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Mapping Science: Canberra

In our latest map, Will Grant of the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science tackles the scientific highlights of Canberra.

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Canberra’s a government town (designed in the early decades of the 20th century as Australia’s Capital), which houses a lot of Australia’s federal government infrastructure. Because of that, there are a number of institutions that provide a range of services – from training to applied science to blue-sky research – to the government.

Some (such as the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and Geoscience Australia) are government agencies providing top level scientific advice on Australia’s problems and issues, as well as more basic research in their particular field. CSIRO in particular is a very productive scientific organisation, providing both blue sky and applied research across a range of fields, from astronomy and planetary science through to biology, information and communication technologies and health and wellbeing.

There are also a number of universities, focusing on different teaching and research interests. The Australian National University is Australia’s most research-intensive university, with particular strengths in medicine, biology, physics and the societies and peoples of our region. The University of Canberra has a more applied focus. The Australian Defence Force also has a scientific presence in the city, in the form of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation, and the Australian Defence Force Academy.

Alongside this, Canberra houses some of Australia’s leading science communication organisations, including Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre.

By Will Grant

The map is a starting point, rather than a finished product. If you’d like to nominate other places in Canberra for inclusion, please leave a comment below.

If you’d like to put together a map of science in your own city or region, please contact Matt Brown (i.am.mattbrown – at – gmail.com) for assistance.

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