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Nobel Prize winner Professor Brian Schmidt has helped launch EuroScience Week in Canberra.
More than 7000 school children are expected to engage with EuroScience activities which will include a special programme of activities telling the story of the past, present and future of European science and technology.
This is the third time the event has been held during school holidays in Australia's national capital. EuroScience is held at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre in conjunction with the European Union and the Australian National University's Centre for European Studies.
Professor Schmidt, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2011 for his work on the expanding universe and is the Vice-Chancellor of the ANU, said EuroScience encapsulated "a lot" of the best of European science.
He said the initiative was also part of a "significant collaboration" between the EU and Australia in the fields of science and innovation.
The Vice-Chancellor described the science links between Australia and the EU as "incredibly strong and continue to grow". He also remarked that EU and Australian experts work well together and enjoy each other's company.
The EU's Ambassador to Australia, Michael Pulch, welcomed the third edition of EuroScience week which appeals to a younger audience.
"This year EuroScience at Questacon is highlighting the importance of science and innovation in the fields of space and energy," Ambassador Pulch said. "The European Union's collaboration with Questacon is a great way for our children to learn about energy and space, and we hope everybody enjoys the event.
"Education on these matters should be fun and made to spark the imagination so we appreciate Questacon's approach to making science accessible to all ages.
"Strengthening collaboration and finding solutions to our energy needs, and knowledge of the origins of our universe are both necessary and exciting human endeavours.
"The European Union is investing nearly $120 billion Australian dollars in science and innovation through its Horizon 2020 program, and has a strong interest in promoting awareness and engagement of the community, and our scientists, researchers and innovators."
Ambassador Pulch also remarked on the close cooperation and valuable scientific partnership between Australia and the EU and particularly touched on work being done in the climate action and space spheres.
He also made special mention of the Australian Government's decision to establish a space agency which was announced at the International Astronautical Congress held in Adelaide.
The Acting Director of Questacon, Kate Driver, said EuroScience would provide 138 hours of content and run for six days. You can find out more about the event at this link.