[ASA] Fwd: Science and Technology Australia's February newsletter

Andrew Hopkins andrew.hopkins at aao.gov.au
Wed Feb 26 21:12:39 AEDT 2014

Hi all,

   Note updates on Science meets Parliament in this STA newsletter, plus 
for the SKA-themed topical science forum on 25 March in Canberra, featuring
our own Brian Schmidt, Brian Boyle and Lisa Harvey-Smith.


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Subject: 	Science and Technology Australia's February newsletter
Date: 	Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:22:39 +1100
From: 	Catriona Jackson <catriona.jackson at sta.org.au>
To: 	undisclosed-recipients:;


Presidents, please forward this to your members.

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*Name and title: *Professor Emma L Johnston, Australian Research Fellow,
University of New South Wales

*Discipline: *Marine Ecology and Ecotoxicology

*What lured you to science and/or technology in the first place?* The logic 
underpinning the process of scientific research lured me in. That and the 
depth of thought that was encouraged.

*What keeps you there?* Scientific careers are rewarding because they are 
constantly changing and most scientific questions cannot be answered by one 
person, so it's a very social activity involving lots of collaboration.

*Have you a favourite career moment?* I have lots of wonderful career moments 
that come in three basic forms: 1) whenever I have a brand new idea, 2) 
whenever I see my research being used to better manage marine environments, 
and 3) whenever I get underwater!

*What would you tell a 10-year-old about a career in science and technology?* 
You'll never be bored by a job in science because there is always a new 
question to answer.


Scientists concerned about ARC funding cuts READ MORE 
Building a smart, productive future READ MORE 
Congratulations to Ministers Macfarlane and Pyne READ MORE 



*All systems go for SmP 2014 *

It is less than 3 weeks to go before Science meets Parliament (SmP) 2014, and 
all hands are on deck at STA finalising what is shaping up to be a terrific 
event. It is at this time of year that I am again reminded of the breath and 
depth of the goodwill towards STA and specifically SmP. So many individuals 
and organisations support this event in so many ways, it is truly a team effort.

We have been working hard to get you the most up to date information, via 
email, Twitter and Facebook. The evolving speakers list is on the web 
with highlights including: health-care hero, Professor Christine Bennett AO, 
Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane, Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten, Chief 
Scientist for Australia, Professor Ian Chubb AC, and Australian Research 
Council CEO Professor Aidan Byrne.

There are just a few things we need from you. If you have been selected by 
your society or STA member organisation as one of this year's delegates but 
haven't yet registered, you must do so before COB this Friday (28 February). 
If you have lost the registration link or need to make contact go to 
Shannon.Wong at sta.org.au <mailto:shannon.wong at sta.org.au>. If you would like to 
bring a partner to the gala dinner or know a friend or colleague who would 
like to be there, we have, for the first time, made a small number of tickets 
available for sale 
Again, be quick, places are filling fast. We will be in touch with delegates 
closer to 17 March, with logistical details and more. For those who won't be 
at SmP this year we will be loading many of the sessions onto the STA YouTube 
channel in the weeks following the event.

*Seeing back to the big bang -- public forum open for sign up *

The first of STAs topical science forums for 2014 is confirmed for 25 March at 
the National Library in Canberra, with a stellar line up of speakers. Nobel 
Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt, Dr Brian Boyle and Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith, and 
forum host ABC 666 presenter Genevieve Jacobs, will tackle one of the most 
exciting science and technology projects of this century, the Square Kilometre 
Array (SKA) telescope. Based in remote Western Australia and South Africa it 
will be the largest and most powerful radio-telescope ever built when 
complete, and has almost unimaginable potential. The SKA aims to answer the 
biggest of big questions, including: What and where are the conditions for 
life on other planets? How were the first black holes and stars formed? Was 
Einstein right about gravity and the other laws of physics?

Follow this link to register: http://skatelescope.eventbrite.com.au 

More forums on a variety of big issues will take place across the nation this 
year, with news on dates and topics as they are confirmed.

*Member Services Workshop online now*

For those who couldn't attend, or who would like to refresh their memories, 
all sessions from the Member Services Workshop we ran last year are now 
online. Posting key events on YouTube 
<http://www.youtube.com/scienceandtechau> is a new initiative for STA, and one 
we hope you will enjoy. It is part of the roll out of better communications 
aimed at serving you better and spreading the word about Australian science 
and technology.





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