Government cuts cost of STEM degrees

Under changes announced today by Education Minister Dan Tehan, most students will pay around 20 per cent less for their science, engineering and IT degrees. Professionals Australia CEO Gordon Brock welcomed the Government’s commitment to creating an extra 39,000 student places by 2023 and 100,000 more places by 2030 but warned that the investment in…

IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON WOMEN IN STEM

Many of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic faced by professional women in STEM will not be unique to the STEM professions. Research is just starting to emerge on the impact of the pandemic on particular segments within the community such as indigenous communities, younger people, the homeless and women. For women generally, the possible…

Role of science critical in managing Coronavirus outbreak

As the WHO declares the Coronavirus a pandemic, Professional Scientists Australia President Katie Havelberg has highlighted the important role of scientists in providing evidence and expert advice as part of effectively managing the Coronavirus outbreak. “The vital role of Australian scientists has never been clearer as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads,” says Havelberg. “The need to…

New taskforce releases report to address gender disparity in engineering

The Engineering for Australia Taskforce has today released a report that was commissioned to consider the gender disparity in applicants for university engineering programs and barriers to women and girls’ participation in engineering. The independent national taskforce was formed by the Deans of Engineering at Monash University, the Australian National University (ANU) and the University…

On Science meets Parliament 2019

Melinda Dean and Gary Smith were chosen as the 2019 Professional Scientists Australia’s Science meets Parliament scholarship recipients. We asked them about their experience and whether they’d recommend it to other members. Here’s what they said … “This year I was one of those selected by Professionals Australia (PA) to attend Science meets Parliament (SmP).…