“Scientific research and a scientific understanding of our natural world are the key to Australia’s future prosperity, employment and environment.”
That is the message from Griffith University Professor Emeritus and Australian of the Year Alan Mackay-Sim ahead of this weekend’s global March for Science event, an international movement celebrating the value and importance of science in our society.
The biomedical scientist from the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery (GRIDD) says, “As scientists in this age of “too much information” we must publicly discuss the importance of science in political decision making and convince politicians of all parties to keep investing in science is as important for our future as spending on health and defense.”
The Griffith Sciences Group is the research engine of the Griffith University, hosting more than 20 research centres, institutes and facilities helping to direct the course of research and discovery.
Researchers work in a variety of disciplines from sustainable water supplies to human evolution, intelligent wireless technology, quantum dynamics and everything in between, furthered by an international reputation for excellence in learning and teaching.
The event, held in more than 500 locations around the world and in 11 Australian cities, encourages people from all professions, races, genders, religions and socioeconomic backgrounds to attend and recognise the looming threats hovering over the scientific community and demanding positive action.
The aims of the March are centered around fostering a flourishing culture of robust scientific pursuit, ensuring that the knowledge gained through science is used for the public good, and improving the public’s relationship with the scientific process.
Griffith’s Schools Engagement Coordinator Anne Brant is taking part in the Brisbane event and says it is imperative young people be informed and become active participants in their world.
“Through science literacy and understanding we develop critical thinking skills which allow us to make sense of the world and how we interact with the environment,” she says.
“Our legacy should be that we have equipped the next generation to be able to tackle and resolve global issues that we are currently facing and others that lie ahead. This can only happen if we value science and the important role it plays in our lives.”
Pro Vice Chancellor (Sciences) Professor Andrew Smith says in a knowledge driven economy that will be informed by big data and instantaneous connectivity, analytical and problem solving skills will be at a premium.
“Given that the graduates of today must shape the jobs and business of tomorrow, the value of a multidisciplinary science training is clear. Griffith is proud of both its remarkable research impact and remarkable teaching quality.”
To find out more about the March or register for the Brisbane event, visit this website.