Diprotodon Dig unearths skeletons of giant wombat-like marsupials

A Western Australian Museum palaeontology team is recovering several rare and nearly complete Diprotodon skeletons at Du Boulay Creek, 100km south-west of Karratha. Diprotodons are extinct marsupials, related to koalas and wombats. They are the largest marsupials that ever lived, weighing up to 2,800kg. The fossil site lies within the Fortescue River floodplain. Diprotodon fossils…

CITIC Pacific Mining in partnership to support WA Museum fieldwork

CITIC Pacific Mining (CPM) has partnered with the Western Australian Museum and the Foundation for the WA Museum to provide financial, logistical and operational support for the Museum’s 2023-24 Pilbara fieldwork program.    Research and fieldwork is at the core of the Western Australian Museum’s work and contributes to the knowledge of biodiversity, geodiversity and the…

Olivia Carroll Wins FameLab Australia 2023

Olivia Carroll, an immunologist and microbiologist representing the University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute, is the winner of the FameLab Australia 2023 science communication competition. CSIRO astrometallurgist Dr Matthew Shaw, and Curtin University’s neuroscientist Melissa Papini were named runners-up. Yesterday’s Final took place at WA Museum Boola Bardip’s Hackett Hall in front of…

Foundation for the WA Museum launches Ngalang Koort Conversations

Supported by Founding Partner Wesfarmers, the Foundation for the WA Museum has created Ngalang Koort Conversations, a new lecture series, where acclaimed international speakers will explore topics of global importance. The renowned philosopher A. C. Grayling has been confirmed as the inaugural speaker of the series, and will explore the question Will AI be humankind’s…

Scotch College student Obi Rogers wins FameLab Academy 2023 science communication competition

The FameLab Academy science communication Final was held at Curtin University’s Elizabeth Jolley Lecture Theatre on 6 September 2023. Amongst the twelve finalists, Obi Rogers from Scotch College was named the winner of FameLab Academy 2023, with Kassandra Avedikian from Mercedes College and Siofra Cashman from Sacred Heart College named runners-up.  This year, approx. 430…

Forrest Research Foundation supports FameLab Australia 2023 science communication competition

The Forrest Research Foundation has partnered with the Foundation for the WA Museum to support FameLab Australia 2023, the Australian division of the largest public-facing science communication and training program in the world. With the shared goals of increasing the awareness of cutting-edge science in Australia and supporting ground-breaking scientific research and discovery in Western…

2022 in Review

2022 has been a big year for the Foundation:  We helped bring the Dinosaurs of Patagonia exhibition to Perth, which was seen by over 114,000 visitors 530 students from nine schools participated in the 2022 FameLab Academy science communication program. The Night at the Museum Gala saw over 300 guests party with the dinosaurs and…