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STA appoints new Policy Committee members

Science & Technology Australia welcomes four new members and a special advisor to its STEM Sector Policy Committee. The newly elected members include Professor Adrian Barnett (Statistical Society of Australia), Dr Andrew Black (Stem Cells Australia), Dr Bek Christensen (Ecological Society of Australia), and Dr Kathleen Beyer (ARC Centre for Climate Extremes/Department of Planning, Industry […]

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Come and work for STA as the new Head of Partnerships

APPLICATIONS FOR THIS ROLE HAVE NOW CLOSED Head of Partnerships Reporting to the CEO, the highly motivated and experienced Head of Partnerships leads the development, implementation and growth of Science & Technology Australia’s partnerships strategy. Science & Technology Australia is the nation’s leading voice for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. With a mission to connect […]

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Annual survey of scientists and technologists now open

Each year STA and Professionals Australia seek responses from scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians to gauge the health of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sector, from the perspective of those who work in it. With the launch of this year’s annual employment survey, we are looking to collect important information on the conditions, fairness, equity and […]

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New science and technology leadership in opposition

Australia’s science and technology peak body has welcomed the new shadow ministry announced by Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese over the weekend. President of Science & Technology Australia, Professor Emma Johnston AO, said the sector looked forward to working with Shadow Ministers across multiple portfolios relevant to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). “We welcome the […]

Policy committee recruitment

STEM Sector Policy Committee calls for applicants

*** APPLICATIONS FOR THIS COMMITTEE HAVE CLOSED *** Science & Technology Australia is seeking candidates to join our STEM Sector Policy Committee, to support the organisation’s policy and advocacy strategy and work. Terms are for two years, and members are required to participate in monthly Committee meetings and contribute to the formation of policy and […]

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STEM sector welcomes reappointment of experienced Ministry

Science & Technology Australia (STA) has welcomed the reappointment of key Ministers to the Federal Cabinet following the federal election. In particular, the return of the Hon Karen Andrews MP as Minister for Industry, Science and Technology; the Hon Dan Tehan MP as Minister for Education; the Hon Greg Hunt MP as Minister for Health; […]


Gratitude for Senator following departure from shadow ministry

As Senator the Hon Kim Carr today announced his decision not to renominate as Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Science & Technology Australia thanked him for his years of service to the solutions sector. Serving as both Minister and Shadow Minister for science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the Labor team for […]

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Australia’s STEM sector looks to the opportunities ahead

Science & Technology Australia (STA) extends its congratulations to the coalition on its re-election yesterday. We look forward to continuing to work with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his government to ensure a strong, stable and thriving STEM sector. The STEM sector was pleased that during the campaign the coalition acknowledged the importance of science […]

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New report exposes economic and social value of STEM organisations

The significant contributions of science and technology representative organisations have been reaffirmed by a report released today. Commissioned by Science & Technology Australia (STA) and conducted by research firm Rapid Context, the inaugural STEM Associations and Societies Review found STEM organisations are making significant contributions to Australia’s social and economic prosperity. This is achieved through […]

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Election 2019: Parties use science to set themselves apart

The major parties have laid out their science and technology platform for Australian voters, with clear differences in their approach and vision for empowering the solutions sector. Responding to a survey from peak body Science & Technology Australia (STA), the Coalition, the Labor Party and the Greens have all given clear answers to issues of […]

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Australian leaders contribute their spark to Superstars of STEM

Science & Technology Australia (STA) is proud to announce 60 senior women leaders from a range of industries, sectors and backgrounds will join its Superstars of STEM program as mentors. STA’s Superstars of STEM program seeks to change the stereotype of ‘scientist’ by supporting women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with the skills, […]

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STEM Ambassador provides catalyst for local science community

Designed to foster collaboration and connections between Australian STEM professionals and Federal Parliamentarians, the STEM Ambassador program has already catalysed some meaningful action. For example, the science and technology community in Melbourne’s electorate of Wills are mobilising to help inform policymaking in Canberra. Candice Raeburn is the STEM Ambassador in Wills, and she has been […]

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Scholarships: Science meets Parliament 2019

Science & Technology Australia is offering six scholarships to the 20th anniversary Science meets Parliament this year, to be held in Canberra on 26-27 November 2019. 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. It is a highlight of […]

2019-20 Budget Reply

Skills and climate science a focus for Budget Reply

Measures to support the future science- and technology-skilled workforce and a commitment to action on climate change were welcome highlights of the Opposition’s Budget Reply speech, but Science & Technology Australia lamented the lack of detail on investment in the nation’s knowledge economy. “Labor’s commitment to support access to universities by removing caps on undergraduate places would […]

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2019-20 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 for science and technology (click to expand) The 2019-20 Federal Budget has seen the first projected surplus in 12 years, with a predicted $7.1 billion surplus at the end of […]

