Part of Professionals Australia

Science meets Parliament

Do you want to find out how scientists work with decision-makers?

Each year Professionals Australia provides two scholarships, for two young members to attend Science meets Parliament (SmP), a two-day event that brings together more than 200 of Australia’s top scientists and decision-makers in Canberra.

Each scholarship covers recipient member conference fees, travel and accommodation.

The aim of the event is twofold - firstly to demonstrate our commitment to the continuing professional development of our Professional Scientist members, and secondly to encourage debate around the big picture issues facing science in Australia.

This year's winners considered the questions "What can science do to help itself?" and "How could Australia better support and develop young scientists?"

Science meets Parliament 2014

In 2014 our scholarship winners were Kathleen Patrick and Esdy Rozali (pictured above with Professionals Australia National Secretary and Professional Scientists Australia President Robyn Porter at SmP).

A note about the competition
The Science meets Parliament essay competition is intended encourage debate about funding for scientific research, higher education fee structures, how to attract the next generation of STEM researchers, the best ways to ensure academia works productively with industry, the balance/mix between industry-driven and "pure" research, how to ensure academic programs deliver work-ready graduates, how to ensure Professional Scientists are at the centre of the Government's innovation and productivity improvement strategies and how best to get the community to understand the importance and diverse role science must play in Australia's future. S
o while the SmP essay competition is intended to encourage this debate, the views of those who submit to the essay competition are their own and not necessarily those of Professional Scientists Australia.