New Director for Australian Science Innovations

Australian Science Innovations, organisers of the Australian Science Olympiads and the Rio Tinto Big Science competition in schools, today (Thursday) announced the appointment of a new Executive Director.

Mr Toss Gascoigne will take up the position immediately.

ASI Chair Mark Toner said his organisation was delighted to appoint a person with the skills and experience of Mr Gascoigne.

“Toss played a prominent role in science advocacy at FASTS (the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies), he has worked in education, and he has wide experience in science communication,” Dr Toner said. 

 “These skills are a perfect fit for our organisation.”

 Dr Toner said ASI played a vital role in spreading the story of science through the Rio Tinto Big Science competition and the international Olympiad program.

 “Australia needs a steady supply of young people interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, and medicine,” he said.

 “Our job as an independent, non-profit organisation is to excite them to the rich possibilities and immense personal satisfaction science can offer.”

 ASI sponsors include the Commonwealth Government Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research; Rio Tinto; Monash University; the Australian National University and Merck, Sharp and Dohme.

 “This support allows 40,000 students in Australia to participate every year in ASI’s national problem-based science competition, Rio Tinto Big Science,” Dr Toner said.

 “It will also help Australia defend its proud record in the Science Olympiads later this year, when our teams go head-to-head with teams from over 50 other countries at competitions in Chemistry (Cambridge, UK); Biology (Japan) and Physics (Mexico).”


For interview:         Mark Toner 0401 994 211

                    Toss Gascoigne 0408 704 442; (02) 6125 9647

 Mr Toss Gascoigne
 Executive Director
 Australian Science Innovations
 Box 7251 Canberra Mail Centre ACT 2610
 P.  (02) 6125 9647  
 M.  0408 704 442
 F.  (02) 6125 9646
 In partnership, ASI delivers the Australian Science Olympiads, Rio Tinto Big Science and LABLINKS.