Perkins recognised in Premier's Science Awards

Western Australian Premier, Colin Barnett MLA has announced that the Lotterywest BioDiscovery Centre at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research is a finalist in the 2015 Premier’s Science Awards.

Premier's science awards BioDiscovery Centre
   Pauline Charman (second from right) runs the Lotterywest BioDiscovery Centre.

Mr Barnett, who is also the WA Science Minister, today announced that the 13 finalists represented a broad cross-section of research and engagement activities being undertaken in the State.

"Science makes contributions to people's lives on a daily basis. The finalists in this year's awards have not only displayed outstanding achievements but have demonstrated the value science provides to industry, the community, infrastructure and the environment," Mr Barnett said.

The Premier said the awards also increased public awareness of the range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) engagement activities undertaken across the State.

The Lotterywest BioDiscovery Centre is a finalist in the category known as the Chevron Science Engagement Initiative of the Year.

Run by Pauline Charman, the Centre includes a demonstration laboratory and community resources room on level 1 of the Perkins building in Nedlands and provides interactive experiences for the community led by real scientists who are currently carrying out cutting-edge research.

The other finalists in the Science Engagement category are Earth Science WA and Fireballs in the Sky at Curtin University.

Winners and the 2015 inductee into the Science Hall of Fame will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday, August 20, during National Science Week, Australia's largest annual celebration of science.

The ceremony will be held in the foyer of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research's headquarters in Nedlands.

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