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Australia can’t afford to lose R&D investment in recovery

Keeping investment in research and development will be vital to reboot Australia’s economic growth and solution-generating research. In its submission to the Senate inquiry into the Research & Development Tax Incentive (RDTI), Science & Technology Australia (STA) called for any changes to the Research and Development Tax Incentive to be put straight back into the […]


STA member gathers volunteers for COVID-19 testing surge

The Australian Society for Microbiology put a call out this week for volunteers trained in microbiology to register to help with extra novel coronavirus testing if needed. ASM has created a database of scientists who may be able to assist with COVID-19 testing in hospitals or other diagnostics labs across Australia as they ramp up […]

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Leading through uncertainty – a webinar

STA is pleased to present an online workshop focussing on empowering your team to continue to deliver during times of uncertainty.  In this information session you’ll refresh your leadership communication toolkit and identify easy wins to keep your team focussed.  Culture is put to the test during times of uncertainty and with confident leadership, your […]


New science ambassadors aim to put science on national agenda

Science & Technology Australia (STA) has today announced 17 STEM Ambassadors who will work together with their local MP to help bridge the gap between science and government in Australia. These STEM Ambassadors represent 17 different electorates across Australia and have been matched with MPs from across the country and the political spectrum who have […]


Australia’s bushfire response: science offers solutions

Australia’s science and technology community will mobilise its deep expertise to help the nation respond, recover and rebuild from this summer’s devastating megafires. Science & Technology Australia President Associate Professor Jeremy Brownlie said the nation’s scientists and tech community stood “ready, willing and able” to help Government and local communities in the weeks and months […]

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AFR Future Briefings Breakfast Series

We are a proud supporter of The Australian Financial Review’s flagship new event series on technology, transformation and the future of work. Through a series of incisive breakfast seminars, we invite business leaders to learn about the technological advances and cutting-edge research that are poised to shape the future of our economy and our workplaces – […]


STA announces Misha Schubert as new CEO

Science & Technology Australia has today announced Misha Schubert as its new Chief Executive. Building on a distinguished career in higher education, communications, advocacy and journalism, Misha will head STA from March 2020. Ms Schubert was formally appointed to the position at STA’s Executive Committee Meeting this morning. STA President Dr Jeremy Brownlie said Misha’s […]

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Science meets Parliament 2019 | Science has so much to say

It was the 20th year of Science meets Parliament, an important occasion for science, policy and parliamentarians to come together in Canberra: twenty years of enduring connections, conversations and sparking change. Day 1 Day 1 of Science meets Parliament gives delegates the opportunity to listen, learn, share and inspire. Hundreds of researchers and innovators from […]

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Help bridge the gap between science and parliament

If you are passionate about evidence-based, science-informed policy, apply now to become a STEM Ambassador! Science & Technology Australia is proud to launch the second round of its successful STEM Ambassador program, expanding to cover 20 federal electorates. The inaugural Ambassadors come from a wide range of science, technology, and engineering jobs, and represent nine […]

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STA elects new Executive Committee at AGM

Science & Technology Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of new members to its Executive Committee who were elected at STA’s Annual General Meeting today. Newly elected executive members include: Vice President – Tanya Ha Treasurer – Judith Dawes (re-elected) Early Career Representative – Lee Constable Ordinary member – Mark Bazzacco Today’s AGM also […]


Superstars of STEM smash it at the final workshop

Intelligent. Inspiring. Committed. Passionate. Incredible. These are just a few words used to describe our Superstars of STEM. Our Superstars travelled from across Australia last week to participate in the final workshop of the year – Communicating with Influence. Awesome, strong, intelligent, supportive and a million other descriptors these #SuperstarsOfSTEM are changing the world! […]

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Science meets Parliament supports Deadly Science

Science meets Parliament 2019 is proud to support Deadly Science, an important initiative expanding access to science for Indigenous kids. In lieu of gifts for SmP speakers, Science & Technology Australia will donate $20 in the name of each speaker to this cause. Deadly Science provides remote schools with books and scientific resources, and connects […]

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Walking hand in hand with Australian Science

As Science meets Parliament approaches, Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel writes of what can be achieved when Government walks with science hand in hand. December 1915 was a landmark time in our nation’s history. Percy Grainger and Dame Nellie Melba were setting America alight with their musical talents. Mrs Edith Widdis was basking in […]


Science & Technology Australia seeking new CEO

Science & Technology Australia (STA) is on the hunt for a new CEO to commence in early 2020, as Kylie Walker announces her departure to become CEO of Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) in the new year. This is an opportunity to work with a talented team and committed board and continue growing […]


Science & Technology Australia announces departure of CEO

Science & Technology Australia announces departure of CEO Science & Technology Australia (STA) today announces the departure of the Chief Executive Officer of the peak body, Kylie Walker, who will finish in December 2019 after an outstanding 3.5 years in the position. STA President Professor Emma Johnston said Ms Walker had been an excellent leader […]

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STA announces new Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Science & Technology Australia is proud to announce the members of its inaugural Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee. The committee will guide the formation of practical EDI resources for STA members, and advise STA on how best to advocate for a diverse and inclusive science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sector in Australia in […]

