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Prominent Australians point to science as antidote for ‘alternative facts’

Australian celebrities and world-renowned scientists and technologists have signed an Open Letter to reinforce their support for, and the significant value of, science and technology. With ‘alternative facts’ on the rise and a growing disregard for evidence-based decision making internationally, these leading Australians have spoken out in defence of pursuing and using evidence to make […]

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Open Letter for Science

As Australian scientists and technologists and their champions, we write to express our strong support for our international colleagues in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Collaboration with international counterparts, in all countries and from all backgrounds, is vital to the work of STEM. The common language of STEM serves as a bridge across cultural […]

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Step up for science at the crossroads for humanity

By Alan Duffy, Swinburne University of Technology Globally, science is at a crossroads. In the USA, a protectionist stance from policymakers and an increasingly inward focus have resulted in a restive public, giving rise to protest across spheres and sectors. This has sent ripples across the world, including in Australia. While the practice of scientific inquiry […]

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Superstars of STEM off to a strong start

Science & Technology Australia is proud to announce the appointment of Brodie Steel as Project Officer for our new Superstars of STEM Program. “Brodie’s passion and commitment to elevating the visibility of women in STEM, and her strong experience in project management, make her the perfect candidate to help Superstars of STEM soar,” said STA […]

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Science pervades Parliament on Day Two of SmP

If held end-to-end, the meetings organised today would have filled more than 24 hours, as 200 STEM professionals were matched with a Member of Parliament or Senator who shared an interest in their area of expertise today. Their meetings gave them the chance to pitch their work and celebrate the achievements of their sector. Among […]

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Science & tech welcomes Science Statement, calls for action

Science & Technology Australia (STA) welcomes the release of the Australian Science Statement by Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO, today. A long-term, whole-of-government strategic direction for Australian science and technology has been desperately needed, the peak body said. People working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics will be […]

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Scientists to get political in Canberra

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) will burst onto the political agenda this week with the annual Science meets Parliament on Tuesday and Wednesday (21 and 22 March). On Tuesday, more than 200 senior and up-and-coming leaders in the STEM sector will be in Canberra to hear from experts on the intersection between science and […]

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Join the STA team on Superstars of STEM

Applications for this position have closed. Our new program, Superstars of STEM, will smash society’s gender assumptions about scientists and increase the public visibility of women in STEM. We’re looking for a committed, passionate and accomplished Project Officer to help build this program and work with 30 of the nation’s most inspiring scientists and technologists. […]

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Politics meets space science

Space science and technology was on the political agenda today following the Parliamentary Friends of Science breakfast held in Canberra this morning. Presented by Science & Technology Australia in partnership with the Australian Academy of Science, the event was hosted by the Parliamentary Friends of Science group, co-convened by the Hon Richard Marles MP and the […]

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Travel ban could harm Australian Science & Technology

Science and Technology Australia (STA) has warned of the harm a travel ban would cause scientists and technologists around the world. The peak science body highlighted that Australian researchers benefit from international collaborations, including with scientists in the United States, and any obstacle could do serious damage to the progress of vital research. Kylie Walker, […]

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Peak science body welcomes new minister

Science & Technology Australia today welcomed the new Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO. STA also thanked outgoing Minister, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, for his strong and enthusiastic engagement with the sector. “STA welcomes Minister Sinodinos to his new portfolio and we look forward to working with him […]

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Outlook good for science and tech

Science & Technology Australia (STA) has welcomed the steady approach to maintain investment in Australian research, innovation, science and technology following the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook.  Funding for the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) has been maintained and significant support has been assigned to inspire girls and women to take up and stay […]

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Indigenous Scholarship: Science meets Parliament 2017

For the first time, Science & Technology Australia is offering two scholarships to STEM practitioners with an Indigenous background to attend Science meets Parliament in Canberra. Science meets Parliament brings around 200 Australian scientists and technologists to Canberra for professional development, networking, and to meet face-to-face with MPs and Senators. Now in its 18th year, Science […]

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Superstars of STEM – Empowering female role models

Science & Technology Australia will soon launch a program to propel women of STEM around Australia into the media spotlight. ‘Superstars of STEM’ has won support through the new Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship program to work with women at all career stages to create new stereotypes, and new heroes to define them. “This program […]

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STA elects new leadership team

Science & Technology Australia is pleased to announce a new leadership team, including President-elect Professor Emma Johnston. Professor Johnston, who will formally assume the presidency in November 2017, was elected at the STA  AGM in Canberra on Friday 25 November. Professor Johnston is a marine ecologist and incoming Dean of Science at the University of […]

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Pay up, moral down for scientists: National Report

Job uncertainty, overwork and a loss of skills in the workplace are keeping the morale of Australian scientists low despite an average salary increase in the last 12 months, the 2016 National Professional Scientists Employment and Remuneration Survey has found. The survey was conducted by Professional Scientists Australia in conjunction with Science & Technology Australia […]

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Collaboration focus welcome in R&D tax review

Science & Technology Australia today welcomed focus on enhancing industry-research collaboration in the review of the R&D tax incentive scheme. The review, chaired by Bill Ferris, Alan Finkel and John Fraser, recommends introducing a collaboration premium of up to 20 per cent for businesses that work with publicly-funded research organisations, and that employ recent PhD graduates in […]

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Science meets Business – Breaking the barrier between science and business

Around 200 leaders from research, the private sector and government gathered in Melbourne in October for Science & Technology Australia’s second annual Science meets Business. Science Technology Australia conference “Science in Business” at the Telstra Conference Centre, Melbourne on 24th October, 2016. PHOTO: MARK GRAHAM Through presentations and lively discussion, the event examined cultural, policy […]

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STA welcome fresh government support for climate science

Science and Technology Australia has welcomed the Government’s announcement that CSIRO’s climate science capacity will be expanded. “Climate science is important, and Australia’s geographic position and capabilities mean it is uniquely positioned to make significant contributions to the world’s body of knowledge in this critical area,” said STA Chief Executive Kylie Walker. “We commend further investment in […]

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Australian Financial Review’s Innovation Summit

As a proud partner of the Australian Financial Review’s inaugural Innovation Summit, Science & Technology Australia is pleased to promote this event to our members. The Innovation Summit will take place on 17-18 August at Doltone House, Darling Island Wharf, Sydney, and features a sterling program including our own President, Professor Jim Piper, alongside other leaders […]

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Professional scientist remuneration survey 2016

Professionals Australia and Science & Technology Australia invite you to participate in their annual Professional Scientist Remuneration Survey. Participants go in the draw for a chance to win one of four prizes of $500. The survey has now closed. Professionals Australia has been conducting regular surveys of professional remuneration for over four decades, working with […]

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STA responds to election result, calls for vision for science

Science & Technology Australia today congratulated the Coalition on its return to Government and called for a strong and forward-looking commitment to supporting great Australian science and technology and STEM education. “We congratulate the Turnbull Government and all MPs and Senators who succeeded at this Federal election, and look forward to working with all parties […]

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Vote Science: STA Federal election survey 2016

Australia’s major political parties have responded to a call by Science & Technology Australia (STA) to declare their commitment to science and technology ahead of the federal election. The STA Federal Election Policy Survey asks the major parties to articulate their vision for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by responding to the questions that […]

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STA announces new CEO

Science & Technology Australia has appointed Kylie Walker as its chief executive officer. “I am delighted that Ms Walker has accepted our offer to take over as CEO,” STA president Jim Piper said today. “She was the outstanding candidate in a strong field, and brings an impressive breadth of experience to the position, with more […]