Why Join?


The South West Science Council seeks to encourage greater community engagement with science and technology. We are motivated by the immense long term economic, social and environmental benefits arising from well targeted, strategic decisions on policies and actions achieved through a greater evidence-based consensus and truly informed debate on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
We aim to establish a continuous presence in regional community engagement to keep the roles of science and technology firmly in the minds of all sectors of the general public.


For a small fee membership of the Council is open to any SW-based scientist or science educator in any field of natural and applied sciences, engineering, mathematics and technology and to any person who contributes on a professional or technical basis to the broad objectives of SW Science Council.

Members may wish to become:

  1. Individual members ( $10) , or
  2. the representative of an organization with a regional interest in STEM that is consistent with the interests of the Council ( $50) .

Membership is open to not-for-profit organisations and businesses that wish to assist in the coordinated planning of and interaction on specific STEM projects. Such groups will be eligible to have a representative nominate for election to the Council’s Board of Management.

Those wishing to apply for membership are asked to indicate their particular field of interest, so that, at operational level, we can mobilise willing and active participation in many different kinds of projects across the SW region.

Benefits of Membership

  • Extended networking and wider connections between otherwise unlinked activities, adding value and spin-off opportunity.
  • Sharing areas of knowledge and professional expertise through a system of forums, workshops and knowledge brokering through our website and social media.
  • Improvement in coordination of otherwise isolated regional events that have common or complementary goals.
  • Facilitated partnership arrangements that add power to funding grant applications
  • Opportunity to create or build projects reinforced by wider community participation.
  • Personal choice in terms of time availability and nature of commitment.

Areas of Interest

Inaugural members if the Council’s board have broadly-based interests in industry, natural resources, geology, medical science, services, infrastructure, education and research. We encourage new members with interests in any of the following areas:

  1. STEM education
    (primary, secondary, technical, tertiary, research, mentoring, community outreach, citizen research)
  2. Climate, weather and events
    (monitoring, modeling, risk assessment, adaptation, mitigation)
  3. Marine environment and ecology
    (oceanography, regional marine bio-systems, shoreline events, estuaries, catchment areas)
  4. Terrestrial ecology, ecosystem services and natural resource management
    (biodiversity, biosecurity, management, adaptation, remediation, social wellbeing, regional planning)
  5. Water resources and distribution
    (resource evaluation, environmental flows, surface and groundwaters and their recharge systems, water distribution systems, efficiency of use, urban recovery, recycling)
  6. Agriculture, horticulture and forestry
    (land use classification, catchment planning, farm planning, crop and livestock management systems, services chain)
  7. Food science, processing and quality assurance
    (supply chain, infrastructure, processing technology, quality monitoring and check back, brand protection)
  8. Health science, technology and health services
    (current and emerging regional health risks, preventive health care, diagnostics, coordinated case management)
  9. Mining, mining engineering and processing
    (resource exploration, extraction and recovery engineering; processing, environmental impact, remediation)
  10. Regional industry opportunities
    (technology innovation, creative IT services, manufacturing, logistical management)
  11. Energy generation distribution
    (traditional systems, alternative energy resources and technologies, fitness for purpose, regional energy hubs)

Membership Application

Complete the form below to inform us of your interest in becoming a member of the South West Science Council. You will contacted by a team member to finalise your membership and arrange payment.

Download this membership application form to submit offline:  SW Science Council Membership Form

Once completed please post the form back to us: 145 Stirling St, East Bunbury WA 6230 or scan and email to: admin@swsciencecouncil.org.au


STEM educationClimate, weather and eventsMarine environment and ecologyTerrestrial ecology, etcWater resources and distributionAgriculture, horticulture and forestryFoot science, processing and QAHealth science, technology and health servicesMining, mining engineering and processingRegional industry opportunitiesEnergy generation distribution