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).…

Science meets Parliament 2019

Melinda Dean from the Red Cross and Gary Smith from SA Pathology along with President Robyn Porter are attending this year’s Science meets Parliament event on 26 and 27 November with the support of Professional Scientists Australia. Melinda and Gary met with their assigned politicians to talk about, among other things, the need to operate…

Independent scientific inquiry critical to informed decision-making

As part of the National Research and Innovation Alliance, Professionals Australia has asserted the fundamental importance of research principles including peer review to ensuring informed and impartial policymaking. The Alliance notes that attempts to bypass peer review allow unqualified individuals and organisations to compare their often ad hoc views with findings derived from well-controlled analyses…