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 the capital to meet with Parliamentarians.
As Foundational Ally, STA provided advice, connections and mentorship to support the Canadian Science Policy Centre and Canada’s Chief Science Advisor to replicate the success of the annual Australian event, which is now approaching its 20th year.
STA President-Elect, Dr Jeremy Brownlie, attended on STA’s behalf and spoke with delegates about the benefits of Australian STEM professionals engaging more effectively with parliament.
“There was a great energy and enthusiasm from researchers and decision-makers alike, which was really great to see,” Dr Brownlie said.
“Each year we receive such a warm reception from Parliament in Australia and I was glad to see the same welcome in Ottawa from Canadian MPs.”
Spearheading the event was Captain Matt McTaggart, who said the event had been a great success.
“Delegates have indicated that the awkwardness they might have felt about visiting their MP’s constituency office or inviting them to visit the lab has disappeared,” Captain McTaggart said.
“Some have already been asked for consulting work or made the connections to committees where their research will be relevant.”
He said all delegates were grateful for assistance from their Australian friends.
“We are extremely grateful to Science & Technology Australia’s leadership,” he said.
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