Three men in suits standing in front of a monitor with a large information panel in the background.

In February, His Excellency Mr Hideaki Ueda, Ambassador of Japan, officially launched the exhibit and website Innovation: A Showcase of Australia Japan Cooperation at Questacon, the start of the exhibit’s Australian tour during the Australia Japan Year of Exchange. The launch included a pre-recorded message from Dr Mohri.

In February, the Ambassador of Japan was the guest of honour at the Questacon Advisory Council Dinner. Ideas for further cooperation between Questacon and Japan were discussed. Other special guests included the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australia Japan Foundation and the Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee.

In March, Professor Graham Durant hosted a visit by the principal and students of Tezukayama Elementary School, Nara, Japan and their Canberra hosts, St Monica’s Primary School. Questacon staff conducted a special program for the students.

In April, Miraikan hosted the public launch of the Innovation exhibit and website in Japan. The Australian Ambassador, Mr Murray McLean OAM, officially opened the exhibit in the presence of guests which included Japanese researchers involved in the cooperative projects featured in the exhibit. The launch included a pre-recorded message from Professor Durant.

In May, Dr Mohri and officers of The National Science Museum visited Perth to participate in the Asia Pacific Network of Science and Technology Centres (ASPAC) annual conference. Further cooperation with Questacon was discussed. Ms Satoko Inoue, International Development Officer, Miraikan, visited Questacon following the conference.

In November, at the Australia Japan Joint Science and Technology Committee meeting, Professor Durant gave a presentation on Questacon’s achievements and the importance of exploring further cooperation with Japan to shape the future of Questacon.

On 23 November, Questacon’s 18th birthday, His Excellency Mr Hideaki Ueda, Ambassador of Japan and Professor Durant co-hosted an evening for diplomatic missions to celebrate Questacon’s international initiatives.