Talking Higgs with Australian physicist Bruce McKellar

As news of the discovery of the Higgs Boson set off Higgsteria, leading Australian theoretical physicist Professor Bruce McKellar explained what it means for physics, Australia and the future. Speaking between sessions of the 34th International Conference on High Energy Physics in Melbourne, Professor McKellar said that the most exciting part of the Higgs announcement…

First budget of the season a preview to public sector pain

Australia has kicked off its annual budget season which this year will have wide-reaching ramifications for Australian engineers, scientists and other professionals. Matt Nurse reports. Many people think government budgets and the media frenzy that goes with them are more boring than Geoff Boycott’s batting but the fact remains budgets change lives and this year…

APESMA welcomes $100 million investment in synchrotron

APESMA has welcomed new investment in the Australian Synchrotron as a smart step toward building Australia’s scientific capacity and knowledge economy. As the association that represents scientists and engineers at the synchrotron, APESMA has been calling for government investment to save the facility for the past year. APESMA CEO Chris Walton said, a thriving synchrotron…

International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists

APESMA National Secretary Robyn Porter and Branch Director Sue Fenwick recently attended the 15th International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists. The conference of Women Engineers and Scientists., Leadership, Innovation, Sustainability took place in Adelaide 19-22 July. The organising committee set out to explore outstanding practices and initiatives to attract, develop and retain women to…

Storm Clouds over Bureau of Meteorology

As we all contend with winter chills, spare a thought for staff at the Bureau of Meteorology where conditions have become even cooler. Last week, a resounding 83% of staff voted “no” to an enterprise agreement that offered a less than cost of living pay rise and cuts to flex time. The issues management need…