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Praised as saviours, factories now facing R and D cuts

The manufacturing sector plead its case at a Senate inquiry on Monday against planned cuts to research and development tax incentives, saying such a cut would run counter to the Government’s promise to put it “front and centre” of economic recovery plans. But the Government says it remains committed to helping the sector transform and […]

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Science and tech the key to economic recovery

This story was originally published by Stuart Kennedy in InnovationAus. Australia’s scientists and tech workers have a vital role in helping lead the country out of the socio-economic trauma caused by COVID-19, the woman in charge of our peak science and technology body says. Misha Schubert is the chief executive of Science and Technology Australia […]

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Science led our COVID success; now it can rebuild our economy

Today’s reaffirmation that science will be core to Australia’s future economic growth, new industries and new jobs has been welcomed by the science and technology sector. In a speech to the National Press Club, Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said Australia’s success to contain COVID-19 was due to a strong bipartisan embrace of scientific expertise. Science […]

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Uni students in STEM degrees to pay less

Most university students who choose science, technology, engineering and maths subjects in the future would pay less for their degrees under changes announced today by Education Minister Dan Tehan. The proposed changes would cut the cost to students by 62 per cent for a maths degree and 20 per cent for science, IT and engineering […]

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Expert scientific evidence key to avert future megafires

Expert scientific evidence should guide every element of Australia’s bushfire prevention, mitigation and recovery efforts, the nation’s peak body for science and technology has urged. In a submission to the Senate inquiry on the devastating 2019-2020 bushfire season, Science & Technology Australia says the strong embrace by Governments of science evidence to stop COVID-19 should be […]

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Science meets Parliament scholarships awarded

Science & Technology Australia (STA) has awarded six scholarships to attend this year’s Science meets Parliament event, adding to the rich diversity of STEM professionals connecting with Parliamentarians in Canberra this November. The following scholarships have been awarded: Regional STEM Scholarship Dr Razia Shaik, Research Officer, Charles Sturt University – Women in STEMM Australia Dr […]

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New science and technology leadership in opposition

Australia’s science and technology peak body has welcomed the new shadow ministry announced by Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese over the weekend. President of Science & Technology Australia, Professor Emma Johnston AO, said the sector looked forward to working with Shadow Ministers across multiple portfolios relevant to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). “We welcome the […]

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Gratitude for Senator following departure from shadow ministry

As Senator the Hon Kim Carr today announced his decision not to renominate as Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Science & Technology Australia thanked him for his years of service to the solutions sector. Serving as both Minister and Shadow Minister for science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the Labor team for […]

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Australia’s STEM sector looks to the opportunities ahead

Science & Technology Australia (STA) extends its congratulations to the coalition on its re-election yesterday. We look forward to continuing to work with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his government to ensure a strong, stable and thriving STEM sector. The STEM sector was pleased that during the campaign the coalition acknowledged the importance of science […]

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New report exposes economic and social value of STEM organisations

The significant contributions of science and technology representative organisations have been reaffirmed by a report released today. Commissioned by Science & Technology Australia (STA) and conducted by research firm Rapid Context, the inaugural STEM Associations and Societies Review found STEM organisations are making significant contributions to Australia’s social and economic prosperity. This is achieved through […]

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Election 2019: Parties use science to set themselves apart

The major parties have laid out their science and technology platform for Australian voters, with clear differences in their approach and vision for empowering the solutions sector. Responding to a survey from peak body Science & Technology Australia (STA), the Coalition, the Labor Party and the Greens have all given clear answers to issues of […]

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Back in the black, but vision for science veers off track

The national peak body for scientists has warned that the 2019/2020 Budget has missed the opportunity to invest in solution-making scientific and technological research and Australia’s world-class institutions and agencies that make it possible. President of Science & Technology Australia, Professor Emma Johnston AO, said the Federal Budget was a mixed result for Australia’s science […]

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Australia continues to lead in STEM gender equity

Science & Technology Australia (STA) welcomes the announcement of further investment in gender equity programs in STEM by Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews MP. Of the $3.4 million announced, $1.8 million will go towards supporting the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program, and $1.5 million will be invested in a digital […]

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Australian decision-makers urged to solve it with science

Collectively representing more than 70,000 Australian scientists and technologists through our membership and staff, we call for science to be a priority platform for the major parties’ campaigns in the next federal election. Science and technology will shape our future and help us solve some of the greatest challenges we face. It will underpin the […]

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Google announces Superstars of STEM partnership

Google has strengthened its support for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, becoming Technology Partner for the acclaimed Superstars of STEM program. The program, run by Science & Technology Australia (STA), aims to smash gender assumptions and empower leading female scientists, technologists, researchers and educators to become well-known public role models. CEO of STA, […]

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International Womens Day: It’s time to #NominateHer

This International Womens Day (8 March), Science & Technology Australia is calling on every Australian to #NominateHer to celebrate inspiring, capable women across the country. A recent study published in Nature looked at the recipients of awards in biomedicine in the USA, and it found a stark gap in gender representation.  President of Science & Technology Australia, […]

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Sexual harassment a significant issue for STEM sector

A voluntary survey of Australian STEM professionals has found that half of all female respondents had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, and respondents who identified as LGBTQI+ were more likely to have experienced sexual harassment at work. Conducted to inform a National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces by the Australian Human Rights […]