The most important on the calendar each year is Science meets Parliament which brings up to 200 scientists from across Australia face-to-face with the decision makers in Canberra. The issue to be tackled at this year’s highlight event is the importance of science to the economy.
Science meets Parliament brings together about 200 of Australia’s top scientist and puts them face-to-face with the decision makers in Canberra.
The theme for the 2011 conference was: The importance of Science to the Economy
Capital Hill lives and breathes science for the day at this annual event that began in 1999. Scientists inform our parliamentarians on the big issues then stay tuned to see decision-making in action.
The annual conference aims to:
- give scientists with unique personal development opportunities,
- allow scientists to understand the competing rationalities of science, politics and public policy,
- stimulate and inform Parliament’s discussion of scientific issues that underpin Australia’s economic, social and environmental well-being,
- improve the understanding of science through the wider community,
- build links between scientists, politicians and policy makers 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.