The 2016 Science meets Parliament was held on 1 and 2 March. Speakers included Australian Research Council CEO Professor Aiden Byrne, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Science, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Sue Weston, Shadow Minister for Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Industry Senator Kim Carr and the new Chief Scientist Dr. Alan Finkel gave the National Press Club address.
This year Professionals Australia was represented by scholarship recipient Dr. Chris Embery. Chris is a South Australian-based scientist working as a Senior Workplace Health and Safety Inspector with SafeWork SA. Chris completed his Bachelor of Science with an Honours in Chemistry at Lancaster University in England in 1999. He was awarded his PhD in Applied Chemistry by Flinders University in 2005. He then went on to complete a Diploma of Government (Workplace Inspection) with the MARC School of Management in Adelaide.
Scientists Division President Ms. Robyn Porter also attended on behalf of Professionals Australia.
To read a transcript of Dr. Finkel’s National Press Club address, click here.
A video of the address is available here.
To read Chris Embery’s winning essay, click here.
To read Chris talking about the value of attending Science meets Parliament, click here.
From left to right: Professor Briony Forbes, Flinders University, Mr Tony Zappia MP, Dr Lisa Akison, University of Queensland, Dr Prasad Paradkar, CSIRO and Dr Chris Embery, Government of South Australia