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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Employment Opportunities with STA

Science and Technology Australia is looking for two people to join our team in Canberra. Applications are now open for: Superstars of STEM Program Manager (Full time) The Superstars of STEM Program Manager leads the development, implementation and growth of the national Superstars of STEM program. The role serves as the main point of contact […]

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How to ‘Marie Kondo’ Your Writing | Webinar

Join us for this writing masterclass inspired by the queen of domestic decluttering. This session will teach the craft of writing well. Glean expert tips on how to declutter – and become a stronger and more persuasive author. You’ll come away with a clear set of insights to apply straight away in your member communications, […]

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Keep it Moving through COVID19

During the pandemic, more people have become sedentary as they work from home. Gyms, recreational centres and pools have been closed. This is particularly alarming given evidence from the Dallas Bedrest studies of the 1960s showed that just three weeks of inactivity had the equivalent effect of 30 years of ageing on the cardiovascular system. […]

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Pandemic risks wiping out hard-won gains by women in STEM

Hard won gains for women’s advancement in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) workforce are now at risk of a major setback due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even before the pandemic hit, women were under-represented in STEM. Early evidence from during the shutdown suggests women in the STEM sector have suffered even greater job […]

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Engaging with Parliament in the time of COVID-19 | Webinar

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way do things. This includes our engagement with Members of Parliament – whether they are our local member or a Minister and Shadow Minister. Parliament is sitting rarely, while MPs are being flooded with calls from their local constituents looking for help to access relief payments and visa extensions. […]

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2020 Professional Scientist Remuneration Survey

Professionals Australia and Science & Technology Australia invite you to participate in the annual Professional Scientist Employment and Remuneration Survey. Through this survey, you will contribute to the most comprehensive benchmark report of scientist remuneration and employment conditions in Australia. The survey will also provide important insights into the unprecedented impact that COVID19 has had […]

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Bushfire disaster recovery continues through COVID-19

As the nation grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, bushfire-ravaged parts of Australia are still recovering from summer blazes which destroyed lives and homes, and devastated our unique ecosystems and wildlife species. One of Science & Technology Australia’s member societies is leading crucial work to help our native ecosystems recover from the bushfire crisis. The Ecological […]

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Science and tech sector backs call for greater sovereign capability

The peak body for Australia’s science and technology sectors has backed a call by Industry and Science Minister Karen Andrews for Australia to develop greater “sovereign capability” in manufacturing underpinned by strong local research and development. Science & Technology Australia President Associate Professor Jeremy Brownlie said the coronavirus pandemic had thrown into stark relief the […]

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STA members offer data support for COVID-19 research

Australian leaders in high-performance computing (HPC) have come together to offer additional computation and data resources in the fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 Accelerated Access Initiatives from the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre and the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI Australia) will help research projects analyse, store and share data. Services available include high-performance computing on […]

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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 […]

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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 focusing 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 – […]

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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 […]

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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! https://t.co/qbut6RzSOJ […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]