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Mmm...crunchy!! Insects on the National Science Week 2011 menu

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01 Feb 2011

This year’s National Science Week events will help Australians understand forensic facial reconstruction techniques, the viability of insects as a sustainable food source and much more. These events are being made possible thanks to grants from the Australian Government.

A total of 39 grant applicants from all Australian states and territories will share in Government funding of $500,000 to develop their projects in time for National Science Week, 13 to 21 August 2011.

More than 1,000 National Science Week events will be held across Australia, and Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr says they exemplify creativity and quality.

“National Science Week will again be a feast of engaging science activities to inspire and entertain all Australians, organisers hope to build on the estimated 1.6 million people who took part in 2010,” Senator Carr said.

“I encourage everyone to participate by bringing family, children and friends to enjoy and experience Australian science.

“Science Week is about bringing science to Australians - regardless of where they live - and this year’s grant recipients will do just that.”

A Victorian team will use farmers’ markets and business lunches for participants to sample a range of bug delicacies, and learn about insects, nutrition, and sustainability through recipes, brochures, and live insect displays.

In Canberra, the National Portrait Gallery will host facial reconstruction sessions, exploring facial anatomy and the stages involved in putting a face to a skull. This is a great opportunity to leave television crime shows behind and to see the real thing.

Young Tasmanian Scientists will share their research in remote communities across the state. Similarly, scientists in Western Australia and the Northern Territory will take to the road to ensure communities from Darwin to Alice and across north-west WA have the chance to participate and be inspired by science.

A list of successful 2011 grant recipients is attached.

For more information on National Science Week, visit

For more information on the Government’s support for science and research, visit