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New $50m Science Building heralds new education era

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

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Bold new directions for science education in WA have been embodied in the design of ECU's new $50 million Science Building, which will be officially opened on Wednesday, 12 February, by the Hon Dave Kelly MLA, Minister for Water, Forestry, Innovation and ICT, Science and Youth.

Incorporating giant "superlabs" that enable the teaching of multiple classes simultaneously and the very latest in AV technology, the building will house students learning every corner of science, from chemistry and biology through to the health and medical sciences.

The five-level structure at the University's Joondalup Campus also has two floors dedicated to industry and government, including the WA Police Force's Cyber Crimes Unit, WA's AustCyber Centre and threat intelligence company Sapien Cyber.

Built by Multiplex Construction, the building also features the world's biggest permanent periodic table – the purest representation of science – as the facade of one entire side of the structure.

Big science for big questions

ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman CBE said the new Science Building represented the future of science education in terms of delivering first-class student experiences and in answering the world's burning questions.

"This state-of-the-art building is an example of what I like to call the 'triple helix'," Professor Chapman said.

"That is, government, academia and industry working side by side to deliver world-class teaching, to collaborate and to innovate.

"This co-sharing of space provides students unique real-world learning opportunities, as well as work experience and future employment leads."

Professor Chapman said the new building was about equipping ECU to become part of the solution to global challenges.

"This is about investing not only in world-class education for West Australians but also about being part of the solution to the global challenges we are now facing.

"From climate change to virus prevention to the need for cyber protection and beyond, the answers will come from bringing all of science together. And that's what this building does."

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