This year, National Science Week is being celebrated with more than 1,900 registered events across Australia. National Science Week events will be held in museums, libraries, galleries, research institutions, schools, universities, parks and even shopping centres. Hundreds of schools and workplaces will also be holding ‘Brain Break’ science-themed morning teas. NASA scientists and Nobel Laureates … Continue reading Importance of STEM skills highlighted during National Science Week
Applications are now open for two of the state’s most prestigious science and innovation awards – the Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation and the Victoria Fellowships. The Victoria Prize and Victoria Fellowships celebrate our top scientists as well as early-career researchers and provide real support for their important work. The coveted Victoria Prize for … Continue reading Applications open for Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation
The reappointment of Karen Andrews as federal minister for industry, science and technology in the Morrison cabinet has been welcomed by sectors of Australia’s science and technology community. Andrews was first appointed to the role in August last year after Morrison became prime minister. Morrison announced Andrews would continue in her ministerial role in the … Continue reading Karen Andrews’ ministerial reappointment welcomed by STEM sector
The Western Australian government has launched a new science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills strategy. The strategy, which was an election commitment for the McGowan government, was developed by a panel made up of industry experts, researchers and educators, and chaired by WA’s Chief Scientist, Professor Peter Klinken. Called “Future Jobs, Future Skills: Driving … Continue reading WA government launches STEM strategy
Federal Labor Senator Kim Carr has announced that he will not renominate as Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, ending a two-decade stint on the frontbench in both government and opposition. Carr has been on Labor’s frontbench since 1996, serving much of that time as the party’s spokesperson for industry, science and research. … Continue reading Labor’s Kim Carr stands down from Opposition frontbench
Students in West Gippsland studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects are now able to use new facilities funded by the Victorian government. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited for a tour of the school’s $4.5 million new facilities and to see the recently completed $5.8 million STEM Centre at nearby Warragul Regional … Continue reading New STEM facilities for West Gippsland students
The Western Australian government has announced the reappointment of the state’s Chief Scientist, Professor Peter Klinken, for a further three years. Professor Klinken provides high-level, independent advice to the state government about matters that help shape the advancement of science and innovation. He works closely with the Science and Innovation Division in the Department of … Continue reading Peter Klinken reappointed as WA’s Chief Scientist
The Morrison government’s 2019-20 Budget contains some mixed news for Australia’s science and technology sector, providing boosted funding for women in STEM and the nation’s space sector alongside cuts to several research agencies and programs. $3.4 million in new funding will support women in STEM, and includes investment in the Science in Australia Gender Equity … Continue reading Budget a mixed bag for science and technology sector
Nominations are now open for this year’s Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, which recognises Australia’s top scientists, innovators and science teachers. Nominations close on 12 March, with $750,000 in prize money to be distributed across seven categories. The main prizes for Science and Innovation are each worth $250,000. Five other prizes of $50,000 each recognise … Continue reading Nominations open for Prime Minister’s Science Prizes
According to Bill Ferris, chair of Innovation and Science Australia (ISA), bold action is needed to harness Australia’s innovation potential, and has identified the nation’s six key innovation challenges.
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, has announced plans to boost Australia’s innovation overseas by opening a CSIRO US office.
Australian scientists are designing vital components for what is currently the world’s largest science-engineering project – the development of a $19 billion fusion energy generator.
A Chinese research institute is developing the world’s smallest nuclear power plant, to be installed on an island in the South China Sea within the next five years, much to the concern of environmental scientists and the Chinese public.
Australia’s Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel, has called for engineers to step up and be thought leaders. He has shared his vision for 2025, where government and corporate bodies recognise the importance of engineers in improving business and Australian public life.
There is a replicability crisis in science – unidentified “false positives” are pervading even our top research journals.
Scientists at DESY have discovered a method that paves the way for a new generation of magnetic sensors.
Scientists at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have reached a milestone in “invisibility” research which could be useful in industrial applications.
Australia’s chief scientist, Ian Chubb, has said that research funding levels should be examined and investment refocussed following cuts.