As part of National Science Week, The University of Western Australia will present a science festival in Malaysia: Science for Our Future.
The international festival, from August 2 to 4, is part of UWA's contribution to Science Week and acknowledges the more than 4,500 Malaysian graduates over two decades who are a significant part of the University community.
They include UWA Alumni Chair and CEO of Port Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd, Mr Encik Harun Johari; Mr Tan Sri Datuk Ibrahim Menudin, Group Chief Executive of the Malaysian Mining Corporation; and the Honourable Dato Sri Soon Wong Soon Koh, Malaysia's Minister for Infrastructure, Development and Communication.
UWA presenters at the festival include Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall, former WA Premier Winthrop Professor Carmen Lawrence and Director of UWA's Institute of Agriculture, Winthrop Professor Kadambot Siddique.
Festival themes include the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease; restoring and maintaining a balance within natural environments; ensuring food sustainability; and the need for science graduates who can contribute in these areas.
More than 2,000 secondary and pre-university students are attending the festival's interviews, science experiments, theatre and audio-visual presentations. Festival fringe events will include panel discussions with advanced science students and teachers; lectures; and information for people contemplating science research careers.
The festival is a collaboration between UWA's Faculties of Life and Physical Sciences, Natural and Agricultural Sciences, and the Vice-Chancellery. It is hosted by UWA, and supported by the State Government, Federal Land Development Authority, Australian Education International/Austrade, IDP and Perth Education City.