[ASA] FW: STA June Newsletter

Virginia Kilborn vkilborn at swin.edu.au
Wed Jun 1 15:57:04 AEST 2016

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Dear Colleagues,

This is my last week as STA CEO, so a quick note to say bye for now, and to welcome the fantastic new CEO, Kylie Walker, who will begin on June 27.

I have loved my time at STA. It has been challenging and exciting, and I feel we have made good progress over the three years, from bedding down STA’s finances to leading and winning the Save NCRIS campaign to expanding the offerings for members, with new Science meets … events.

But mostly it has been an absolute joy working with such a dedicated, skilled and generous array of STEM professionals around Australia, and particularly on the STA Executive and Board, along with the hard-working secretariats staff.

I have taken the decision to leave after an offer to become Deputy Chief Executive at Universities Australia. The chance to improve the lot of universities is one I cannot pass up. You all know that I believe strongly in STA and STA’s mission, and remain very happy to do anything I can to help from just over the fence.

Please make Kylie Walker very welcome. I have no doubt she will take STA to new heights.

Cheers, Catriona Jackson.

Kylie Walker announced as new STA CEO
STA is pleased to announce Kylie Walker as its new CEO, to replace the outgoing Catriona Jackson, who is moving to Universities Australia as deputy CEO. Ms Walker was formerly Director of Communications and Outreach at the Australian Academy of Science and brings a decade’s worth of science and medical advocacy to the position.

Ms Walker has previously worked in senior communication and advocacy roles within the science and health sectors, including Catholic Health Australia and the Australian Medical Association, as well as a journalist for Australian Associated Press and the ABC.

STA president Jim Piper said, “I am delighted that Ms Walker has accepted our offer to take over as CEO. She was the outstanding candidate in a strong field, and brings an impressive breadth of experience to the position, with more than a decade in high-level science and medical advocacy.”

Federal Election Policy Survey
Once again STA is surveying the major and minor parties on their vision for the future of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  The survey asks the parties to outline their STEM policies, with results to be released before polling day to inform you before you vote.

This year, with the recent focus of science and innovation, it’s more important than ever to know what the parties plan for the future of Australia’s STEM industries.  The transition away from the resources boom towards an economy based on research and innovation means that STEM education, funding and support will underpin the future success of the nation.

We will let you know when the results are released, and be sure to follow us on twitter @ScienceAU for all the STEM announcements this election.

Science meets Business set for 24 October 2016
The second Science meets Business will be in Melbourne later this year. The first SmB was a huge success, connecting researchers with industry leaders and bridging the gap between industry and STEM. Australia still trails in industry-STEM collaboration and engagement, with significant economic consequences. SmB overcomes this divide by diagnosing problems, identifying solutions and providing tools to make change.

At this early date our confirmed speakers are:

  *   Mr Bill Ferris AC, Chair, Innovation Australia
  *   Professor Ian Chubb AC, former Chief Scientist for Australia
  *   Professor Aidan Byrne, CEO, Australian Research Council
  *   Professor Anne Kelso AO, CEO, National Health and Medical Research Council
  *   Dr Jackie Fairley, CEO, Starpharma, and Commonwealth Science Council member
  *   Dr Hugh Bradlow, Chief Scientist, Telstra
  *   Professor Jane den Hollander, Vice-Chancellor, Deakin University
  *   Dr Katherine Woodthorpe, Chair, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, and company director
  *   Dr Bronwyn Evans, Chair, Industry Growth Centre for Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals
  *   Professor Beth Webster, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Policy and Impact) and Director, Centre for Transformative Innovation, Swinburne University of Technology
  *   Ms Elizabeth Lewis-Gray, Chair, Industry Growth Centre for Mining Equipment, Technology and Services
  *   Ms Leonie Walsh, Lead Scientist for the Victorian Government

Keep this date in your diary and look out for further details, including program, registration and additional speakers' details, in the coming weeks.

Alan Duffy appointed as Early Career Representative to the Executive
Dr Alan Duffy has been appointed as Early Career Representative to fill a casual vacancy in the STA Executive.  Dr Duffy is a Research Fellow at Swinburne University and an astrophysicist investigating the formation of galaxies and the nature of dark matter.

A passionate science communicator, Dr Duffy appears regularly on TV and radio, explaining astrophysics to a wide audience. He brings a passion for engaging with the public to the Executive and we look forward to working with him.

Ms Kylie Walker


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