[ASA] FW: STA July Newsletter

Virginia Kilborn vkilborn at swin.edu.au
Thu Jul 21 09:57:30 AEST 2016

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Science & Technology Australia - July Newsletter
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Dear colleagues,

It is my great pleasure to write to you as the new Chief Executive Officer of Science and Technology Australia.

I’ve enjoyed working with STA and many of its members over the years on political advocacy, public events, Science meets Parliament and Science meets Business, and the national Science Sector Group. I am excited and inspired to step into this role, to work with STA’s dedicated and passionate Board and members, and to build on the achievements of Catriona Jackson.

With the federal election just gone and a new ministry announced, this is a time of transition and opportunity. I promise to work hard with you and on your behalf, to ensure that Australian scientists and those working in technology are celebrated and supported, to build a strong and strategic future for research and its application, and to strengthen ties within and for the sector. I am also committed to building great opportunities for STA’s members and your members in turn, and to working towards greater gender equity in STEM.

I look forward to meeting you over the coming months, and please don’t hesitate to call or email me if you have questions or ideas to discuss, or just want to have a chat.

Kylie Walker

Federal Election
Returning Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced a few changes in his ministry in areas close to our hearts: Greg Hunt is the new Industry, Innovation and Science Minister, and the two assistant ministries of Industry and Innovation and Science have been merged – that post is now held by Craig Laundy. Meanwhile Josh Frydenberg takes charge of the newly amalgamated portfolio of Energy and Environment.

In response to STA’s pre-election survey of the major parties’ STEM policies, the Coalition promised to continue to roll out the National Innovation and Science Agenda, to implement the findings of the Watt Review, and to support STEM gender equity initiatives. Read the full survey and a summary of responses here<http://scienceandtechnologyaustralia.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ed2baff1a44edef5b0e88a871&id=0a2e464fe6&e=e040211a31>.

STA has written to the incoming Government and will be seeking meetings with relevant ministers and shadow ministers in coming weeks and months.

Science meets Business 2016
Innovation Australia Chair Bill Ferris, the CEOs of the NHMRC Anne Kelso and ARC Aidan Byrne, Telstra’s Chief Scientist Hugh Bradlow and Starpharma CEO Jackie Fairlie are just a few of the outstanding speakers at Science meets Business 2016.

Bringing together leaders in industry and research, Science Meets Business will take place on 24 October in Melbourne, and promises to be packed with useful and practical information and networking opportunities.

Sponsorship and partnership opportunities are now available: to inquire, please contact Gia Metherell on 02 6257 2891 or <mailto:gia.metherell at sta.org.au> gia.metherell at sta.org.au<mailto:gia.metherell at sta.org.au>.

Other Events
STA has formed in-kind partnerships with the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Financial Review to help stage coming events for and about Australian science.

As production partner for the Australian Academy of Science’s ‘Science of Life and Death’ national public event series, we are proud to help bring adult science events to five different Australian cities over the next six months. The series kicked off with ‘DEATH in Hobart<http://scienceandtechnologyaustralia.us9.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=ed2baff1a44edef5b0e88a871&id=89bcafcf47&e=e040211a31>’ in June, which was subsequently featured on RN’s Big Ideas<http://scienceandtechnologyaustralia.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ed2baff1a44edef5b0e88a871&id=9adce2b234&e=e040211a31>.
Tickets are now available for coming events in the series:
Melbourne - SEX – 26 July 2016<http://scienceandtechnologyaustralia.us9.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=ed2baff1a44edef5b0e88a871&id=ebd5cdc0ea&e=e040211a31>
Brisbane - MURDER – 16 September<http://scienceandtechnologyaustralia.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ed2baff1a44edef5b0e88a871&id=13021aa6d7&e=e040211a31>

STA is also event partner for the Australian Financial Review’s ‘Innovation Summit’, on 17 and 18 August at Darling Island Wharf, Sydney. The Summit features a high-level program including STA’s President, Emeritus Professor Jim Piper AM, and other leaders in science and business. To purchase registration, please click here<http://scienceandtechnologyaustralia.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ed2baff1a44edef5b0e88a871&id=cfa02d6b87&e=e040211a31>.

Member News
We welcome Women in Science AUSTRALIA (WiSA) to the STA membership and bid a fond farewell to the Women in Science Enquiry Network (WiSENET), which recently merged with WiSA. We’re confident the merger will bring great opportunity for women in STEM across Australia to connect, learn and support each other to increase the representation of women at all levels of STEM.

Prize & Award Opportunities
The following prizes and awards are currently open:

The Batterham Medal for engineering<http://scienceandtechnologyaustralia.us9.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=ed2baff1a44edef5b0e88a871&id=f969dc88ad&e=e040211a31>

The Mike Smith Student Prize for history of Australian science or environmental history<http://scienceandtechnologyaustralia.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ed2baff1a44edef5b0e88a871&id=44c41e548f&e=e040211a31>

International Geological Congress Travel Grant Scheme for early-career geoscientists<http://scienceandtechnologyaustralia.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ed2baff1a44edef5b0e88a871&id=a7926fcf65&e=e040211a31>

MEMBERS, would you like us to include your coming event or award opportunity in our regular newsletter? If so please contact Tim Smith on 02 6257 2891 or <mailto:tim.smith at sta.org.au> tim.smith at sta.org.au<mailto:tim.smith at sta.org.au>.

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Virginia Kilborn
Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology
Swinburne University of Technology
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