Professionals Australia welcomes Government’s Innovation Agenda

Professionals Australia has welcomed the Abbott Government’s Competitiveness Agenda but maintains the need for greater investment in science and the adoption of a national science strategy. Wednesday, 15 October 2014 Professionals Australia has welcomed the Government’s push to forge links between science and industry; invest in STEM education and establish a new Science Council, as…

Degrees of doubt: STEM fees must be off-limits, says Chris Walton

  For the sake of Australia’s economy, Professionals Australia CEO Chris Walton is calling for science and engineering degrees to be off-limits in the face of university deregulation. The Government’s proposal to deregulate the university sector has resulted in howls of protest from students, silent terror from parents and growing concerns from professionals worried that…

Cuts to Defence science and engineering undermine national security

  Professionals Australia has written to the Prime Minister urging him to step in and halt the cuts to science and technology in Defence. Budget forward estimates forecast 2400 Defence civilian job losses despite an increase in the Defence budget and the criticality of engineering and science employees. Professionals Australia CEO Chris Walton said that…

Science challenge for girls

The team at Robogals is again running their excellent Science Challenge with prizes available for girls in age groups between 5 to 18 years of age. The challenge encourages parents and guardians to conduct a science experiment or project, capture it on video and become eligible for prizes including a trip to Melbourne. All participants…

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…