On July 10, federal Science Minister Karen Andrews and her WA counterpart, Dave Kelly, signed an MoU outlining WA’s involvement in Australia’s space capabilities. The agreement involves $6 million in investment from the federal government to develop partnerships and engagement between WA industry and the global space ecosystem. The investment will be separated into two … Continue reading WA to join in Australia’s space efforts
Prime Minister, Scott Morrison announced on 26 May, the reappointment of Karen Andrews as Minister for Industry, Science, and Technology. Andrews was first appointed in August 2018 after Morrison became Prime Minister. “I will continue to work to strengthen Australian industries, so they can drive our nation’s economic growth and create more job, and I … Continue reading Karen Andrews reappointed as Minister
Young Aboriginal scientists, engineers, and mathematicians will congregate at the Adelaide Convention Centre on 28 to 29 May for the third annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Aboriginal student congress. STEM engages with more than 500 students from 140 schools from years five to 10 through a range of interactive, challenging, and culturally relevant … Continue reading Aboriginal students developing careers in STEM
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related occupations have a 1.6 times higher growth rate than non-STEM jobs in Australia. This is according to an analysis of labour force data by the Department of Jobs and Small Business, which indicates that between November 2013 and November 2018, employment in STEM occupations grew by 16.5 per … Continue reading Rapid growth in technology-driven jobs makes STEM learning a priority
The CSIRO has created two new leadership roles, placing a focus on establishing further collaboration between science and industry. Ilona Charles has been appointed to the role of Executive Director, People, while Nigel Warren is the new Executive Director, Growth. The new appointments follow that from that of Dr Cathy Foley to CSIRO’s Chief Scientist … Continue reading CSIRO appoints two industry figures to leadership positions
Australian school students will be able to apply for funding to participate in STEM events, following the release of the latest round of the Federal government’s sponsorship grants. The new program offers grants of between $1,000 and $20,000 for school primary and high school students to attend science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) conferences, competitions … Continue reading STEM grants open for school students
Naval Group has partnered with Science Alive!, one of the country’s largest single interactive science exhibitions to inspire, excite and encourage Australians to pursue pathways in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Naval Group will be a platinum sponsor over the next three years and will have a large stand presence at this year’s Science … Continue reading Naval Group partners with Science Alive! to inspire the next generation
In a media release last month, RMIT researchers have used liquid metal to create two-dimensional materials no thicker than a few atoms that have never before been seen in nature. According to RMIT, the breakthrough will not only revolutionise the way we do chemistry but could be applied to enhance data storage and make faster … Continue reading Liquid metal breakthrough by RMIT researchers
Australian chief scientist Alan Finkel will today profess his support for a clean energy target, which he believes will have the lowest impact on power prices compared to other schemes. According to Finkel, doing nothing about climate change will end up being the most expensive option. He will be recommending that the operators of all large … Continue reading Alan Finkel warns over lack of action on climate
A Victorian vehicle manufacturing start-up aiming to produce the first Australian-made electric vehicles has been given a kick-start thanks to a new funding initiative by CSIRO. CSIRO Kick-Start is an initiative that offers dollar-matched funding of up to $50,000 to enable research projects for start-ups and small businesses that are on their way to becoming Australian success … Continue reading CSIRO backs Victorian electric vehicle manufacturing start-up
A team of scientists from Edith Cowan University has developed what they say is the world’s first commercially viable clear solar glass. Referred to as energy-harvesting clear glass, the technology has been developed by a team of researchers from the Electron Science Research Institute (ESRI) at Edith Cowan University, in collaboration with Perth-based company ClearVue … Continue reading Perth team producing world’s only clear solar glass
A program to teach young people about microchip applications and computer programming is helping underprivileged children in India find a pathway to a better life.
Today marks Professor Ian Chubb’s final day as Australia’s Chief Scientist. It’s a position he’s held for almost five years, during some of Australia’s most turbulent political times.
Australia’s patchy performance in linking public research with private enterprise is an old story that has been receiving plenty of attention lately, including at last week’s third Factories of the Future event.
Australia’s new Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, talked a lot in Monday night’s press conference about the future of Australia.
There’s a broad discussion happening in Australia about how to strengthen relationships between private industry and universities in order to foster innovation.
In a rapidly changing world, attempts to preserve the past will doom the future.
The Aachen, Germany-based Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology will partner in the new Innovative Manufacturing CRC. It is the only German research organisation to do so.
The role of STEM skills in economic prosperity has been a hot topic lately. Brent Balinski spoke to BASF’s Australia and New Zealand boss Ross Pilling about the importance of science and of asking the right questions.
Australia’s chief scientist, Ian Chubb, has said that research funding levels should be examined and investment refocussed following cuts.