Year of inspiration for potential chemists

Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr launched International Year of Chemistry in February.

According to Senator Carr, the “proud history and great future” of Australian chemistry will be marked in 2011 by events and activities around the country.

This year’s celebrations will complement the implementation of Australia’s first national science engagement strategy, ‘Inspiring Australia’.

“Australia is rightly proud of our chemists, but it is easy to forget just how far-reaching and transformative their work is today,” Senator Carr said.

“Homes, factories, mines and farms see the impact of their ingenuity every day. Our investments in chemistry are an investment in a better future for all Australians.

“The International Year of Chemistry is our chance to send that message across the nation.”

The 2010 Excellence in Research for Australia National Report confirmed that chemistry is an area of notable strength for Australia, according to Senator Carr. Of the units assessed in this area, 86 per cent were rated at world standard or above. You could call that a high-distinction performance.

“That strength would not be possible without public investment in talented researchers and world-class infrastructure,” Senator Carr said.

“We are determined to give our chemists the support they need to excel. That’s why since 2007, the Australian Government has invested more than $186 million in chemistry research through the Australian Research Council.”

“The Labor Government values our scientists, and we want all Australians to share our pride in their great achievements,” Senator Carr said.