of notable strength for Australia. Of the units assessed in this area, 86 per cent were rated at world standard or above. You could call that a high-distinction performance.

“That strength would not be possible without public investment in talented researchers and world-class infrastructure,” Senator Carr said.

“We are determined to give our chemists the support they need to excel. That’s why since 2007, the Australian Government has invested more than $186 million in chemistry research through the Australian Research Council.”

This year’s celebrations will complement the implementation of Australia's first national science engagement strategy, Inspiring Australia.

“The Labor Government values our scientists, and we want all Australians to share our pride in their great achievements,” Senator Carr said.

For more information on the Gillard Labor Government’s support for science and research, visit www.innovation.gov.au.