SciWorld’s objectives are:
- To establish, maintain and promote a public science facility with interactive exhibitions, displays, and information resources based on scientific principles
- To increase the interest, awareness and understanding of science and technology within the South Australian community
- To increase the interest, awareness and understanding of environmental science and principles within the South Australian community
- To develop and deliver interactive science and technology experiences within South Australia for children and their families in both static and mobile formats
- To develop and deliver interactive environmental science experiences within South Australia for children and their families in both static and mobile formats
- To promote interest in scientific studies for children and their families
- To bring science to the public in an entertaining way so as to raise the awareness and understanding of science and create a desire for more scientific knowledge
- To complement the education system in South Australia for science and technology and develop mutually beneficial relationships with other public scientific institutions
- To promote public awareness and public pride in scientific achievements and scientific excellence within the State of South Australia
- To seek financial and other support from the public, government and private enterprise for the establishment, maintenance and promotion of a public science facility and associated outreach programs
The People Behind SciWorld
Dr Jane Wright
Dr Jane Wright is the Chairman of SciWorld and also of SciWorld’s Education Committee, and is a past winner of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools during her long teaching career at Loreto College. She believes strongly in “putting something back” into the community and is a past president of both the South Australian and the Australian Science Teachers Associations, and has had membership of numerous committees involved with teaching standards, awards and professional development. “I have gotten to know a fantastic community of science teachers, who have enriched my teaching.” Jane is also President of the South Australian Science Teachers Association.
Prof Rob Morrison
Professor Rob Morrison is a freelance science communicator and broadcaster, and Professorial Fellow at Flinders University of South Australia.
Rob Morrison has written 34 books on science and natural history and co-hosted the long-running national television program Curiosity Show, which screened in 14 countries.
He has won many national and international awards, including the Australian Government Eureka Prize for the Promotion of Science, and the inaugural South Australian Government award for Excellence in Science Communication. In 2004, he was awarded the Order of Australia for Science Communication and Conservation and was the Senior Australian of the Year for South Australia in 2008.
Dr Deane Hutton
Dr Deane Hutton is a Futursit who has worked professionally as a teacher, lecturer, writer, television presenter, film producer and entertainer in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.
He gives keynote presentations at more than 40 venues each year (business conferences, seminars and schools) – speaking about science, technology and the future.
Deane has degrees in Science and Education from the University of Adelaide and a PhD in Visual Perception and Message Design from Indiana University. He has particular interests in brain structure and function and interpersonal communication.
He has worked as a science presenter on television in Australia – Curiosity Show (18 years), Hey Hey It’s Saturday (7 years), Channel Seven News and The New Inventors. Also, Deane has presented talkback radio segments on science issues on FiveAA in Adelaide, and science and technology radio broadcasts through Asia and Africa on Radio CVC.
Richard Wishart FCA
Richard Wishart is SciWorld’s Treasurer and has over 40 years of extensive accounting experience including audit and investigation, financial analysis, financial accounting, taxation and voluntary liquidations. As a Senior Consultant at SJN Chartered Accountants he consults with clients and provides ongoing assistance and guidance to their younger accountants. Richard is an active participant in a number of community organisations and is passionate about promoting interactive science and technology experiences for children, and providing opportunities for the appreciation of the arts in South Australia. He is a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants
Dr Barbara Hardy AO
SciWorld’s first Life Member Barbara Hardy AO is SciWorld’s founding Patron and one of the nation’s leading advocates for the benefits of ‘hands-on’ science. With a degree in Earth Sciences from Flinders University and a passion for the environment, Barbara has applied her ‘patience, persistence and perspiration’ to many organisations and issues, including the Conservation Council of SA, the Australian Heritage Commission, Landcare, Nature Foundation SA, The Investigator Science and Technology Centre and SciWorld
As a qualified Physics and Chemistry Teacher, all senior roles held in General and Human Resources Management have been within education and training organisations both within the not-for-profit and private sector. Specialist knowledge and skills include General & HR Management, Talent Acquisition & Recruitment, Employee/Industrial Relations, Learning & Development, Workplace Health & Safety, RTO Management, Compliance Auditing, Tender Writing, Information Technology, Finance & Administration. Qualifications include a Bachelor of Education (Phys/Chem), Graduate Certificate of Education, Diploma of Quality Auditing and Diploma of Training & Assessment Systems.