Thursday, October 8th, 2009 - The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)
Australia’s first national science hub, The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus), will lift off over four exciting days of events in Adelaide, from Thursday 8th October.

Premier Mike Rann, HRH The Duke of Kent, RiAus Inaugural Director, Professor Gavin Brown, Chair of RiAus, Peter Yates, as well as Director of sister institution, RIGB, Baroness Professor Susan Greenfield, are among those to mark the opening of the institution.

“This is an exciting initiative which had its beginnings in the South Australian Government’s Thinkers in Residence program involving Baroness Professor Susan Greenfield,” Premier Mike Rann said.

“The RiAus is a national initiative, based in Adelaide, which will make science accessible to a wider audience, because encouraging more young people to embrace careers in science will be critical to Australia’s economic and social development,” Mr Rann said.

The RiAus is the first international affiliate of the Royal Institution of Great Britain - England’s centre of scientific research for over 200 years – and aims to engage the community and highlight the importance of science in everyday life.

“We are delighted to celebrate the heritage of the RiAus with our distinguished guests and look forward to a future of bringing science to people and people to science,” RiAus Inaugural Director, Professor Gavin Brown, said.

The RiAus will bring science to the whole family through FREE “Time & Space” themed public events in Adelaide from Friday night to Sunday, including a Family Fun Day with free rides, amusements and roving entertainment in Victoria Square.

Housed in the former Adelaide Stock Exchange - now dubbed the Science Exchange- the RiAus is a civic hub for the exchange of science and ideas. Visitors are welcomed to tour the Science Exchange and enjoy the blend of refurbished heritage-listed architecture and sate-of-the-art technological capabilities.

The Science Exchange will be a venue for public entertainment, teacher development, creative art exhibitions, industry representation, as well as a new home base for the Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC). The RiAus’ online presence will bring the same level of dynamism, interaction and engagement to a national and worldwide audience.

The RiAus is committed to sharing science with students, teachers, adults and children and will create real and virtual spaces in which people can listen, talk and think about science in all its shapes and forms, and will also facilitate a wide variety of programs to engage these various groups.

Media including journalists, camera operators and audio technicians will require accreditation to attend the Official Opening. Nominations must be faxed to the Communications and Media Unit in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet on 8463 5422 no later than 4pm on Tuesday 6 October. Passes will not be available for issue on 8 or 9 October.

To arrange an interview or photo opportunity with RiAus Inaugural Director, Professor Gavin Brown, please contact Professional Public Relations, Dena Vassallo P: (08) 8114 6166 M: 0404595884 E: [email protected]

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The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)


Launching in Adelaide, South Australia, in October 2009, with both a national and international imperative, the RiAus concentrates on ‘bringing science to people and people to science’. It creates real and virtual spaces in which people can listen, talk and think about science in all its shapes and forms and develop innovative and accessible ways of engaging the general community, raising scientific awareness and lifting the level of debate on critical issues arising from science and technology. The RiAus strives to highlight the importance of science in everyday life.

Housed in the former Adelaide Stock Exchange Building, the RiAus provides a central hub for the exchange of ideas with a scientific theme. Boasting state of the art AV and IT technology, the “Science Exchange,” as it is now affectionately called, is a venue for public entertainment, teacher development, creative art exhibitions and industry representation, as well as a new home base for the Australian Science Media Centre. In addition to their base at the “Science Exchange”, the RiAus’s online presence brings the same level of dynamism, interaction and engagement to a national and worldwide audience.

The RiAus develops programs, both general and specific, which discuss the science that underpins new developments and challenges tackling ethical and risk consequences. With a special commitment to youth, the RiAus is also passionate about facilitating programs that provide practical resources to schools and teachers, not only to encourage career path choice, but to provide a basic level of appreciation in all students.

As a fully independent charitable body, the RiAus has received substantial support from the South Australian Government, the Commonwealth Government and a number of corporate supporters, including SANTOS, to aid in the development of executing Australia’s premier national science resource with an international presence.
The Science Exchange will be officially launched on October 8, 2009.


Dena Vassallo
P: (08) 8114 6160
M: 0404595884
W: www.ppr.com.au

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Australia's science hub will be launched by Premier Mike Rann, HRH The Duke of Kent, RiAus Inaugural Director, Professor Gavin Brown, Chair of RiAus, Peter Yates, as well as Director of sister institution, RIGB, Baroness Professor Susan Greenfield.

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