[ASA] Superstars of STEM and ESO Technology Development Program

John Lattanzio john.lattanzio at monash.edu
Fri Feb 11 12:06:28 AEDT 2022

Dear ASA Members
  I attach two pieces of news relevant to ASA members.

1) is the latest news from STA concerning another $2m funding for the
of STEM* program

2) a variation to the ESO Partnership agreement which enables Australia to
take part in the ESO Technology Development Program

John L

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From: Science and Technology Australia <mmrelease at isentia.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2022 at 10:55
To: <john.lattanzio at monash.edu>

The Australian Government has today announced a further $2 million
investment to advance women in STEM through Science & Technology
Australia’s game-changing Superstars of STEM

This powerful investment in Australia’s STEM leadership talent will enable
120 more brilliant and diverse women in STEM to turbo-charge their media
profiles and career success over the next four years, helping to inspire
the next generations of girls and young women into these crucial fields.

STA thanks the Australian Government and Science Minister Melissa Price for
the announcement of this crucial investment in Australia’s science,
technology, engineering and maths talent.

Since 2017, this world-leading program has fast-tracked the profile and
careers of 150 brilliant Australian female scientists, smashed gender
stereotypes about what a scientist looks like, and inspired tens of
thousands of school children to consider studying STEM.

An evaluation report highlighting the astronomical success of the program
is being launched today.

Science & Technology Australia CEO Misha Schubert said the Superstars of
STEM program was “starting to powerfully ‘shift the dial’ on women’s
under-representation in STEM and deliver more equity and diversity of
scientists in public life.”

“We know it’s hard to be what you can’t see. By nurturing these diverse
visible role models of women in STEM - in the media, in public leadership
and in our schools - this program powerfully shows girls and young women
that STEM is for them.”

“At its heart, the Superstars of STEM program is about brilliant women
scientists lifting each other up to be visible public role models and
inspire our next generations into these crucial careers.”

The evaluation report was launched today by twin events with Science
Minister Melissa Price at Western Australia’s Pawsey Supercomputer
facility, and an online national event with the Australian Government’s
Ambassador for Women and Girls in STEM Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith.

The evaluation report of the program’s impact from 2019 to 2021 shows more
than 21,000 Australian school students have been inspired by school visits
and talks by the Superstars of STEM.

The program has stratospherically elevated the profile and fast-tracked the
careers of Superstars, reaching cumulative media audiences of 83 million
people through more than 4000 media appearances from July 2020 to June 2021.

The Superstars of STEM program is funded by the Australian Government’s
Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, and is an initiative
of Science & Technology Australia.

Science & Technology Australia is the not-for-profit peak body for the
sectors, representing more than 90,000 scientists and technologists across

STA CEO Misha Schubert and several Superstars of STEM are available for

Read the Hon Melissa Price MP’s media release here

*Media contact:* Martyn Pearce, STA: 0432 606 828

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From: CCH Parliament <politicalalert at cch.com.au>
Sent: Thursday, 10 February 2022 9:34 AM
To: politicalalert at cch.com.au
Subject: Political Alert - Morrison Government and European Southern
Observatory grow technology opportunities (FED)

Please find attached:


The Morrison Government's productive partnership with the European Southern
Observatory (ESO) is opening a new door to support Aussie innovation in the
local astronomy sector. Minister for Science and Technology Melissa Price
last night signed an amendment to the Australia-ESO Strategic Partnership
Arrangement to allow Australian industry and astronomy institutions to
tender for contracts. Australian companies will now be able to bid for work
under the ESO Technology Development Program. "We are backing new
opportunities for local industry and institutions by helping them to tender
for new technology development contracts," Minister Price said.

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Professor John Lattanzio
President, Astronomical Society of Australia

School of Physics and Astronomy
Monash University Victoria 3800 AUSTRALIA

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