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This climate red herring is old, and on the nose…

By Professor Emma Johnston AO, President of Science & Technology Australiaand Kylie Walker, CEO of Science & Technology Australia Professor Ian Plimer labelled the assertion that 97% of climate scientists agree humans are causing climate change as a ‘zombie statistic’ in the Australian this week – today we label his claim as a particularly pungent […]

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STA Finance Audit and Risk Committee

Science & Technology Australia is seeking nominations for the Finance Audit and Risk Committee – we are recruiting a degree qualified CPA to join as an independent member. This is an excellent opportunity to join a committee advising a national Board, led by experts spanning the scientific and technological disciplines. Network and gain governance experience […]

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Sexual Harassment Inquiry – take our survey

Science & Technology Australia is calling on individuals and organisations in the STEM sector to provide perspectives on the issue of workplace sexual harassment. STA encourages our member organisations to take part, to provide a broad and representative view of sexual harassment in workplaces across science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The survey will inform a […]

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Evidence-based conservation a focus for ESA calendar

The Ecology Society of Australia (ESA) is the peak association of ecologists in Australia, with over 1,200 members from all states and territories. The image above features in their 2019 Calendar, along with other spectacular images of Australian flora, fauna, landscapes, coasts, skies and marine environments. Each picture tells a story of the Australian environment, […]

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Calls for intelligent investment of projected surplus

The peak body for science and technology has again warned of research and development cuts, while welcoming a projected return to surplus announced by the government today. The sector is calling for intelligent investment to build a prosperous future for years to come, not just a favourable Budget outcome in 2019. The Mid Year Economic […]

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Uncertain future for R&D sector

Science & Technology Australia (STA) has echoed the concern of the university sector today, with projections warning of critically low research and development funding. With the Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) due on Monday, STA CEO Ms Kylie Walker urged the government to outline a plan to significantly boost public investment in R&D. […]

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New constellation of Superstars of STEM discovered in Australia

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, has named 60 Superstars of STEM following selection of some of Australia’s most inspiring scientists, technologists and educators. The women will smash gender stereotypes by being public examples of the diverse range of people working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and being […]

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Quantum of Australia’s success high

Australia is brimming with potential according to leading experts in quantum science and technology, and the time to capitalise on this potential is now. Scientists, technologists, Parliamentarians, policy makers and senior members of the STEM sector met in Canberra for the Parliamentary Friends of Science this morning, with a focus on quantum technologies. Co-chaired by […]

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Relief as ARC funding announcements made

The announcement of Australian Research Council (ARC) funding for 2019 by Minister for Education, Dan Tehan MP, has been welcomed by the science, technology, engineering and mathematics sectors. Science & Technology Australia contacted the Minister this week to call for an end to the funding delay, which was threatening the ability for researchers to adequately […]

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Australians invited to contribute to Science & Diplomacy

Science, research and evidence are universal languages, relying on concepts that cross cultural, linguistic and geographical boundaries. Science diplomacy is a term that began to gain widespread acceptance in 2010 to acknowledge this, and it refers to the use of scientific collaboration to advance broader diplomatic and policy objectives such as addressing shared problems, building […]

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Funding Australia’s Research Inquiry makes sound recommendations

Science & Technology Australia (STA) welcomes a report published today following the Federal Inquiry into Funding Australia’s Research. Following recent delays to Australian Research Council funding, and falling investment in research and development, it is heartening for the sector to have strong and reasoned suggestions for reversing these damaging trends. Following our submission in June, […]

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Science meets Parliament meets Canada

Reaching across the globe to enhance the impact of science and technology in decision- and policy-making, Science & Technology Australia (STA) has recently supported Canadian colleagues to establish our world-leading Science meets Parliament event in Ottawa. The inaugural event was held in early November, and saw 28 scientists and technologists from across Canada travel to […]

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Superstars of STEM: Achieving our mission to shift stereotypes

