Commitment to science and R&D fundamentals missing in Budget

Commitment to science and R&D fundamentals missing in Budget Professionals Australia welcomed the infrastructure spending on roads, rail and renewables, the apprenticeships package and sham contracting and labour hire initiatives announced in last night’s Budget but remains concerned about the lack of further funding commitments to science and R&D. Professionals Australia CEO Chris Walton said…

STEM Decadal plan launched 1 April

The Federal Government has launched the Women in STEM Decadal Plan prepared by an Academy of Science expert panel. The plan outlines six opportunities to strengthen gender equity in STEM in Australia over the next 10 years, including establishing a national evaluation framework to guide decision-making and drive investment and effort into STEM measures that…

National Early Career Researchers Survey

A research project is being undertaken by Federation University Australia to explore the challenges faced by ECRs in the sciences in Australia. The purpose of the research is to gather data about work–life experiences of ECRs in order to increase their job satisfaction and the likelihood of them continuing to work in research in Australia.…

Science a key issue in upcoming federal election

Science and R&D is looming as a central issue in the upcoming federal election. Key science organisations are beginning to release details of what they think is needed to underpin science policy into the future – including your union: Professional Scientists Australia – the future starts with science Australian Academy of Science platform – Earning…

STA calls for a STEM future fund

Science & Technology Australia (STA) is Australia’s peak body in science and technology and our partner for the annual Professional Scientists Employment and Remuneration Report. STA recently submitted its May 2019/20 Budget submission, calling for a $2.4bn research translation future fund based on the success of Medical Research Future Fund. STA has also called for:…

Industry Innovation and Science Women’s Advisory Roundtable meets for second time

The Roundtable was established in 2017 to promote women’s participation in entrepreneurship and innovation and to provide advice to government on relevant policies and programs to advance the role of women across Australian business, industry, innovation and science. The Roundtable met first in March 2018, and then for a second time in November 2018. The…