[ASA] Fwd: STA Member Update | 13 August 2021

John Lattanzio john.lattanzio at monash.edu
Mon Aug 16 12:24:55 AEST 2021

Dear ASA Members
   please find below the latest update from STA Australia. The ASA is a
member of STA.
   Take care and stay safe
   John L

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From: Misha Schubert <ceo at sta.org.au>
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2021 at 07:59
Subject: STA Member Update | 13 August 2021
To: john.lattanzio at monash.edu <john.lattanzio at monash.edu>

*The STA Member Update is sent to the leadership of member organisations.
You can forward to your executive and membership.*

Dear John,

New research released yesterday to kick off National Science Week
<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/_QtCCp81lrtnDqmqJSP8osa?domain=scienceweek.net.au> has found Australians want science to
lead our post-pandemic recovery
Australians strongly trust science and scientists, want science to guide
policy, and think more investment in science will strengthen the country.
STA got wide media coverage of the findings and National Science Week
including syndication nationally in regional media via AAP
<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/-WRZCr81nyt897E7zf4qmyj?domain=stawelltimes.com.au>, the *Canberra Times
Ticker news, 2GB, 6PR, 5AA, 6PR and on ABC radio. Science & Technology
Australia was honoured to convene an eminent launch panel of Professor
Sharon Lewin, Cicada Innovations CEO Sally-Ann WIlliams, Dr Harry
Al-Wassiti, Wiradjuri Nyemba woman Dr Virginia Marshall, Dr Ruth Vine and
Chris LeBlanc <https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/DcUZCyojxQTrnKZKQiPux2K?domain=youtu.be>to speak on science’s role in
Australia’s recovery, resilience and renewal.

On Monday night, the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change released
its sixth report <https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/np-uCzvkyVCMLE6EyTMycJ-?domain=ipcc.ch>. UN Secretary
General António Guterres called it “ a code red for humanity
<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/U5QVCANpgjCNYB4BPuBtR_X?domain=un.org>” and
declared “the alarm bells are deafening, and the evidence is irrefutable”.
Our STA President Jeremy Brownlie made a swift statement on the urgency of
the challenge amid this stark warning
saying: “The science is crystal clear - ambitious action on climate change
cannot be delayed”.

Last week the Australian Government released the latest Closing the Gap
report. In STA’s response
<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/hYilCD1vlpT5PwqwWcvMRMm?domain=twitter.com>, we welcomed the
partnership approach with peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups
who worked with the Government. The announcement included reparations for
Stolen Generations survivors in the NT, ACT and Jervis Bay, and investments
in education. You can read more about the initiatives here

Finally, STA is on the hunt for a fabulous Digital Content and
Communications Producer
<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/Zgs-CE8wmrt3POLOzckGCh6?domain=scienceandtechnologyaustralia.org.au> as we
thank and farewell Kyle McCann to new adventures in Melbourne. We need a
truly great candidate for this part-time and Canberra-based role - so
please share this opportunity widely with your networks.
Until next time,

Misha Schubert
CEO, Science & Technology Australia


   - Monash University
   released a report on Australia’s progress to reduce food waste.
   - AHURI
   released a report on innovative responses to urban transportation in
   Australian cities.
   - A new report is out on New Zealanders and their engagement
   with the environment.
   - The Australian Farm Institute
   <https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/Sp0NCL7EwMfRvVKVgI4goa4?domain=apo.org.au> released
   an occasional paper: An everyman’s guide for a landholder to participate in
   soil carbon farming in Australia.
   - The Green Alliance
   released a policy insight on Levelling up through circular economy jobs.
   - The Critical Technologies Policy Coordination Office
   released its first summary reports on health and agriculture.
   - Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching
   annual student experience survey data is out.
   - ACOLA and the Academies
   released a statement in support of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
   - Opportunities for submissions:
      - Consultations are open for the design of the Patent Box
      <https://treasury.gov.au/consultation/c2021-177849> announced in this
      year’s Budget - due 16 August.
      - The
      of Home Affairs
      is looking for feedback on its discussion paper on Strengthening
      Australia’s cyber security regulations and incentives – due 27 August.
      - The Australian National Audit Office is auditing the management of
      threatened species and ecological communities
      - due 31 October.

Further information: Peter Derbyshire, STA Policy Manager -
peter.derbyshire at sta.org.au


STA is looking for a fabulous digital communications and content producer
<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/Zgs-CE8wmrt3POLOzckGCh6?domain=scienceandtechnologyaustralia.org.au/> to
create content for our social media channels, website, publications,
newsletter, templates and other materials. You’ll need good skills in
graphic design, video editing, and social media content production - and a
strong proactive approach. Proficiency required in social media platforms,
content creation, Adobe Creative Cloud Suite for design and video
production, photography, web editing and WordPress. This is an exciting
position ideally suited to an experienced person looking for flexible work,
a recent graduate or someone ready to take the first big step in a career.
It is offered as a part time role with hours negotiable, based in our
Canberra office. Come work with us!

