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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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MERGA membership doubled after launch of new website

A new website has the potential to dramatically improve your member retention and renewal, something that the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) has demonstrated with their newly launched website. Science & Technology Australia encourages STEM societies, associations and organisations to consider implementing regular reviews of their online channels to ensure they are communicating […]

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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 […]

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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, […]