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 financial support of major events and conferences, the provision of professional development and formal recognition for the science and technology workforce, and through positive and effective influence on public policy.
CEO of Science & Technology Australia, Kylie Walker, said associations and societies were the backbone of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sector.
“Mostly run by volunteers and focussed on improving health and wellbeing for all Australians, these organisations do so much work behind the scenes,” Ms Walker said.
“Whether it’s nominating researchers for awards, funding young STEM professionals to travel to important conferences or events, or providing opportunities for scientists to meet – their work fuels Australian research.”
Ms Walker said the Review had captured the way these organisations were catalysing grassroots change for the better, and highlighted the key ingredients for a successful and effective representative organisation.
“Many of these organisations are leading the way when it comes to diversity and inclusion, setting the benchmark for the science and technology sector,” she said.
“We will be supporting even more associations and societies and their members to spark positive change for the STEM workforce, and for Australians more broadly.”
The full report is free for STA members, and can be purchased by non-members for $175. For more information, contact STA at firstname.lastname@example.org.