Meet Australia’s newest Superstars of STEM

Australia’s newest Superstars of STEM – 60 brilliant women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics who want to step into the spotlight as experts in their fields – will be announced today. The new Superstars reflects the strong diversity of women in STEM – including three Indigenous scientists and engineers, and a record number of […]


Media Release: STA announces new President-elect and Executive

Science & Technology Australia is pleased to announce the election of new members to its Executive Committee at STA’s Annual General Meeting today. Silo-busting innovator and industry-engaged research entrepreneur Professor Mark Hutchinson is STA’s new President-elect. He will become President at the end of our next AGM in November 2021. For seven years, Mark has […]

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Media Release: STA warmly welcomes Dr Cathy Foley as Chief Scientist

Science & Technology Australia has warmly welcomed today’s announcement that former STA President Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM FAA FTSE will take the reins as Australia’s next Chief Scientist. Science & Technology Australia President Associate Professor Jeremy Brownlie congratulated Dr Foley on behalf of the STA membership representing Australia’s 80,000 scientists and technologists. “Cathy is […]


Strong skills and diversity among new STA Board directors

Australia’s peak body for science and technology has today welcomed four new members to its Board of Directors, representing strong diversity and breadth in STEM disciplines. STA announced the following new appointees to its Board: Agricultural and food sciences – Mr Michael Walker, Soil Science Australia Executive Officer Biological sciences – Dr Tatiana Soares da […]

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Scientists at risk; we need to celebrate their work more

A new report has found almost 1 in 5 scientists surveyed this year have thought about leaving the profession permanently, citing lack of recognition and career advancement opportunities. Taken at the height of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the survey highlights the need for us to celebrate Australia’s scientists more and affirm how […]


Media release: A rapid review key to avert setbacks for STEM

Science & Technology Australia has urged the Australian Government to especially ensure the adequacy of funding for STEM as it reviews its higher education changes in 18 months’ time. This would enable any setbacks for STEM to be identified and rectified swiftly, after the complex changes in the Government’s higher education legislation passed the Senate […]


Research revival a step towards STEM-smart recovery

A billion dollar boost to university research and a half a billion COVID-19 lifeline for the national science agency are a “shot in the arm” for Australia’s job-creating research capability.  The nation’s peak body for science and technology also backs the Government’s decision to drop a proposed $2 billion cut to the R&D tax incentive […]

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Employment Opportunity with STA

Science and Technology Australia is looking for a person to join our team in Canberra. Program Assistant – Superstars of STEM (Part time) Our Superstars of STEM program is looking for a motivated and experienced Program Assistant to join our team. The ideal candidate will be highly organised, demonstrate good judgement, be articulate and a […]


Nominations open for STA Executive Committee

Closing date for STA Executive nominations have been extended to COB Monday 19 October If you’re passionate about STEM and want to make a positive impact on our sector, we want to hear from you! Science & Technology Australia invites candidates for several positions on our Executive Committee. This is an exciting opportunity for outstanding […]

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Joint opening statement to Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Inquiry

Joint opening statement by Universities Australia, Science & Technology Australia and the Australian Academy of Science to the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Inquiry into identification of leading practices in ensuring evidence-based regulation of farm practices that impact water quality outcomes in the Great Barrier Reef. I would like to […]


STA signs on to APEC principles to support women in STEM

Building on our longstanding commitment to support women in STEM, Science & Technology Australia has formally signed on to the APEC Women in STEM Principles. And our Chief Executive Officer addressed an APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology & Innovation forum overnight on the impact of COVID-19 on equity, diversity and inclusion. The APEC Women […]


Nominations now open for STA Board

Are you a STEM professional passionate about our sector, and keen to make a difference? Then we need you! Science & Technology Australia is seeking nominations for our Board. To nominate, you must be a member of an STA ordinary member (non-affiliate). You can find the full list of eligible organisations here. We seek outstanding candidates […]


STA submission to the Jobs-ready Graduates Package draft legislation

Science & Technology Australia recently made a submission to the Jobs-ready Graduates Package Draft Legislation. To improve the proposed legislation STA is making the following recommendations:  the Government amend the legislation and maintain the current total base funding to universities per student place in STEM degrees. This would avert financial incentives in the legislation for […]

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The STEM experts guiding Australia’s Covid-19 success give behind-the-scenes insights for National Science Week

For the official launch of National Science Week 2020, leading STEM experts who have contributed to Australia’s Covid-19 successes will reveal how expertise helped Australia to navigate the chaotic first months of the pandemic. National Science Week will forge ahead with a calendar of over 1,000 events nationally despite the continuing challenges of Covid-19. Science […]


Scientists sense community trust in science is on the rise – even as they face job losses and pay freezes amid COVID-19

Results of a nationwide survey of over 1,000 professional scientists and researchers shows COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the science workforce in Australia. In a first snapshot of the impact of the pandemic on scientists’ jobs and wages, a survey by Professional Scientists Australia and Science & Technology Australia found despite the frontline […]



Science & Technology Australia has today welcomed eminent stem cell researcher Megan Munsie to its influential STEM Sector Policy Committee. Professor Megan Munsie (representing Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research) will join returning members Dr Kathy Nicholson (the Australian Institute of Machine Learning) and Dr Pallave Dasari (Women in STEMM). Professor Munsie is also the Deputy […]



Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made gains in Australia’s STEM workforce in the decade to 2016, but further major efforts are needed to achieve equality. The 2020 Australia’s STEM Workforce Report reveals some progress in pursuing greater diversity in the science, technology, engineering and maths workforce, but confirms there is much more to […]


STEM Jobs At Risk Without A JobKeeper Lifeline For Unis

Jobs in the science, technology, engineering and maths workforce are now at greater risk as hundreds more job losses start to be announced at universities across the country. The peak body for the science and technology sector is asking the Australian Government to take a fresh look at the damage being inflicted by the pandemic […]


Praised as saviours, factories now facing R and D cuts

The manufacturing sector plead its case at a Senate inquiry on Monday against planned cuts to research and development tax incentives, saying such a cut would run counter to the Government’s promise to put it “front and centre” of economic recovery plans. But the Government says it remains committed to helping the sector transform and […]


Science and tech the key to economic recovery

This story was originally published by Stuart Kennedy in InnovationAus. Australia’s scientists and tech workers have a vital role in helping lead the country out of the socio-economic trauma caused by COVID-19, the woman in charge of our peak science and technology body says. Misha Schubert is the chief executive of Science and Technology Australia […]


Science led our COVID success; now it can rebuild our economy

Today’s reaffirmation that science will be core to Australia’s future economic growth, new industries and new jobs has been welcomed by the science and technology sector. In a speech to the National Press Club, Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said Australia’s success to contain COVID-19 was due to a strong bipartisan embrace of scientific expertise. Science […]


Uni students in STEM degrees to pay less

Most university students who choose science, technology, engineering and maths subjects in the future would pay less for their degrees under changes announced today by Education Minister Dan Tehan. The proposed changes would cut the cost to students by 62 per cent for a maths degree and 20 per cent for science, IT and engineering […]


Expert scientific evidence key to avert future megafires

Expert scientific evidence should guide every element of Australia’s bushfire prevention, mitigation and recovery efforts, the nation’s peak body for science and technology has urged. In a submission to the Senate inquiry on the devastating 2019-2020 bushfire season, Science & Technology Australia says the strong embrace by Governments of science evidence to stop COVID-19 should be […]