The World Biotech Tour officially kicked off on Monday 15 August with a special Opening Ceremony in the Scitech Planetarium.
Special guests included The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Board Member Dr Tit Meng Lim, Biogen Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Joerg Hermans, and Scitech Board Member and Harry Perkins Institute Associate Professor Kristen Nowak.
Scitech CEO Alan Brien and National Science Week guest speaker Ellen Jorgensen also attended the ceremony, as well as local school students, teachers, and ambassadors and mentors involved in the World Biotech Tour Ambassador Program.
Mr Hermans said our hope was that the tour would expose young people and students to the fun, awe and excitement of biotechnology, and inspire them to consider careers in this field.
The Opening Ceremony culminated in the World Biotech Tour Trophy being presented to Scitech. The trophy will remain at Scitech for the duration of Scitech’s tour before travelling to the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci in Italy for the next leg of the tour.
Scitech is the fifth stop of the World Biotech Tour so far, which was launched in 2014 and has previously been to Portugal, Japan, Belgium and Thailand.
The World Biotech Tour is a three-year program where twelve international science centres and museums are selected to showcase biotechnology in everyday life and career pathways. Multiple activities and events celebrate biotech’s contribution to the fields of health, medicine, agriculture and energy.