About the Great Southern Science Council
Members of the council are local science professionals dedicated to promoting collaboration and the promotion of science to the wider community.
Learn more about the Membership, their qualifications, interests and experience here.
History and Objectives
The Great Southern Science Council was established in late 2011. Following a call for nominations for membership, eight councillors were appointed and first met early in 2012.
The members of the Council agreed on the following nine core objectives:
Great Southern communities are renowned for being informed participants in science and innovation for the improvement of the social and natural world.
The purpose of the Great Southern Science Council is to act as an advocate and independent voice for science, through education and engagement initiatives, to foster a culture of science and strengthen partnerships for effective collaboration in the Great Southern.
Listen, liaise, debate, consider and represent active and effective science
Through consultation with relevant organisations, identify the needs, knowledge gaps and capacities and set priorities for science
Improve communication between scientists and local communities
Assist the attraction of resources for scientific research, development and education in the region
Encourage the teaching of science in schools and further education
Encourage cross-disciplinary research, especially between scientists working in different organisations and between the natural and social sciences
Advocate and provide advice to governments, industry, science institutions and community
The members believe that the Science Council initiative will address a need for improved coordination and integration of sciences in a region that is increasingly recognised for its unique biodiversity and tourism. To achieve this the GSSC will encourage and link academic, industry and applied researchers with local communities and organisations to improve knowledge and sustainable management of the region.
Through industry, schools, universities, technical institutions, government departments and adult education, GSSC will highlight the value of science and innovation and their roles - a task which is clearly important in the state as a whole, as well as the region. The GSSC will also provide a voice and advocacy for a cross-section of sciences and cross-disciplinary research where appropriate in the Great Southern, with a view to encouraging links between local, statewide and international researchers.
Focus on 2016
The GSSC continues to be involved in convening and supporting many local science activities in the region including the Great Southern Science Symposium, 'Science Rocks' forum and resources posters for schools.
Actions/strategies for 2016:
Plan for the Great Southern Great Science Symposium 2017
Continue adding to GSSC website
Follow up research priorities as identified by the Great Southern Health Science Research priorities workshop
Meet with universities to promote research opportunities
Promote local science activities through the media
Assist with research applications and mentoring for students
Convene the Science Rocks Careers Event 2016 for high schools
Develop M.Ed options and projects
Provide support for science teachers in conjunction with STAWA
Promote Citizen Science opportunities
Consider ways to support laboratory technicians
Involve TAFE in activities promoting science
Develop monthly 'Science in the Community' events
Convene regular 'Social Science' meetings at the Three Anchors
Liaise with the Office of Chief Scientist
Interested? Want to get involved?
If you are a science professional and think you have the time and skills to enhance the GSSC, please email a covering letter and current CV to GSSC at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your application will be considered during the next round of GSSC membership nominations.