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Dear colleagues,
 
It’s been a busy month for Science & Technology Australia as we work towards our second Science meets Business and welcome the 45th Parliament of Australia.
 
I’ve had the privilege over the last month to meet and speak with a number of the leaders of our member organisations. It’s clear there is much passion among our membership for the extraordinary work being done by Australia in science and technology, and a desire to better leverage our networks and connections to ensure issues of importance to the sector are heard, understood and acted on at the highest levels.
 
To that end, I’ve begun a program of meetings with federal parliamentarians and the business sector as well as leaders in science and technology.
 
As co-Chair of the National Research and Innovation Alliance along with Professor Les Field of the Australian Academy of Science, I was pleased recently to welcome the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP. At the Alliance meeting in Canberra last month, Minister Hunt made his first speech in the portfolio about science, announcing a boost to climate science capacity for CSIRO and a new program to foster international collaboration. The Minister invited STA to work with him and his team to help shape the future for science and technology in Australia. We also welcomed the Shadow Minister for Science, Senator the Hon. Kim Carr, who gave generously of his time and also indicated his desire and willingness to work with the sector towards long-term strategic support for Australian science and technology.
 
I’m also meeting in the early days of Parliament with the former co-convenors of the Parliamentary Friends of Science, who have indicated their keenness to continue to support STEM and build relationships across the sector and politics. And – along with a number of our member organisations – I participated in the Chief Scientist’s stakeholder consultation on the National Research Infrastructure Roadmap. Consultations and submissions close this Friday 9 September.
 
The Eureka Prizes in Sydney last week highlighted an astonishing range of outstanding work being done across science and technology research, application and public engagement – including by a number of people who are members of STA member organisations. It was an inspiring event and a great reminder of how important it is to tell our stories and celebrate the excellent and life-changing work being done by Australian scientists and technologists every day: warmest congratulations to all finalists and winners. The Eurekas were a fitting epilogue to a very successful National Science Week.
 
Please do read on for some opportunities to celebrate and further your work, and to build your network: I encourage you to also forward this newsletter to your colleagues and members and encourage them to subscribe for news and opportunities that are relevant to them. I hope to see you soon, and if I haven’t yet had chance to chat with you – please, call or email any time.
 
Cheers,
Kylie
Science meets Business 2016
The second annual Science meets Business will take place on October 24 in Melbourne, with a range of outstanding speakers representing politics, industry and research. The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Greg Hunt, Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr, Vice-President and Lab Director for IBM Research, Dr Joanna Batstone, and CEO of ANSTO, Dr Adi Paterson are just a few of the speakers who will join us for this forward-looking and engaging day of information, brainstorming and networking.
 
Member societies are eligible to send two delegates each, so if you are focused on building ties with the private sector, contact your society president to inquire about attending.
 
We’re grateful to the generous organisations whose support enables us to stage this event at no cost to delegates, including our Major Supporter the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, and Gold Sponsor, Defence Science and Technology. Sponsorship and partnership opportunities are still available: to inquire, please contact Gia Metherell on 02 6257 2891 or gia.metherell@sta.org.au.

 
National Science Week
August really is becoming Science Month – more than 1,000 events were held across the nation during this year’s successful National Science Week.

Citizen scientists helped to spot endangered animals by trawling through thousands and thousands of wilderness photos, helping to preserve our precious wildlife. Meanwhile, the SCINEMA International Film Festival was held in over 200 community venues: see the winning entries here.

National Science Week 2017 will take place is from 12-20 August 2017 – the theme next year is Future Earth.
 
Life & Death
As production partner for the Australian Academy of Science’s ‘Science of Life and Death’ national public event series, we are proud to help bring adult science events to five different Australian cities over the next six months. The series kicked off with ‘DEATH in Hobart’ in June and ‘SEX in Melbourne’ in July, both of which were subsequently featured on RN’s Big Ideas.

Tickets are now available for the next event in the series: Brisbane - MURDER – 16 September.
 
MARS the live experience
STA has partnered with the National Geographic Channel and Live on Stage Australia to bring to the stage ‘MARS the live experience’, featuring legendary astronaut, and research leaders from NASA and the European Space Agency. Tickets are now on sale.
 
Member News

Women in Science AUSTRALIA is holding its first National Symposium on Connecting Women in STEMM on 13-14 September 2016 at RMIT University in Melbourne

The Australian Psychological Society is holding their first ever conference with the theme of "United for the Future". The conference will be held on 13-16 September at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists is holding its annual scientific meeting in conjunction the Molecular Pharmacology of G Protein-Coupled Receptors meeting in Melbourne 27-30 November.

Registrations for MathsFest Australia 2016 are now open. MathsFest takes place between 28 November and 13 December with nearly 40 international speakers confirmed.

The 23rd Australian Statistical Conference 2016 is on in Canberra from 5-9 December 2016. It will be held in conjunction with the 14th Australasian Data Mining Conference and the 9th Australian Conference on Teaching Statistics.

The RACI National Centenary Conference 2017 is being held in Melbourne on 23-28 July 2017.
 
Opportunities
 
Grant applications are now open for the 2017 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
 
Apply to take part in the 2016 Theo Murphy Australian Frontiers of Science – The Microbiome: Exploring the role of microorganism in ecosystem processes and health
 
Applications to attend the 9th JSPS HOPE Meeting in Tokyo, Japan with Nobel Laureates, are now open
 
The Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) programme is open for applications for funding to support projects for women
 
Nominations are open for the 2017 Clunies Ross Awards for contributions to the application of technology to benefit Australia

Applications are open for early career researchers to attend the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting dedicated to Chemistry

The Australian Academy of Science is now taking applications for the new Max Day Environmental Science Fellowship Award.
 
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