In the next few decades, we expect around 60% of new jobs created will require skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). As global challenges grow in scale and complexity, it’s becoming increasingly urgent to nurture a strong, capable and creative STEM workforce that brings diverse perspectives to problem-solving, knowledge building and solution-seeking. But […]

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New Executive Committee members elected at AGM

Today, STA has elected a range of new leaders to join our Executive Committee. Newly appointed President-Elect, Dr Jeremy Brownlie, says he is honoured to have been elected to lead Science & Technology Australia and the 70,000+ scientists and technologists that the organisation represents. “It’s important that the science, technology, engineering and mathematics sectors have […]

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Delays to ARC now worst on record

The research sector is experiencing the longest delay to Australian Research Council (ARC) funding announcements in history [1]. Leaders of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics sector – representing tens of thousands of STEM professionals from across Australia – are meeting in Melbourne today, and have collectively called for urgent action from government to address […]

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The APS Congress – setting an event apart

With the growth of the STEM sector and a mounting appetite for professional development amongst the STEM workforce, it’s important to find new and creative ways to set your offerings apart from the rest. The Australian Psychological Society (APS) did just that by expanding their annual Congress, providing new and creative ways to spark conversations […]

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Science gender pay gap too wide and job insecurity persists: new report

The gender pay gap is more pronounced in science than the broader Australian workforce, and more than two-thirds of scientists believe cost-cutting is imperilling the nation’s capacity to stay internationally competitive, according to a new national report published today. Science & Technology Australia (STA) and Professionals Australia conducted its annual Scientists Employment and Remuneration Survey […]

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Research grants allocations must remain independent

Peak body Science & Technology Australia today emphasised the importance of maintaining independence in the federal research granting process, following revelations that former Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham interfered with the last Australian Research Council (ARC) grants round. “To have projects rejected by a minister, based on their personal opinion, represents an inexcusable […]

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New science and tech leaders join STA board

The future of Australian science and technology is looking bright, following the election of nine new members to the Board of peak body Science & Technology Australia. The new Board members are: Agricultural and food sciences: Dr Damien Belobrajdic, Nutritional Society of Australia (SA Co-Chair); Senior scientist at CSIRO Health and Biosecurity Biological Sciences: Professor […]

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Research and development investment drooping

As the nation gathers to celebrate Australia’s best and brightest scientists for the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, Science & Technology Australia (STA) would like to remind the government that it takes more than accolades for great science – it takes strong investment. STA was concerned to see that with the release of the Science, […]

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2018 Science meets Business wrap

The scene was set by the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, the Hon Karen Andrews MP: “Science needs business, business needs science, and Australia needs both”. A range of leaders, from different sectors, disciplines and areas of expertise, shared a host of advice with the hundreds of delegates in attendance. The first sessions for […]

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Medical research investment returns big dividend

A report from the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI) has highlighted the immense value of the nation’s medical research, finding that for every dollar spent on medical research, Australia enjoys a $3.90 return on investment. Importantly, the report also predicts that investment through the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) will see this return […]

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Leading Australians unlock potential of new tech and big data

Today, hundreds of Australian science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business leaders are pondering the potential of big data and high tech to secure a more prosperous future for Australia. Professor Emma Johnston AO, President of Science & Technology Australia, says experts from Microsoft, Google, Pfizer, and many other industry leaders will meet with researchers from […]

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STA submission: Women in STEM Decadal Plan

STA appreciates the opportunity to provide input to inform the development of a long-term plan to support gender equity in STEM, which is a key priority for our organisation and for our sector. We hope that this decadal plan will provide the opportunity to make swift and meaningful progress towards gender equity, by building on […]

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Calling all STEM leaders, nominations for Executive Committee open

APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED STA is searching for science and technology leaders to join its Executive committee. The following positions are open for nomination: President-Elect (one year as President-elect, then at least two years as President) Secretary (two year appointment) Policy Chair (two year appointment) Early Career Representative (two year appointment) The successful candidates will join our […]