Chief Scientist Alan Finkel will lead an Expert Working Group that will set the direction of research infrastructure for the next decade.
The specialist working groups for the engagement and impact assessment measures to run with the 2018 Excellence for Research in Australia project have been announced.
Professors Nalini Joshi, Emma Johnston and Tanya Monro spoke at the National Press Club on 30 March about the role and future for women in science.
As we approach the July 2 federal poll, STA will again seek relevant election policy from all major parties. As an active member of STA, Professional Scientists Australia will report the results back to members asap.
CEO Chris Walton welcomed the detailed report saying Professionals Australia’s response will focus on the areas of skills and employability and what the STEM workforce should look like (Items 5 and 7 of Future Directions).
In May last year, ACOLA was commissioned to advise on how research can assist industry (the terms of reference are heavy on engagement) last year. The report has just been released and highlights the disconnect between research and industry.
As part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, legislation has been introduced into Parliament (16 March 2016) to encourage venture capital investment.
Professionals Australia has approached Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel AO and Mr Bill Ferris AC from Science and innovation Australia to ensure that the vital area of strategic workforce development for STEM professionals is included in their 10-15 year Science and Innovation plan.
The review of R&D tax incentives underway, mapping of the nation’s long-term research infrastructure needs, the development of new research metrics to assess non-academic impact and industry engagement.
The 2015 Science meets Parliament was held on 24 and 25 March. Speakers included Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb AC, Business Council of Australia President and Telstra Chair Ms Catherine Livingstone AO and Federal Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane.