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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 […]

2019-20 Budget

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 […]

Solve it with Science

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 […]

Superstars and Google mark a new partnership

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 […]

Menindee lakes, site of three fish kills

If evidence wins, the Murray Darling River System wins

The peak body for science and technology today commended two expert scientific reports investigating three mass fish kills in Menindee, NSW, and called for bipartisan support and action on their recommendations. Science & Technology Australia said both reports, collated by leading scientists, have made clear findings that multiple waterflow issues are compromising the health of […]

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New partnership to ignite positive change

The Australian gas sector has thrown its weight behind one of Australia’s most prominent gender equity programs today following the announcement of a new partnership. The Brighter program has become the newest partner of Science & Technology Australia’s Superstars of STEM program. The Brighter program is designed to improve awareness amongst Australians on the benefits of natural gas, including […]

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 […]

2018 Remuneration survey

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 […]