The Conversation Sarah Maddison 20 November 2015
Women make up 44% of Australian academics, but just 24% of professors. One of the contributing factors for this disparity is that there are fewer women applying for research grants than men, even though women are just as successful at winning grants as men.
This week saw the Australian Research Council (ARC) announce its Gender Equality Action Plan. This includes a range of actions aimed to ensure equal opportunity for men and women to participate in its National Competitive Grants Programme.
BBC News 19 November 2015
One of the UK’s leading scientists, Sir Paul Nurse, has proposed giving politicians a greater say in the way scientific research is funded.
It would make science more important at the highest levels of government, says Sir Paul, a Nobel laureate. But he admits that what he is proposing could be seen as “a deal with the devil”.
ABC News | ABC Sunshine Coast Jasmin Midgley, Jon Coghill 18 November 2015
Deadly disease-riddled mosquitoes will be easily identified using a smart phone app if a Sunshine Coast research project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation proves successful.
Sydney Morning Herald 17 November 2015
Australia suffers from an outdated “fear of failure” mentality that impedes risk-taking and must be shaken off if the country is to create the jobs of the future, according to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s new innovation czar.
Industry, Innovation and Science Minister Christopher Pyne will on Tuesday announce Bill Ferris, regarded of the father of Australia’s venture capital industry, as the new chair of Innovation Australia. The government is preparing to release a major innovation statement – encompassing changes to tax breaks, university research funding and the role of the CSIRO – early next month.
Sunshine Coast Daily 13 November 2015
THE University of the Sunshine Coast has been announced as a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Principal investigator Dr Joanne Macdonald, a Senior Lecturer and researcher in molecular engineering, will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled ‘A rapid field test for detecting infected mosquitoes’.
The project will also draw on the expertise of key collaborators, including entomologists Dr Andrew van den Hurk (Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services in Brisbane) and Dr Leon Hugo (QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane); and virologists Dr Cheryl Johansen (University of Western Australia in Perth) and Professor Roy Hall (University of Queensland in Brisbane).
The Australian Sarah Elks 10 November 2015
Nine months after the government launched an exhaustive recruitment campaign for 18 departmental directors-general, there is still one vacancy: in the Department of Science, Innovation and Information Technology. Even with the expanded search, run by expert recruiters Chandler Macleod, only 24 international applications were received for the Science Department job.
The Conversation Marcus Foth 10 November 2015
I’m trying to complete an application but I’m struggling with one of the questions: Does this proposal fall within one of the Science and Research Priorities?
Australia’s outgoing Chief Scientist Ian Chubb introduced Australia’s nine research priorities earlier this year by saying “[…] science is both awesome and awesomely important […].” But this focus comes with consequences that in the long term are detrimental to all Australians and the overall goal of sustaining our livelihood, prosperity and high standard of living.