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Deep concerns over Australia’s future if students’ maths and science performance not improved

The national peak body for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) has warned that Australia’s future is at risk as performance declines amongst Australian maths and science students. Professor Emma Johnston, President of Science & Technology Australia, says that without a strong foundation for the next generation, Australia will find it harder and more expensive […]

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Time to celebrate the achievements of Australian innovators and entrepreneurs

Science & Technology Australia (STA) has partnered with #AUSinnovates to share the success stories of Australian innovation and commercialisation. The project aims to highlight the significant contribution of Australian science and technology to innovative and life-changing inventions and applications for research. The initiative already features Stormseal, a product that helps people stay safely in their […]

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Australia’s 70,000 scientists and technologists welcome visionary Innovation Strategy

National peak body Science & Technology Australia (STA) has applauded the release of the Australia 2030: Prosperity through Innovation report today. With five national imperatives and 30 recommendations for government, the 2030 Strategy represents an important step towards making Australia a clever country again. STA President Professor Emma Johnston said with science and mathematics results […]

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New leading voices for science and technology in Australia

Leading marine scientist and broadcaster Professor Emma Johnston has become President of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics sector’s peak body, Science & Technology Australia (STA). Professor Johnston was confirmed as President at the STA annual general meeting in Sydney today, taking on the role from outgoing President Emeritus Professor Jim Piper AO. A leading […]

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The future is bright for the business of Australian science: experts

Australian science and technology is well placed to seize opportunities to commercialise at home and abroad, according to experts gathered in Sydney. Leaders in research and investment are meeting at Science meets Business to discuss the future of Australia’s knowledge economy, including: UTS Chancellor and Commonwealth Bank Chair, Catherine Livingstone; Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation […]

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Leading Australian women in business and science join Superstars of STEM

An impressive group of Australian businesswomen, scientists, and technologists have signed up to become mentors for the Superstars of STEM program. Mentors include the Hon Terri Butler MP; former ABC Catalyst presenter, Dr Jonica Newby;Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation at the University of South Australia, Professor Tanya Monro; and many more leaders in business, science, technology, […]

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Cuts to key future-building research infrastructure

A Senate Committee’s recommendation to wind up the Education Investment Fund (EIF) will have tangible negative effects on Australia’s capacity for research. The peak body for science and technology has labeled the move shortsighted and potentially damaging to research at Australian universities. Kylie Walker, CEO of Science & Technology Australia (STA), said current funding for […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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 […]