Science meets Parliament 2016

The 16th annual Science meets Parliament takes place on 1 and 2 March 2016. It will bring 200 working scientists to Canberra for a two-day program of professional development and networking aimed at helping them better communicate their science to the media, policymakers and parliamentarians.

Attendance is by invitation, and only Science & Technology Australia members are eligible to attend.  Presidents of member organisations have been sent an email containing instructions on how to register their delegates. Sponsors may also be entitled to send delegates to Science meets Parliament. Any organisation interested in a sponsorship opportunity should please contact Wayne Evans: wayne.evans@sta.org.au.

Every Science & Technology Australia member organisation is entitled to register two people to attend Science meets Parliament 2015. Let the president of your scientific society know that you’d like to attend. Early registration is encouraged.

Not sure if your scientific society is a member of STA? Check our list of members here. Interested in becoming an STA member? Click here to find out more. Inquiries: info@sta.org.au or (02) 6257 2891.


Science meets Parliament aims to help participants understand how politics, policymaking and the media work, and gives them an opportunity to look at their science from a different perspective.

It aims to:

  • give scientists unique personal development opportunities,
  • build mutual understanding and connections between scientists, parliamentarians and the policy process,
  • stimulate and inform Parliament’s discussion of scientific issues that underpin Australia’s economic, social and environmental wellbeing,
  • improve the understanding of science through the wider community,
  • build links between scientists, politicians and policymakers that open up avenues for information and idea exchanges into the future, and
  • give scientists an outlook for opportunities that may require the input of scientific knowledge to further the interests of the nation.

This annual event is strongly supported by the Federal Government and Opposition, engages a large number of MPs and scientists.

The program for the event is available here.

Day 1: Tuesday, 1 March 2016

The first day, at the Hotel Realm, focuses on professional development. You will be involved in workshops and interactive activities and will hear from experienced policy advisers, journalists, analysts and parliamentarians on how to engage with the media, politicians and the policymaking process.  In the evening there will be a Gala Dinner at Parliament House.

Day 2: Wednesday, 2 March 2016

The second day involves face‐to‐face meetings at Parliament House with parliamentarians. Participants are also able to engage in a range of activities, including attending a nationally televised National Press Club address, participating in Q&A directly with parliamentarians, and observing Question Time in the House of Representatives or the Senate. Our home base for the day is the Parliamentary Theatre.

View the wrap-up of the 2015 Science meets Parliament here.

More information is available in the Delegates Guide.


Confirmed speakers include:

  • Professor Ian Chubb AC, former Chief Scientist for Australia
  • Professor Aidan Byrne, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Research Council
  • The Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Science
  • The Hon Richard Marles MP, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
  • Dr Adam Bandt MP, Industry, Innovation, Science and Research spokesman, Australian Greens
  • Professor Emily Banks, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, Australian National University
  • Ms Sue Weston, Deputy Secretary, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • Dr Subho Banerjee, Deputy Secretary, Department of Education and Training
  • Senator Kim Carr, Shadow Minister for Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Industry, and Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader for Science
  • Paul Bongiorno AM, contributing editor for Ten News and columnist for the Saturday Paper
  • Alison Carabine, Political Editor, ABC Radio National Breakfast
  • Dr Rod Lamberts, Deputy Director, Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science, ANU
  • Dr Will Grant, Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science, ANU
  • Professor Graham Durant AM, Director, Questacon
  • Dr Krystal Evans, CEO, BioMelbourne Network
  • Professor Mark Hutchinson, director, ARC Centre of Excellence in Nanoscale BioPhotonics, University of Adelaide

Gala Dinner – Tuesday, 1 March 2016

  • The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science
  • The Hon Bill Shorten MP, Leader of the Opposition
  • Dinner address:  Mr Andrew Stevens, Chair of the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, and former Managing Director of IBM Australia and New Zealand
  • MC: Bernie Hobbs, ABC science presenter

National Press Club Lunch – Wednesday, 2 March 2016

  • Dr Alan Finkel AO, Chief Scientist for Australia,  will deliver the National Press Club address


All prices inclusive of GST

Delegate full registration $910.00
Delegate registration excluding Gala Dinner $690.00
Early Career Scientist full registration* $585.00
Early Career Scientist excluding Gala Dinner $430.00

* Postgraduate students and Early Career Researchers have their dinner and registration fees subsidised by STA as an additional benefit of membership.

Instructions on how to register delegates is emailed to the presidents of STA member organisations.


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