Over 1,500 events have registered for National Science Week 2021. A sample
of events on offer from STA member organisations:

   - Corey Tutt, Founder and Chief Executive of Deadly Science, is the 2021
   Sydney Science Festival Ambassador. Tune in to Corey’s keynote address Our
   Deadly Science <https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/biCaCP7LAXfKl9W92IkZrG8?domain=scienceweek.net.au>
   - The National Youth Science Forum has a stellar line up, including
   Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Cathy Foley, discussing How Did I Get
   Here? The twists and turns of a STEM career.
   - STA’s Superstars of STEM have numerous events registered. Learn How to
   Save the Planet, One Burger at a Time
   find out if they are telling the truth in a live game of Would I Lie To
   and Menzies HealthLAB
   heading off to the Tiwi Islands to convey to young people how lifestyle
   choices made today can affect their health and that of their future
   - The National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP) has some
   fantastic online events for adults and kids as part of their Indigenous
   Science Experience <https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/0vbRCXLW2mUXJj2jgUpazar?domain=nisep.org.au>
   for National Science Week.
   - Tour Australia’s two research supercomputers online with virtual
   events presented by NCI Australia
   and Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre
   - The Royal Society of Victoria is presenting an online yarn about
   Food and Agriculture
   - AMOS have teamed up with the Tasmanian Australia Marine Association
   for the Fieldwork Film Festival.


   - AMOS, with the NZ MetSoc, are holding an international conference
on *Southern
   Hemisphere Meteorology and Oceanography*
   <https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/pJn0C3QNPBipBoqoPcJ-SBT?domain=confer.eventsair.com> in February 2022. Submit
   your abstracts by 19 September.
   - Abstract submissions are open for Microbiology Congress 2021
   <https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/kE-kC4QOPEiBoEgEnc1cPHg?domain=microbiology.infectiousconferences.com>. The topic for 2021 is
   ‘Innovation in the world of microbiology and infectious diseases’.
   - Early and Mid-Career researchers should consider attending the EMCR
   Forum’s national conference on sustainable careers
   <https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/F0xpC5QPXJiZv3E3zfgNrcq?domain=aas.eventsair.com>. The hybrid event
   will be held in November and December. Early bird registration is open
   until 23 August.
   - A great opportunity for ECRs to meet Nobel Laureates at the 13th HOPE
   The meeting will be held virtually in March 2022 and applications are open
   to PhD students and postdoctoral researchers in the areas of physics,
   chemistry, physiology and medicine. Closes 6 September.

To add a conference or event: contact STA Events & Membership Manager Lucy
Guest – lucy.guest at sta.org.au


   - Are you looking for a mentor? Mentee applications are open for The
   Nutrition Society of Australia <https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/jqTSC71R2NTAq2l20cK45zr?domain=nsa.asn.au>
   mentoring program.
   - ANSTO FutureNow and FutureNow Plus Scholarships
   – open to graduates or early career researchers working on industry-focused
   research projects that support developments in health, defence, aerospace
   engineering and nuclear technologies.
   - Entrepreneurs' Programme - Accelerating Commercialisation
   – Ongoing.
   - The inaugural 2021 InnovationAus Awards for Excellence
   <https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/UnNTC81V0PT6rW1WAuQMZiu?domain=innovationausawards.awardstage.com>are open for applications.
   The awards shine a light on Australian teams and innovators across a
   variety of categories, and the contribution they make to build the future
   of the nation.
   - If you are interested in the tech and innovation ecosystem, the Spark
   Festival <https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/63unC91WPRTk1AQA6cvw_Po?domain=sparkfestival.co> is accepting expressions of
   interest to be a part of their festival. The event connects businesses,
   innovators and startups to grow the digital economy.
   - The Kenneth Myer Innovation Fellowships
   support breakthrough solutions to Australia’s most pressing challenges.
   Fellows are funded to take 12 months away from their current role to pursue
   big ideas that have the potential to achieve positive outcomes in the areas
   of poverty and disadvantage, sustainability and environment, human, civil
   and legal rights. EOIs are open until 5 September.


Do you know of a terrific STEM idea, technology, innovation, product or
program that has been successfully commercialised? Then we want to hear
from you. STA is launching a new project where we’ll aim to highlight
research translation and commercialisation success stories. Get in contact
with our Communications Manager, Martyn Pearce <%20martyn.pearce at sta.org.au>

Get in the picture: Are you following STA on Instagram
<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/LBGtCgZ0N1iAkK9KjcOqSsW?domain=instagram.com>? If you’re a member organisation
using Insta as one of your communication channels, please follow us and
we’ll follow you back!

*I am an LGBTIQ Ally**      -     Find out more at https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/HCPMCjZ1N7in9D8DwSXV9j7?domain=monash.edu

Professor John Lattanzio
President, Astronomical Society of Australia

School of Physics and Astronomy
Monash University Victoria 3800 AUSTRALIA

Ph:  +61 (0)3 9905-4428
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