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Science & Technology Australia contributes to conversations around science and technology in Australia. We comment on national policy, investment, priorities for the sectors, and advocate on behalf of our varied membership.

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LATEST MEDIA RELEASES

Mid year economic and fiscal outlook

Calls for intelligent investment of projected surplus

The peak body for science and technology has again warned of research and development cuts, while welcoming a projected return to surplus announced by the government today. The sector is calling for intelligent investment to build a prosperous future for years to come, not just a favourable Budget outcome in 2019. The Mid Year Economic […]

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New constellation of Superstars of STEM discovered in Australia

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, has named 60 Superstars of STEM following selection of some of Australia’s most inspiring scientists, technologists and educators. The women will smash gender stereotypes by being public examples of the diverse range of people working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and being […]

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Quantum of Australia’s success high

Australia is brimming with potential according to leading experts in quantum science and technology, and the time to capitalise on this potential is now. Scientists, technologists, Parliamentarians, policy makers and senior members of the STEM sector met in Canberra for the Parliamentary Friends of Science this morning, with a focus on quantum technologies. Co-chaired by […]

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Relief as ARC funding announcements made

The announcement of Australian Research Council (ARC) funding for 2019 by Minister for Education, Dan Tehan MP, has been welcomed by the science, technology, engineering and mathematics sectors. Science & Technology Australia contacted the Minister this week to call for an end to the funding delay, which was threatening the ability for researchers to adequately […]

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Delays to ARC now worst on record

The research sector is experiencing the longest delay to Australian Research Council (ARC) funding announcements in history [1]. Leaders of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics sector – representing tens of thousands of STEM professionals from across Australia – are meeting in Melbourne today, and have collectively called for urgent action from government to address […]

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Science gender pay gap too wide and job insecurity persists: new report

The gender pay gap is more pronounced in science than the broader Australian workforce, and more than two-thirds of scientists believe cost-cutting is imperilling the nation’s capacity to stay internationally competitive, according to a new national report published today. Science & Technology Australia (STA) and Professionals Australia conducted its annual Scientists Employment and Remuneration Survey […]

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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 […]