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Science meets Policymakers – 11 February 2015

Science & Technology Australia, in partnership with Asia and the Pacific Policy Society at Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, presents a one-day conference to enable policymakers and scientists to achieve better public policy outcomes.

SmPM_LogosWednesday, 11 February 2015, 8:30am-5pm

Molonglo Theatre, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU

**This event was filmed and the footage is now available on our YouTube channel.**

Science meets Policymakers will bring together researchers from a range of disciplines and policymakers from various government departments to examine the intersection between the evidence base and policy development.

The conference will assess the state of play in evidence-based policymaking and consider ways of increasing science input into policy, and improving collaboration and cross-fertilisation between science and policymakers at all levels.

Building on the highly successful inaugural 2012 Science meets Policymakers, speakers from the most senior levels in the public service, government and public- and private-sector research will take a warts-and-all look at how well the current science/policy nexus works and identify ways to improve it.

Case studies will be examined with the key players both on stage and in the audience.

Participants in the event will include policymakers, parliamentarians, academics, practising scientists, and representatives from scientific societies and industries employing scientists.

Speakers and sessions chairs:

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science:

Karen Andrews HS - May 14Mrs Karen Andrews became Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science in December 2014, after a parliamentary career starting in 2010, representing the Gold Coast electorate of McPherson.

Mrs Andrews has been a strong advocate for the Australian scientific community and was a co-founder of the Parliamentary Friends of Science group, which promotes closer engagement between the scientific community and political representatives.

She is passionate about encouraging the study of maths and science in schools and promoting the science, technology, engineering and mathematics professions.

Mrs Andrews brings her experience in engineering, industrial relations and running her own business to her work.

Keynote speaker:

Board 2009Dr Michael Keating AC, FASSA, FIPAA, was the head of three Australian Government departments from 1983 to 1996. Since then he has held positions at the Australian National University and Griffith University. He has also been a member of various private and government boards, and has continued to work as a consultant to major companies and governments on corporate and government strategy and policy development.

Dr Keating has published various economic and employment-related articles and co-authored a book on Australian economic policy.  He has also published extensively in Australia and overseas on the capacity of our system of governance and public-sector management reform. His most recent book, Who Rules? How government retains control of a privatised economy, discusses the relationship between markets, government and society.

Dr Keating is presently a member of a working group drawn from the four learned academies which is reporting to the Science Council on “New technologies and their role in our security, culture, democratic, social and economic systems”.

Brian SchmidtProfessor Brian Schmidt AC is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and astrophysicist at ANU. Professor Schmidt was jointly awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of the accelerating Universe.



0Q2C8466-1Professor Veronica Taylor is Dean of the College of Asia and the Pacific at ANU and an ANU Public Policy Fellow. She was previously Professor of Law and Director of the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) at ANU and Dan Fenno Henderson Professor of Asian Law and Director of the Asian Law Center at the University of Washington in Seattle.


Chief Scientist Professor Ian ChubbProfessor Ian Chubb AC is Australia’s Chief Scientist and former Vice-Chancellor at ANU. He was Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University of South Australia for six years and the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Monash University for two years.Professor Chubb was President of the Australian Vice-Chancellors’ Committee (AVCC) during 2000 and 2001. Professor Chubb was an elected member, or member, of the Board of the AVCC between 1996 and 2006.

BammerProfessor Gabriele Bammer is developing the new discipline of Integration and Implementation Sciences (I2S) to improve research impact on complex real-world problems. She is a Professor at the ANU’s Research School of Population Health and an ANU Public Policy Fellow. She has held visiting appointments at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (2001-14), ETH-Zurich and the Universitaet fuer Bodenkultur in Vienna.

Martin-HoffmanMartin Hoffman has been a Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Industry and Science (and it predecessors) since 2010. Since January 2015 he has lead the Science, Commercialisation and Innovation, and Sectoral Industry Policy group, having previously been responsible for the Resources and Energy groups. He joined the Australian Public Service in March 2009 in the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet. Mr Hoffman previously had a lengthy private sector career primarily in digital media and technology, including as CEO of NineMSN, Australia’s largest internet media company. He holds an MBA (Hons) from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland, Master of Applied Finance (Macquarie), and Bachelor of Economics (Sydney). He completed the Executive Fellows program at the Australia New Zealand School of Government (ANZOG) in 2009, and was awarded the James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship to study at the Harvard Kennedy School in 2013.
Hugh WhiteProfessor Hugh White AO is Professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University. He served as a senior adviser on the staff of Defence Minister Kim Beazley and Prime Minister Bob Hawke, and as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Defence.



tomkompasProfessor Tom Kompas is the Director of the Crawford School of Public Policy and Professor of Economics at the Australian National University. In 2010, Professor Kompas was appointed to the Eminent Scientists Group (ESG) in the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.



