The science of glass and the role it plays in our modern life is the focus of the 2022 National Science Week, launched on Monday 1 August by Science Minister Roger Cook MLA at Edith Cowan University. Watch Minister Cook's address here.
Western Australia’s Chief Scientist Professor Peter Klinken and other local science figures were treated to a live glass blowing demonstration at ECU’s The Edith Spiegeltent ‘the mirror tent’, to kick off the month-long national celebration of science in WA which will run throughout August.
Leading forensic scientist Dr Kari Pitts, from ChemCentre, the State’s premier chemistry and forensic science laboratory, explained the crucial role glass fragments can play in criminal investigations. She outlined how ChemCentre, together with Australian Federal Police and Curtin University have launched a citizen science project, involving WA secondary school students, to contribute to forensic research and potentially help police solve crime.
Events will be held during August throughout the State and across the nation to celebrate science and explore this year’s theme - glass, and its importance in modern life – from microscopy and forensics to modern technology, communications and astronomy. As well as Australian achievements, events will also focus on new discoveries, global movements and burgeoning talent across the science field more widely.
For a complete list of events happening in and around the state, head to the National Science Week website.