Scientists dissatisfied with pay

The latest Professional Scientists Employment and Remuneration Survey Report has found pay was a significant issue with 34 per cent of survey respondents saying they were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with their current remuneration level. “While many professional scientists don’t opt for science as a career for the money but rather because they feel it’s…

Google walkout in Sydney part of global protests

Google staff in Sydney walked off the job on 2 November as part of a global protest against the company’s inaction on sexual harassment in the workplace after former senior vice-president Andy Rubin was reportedly given a $90 million exit package following an accusation of sexual harassment. There is also widespread concern at the ethical…

Unbiased and independent selection of research grants fundamental to the integrity of Australia’s research system

Ministerial vetoing of 11 humanities-based research projects recommended for funding by the Australian Research Council. CEO Chris Walton said “There is no room for political interference in Australia’s world-renowned peer-reviewed funding application process. While projects can be aligned with national priorities and strategic objectives, the assessment of scientific merit as identified by peer-review should remain…