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Unzipping the role of gene technology in Australia

A panel of experts shared their vision for the future of gene technology with the public and key decision makers in Canberra this week. Presenting a public forum at the Shine Dome before a private session for Parliamentarians at Parliament House, the panel included: Dr Raj Bhula – Australian Gene Technology Regulator Dr Jeremy Brownlie […]

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STA seeks Digital Content Producer

Science & Technology Australia are excited to be adding capacity to our team with a part-time content creator. This new staff member will serve to promote the work of STA and our members, while elevating awareness of Australian science and technology amongst the general public. If you are interested in this Canberra based role, please […]

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Bipartisan support vital for stable clean energy future

Science & Technology Australia (STA) urges a speedy, decisive and bipartisan response to the Chief Scientist’s Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market. “This Review demonstrates that we can prioritise clean energy and emissions reduction while also achieving stability and reliability, and meeting current and future energy needs,” said CEO of […]

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STA submission: 2030 Strategic Plan

Science & Technology Australia (STA) were grateful for the opportunity to provide our perspective on the future of the Australian Innovation, Science and Research System. Read our Submission Innovation and Science Australia has been tasked with developing a Strategic Plan for the Australian innovation, science and research system out to 2030. This Plan will aim […]

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New structure for medical research grants welcome

Changes to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding program were announced today, and have received a warm welcome from the sector. In launching the changes, Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, said they would mean a more simplified process for grant applicants; see the awarding of longer term grants; and […]

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Infrastructure Roadmap provides strong vision

The Australian Government has released the National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, which articulates the research infrastructure priorities that are aimed at strengthening the future of Australian research. The Roadmap focuses on nine areas: digital data and e-research platforms, platforms for humanities arts and social sciences, characterisation (techniques for understanding the properties of materials), advanced fabrication and […]

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From the 2017/18 Federal Budget lockup

The 2017 Federal Budget holds few surprises for science and technology and has left the sector waiting for further announcements on major reviews and roadmaps, Science & Technology Australia said today. “We welcome strong new investment in researching and developing new advanced manufacturing technology, including a $20 million injection into the important Cooperative Research Centres […]

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Prominent Australians point to science as antidote for ‘alternative facts’

Australian celebrities and world-renowned scientists and technologists have signed an Open Letter to reinforce their support for, and the significant value of, science and technology. With ‘alternative facts’ on the rise and a growing disregard for evidence-based decision making internationally, these leading Australians have spoken out in defence of pursuing and using evidence to make […]

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Open Letter for Science

As Australian scientists and technologists and their champions, we write to express our strong support for our international colleagues in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Collaboration with international counterparts, in all countries and from all backgrounds, is vital to the work of STEM. The common language of STEM serves as a bridge across cultural […]

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Step up for science at the crossroads for humanity

By Alan Duffy, Swinburne University of Technology Globally, science is at a crossroads. In the USA, a protectionist stance from policymakers and an increasingly inward focus have resulted in a restive public, giving rise to protest across spheres and sectors. This has sent ripples across the world, including in Australia. While the practice of scientific inquiry […]

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Superstars of STEM off to a strong start

Science & Technology Australia is proud to announce the appointment of Brodie Steel as Project Officer for our new Superstars of STEM Program. “Brodie’s passion and commitment to elevating the visibility of women in STEM, and her strong experience in project management, make her the perfect candidate to help Superstars of STEM soar,” said STA […]

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Science pervades Parliament on Day Two of SmP

If held end-to-end, the meetings organised today would have filled more than 24 hours, as 200 STEM professionals were matched with a Member of Parliament or Senator who shared an interest in their area of expertise today. Their meetings gave them the chance to pitch their work and celebrate the achievements of their sector. Among […]

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Science & tech welcomes Science Statement, calls for action

Science & Technology Australia (STA) welcomes the release of the Australian Science Statement by Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO, today. A long-term, whole-of-government strategic direction for Australian science and technology has been desperately needed, the peak body said. People working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics will be […]

