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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 […]

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The largest Science meets Parliament yet

“We are here because we’re passionate about our contribution. This is our opportunity to speak to the people who make the decisions.” – Dr Rebecca Johnston, Superstar of STEM and Director of the Australian Museum Research Institute — Hundreds of scientists, mathematicians, engineers and technologists gathered in the morning light of the beautiful Gandel Hall […]

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Australia’s best scientists come to Canberra to share expertise with Parliament

More than 200 scientists have travelled to Canberra from around the country to meet with Parliamentarians from across the political spectrum. Leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics will speak to attendees today, including Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel; CSIRO Chief Executive, Dr Larry Marshall; and Deputy Chief Executive at Universities Australia, Catriona Jackson. […]

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Vibrant diversity of science to be shared with Parliament

Three indigenous scientists will meet with Australian Senators and Members of Parliament in Canberra, thanks to a scholarship from Science & Technology Australia. The 2018 scholarship recipient include: Cardiovascular researcher, Ms Amy Searle (VIC, Latji Latji Nation) Water scientist, Mr Bradley Moggridge (ACT, Kamilaroi Nation) Data scientist, Dr Kalinda Griffiths (NT, Yawuru Nation) All 3 […]

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Time to celebrate the achievements of Australian innovators and entrepreneurs

Science & Technology Australia (STA) has partnered with #AUSinnovates to share the success stories of Australian innovation and commercialisation. The project aims to highlight the significant contribution of Australian science and technology to innovative and life-changing inventions and applications for research. The initiative already features Stormseal, a product that helps people stay safely in their […]

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Australia’s 70,000 scientists and technologists welcome visionary Innovation Strategy

National peak body Science & Technology Australia (STA) has applauded the release of the Australia 2030: Prosperity through Innovation report today. With five national imperatives and 30 recommendations for government, the 2030 Strategy represents an important step towards making Australia a clever country again. STA President Professor Emma Johnston said with science and mathematics results […]