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Research grants allocations must remain independent

Peak body Science & Technology Australia today emphasised the importance of maintaining independence in the federal research granting process, following revelations that former Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham interfered with the last Australian Research Council (ARC) grants round. “To have projects rejected by a minister, based on their personal opinion, represents an inexcusable […]

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New science and tech leaders join STA board

The future of Australian science and technology is looking bright, following the election of nine new members to the Board of peak body Science & Technology Australia. The new Board members are: Agricultural and food sciences: Dr Damien Belobrajdic, Nutritional Society of Australia (SA Co-Chair); Senior scientist at CSIRO Health and Biosecurity Biological Sciences: Professor […]

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Research and development investment drooping

As the nation gathers to celebrate Australia’s best and brightest scientists for the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, Science & Technology Australia (STA) would like to remind the government that it takes more than accolades for great science – it takes strong investment. STA was concerned to see that with the release of the Science, […]

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Medical research investment returns big dividend

A report from the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI) has highlighted the immense value of the nation’s medical research, finding that for every dollar spent on medical research, Australia enjoys a $3.90 return on investment. Importantly, the report also predicts that investment through the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) will see this return […]

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Leading Australians unlock potential of new tech and big data

Today, hundreds of Australian science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business leaders are pondering the potential of big data and high tech to secure a more prosperous future for Australia. Professor Emma Johnston AO, President of Science & Technology Australia, says experts from Microsoft, Google, Pfizer, and many other industry leaders will meet with researchers from […]

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STEM sector relieved to see Science Minister reinstated

Science & Technology Australia (STA) has congratulated the new Prime Minister for his appointment of the Hon Karen Andrews MP as Minister for Industry, Science and Technology. President of STA, Professor Emma Johnston AO, said scientists and technologists breathed a sigh of relief following the decision over the weekend by the Hon Scott Morison and […]

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Searching for the next Superstars of STEM

Minister for Jobs and Innovation Michaelia Cash and Assistant Minister for Science Zed Seselja this morning launched a nation-wide search for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with the passion, talent and drive to become superstars. The pair joined Science & Technology Australia (STA) and a group of extraordinary women in STEM at […]

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Australia’s research funding under the microscope

A more transparent research funding system; a streamlined grant application process; and a Research Future Fund are the priorities highlighted by peak body Science & Technology Australia in its submission to the Inquiry into Funding Australia’s Research. CEO of STA, Kylie Walker, commended enduring investment in research through the Australian Research Council (ARC), the creation […]

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STEM qualified teachers will provide spark, but unis need investment to ignite Australia’s future

Science & Technology Australia welcomed the Government’s call today to improve Australian secondary students’ access to science- and maths-qualified teachers. CEO of Science & Technology Australia (STA), Ms Kylie Walker, said two decades of declines in high school maths and science results and enrolments were a significant risk to Australia’s future capability and prosperity. “Intermediate […]

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Science peak concerned with falling public investment in research

Science & Technology Australia (STA) today said it was concerned at the decline in public investment in science represented by the latest figures on Australian government expenditure on research and development (GOVERD). According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, GOVERD decreased 2% in current price terms and 4% in chain volume terms between 2014-15 and […]

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Research Infrastructure Plan: a critical first step

The nation’s peak science and technology body welcomes the Australian government’s first step to secure the future of Australia’s research sector, acting on the National Research Infrastructure Roadmap published more than two years ago. CEO of Science & Technology Australia (STA), Kylie Walker, said the STEM sector would be pleased to see the government’s commitment […]

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STEM a winner in this year’s budget

Science and technology has been given a much-needed boost in the Federal Budget handed down today. The peak body for science, technology, engineering and mathematics – Science & Technology Australia (STA) – has welcomed the support at a time where science and technology is at a crossroads. Significant funding boosts for crucial scientific research infrastructure […]

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STEM leaders forge path to stronger Australian science and technology

Presidents, CEOs and other leaders of Australia’s most prominent science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) organisations gathered in Canberra to highlight the important role that science and technology will play in Australia’s future. They released the following statement: Collectively representing more than 70,000 Australian scientists and technologists through our membership and staff, we call for […]

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Workplace safety paramount to flourishing STEM sectors

Scientists and technologists work at the very edges of the unknown – which can be a dangerous place. So workplace safety has long been an important issue for the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sectors. As a result, there are well-advanced processes and procedures in place that work towards zero-harm in Australia’s laboratories, offices […]

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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 […]