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Decision-making on energy policy must be informed by evidence

The peak body for science and technology in Australia says that an evidence-based approach is imperative following the decision not to pursue the recommendations of Australia’s Chief Scientist to introduce a Clean Energy Target (CET). “The continued focus on meeting our emission reduction commitments is heartening, and we hope that the process of reaching these […]

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Leading STEM minds shine bright in Melbourne

The Superstars of STEM met face-to-face for the first time for a Workshop in Melbourne last week. With interactive sessions led by experts in storytelling and public speaking, the Superstars worked on how to deliver their science in a concise and effective way. The group also swapped experiences, advice and some laughs as they found […]

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Be part of a roadmap for robotic vision in Australia

The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision has begun the process of forging a Roadmap for robotic vision in Australia. Robotic vision is the application of computer vision to robotics, and enables robotic technologies to add value to industries that require automation in complex physical environments. As part of building this Roadmap, the Centre will be […]

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STA submission: Review of the National Gene Technology Scheme

STA convened an expert working group of representatives from our membership to prepare a submission for the Review of the National Gene Technology Scheme. The focus of our submission was to highlight the fast pace of research in gene technology, the need for better public understanding and education around this research, the value in benchmarking against other […]

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Search begins for STEM leaders to join STA Executive Committee

Following the successful election of STA’s newest board members, nominations have now opened for the STA Executive Committee. The following positions are open for nomination: • Vice President (two year appointment) • Treasurer (two year appointment) • Early Career Representative (two year appointment) • General Representative (one year appointment) The successful candidates will join our current Executive Committee members, who include Emma Johnston […]

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New Board members elected to lead science and tech peak body

Science & Technology Australia (STA) has elected three new leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to its Board, to represent scientists and technologists working in a range of disciplines. Our newest Board members are: Professor Rebecca Ritchie, Medical and Cognitive Sciences Representative Professor Rebecca Ritchie is an experimental pharmacologist based at the Baker […]

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Lift-off for our Superstars of STEM

Our 30 Superstars of STEM have begun their journey towards becoming a new generation of role models for Australian girls and young women. They have completed their first workshop on “becoming an online influencer”, which was hosted online over three weeks. Developing skills in social media and connecting with people online, the Superstars have begun […]

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What’s the big idea?

Applications for this opportunity have closed. Have you got a great, interesting or disruptive idea to kick along the commercialisation of research, improve academic-private sector collaboration or catapult Australia’s knowledge economy into the stratosphere? Here’s your chance to tell it to leaders in STEM and business, and set tongues wagging. We want to give you […]

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2017 Professional Scientists Remuneration Survey

The annual scientists remuneration survey is now open, and by taking part you could win an iPad Mini or Samsung Galaxy Tablet. This is the most comprehensive annual survey of scientist remuneration and employment conditions undertaken in Australia, run by Professional Scientists Australia in conjunction with Science & Technology Australia. The information you provide will help benchmark […]

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Science meets Business – registrations now open!

Registrations for Science meets Business are now open, and members of STA and leaders in business and industry are invited to register now. Speakers will include Senator Arthur Sinodinos (Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science), Catherine Livingston (UTS Vice-Chancellor), Senator Kim Carr (Shadow Minister for Industry, Innovation, Science and Research) and many more leading figures […]

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Worrying estimates predict big cuts to STEM at unis

According to an analysis by Universities Australia, cuts to universities could mean $405 million less for STEM degrees – around 35% of proposed $1.2 billion in cuts nation-wide. The estimated cuts across STEM disciplines over the next four years are predicted as follows: Speaking with the Australian, STA CEO Kylie Walker said there was a host […]

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STA Board nominations now open

Applications have closed – appointments will be announced in October. Science & Technology Australia are seeking nominations for a number of positions on our Board. To nominate, you must be a member of an STA member (non-affiliate) – you can find the full list of eligible organisations here. We particularly welcome nominations from those with […]

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Statement from the National Research and Innovation Alliance

This media release was distributed on behalf of the National Research and Innovation Alliance. Basic research and long-term funding focus welcomed by Australia’s research leaders The National Research and Innovation Alliance welcomes Labor’s science, innovation and research agenda outlined today by the Opposition Leader, the Hon Bill Shorten MP. The Opposition Leader laid out his […]

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STA celebrates a great 2016/17

Last financial year, Science & Technology Australia successfully amplified the voices of our members, advocated for science and technology on the federal stage, reached a record number of Australians through our numerous communications channels, and increased our capacity to represent Australia’s STEM sector, with membership growth of 12.5%. We also created our new Superstars of […]

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Tangible outcomes follow Science meets Policymakers

Better ways to apply the huge volumes of data being generated and new pathways to encourage and support international research collaboration were among the obstacles to overcome and plans for the future discussed during workshops between scientists, technologists and policymakers today. STEM professionals and government policymakers came together in Canberra to craft tangible outcomes and […]

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Role of evidence in policymaking redefined in Canberra today

More than 100 scientists and policymakers met in Canberra to discuss burning issues in Australian science and technology. At a time where society is facing numerous challenges that can and should be informed by science and technology, experts will discuss why evidence, research, and reason lead to the best policy outcomes. This year’s Science meets […]

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Leading scientists flag concern for climate science

Science & Technology Australia urges the government to address a shortfall in climate scientists following the release of a Review of Climate Science Capability by the Australian Academy of Science today. Australia contributes significantly to the global effort to measure climate and weather, which has ramifications for Australia’s defence capability, primary production, risk mitigation, and […]

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When science meets policy, great things are possible

How do we ensure people who live in developing nations in Australia’s corner of the world can enjoy the same kind of continuous access to clean water and sanitation as most of Australia? What can we do to evaluate the positive economic benefits of excellent environmental management? Where would we like our science and technology […]

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STA searches for Policy and Projects Officer

Applications for this position have closed.   This new role presents an exciting opportunity to help shape the way in which the peak Australian science body influences and works with federal policy for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Science & Technology Australia represents more than 60,000 Australians who create and apply knowledge in every scientific […]

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Superstars to smash science gender stereotypes

30 female scientists and technologists have been named the first Superstars of STEM – ready to smash stereotypes and forge a new generation of role models for young women and girls. More than 300 applicants vied for a spot to be a Superstar, with the successful candidates to receive training and development to use social […]

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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

Applications for this role have closed. Digital Content Producer The digital content producer will be responsible for the creation, design, distribution and management of content for Science & Technology Australia’s social media, website, newsletter, and other communications channels. This is an exciting opportunity to work with skilled communications professionals to shape a new role. The […]

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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 […]