Baroness Greenfield used her time in Adelaide to implement a number of science-related programs that offer long-term value to South Australia.
The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)
The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a dynamic, contemporary and accessible home for science, located in the heart of Adelaide. Opened in 2009, the RiAus provides an opportunity for everyone, irrespective of background, to engage with ground-breaking scientific research, obtain information and discuss current challenges, and to become more aware of the role of science and technology in shaping our future.
Through its programs and activities, the RiAus aims to bring science into the heart of the community and help foster a scientifically literate community. www.riaus.org.au
Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC)
Adelaide established a national independent media centre based on the successful Science Media Centre in the UK. The AusSMC responds when a major science news story hits the headlines, increasing the degree and accuracy of reporting about science in Australian media. The goal is to increase informed public debate on scientific issues based on the best information available.
The Twinning Program aimed to enthuse and upskill the teachers of science in South Australia. It was an on-line program that enabled scientists to be linked or ‘twinned” with teachers of science from Reception - Year 12. Over 120 scientists in Adelaide registered their interest in participating.
Science Outside the Square
A topical, controversial, entertaining and educational series of science-themed events took place between July 2005 and September 2005. The events provided a platform to showcase local, national and international scientific talent – making their knowledge more accessible to our community.
The series “Kicked Off” on Saturday 23 July 2005 with an event at AAMI stadium. 30,000 spectators witnessed a science performance on the big screen during half time, staring Adam Spencer, Che Cockatoo-Collins and Matthew Primus. The Science Outside the Square concept is now being continued by the RiAus in their program of events.
Neuroscientists, Educators and Learning
A series of projects were developed between the SA Department of Education and Children’s Services (DECS) and the South Australian Neuroscience Institute (SANI) to establish professional development environments and working links between researchers of learning (scientists) and facilitators of learning (educators).
SANI worked with the three local universities to develop a Graduate Certificate in Neuroscience specifically for teachers. DECS committed to fund 45 SA teachers to participate over 3 years.
The Young Brain
It is vital that our professionals in health, welfare and education understand the latest research on the brain. A number of projects and seminars linked the South Australian Neuroscience Institute with professionals in social services and health. These were organised by the Department of Health.
Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Careers
The Office for Women utilised Susan’s skills and knowledge to develop a report on how to attract and maintain women in science and technology, based on the recommendations of the SET Fair Report - a report prepared by Baroness Greenfield to the UK Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, November 2002.
The Bragg Initiative
Named after South Australians William and Lawrence Bragg, the Bragg Initiative consists of a number of initiatives that share and exchange facilities, skills, programs and expertise between the Royal Institution of Britain and Adelaide.
The Braggs, a father and son, were educated and raised in SA. They invented X-ray crystallography and later facilitated the discovery of the structure of DNA in the laboratory Lawrence Bragg headed. This work has driven the biological revolution of today, one of the current strengths (and priorities) in South Australian science. The Braggs were awarded the Nobel prize, and were Directors of the Royal Institution, UK. This initiative will serve to both highlight the role of these talented South Australians and garner the benefits of association with the Royal Institution for our State.
Projects included the Bragg Exhibition at the SA Museum and the Bragg Documentary, detailing the achievements of these groundbreaking South Australians.