Opening Doors is a pioneering project which offers young migrants from disadvantaged and refugee backgrounds much needed access to science engagement opportunities in Australia. The project features visits to science centres, museums, science shows and opportunities to participate in science communication activities.
According to the project leader, Dr Sean Perera from the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at The Australian National University in Canberra,
“Opening Doors aims to do exactly as its name suggests – to open doors to young humanitarian immigrants, who otherwise have limited access to science and technology-based studies and career opportunities, here in Australia.”
Opening Doors acknowledges the diversity within and among young migrant groups, especially those from refugee backgrounds, and evaluates their attitudes and aspirations with regard to Australian scientific culture during their settlement in Australia.