Shell has a comprehensive social investment program in place across Australia and the Science Circus is an enduring, and important, part of that program.
Shell in Australia is involved in every stage of the energy value chain – from the discovery, production and refining of oil and gas, to the distribution, marketing and retailing of oil, gas and petrochemicals.
In Australia, and around the world, Shell:
We believe it is imperative for Shell to integrate into the community in which it operates. As part of this commitment, Shell has reached out to rural, regional and remote Australians through its support of the Shell Questacon Science Circus since its inception in 1985.
The Shell Questacon Science Circus is a fantastic vehicle for sparking an interest in science in young Australians. Given Shell employs many Australians with a background or interest in science, it has an interest in highlighting science within society.
The Australian National University (ANU) established the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) in response to widespread expressions of concern about scientific literacy and the poor image of science. Its major objective is to produce a new generation of highly qualified scientists trained in the discipline of communication and to encourage ownership of and access to science by the public.
CPAS offers undergraduate courses leading to BSc (Science Communication) as well as higher degrees. The Australian National University (ANU) is one of the few universities in the world to offer such a program to undergraduate students.
The genesis of CPAS is to be found in the Shell Questacon Science Circus. In 1988, the ANU and Questacon offered the students who took the Science Circus around Australia a graduate certificate which became, the world-famous Graduate Diploma in Science Communication. Reflecting the advancing needs of the science communication industry, the program is now a Masters level program, the Master of Science Communication Outreach.
CPAS is part of a growing network of science communicators. It has links with programs in universities and interactive science centres in Britain, Europe, America and Asia. In 1999, jointly with Questacon and Shell, it received a prestigious Business and Higher Education Round Table Award. In 2000, CPAS became an accredited Centre for the Australian National Commission for UNESCO. Its task is to collaborate within Australia and with our Pacific neighbours in raising awareness of science in many diverse communities.
In Australia, its network includes science journalists in all media and science communicators in universities, science centres, scientific organisations, industry and government, and science teaching organisations.