Over the weekend of 31 October/1 November, the Scientists’ Division Committee met in Melbourne to formulate the Division’s program for 2016. Each year the Committee meets around five times by phone hookup and once at its face-to-face planning meeting.
The Committee reviewed the Division’s activities in 2014/15 which included:
- advocacy work on science funding in conjunction with Science and Technology Australia and the Research Alliance (National Research Alliance members include the Australian Academy of Science, AAMRI, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the CRC Association, the Group of Eight, Universities Australia and others);
- the launch of the Division’s flagship publication Still the Clever Country? by the Chief Scientist;
- the development of material for workplaces including posters and postcards;
- submissions to a range of inquiries and consultations;
- participation in Science meets Parliament, Science meets Policymakers and Science meets Business;
- participation in the successful NCRIS funding campaign;
- awarding of two CPD scholarships to Profesional Scientists; and
- a revamp of the Professional Scientists Remuneration Survey.
Scientists’ Division President Robyn Porter said the annual planning meeting was an important part of the Division’s activities. “The Committee develops a plan to effect our central goal of improving recognition, respect and reward for Professional Scientists. We look at ways to update our services, make sure we’re meeting the changing needs of members as they move through their careers, to update the ways we communicate with members, consider how we can further develop our relationships with stakeholders in Science and generally make sure we’re a strong and active voice for our Scientist members.”