ASKAIC report on the 2010 Mid-West Science Summit
A highly successful 2010 Mid West Science Summit was held in Geraldton on the 4th November, attended by a large, diverse and committed audience comprising scientists, engineers, educationalists, regional development practitioners and community representatives. The Summit encompassed three sessions of presentations and workshops, which focused on (i) current projects; (ii) future ideas/initiatives; and, (iii) pathways to more effective engagement of business with the community. Keynote speakers were WA Chief Scientist, Professor Lyn Beazley, Professor Jorg Imberger, Director of the Centre for Water Research at the University of Western Australia, and Dr Michelle Storey, CSIRO’s SKA Executive Officer. Professor Beazley set the tone of the Summit with an inspiring address on the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity, followed by several speakers on topics ranging from
the 2010 Youth Science Forum; Marine Science research and its implications for Oakajee Port planning; to innovative health and disease management approaches. A core group of ASKAIC members visited Geraldton to tangibly express its support for the Summit, and network with local industry.
All participants expressed a keen interest in realising a future for the Mid West which places emphasis on its youth, provides new opportunities for the indigenous community, and balances regional development with environmental sustainability.