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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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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 […]

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7 essential steps to effective communication

Scientell is a member benefit partner of STA, and members can access a discount of 15 per cent on standard rates. This piece has been written to help you start thinking about your organisation’s communication goals. Effective communication, internally and externally, is essential for any organisation. When it comes to science, research that no one […]

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STA Board nominations open now

THESE NOMINATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED. Science & Technology Australia is seeking nominations for a number of positions on our Board. To nominate, you must be a member of an STA member (non-affiliate) – you can find the full list of eligible organisations here. We particularly welcome nominations from those with experience or qualifications in law/governance, financial […]

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STEM sector relieved to see Science Minister reinstated

Science & Technology Australia (STA) has congratulated the new Prime Minister for his appointment of the Hon Karen Andrews MP as Minister for Industry, Science and Technology. President of STA, Professor Emma Johnston AO, said scientists and technologists breathed a sigh of relief following the decision over the weekend by the Hon Scott Morison and […]

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Searching for the next Superstars of STEM

Minister for Jobs and Innovation Michaelia Cash and Assistant Minister for Science Zed Seselja this morning launched a nation-wide search for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with the passion, talent and drive to become superstars. The pair joined Science & Technology Australia (STA) and a group of extraordinary women in STEM at […]

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Science Week 2018 – connect with your STEM community

Next week is National Science Week, and many STEM professionals will be venturing out of their labs, returning from the field, or leaving their classrooms and offices to share their science and technology with the Australian public. This year, National Science Week will play host to more than 2000 events and programs between 11-19 August, […]

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First cohort of STEM Ambassadors named

Science & Technology Australia has named its 10 inaugural STEM Ambassadors, who will work to build deeper understanding by federal parliamentarians of the impact of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in Australia. CEO of STA, Kylie Walker, said these women and men from 10 different federal electorates had been matched with passionate parliamentarians who expressed […]

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Australia’s research funding under the microscope

A more transparent research funding system; a streamlined grant application process; and a Research Future Fund are the priorities highlighted by peak body Science & Technology Australia in its submission to the Inquiry into Funding Australia’s Research. CEO of STA, Kylie Walker, commended enduring investment in research through the Australian Research Council (ARC), the creation […]

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STEM qualified teachers will provide spark, but unis need investment to ignite Australia’s future

Science & Technology Australia welcomed the Government’s call today to improve Australian secondary students’ access to science- and maths-qualified teachers. CEO of Science & Technology Australia (STA), Ms Kylie Walker, said two decades of declines in high school maths and science results and enrolments were a significant risk to Australia’s future capability and prosperity. “Intermediate […]

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Science peak concerned with falling public investment in research

Science & Technology Australia (STA) today said it was concerned at the decline in public investment in science represented by the latest figures on Australian government expenditure on research and development (GOVERD). According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, GOVERD decreased 2% in current price terms and 4% in chain volume terms between 2014-15 and […]

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Superstars of STEM rocket through pilot year

The first 30 Superstars of STEM have graduated, following a year of training, support, and opportunities to speak with the media, decision makers, mentors, students and teachers across Australia. Kylie Walker, CEO of Science & Technology Australia, said the world-first program has set some impressive milestones in its first year, and is already starting to […]

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STA seeks Video and Digital Content Producer

Video and Digital Content Producer APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED The Video and Digital Content Producer will be responsible for the creation, design, and management of content for Science & Technology Australia’s social media, website, newsletter, and other communications channels. The Video and Digital Content Producer works with a small, fun and skilled team to foster […]

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STA President awarded Queen’s Birthday Honours

The President of Science & Technology Australia (STA) has been named an Officer of the Order of Australia. Professor Emma Johnston AO, was recognised for her work in marine ecology and for her contributions to strengthening Australia’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). CEO of STA, Ms Kylie Walker, congratulated Professor Johnston on behalf of […]

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STEM Sector Policy Committee calls for applicants

** APPLICATIONS TO JOIN THIS COMMITTEE HAVE CLOSED ** Science & Technology Australia are seeking candidates to join our STEM Sector Policy Committee, to support the organisation’s policy and advocacy work. Members will serve a term of two years, and are required to participate in monthly Committee meetings and contribute to the formation of policy […]

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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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MERGA membership doubled after launch of new website

A new website has the potential to dramatically improve your member retention and renewal, something that the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) has demonstrated with their newly launched website. Science & Technology Australia encourages STEM societies, associations and organisations to consider implementing regular reviews of their online channels to ensure they are communicating […]

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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 […]