APESMA has welcomed new investment in the Australian Synchrotron as a smart step toward building Australia’s scientific capacity and knowledge economy.
As the association that represents scientists and engineers at the synchrotron, APESMA has been calling for government investment to save the facility for the past year.
APESMA CEO Chris Walton said, a thriving synchrotron puts Melbourne and Australia on the map as a leading place for research and discovery.
“The synchrotron is a vital cog-in-the-wheel of our scientific capacity. In saving the synchrotron, vital engineering and scientific jobs have been saved – directly at the facility, and indirectly across the broader scientific research community,” Mr Walton said.
“Now that the synchrotron’s future is certain, scientists and researchers can plan and embark on large scale research initiatives that span several years. These types of research projects result in agricultural, medical, pharmaceutical and scientific discoveries that change how we all live.”
For the past year scientists at the synchrotron have feared for their jobs. An APESMA survey found that 55 per cent of respondents said they would have to find work overseas if the facility closed due to a lack of funding.
“This is a big win, for both science and the economy,” he said.
“It means that we will avoid a big brain drain and keep our best and brightest science minds here. It also means that we will move closer towards developing a strong, knowledge-based economy.
Read more about APESMA's campaign to save the Synchrotron