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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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Superstars of STEM rocket through pilot year

The first 30 Superstars of STEM have graduated, following a year of training, support, and opportunities to speak with the media, decision makers, mentors, students and teachers across Australia. Kylie Walker, CEO of Science & Technology Australia, said the world-first program has set some impressive milestones in its first year, and is already starting to […]

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STA seeks Video and Digital Content Producer

Video and Digital Content Producer Part time role (19 hours/2.5 days a week) 12 month contract with the possibility of extension Salary: $32,608 per annum ($64,358 full time equivalent) plus super The Video and Digital Content Producer will be responsible for the creation, design, and management of content for Science & Technology Australia’s social media, […]

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STA President awarded Queen’s Birthday Honours

The President of Science & Technology Australia (STA) has been named an Officer of the Order of Australia. Professor Emma Johnston AO, was recognised for her work in marine ecology and for her contributions to strengthening Australia’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). CEO of STA, Ms Kylie Walker, congratulated Professor Johnston on behalf of […]

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STEM Sector Policy Committee calls for applicants

** APPLICATIONS TO JOIN THIS COMMITTEE HAVE CLOSED ** Science & Technology Australia are seeking candidates to join our STEM Sector Policy Committee, to support the organisation’s policy and advocacy work. Members will serve a term of two years, and are required to participate in monthly Committee meetings and contribute to the formation of policy […]

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Government responds to 2030 Plan

The government has responded to Australia 2030: Prosperity through Innovation, a report published by the Office of Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) in January this year. Of 30 recommendations made by ISA, the Government has stated its support for 17 and “in-principle” support for 10 more. Following its release, STA applauded the Report’s focus on […]

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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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STA welcomes Opposition focus on education and STEM skills

Science & Technology Australia has welcomed the Federal Opposition’s pledge to strengthen Australia’s future prosperity through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and increase the number of STEM skilled people within the Australian workforce. In his Federal Budget Reply Speech the Opposition Leader, the Hon Bill Shorten MP, said a Labor government would lift caps on commonwealth-supported university […]

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2018-19 Budget Analysis

Want to know what’s in store for science and technology after this week’s Federal Budget announcements? Here’s the break-down for science and technology. General funding (click to expand) STA is glad to see that the majority of science and technology funding bodies and research agencies have received a funding increase in line with the inflation […]

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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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STA’s plans for the 2018/19 Federal Budget

Australia’s Federal Budget will be handed down next Tuesday (8 May), and STA will be on the ground to analyse the impact on the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sector. On Budget night we will share with you the government’s plans for the R&D Tax Incentive, any new investment in research infrastructure, any changes […]

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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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Industry has crucial role to play in STEM education

The vital link between education and industry has been highlighted in a report presented to the Council of Australian Governments by the STEM Partnerships Forum, chaired by Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel. Science & Technology Australia (STA) is heartened by the report’s recommendations, which look to tackle decreasing enrolments in STEM subjects and a […]

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Australia and the United States allied on the science front

For the first time, the peak scientific bodies from Australia and the USA have struck a partnership to facilitate better cooperation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Science & Technology Australia (STA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) have today pledged to combine their voices to enhance the role of […]

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Unlocking the code to the brain: Australia can hold the key

The human brain is a complex system: the most sophisticated machine that science has ever encountered. For thousands of years, its workings have been locked in obscurity. Today, we are discovering just how much we have still to learn. Some of Australia’s leading experts in brain science and technology shared their work with Australia’s decision […]

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Early childhood program for STEM will be building block for success

The nation’s peak body for science and technology today congratulated the government on a STEM program for pre-schoolers announced over the weekend. This strong show of support for STEM education demonstrates confident leadership and planning for Australia’s future. Science & Technology Australia President, Professor Emma Johnston, said connecting children’s natural curiosity with skills in science […]

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Promoting STEM is a necessity, not a fad

This piece was originally published in the Sydney Morning Herald in response to comments by the NSW Education Minister. The promotion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education is more than a fad: it is a much-needed movement to encourage a well-rounded education that is essential to Australian students. The focus on STEM, resulting from a […]

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Celebrating our STEM leaders this International Women’s Day

At Science & Technology Australia (STA), we are lucky to have some of Australia’s leading women in STEM – researchers, innovators, communicators and advocates – as members of our leadership group. We are excited to celebrate them this International Women’s Day for the contributions they have made to their field, to Australian science and technology, […]

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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 […]