2019-20 Budget

Back in the black, but vision for science veers off track

The national peak body for scientists has warned that the 2019/2020 Budget has missed the opportunity to invest in solution-making scientific and technological research and Australia’s world-class institutions and agencies that make it possible. President of Science & Technology Australia, Professor Emma Johnston AO, said the Federal Budget was a mixed result for Australia’s science […]

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Australia continues to lead in STEM gender equity

Science & Technology Australia (STA) welcomes the announcement of further investment in gender equity programs in STEM by Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews MP. Of the $3.4 million announced, $1.8 million will go towards supporting the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program, and $1.5 million will be invested in a digital […]

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PhD intern assists in crop-saving research for farmers

APR.Intern is Australia’s only all sector—all discipline PhD internship program, transforming Australian businesses through university research collaborations. Read about Jessi’s story to learn how an internship could help you. Fruit flies are a major agricultural pest, inflicting almost $300 million a year in lost produce across Australia. To investigate one of the most threatening species, […]

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Australian decision-makers urged to solve it with science

Collectively representing more than 70,000 Australian scientists and technologists through our membership and staff, we call for science to be a priority platform for the major parties’ campaigns in the next federal election. Science and technology will shape our future and help us solve some of the greatest challenges we face. It will underpin the […]

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Science stories have the right elements

Superstars trashing hotel rooms are not confined to modern rock bands – scientists have been there and done that. Davy and Faraday set up a lab in their Parisian hotel room and proceeded to conduct experiments, several resulting in explosions and clouds of noxious gases. 2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table and […]

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Have you accessed STA member benefits yet?

As a member or staff of one Science & Technology Australia’s member organisations, did you know you can access a range of discounts and offers, such as: COMMUNICATIONS SUPPORT  Through partners like communications firm Scientell and animation studio Redboat, STA offers discounted support for reaching wider audiences. Scientell help with content creation, media liaison, communications […]

Superstars and Google mark a new partnership

Google announces Superstars of STEM partnership

Google has strengthened its support for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, becoming Technology Partner for the acclaimed Superstars of STEM program. The program, run by Science & Technology Australia (STA), aims to smash gender assumptions and empower leading female scientists, technologists, researchers and educators to become well-known public role models. CEO of STA, […]

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International Womens Day: It’s time to #NominateHer

This International Womens Day (8 March), Science & Technology Australia is calling on every Australian to #NominateHer to celebrate inspiring, capable women across the country. A recent study published in Nature looked at the recipients of awards in biomedicine in the USA, and it found a stark gap in gender representation.  President of Science & Technology Australia, […]

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Strong and bold investment in critical Cardiovascular research

$220 million of new funding from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) has been invested in crucial Australian Cardiovascular research. The announcement supports a Mission for Cardiovascular Health that has been developed by the Australian Cardiovascular Alliance (ACvA), which brings together the country’s major scientific societies in the field, including institutions, RACGP, industry and partners […]

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Sexual harassment a significant issue for STEM sector

A voluntary survey of Australian STEM professionals has found that half of all female respondents had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, and respondents who identified as LGBTQI+ were more likely to have experienced sexual harassment at work. Conducted to inform a National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces by the Australian Human Rights […]

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New bipartisan vision for Geoscience in Australia

The Australian resource sector is evolving as researchers discover new and innovative ways to explore the earth and extract materials. This work has been recognised by both the Federal Government and Opposition, who in recent announcements have separately pledged to boost the provision of data and support for exploration of ‘next generation’ hidden mineral deposits […]

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If evidence wins, the Murray Darling River System wins

The peak body for science and technology today commended two expert scientific reports investigating three mass fish kills in Menindee, NSW, and called for bipartisan support and action on their recommendations. Science & Technology Australia said both reports, collated by leading scientists, have made clear findings that multiple waterflow issues are compromising the health of […]

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New partnership to ignite positive change

The Australian gas sector has thrown its weight behind one of Australia’s most prominent gender equity programs today following the announcement of a new partnership. The Brighter program has become the newest partner of Science & Technology Australia’s Superstars of STEM program. The Brighter program is designed to improve awareness amongst Australians on the benefits of natural gas, including […]

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Sharing Australia’s success on the global STEM stage

Science & Technology Australia President Professor Emma Johnston AO and CEO Kylie Walker shared lessons and success stories of the peak body’s work in advocacy with an international audience at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) this week. Over two sessions, STA shared impacts of its 20-year-old Science […]


International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Leaders in science and technology have shared their advice to their younger selves to mark International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Among them are Presidents and CEOs of major STEM organisations and some of our very own Superstars of STEM. The advice being shared shines a light on some of the struggles faced […]

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Fulbright Future Scholarships – innovate, impact, collaborate

Australian scientists and technologists have the chance to take their work to the U.S. thanks to the Fulbright Future Scholarships, which open for applications today. Available to postgraduate students, PhD researchers, academics, postdocs, and professionals, awardees will receive funding for full tuition/visiting researcher expenses at a U.S. institution of their choice, as well as travel […]

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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

THIS SURVEY HAS NOW CLOSED – READ ABOUT THE FINDINGS HERE 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 […]