ONE YEAR: Federal member for Hinkler Keith Pitt has been in office for one year.
ONE YEAR: Federal member for Hinkler Keith Pitt has been in office for one year. Mike Knott

Community science forum to inspire businesses

HAVE you got an idea for a product or business but don't know how to get it off the ground? Are you considering a career in science, but want more information about what skills will be in high demand in the future?  

CQUniversity and Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt will host a Community Science Forum titled "Design Your Future", on October 6 to answer these questions and more.

Special guest, Assistant Minister for Science Karen Andrews will talk about the Federal Government's efforts to bolster science, research and innovation.

"Innovation accounts for around half of total economic growth.  It is estimated that every $100 million invested by business in research and development, returns about $200 million to our economy," Ms Andrews said.

"Science is critical to our international competitiveness, expanding our economy and creating jobs. That's why we're working to inspire young people, by investing $12million to improve the focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects in schools."

"We're establishing Industry Growth Centres and supporting our entrepreneurs through our Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda."

Mr Pitt, who was an electrical engineer before entering Parliament, said the Forum would include a series of short talks from locals who have turned their skills and innovative ideas into successful businesses.

"Among the list of speakers is a film and television graduate who built bikes as a hobby and went on to invent the bionic runner, and a farmer who is using drones to drive pests away from his crops," Mr Pitt said.

"An expert panel will invite the audience to participate in an interactive discussion about what opportunities are emerging for people with STEM qualifications and what skills and services will be needed in the future.

"The full list of speakers is available on my website."

CQUniversity Associate Vice Chancellor Andrew Bridges said the Forum was also an opportunity for locals to learn about some of the exciting projects CQUniversity's lecturers and researchers have been working on, and how they're being applied in the community.

DATE: Tuesday,  October 6
TIME: 9.30am for 10am start - noon
LOCATION: Building 1, CQUniversity Bundaberg Campus
*The forum is open to people aged 15 years and older.

If you're interested in attending, please register your attendance by Wednesday, September 30 by emailing Keith.Pitt.MP@aph.gov.au or telephone 07 4152 0744.
 



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