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Inspiring approaches to Primary Industry science and research

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MEDIA RELEASE SENATOR KIM CARR Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research PETER GARRETT AM MP Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth SID SIDEBOTTOM MP Federal Member for Braddon Tuesday, 21 June 2011 INSPIRING APPROACHES TO PRIMARY INDUSTRY SCIENCE AND RESEARCH Conveying the wonders of science and inspiring a new generation of scientists and teachers is a step closer thanks to the Primary Industry Centre for Science Education (PICSE). Presenting two awards at the Centre’s annual awards ceremony in Parliament House, Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said it was vital that students were given opportunities to learn more about science because they would be the researchers of tomorrow. “PICSE has a highly innovative approach to science education that not only inspires future scientists but links to important global issues like future food supply and changing climates,” Senator Carr said. Senator Carr presented the University of Tasmania (UTAS), School of Agricultural Science Scholarship to Tasmanian year 12 student Dominique Cotteril and the Woolworths Agricultural Business Scholarship to Tasmanian seafood company employee Gabby Bennett. The $5,000 UTAS scholarship will help Dominique prepare for university and will extend into her first year. Dominique was selected on the basis of her communication skills, success during her industry placement and her passion and enthusiasm for agricultural science. The Woolworths Agricultural Business Scholarship provides Gabby with the opportunity to attend a 12-day course, where she will gain a broad academic perspective on the business of agriculture from University of Western Sydney lecturers, Woolworths business leaders and other industry experts. School Education Minister Peter Garrett said the Australian Government, through the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, was proud to support the work of PICSE through funding of $3.6 million over three years. “Our support is helping the Centre work with industry groups, schools and universities across the country to encourage Australian students to take up science education and careers,” Minister Garrett said. Federal Member for Braddon Sid Sidebottom said it was great to see the Centre — which started and is based in his electorate — complementing the Government’s Research Workforce Strategy, which is addressing our academic skills shortage and helping to create our next generation of researchers.

The work also complements the Government’s $21 million Inspiring Australia program, which aims to help all Australians understand the science around them.

For more information on PICSE, visit; the Research Workforce Strategy, visit; and Inspiring Australia, visit

Media contacts: Sheena Ireland, Senator Carr’s office, 0427 092 100 Lisa Miller, Minister Garrett’s office, 0419 124 717 Shane Broad, Mr Sidebottom’s office, 0418 276 239

Dr Caroline Perkins, Department, 02 6213 7634/0418 623 279