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Scientist salaries increase, but gender pay gap persists: national report

Average salaries for scientists across Australia have grown in the past year, but issues of gender pay gap, discrimination and sexual harassment persist for women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sectors, according to an annual national survey. The 2019 Professional Scientists Employment & Remuneration Report released today by Professional Scientists Australia and […]

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STA appoints new Board members

STA appoints new Board members Science & Technology Australia has announced the appointment of three newly elected members to its Board. The new Board members are: Aquatic Sciences – Associate Professor Christopher Fulton; Australian Society for Fish Biology, Australian Marine Sciences Association General Sciences – Dr Kathy Nicholson; Australian Optical Society, Women in STEMM Australia; […]

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STA President recognised as ATSE fellow

Science and Technology Australia’s President, Professor Emma Johnston AO, has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE). Professor Johnston is amongst 25 of Australia’s leading scientists and engineers – which this year includes a record 12 women – to be announced as Fellows. Professor Johnston said it was […]


STA partners with Ribit

Science & Technology Australia is proud to partner with Ribit, a new digital portal connecting tertiary educated graduates with tech, marketing and research roles and employers. In Australia, there are more than 1 million tertiary students with skills in digital, STEM, research and business. Ribit works as a digital matchmaker bringing together this early career […]

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Separation of Science and the State

There’s been a concerted effort over the last few months to point out that science isn’t perfect. The National Party’s Federal Council has just endorsed a motion to establish a watchdog, a national scientific quality assurance agency –  a push led by federal MP George Christensen. Nationals Senator Matt Canavan previously backed the call by […]


STEM leaders urged to join STA Executive

Science & Technology Australia is searching for STEM leaders to join the STA Executive committee. The following positions are open for nomination: Vice-President (2-year appointment) Treasurer (2-year appointment) Early Career Representative (2-year appointment) Ordinary Member (1-year term) The successful candidates will join our current ongoing STA Executive Committee members, who include Jeremy Brownlie (President-Elect), Darren Saunders […]

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STA CEO named an AFR Woman of Influence

Kylie Walker, CEO of Science & Technology Australia (STA), has been named one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence. Recognised for her work to create better visibility for under-represented groups throughout the community, and lead improved equity, diversity and inclusion in the STEM sector, Ms Walker said she was humbled to be named among […]

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Science meets Parliament scholarships awarded

Science & Technology Australia (STA) has awarded six scholarships to attend this year’s Science meets Parliament event, adding to the rich diversity of STEM professionals connecting with Parliamentarians in Canberra this November. The following scholarships have been awarded: Regional STEM Scholarship Dr Razia Shaik, Research Officer, Charles Sturt University – Women in STEMM Australia Dr […]

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Membership Committee: call for applicants

Science & Technology Australia is seeking three candidates to join our established Membership Committee, which is comprised of 5 members. The purpose of the committee is to advise on the strategic direction of membership, which includes but is not exclusive to membership structure, opportunities and strategic initiatives. This Committee is a permanent Committee of the […]

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Building better diversity and inclusion in STEM

Science & Technology Australia is supporting representative societies and associations, alongside employers and research institutes, with practical new resources to lead improvements to equity, diversity and inclusion within the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sector. Science & Technology Australia (STA) has begun rolling out templated policies, codes and other resources for member organisations to […]

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STA becomes Decadal Plan Champion

STA joins ANSTO, Raytheon Australia, and the University of Sydney as the inaugural Champions of the Women in STEM Decadal Plan. The Decadal Plan provides a framework to guide the actions of government, industry, academia and the education sector over the next ten years, to achieve gender equity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). […]

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Shape the future, join the STA Board

Science & Technology Australia is seeking nominations for a number of positions on the STA 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. Science & Technology Australia is an inclusive organisation. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Australians, people […]

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2018/19 a big year for Science & Technology Australia

We’ve summarised our achievements in 2018/19 in an infographic below to capture some of the highlights as we’ve worked with our members to advocate for a thriving science and technology sector. We’re proud to support more than 80 member organisations to flourish; to share achievements in Australian STEM with a growing audience; to connect more […]

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STA recruiting new Communications Manager

*APPLICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION HAVE CLOSED* Science & Technology Australia is the leading voice for Australia’s STEM sector, representing 82 member organisations and, through them, more than 77,000 STEM professionals. Join a small team working flexibly and with passion to grow the impact of this dynamic, ambitious and modern organisation with a deep commitment to […]

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STA appoints new Policy Committee members

Science & Technology Australia welcomes four new members and a special advisor to its STEM Sector Policy Committee. The newly elected members include Professor Adrian Barnett (Statistical Society of Australia), Dr Andrew Black (Stem Cells Australia), Dr Bek Christensen (Ecological Society of Australia), and Dr Kathleen Beyer (ARC Centre for Climate Extremes/Department of Planning, Industry […]

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Come and work for STA as the new Head of Partnerships

APPLICATIONS FOR THIS ROLE HAVE NOW CLOSED Head of Partnerships Reporting to the CEO, the highly motivated and experienced Head of Partnerships leads the development, implementation and growth of Science & Technology Australia’s partnerships strategy. Science & Technology Australia is the nation’s leading voice for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. With a mission to connect […]