Sax 2012 Search Conference at Little Bay Sydney.Professor Emily Banks is a public health physician and epidemiologist with interest and expertise in large-scale cohort studies, pharmacoepidemiology, women’s health, Aboriginal health and healthy ageing. She is currently the head of Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Scientific Director of the 45 and Up Study and chair of the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Medicines.


Bruce Chapman 3Professor Bruce Chapman is an ANU professor of economics. He designed the Higher Education Contribution Scheme, and was a principal adviser to Prime Minister Paul Keating. With Tim Higgins and Joseph Stiglitz he recently co-edited a book on income contingent loans for social and economic policy reform.


Professor Aidan Byrne Website photoProfessor Aidan Byrne was appointed CEO of the Australian Research Council in 2012. He was previously the Dean of Science and the Director of the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, and was Head of the Department of Physics at the ANU from 2003 to 2007.



Rona's photoRona Mellor PSM is Deputy Secretary, Department of Agriculture, with responsibility for biosecurity. Previously, she was a deputy secretary in the Department of Human Services, Deputy Chief Executive of Medicare Australia and a senior executive in the Australian Taxation Office. Ms Mellor was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2013 for outstanding public service in the development and implementation of biosecurity, taxation and health system policies and projects.


Anne-Marie LansdownAnne-Marie Lansdown is the Deputy CEO of Universities Australia and has had extensive public-sector service, including 15 years as a senior executive in the Department of Industry. She has worked in policy and planning for the National Research Infrastructure Strategy, Australia’s international science agreements, the Education Investment Fund, the Office of the Chief Scientist and PMSEIC, and Australia’s first National Broadband Strategy, and has engaged with a range of multilateral forums such as the UN, the OECD and APEC.

Standing-smiling_Rhondda-Dickson_480x557 Dr Rhondda Dickson has been in the role of Chief Executive of the MDBA since June 2011. She is an experienced leader in natural resource management policy and has over twenty years’ experience working with states and territories in the development and implementation of national policies for the natural resource, agriculture and industry sectors. Prior to joining MDBA, Dr Dickson was a Deputy Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and has previously held senior executive positions at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Department of Environment.
JoanneDaly_2 2014Dr Joanne Daly is currently a Strategic Advisor in CSIRO, after some years as Group Executive for Agribusiness. She has worked in CSIRO for over 30 years originally as a researcher in agricultural sciences. She is currently the Chair of the ‘Expert Working Group on Security Australia’s Agricultural Future’ for the Australian Council of Learned Academies. She is an ACIAR Commissioner and has held a number of senior roles including Chair of the international body, GBIF, and was a member of the Biosecurity Advisory Council. She was head of the Secretariat that assisted Government in the setting of National Research Priorities in 2002, during her 2-year secondment to the Federal Public Service.

Ross SmithDr Ross Smith is the president of Science & Technology Australia. He obtained his PhD in ecology from James Cook University 25 years ago. He was offered a position with a mining company in Papua New Guinea the day he submitted his thesis and has worked in private industry ever since. He has lived and worked in Queensland, New South Wales and Papua New Guinea as a mine employee and as a consultant. He has undertaken project work globally in the tropics, mostly with the mining and petroleum industries.

Catriona JacksonCatriona Jackson, the CEO of Science & Technology Australia, has a 27 year history in government, media and strategic communications at the highest levels. After writing extensively on science, innovation, policy and politics, she worked as a senior adviser at Federal Parliament – in government and opposition – for many years, followed by senior roles in tertiary education.


Emma Johnston_176Professor Emma Johnston is an Australian Research Fellow at UNSW and Director of the Sydney Harbour Research Program at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science. Johnston investigates the ecology of human impacts in marine systems. She contributes expert opinion to state, federal & international government agencies and consults with industry through the development and implementation of environmental monitoring programs.


Presenting partners

Science & Technology Australia is Australia’s peak body for science and technology. Since 1985 it has grown to become a respected voice for scientists among politicians, business leaders and the wider community, representing more than 68,000 scientists and technologists. STA’s mission is to bring together scientists, governments, industry and the broader community to advance the role, reputation and impact of science and technology in Australia.

Asia and the Pacific Policy Society is a community of scholars, policymakers, researchers, students and the policy-engaged public. It is the first international association to link people engaged in public policy working across academic disciplines in the region. The Society supports the journal, Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, and works to position research on the region within the mainstream of public policy.

Registration details:

Date:                Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Time:               8:30am-5pm

Venue:             Molonglo Theatre, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU

Registration:  Please register online by
 6 February 2015.

Note: Registration for Science meets Policymakers (not to be confused with Science meets Parliament in late March 2015) is open to all and there are no restrictions on the number of registrations from individual organisations.

STA members: $260 +10% GST
STA early career researcher (ECR) members: $155 +10% GST
Non-member: $460 +10% GST
Non-members ECR: $260 +10% GST

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This Project has been funded by the Australian Government Department of Industry.



The Australian Research Council is a supporting sponsor.


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