December 17 2018

Royal Opening for Taronga Institute of Science & Learning

By The Ian Potter Foundation

Two men in suits standing in front of signage acknowledging funders
Craig Connelly (CEO) and Professor Richard Larkins (Governor) attending the official opening of the Taronga Institute of Science & Learning.

On 16 October 2018, the brand new world-class Taronga Institute of Science & Learning was officially opened, and attended by The Ian Potter Foundation Governor Professor Richard Larkins and CEO Craig Connelly.

The Ian Potter Foundation awarded a $1.5 million major grant in 2017 towards the establishment of the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning, which will establish Australia as a regional leader and global contributor to conservation science and learning.

Through the creation of this purpose-built collaborative research and learning space, the Institute will harness the power of science and learning, creating opportunities for innovation and establishing a platform for scientific collaboration, student learning and the protection of our natural environment.

The Institute is the third facility of its kind in the world and the first in the southern hemisphere. It will allow for University and industry partners to be co-located at the Institute, increasing uptake of research opportunities and bringing STEM programs to life for students from pre-Kinder to PhD level.

The Taronga Institute will put science on display, creating an inspiring and collaborative environment for future generations to become champions for change for the environment and the community. The Taronga Institute will enhance and expand Taronga Zoo’s role as a leader in conservation science for wildlife and habitats.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle standing in front of commemorative plaque at Taronga Institute

The Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, visited Taronga Zoo on the 16th of October 2018 to cut the ribbon at the official launch of the brand new world-class Taronga Institute of Science & Learning.