STA enjoys strong and diverse alliances and partnerships with the STEM sector, government and industry, promoting collaboration and cooperation across the breadth of Australian science and technology.
These partnerships are just one of the ways in which we work on behalf of our members, and help us to ensure that Australian scientists are represented in discussion about the future of the sector.
STA has partnered with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to facilitate better cooperation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Announced in early 2018, the partnership will involve joint activities, exchanges and collaborative initiatives to bring the Australian and US STEM sectors together.
The two organisations will also join forces to champion STEM on the global stage, highlighting the role science and technology will play in achieving a positive and productive future for all.
National Research and Innovation Alliance
STA is co-convenor of the National Research and Innovation Alliance (NRIA), the group that drew together peak science, research and higher education bodies in a united front in 2013 for the first time. The ultimate aim of the group is to secure bi-partisan support for strategic, stable, long-term funding of science and research and to put an end to stop-start funding models.
The group includes peak university bodies, STA, the learned academies, medical research peak bodies, and a range of other representative groups from the public and private sector.
Superstars of STEM
This program is also delivered through support from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
AusInnovates was founded following a challenge by the former Assistant Minister for Science, Craig Laundy MP. He said the Australian STEM sector needed to share the stories of scientific and technological commercial success in a more effective and accessible way.
STA has partnered with AusInnovates to solve this issue - to more effectively celebrate and promote the successful commercialisation of research in Australia.
We encourage all STA member organisations to take part too, and share their own success through this exciting platform.
Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia
STA is a council member of the Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia Limited (ABCA) – the national coordinating organisation for the Australian agricultural biotechnology sector.
ABCA seeks to provide scientifically accurate information to the public and policy makers regarding the importance of agricultural biotechnology to national and global food security. The group also seeks to help shape sound and responsible regulations for biotech, particularly regarding gene technology.
STA is proud to partner with Ribit, Australia’s leading job and internship matching platform for university and VET students. Ribit works to connect dynamic student talent with startups and innovative companies for meaningful, skills-building work. The platform is developed on a machine-learning algorithm that matches students to roles which align with their skills and studies, and recommends suitable student candidates to employers.
Women in STEM Decadal Plan
The Decadal Plan provides a framework to guide the actions of government, industry, academia and the education sector over the next ten years, to achieve gender equity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
An initiative of the Australian Academy of Science, STA made a submission to the Plan and provided ongoing feedback, and we have committed to continue working towards better equity, diversity and inclusion in our sector.