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Scientists to get political in Canberra

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) will burst onto the political agenda this week with the annual Science meets Parliament on Tuesday and Wednesday (21 and 22 March). On Tuesday, more than 200 senior and up-and-coming leaders in the STEM sector will be in Canberra to hear from experts on the intersection between science and […]

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Join the STA team on Superstars of STEM

Applications for this position have closed. Our new program, Superstars of STEM, will smash society’s gender assumptions about scientists and increase the public visibility of women in STEM. We’re looking for a committed, passionate and accomplished Project Officer to help build this program and work with 30 of the nation’s most inspiring scientists and technologists. […]

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Politics meets space science

Space science and technology was on the political agenda today following the Parliamentary Friends of Science breakfast held in Canberra this morning. Presented by Science & Technology Australia in partnership with the Australian Academy of Science, the event was hosted by the Parliamentary Friends of Science group, co-convened by the Hon Richard Marles MP and the […]

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Travel ban could harm Australian Science & Technology

Science and Technology Australia (STA) has warned of the harm a travel ban would cause scientists and technologists around the world. The peak science body highlighted that Australian researchers benefit from international collaborations, including with scientists in the United States, and any obstacle could do serious damage to the progress of vital research. Kylie Walker, […]

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Peak science body welcomes new minister

Science & Technology Australia today welcomed the new Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO. STA also thanked outgoing Minister, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, for his strong and enthusiastic engagement with the sector. “STA welcomes Minister Sinodinos to his new portfolio and we look forward to working with him […]

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Outlook good for science and tech

Science & Technology Australia (STA) has welcomed the steady approach to maintain investment in Australian research, innovation, science and technology following the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook.  Funding for the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) has been maintained and significant support has been assigned to inspire girls and women to take up and stay […]

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Indigenous Scholarship: Science meets Parliament 2017

For the first time, Science & Technology Australia is offering two scholarships to STEM practitioners with an Indigenous background to attend Science meets Parliament in Canberra. Science meets Parliament brings around 200 Australian scientists and technologists to Canberra for professional development, networking, and to meet face-to-face with MPs and Senators. Now in its 18th year, Science […]

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Superstars of STEM – Empowering female role models

Science & Technology Australia will soon launch a program to propel women of STEM around Australia into the media spotlight. ‘Superstars of STEM’ has won support through the new Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship program to work with women at all career stages to create new stereotypes, and new heroes to define them. “This program […]

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STA elects new leadership team

Science & Technology Australia is pleased to announce a new leadership team, including President-elect Professor Emma Johnston. Professor Johnston, who will formally assume the presidency in November 2017, was elected at the STA  AGM in Canberra on Friday 25 November. Professor Johnston is a marine ecologist and incoming Dean of Science at the University of […]

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Pay up, moral down for scientists: National Report

Job uncertainty, overwork and a loss of skills in the workplace are keeping the morale of Australian scientists low despite an average salary increase in the last 12 months, the 2016 National Professional Scientists Employment and Remuneration Survey has found. The survey was conducted by Professional Scientists Australia in conjunction with Science & Technology Australia […]

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Collaboration focus welcome in R&D tax review

Science & Technology Australia today welcomed focus on enhancing industry-research collaboration in the review of the R&D tax incentive scheme. The review, chaired by Bill Ferris, Alan Finkel and John Fraser, recommends introducing a collaboration premium of up to 20 per cent for businesses that work with publicly-funded research organisations, and that employ recent PhD graduates in […]

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Science meets Business – Breaking the barrier between science and business

Around 200 leaders from research, the private sector and government gathered in Melbourne in October for Science & Technology Australia’s second annual Science meets Business. Science Technology Australia conference “Science in Business” at the Telstra Conference Centre, Melbourne on 24th October, 2016. PHOTO: MARK GRAHAM Through presentations and lively discussion, the event examined cultural, policy […]