National Committees explore future of Australian science

May 16, 2018

A recent meeting of the chairs of the Academy’s 22 National Committees for Science brought together representatives from the breadth of Australian science disciplines to make connections and identify interdisciplinary concerns and opportunities.

The chairs explored potential themes for future strategic plans of various science disciplines, and heard about the vision and aims of the Academy and the programs currently underway.

They also provided input into planning for a whole-of-science strategy—long-, medium- and short-term goals for education, funding, collaboration with industry, infrastructure and people in science.

Ms Sue Weston, Deputy Secretary of the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, attended a dinner following the meeting.

Each National Committee aims to foster a branch or theme of natural science in Australia and to serve as links between Australian and overseas scientists. They advise the Academy’s Council on Australia’s representation for the unions and multidisciplinary bodies of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and other international bodies.

Chairs of the National Committees for Science met with Academy representatives in April.

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