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November 28, 2019

The Academy has responded to feedback from stakeholders and is producing a new Science Policy and Diplomacy newsletter, which highlights important science policy discussion and events in Australia and around the globe. It reports on the involvement of science in national and international policy and diplomacy, and the Academy’s contributions to these discussions.

The big challenges and opportunities for nations around the world in the 21st century—economic, environmental, scientific and social—are inherently global in nature and science has a critical role to play in helping to understand and respond to challenges and realise opportunities. The newsletter is aimed at people working in STEM and policy with an interest in science, technology and emerging research to inform discussion and assist evidence-based policy development and decision-making. It is also for those who engage in soft power activities through their national and global science networks.

The first issue of the newsletter links to the International Science Council’s action plan for advancing science as a global public good.

The first issue includes links to the International Science Council’s action plan for advancing science as a global public good; an InterAcademy Partnership report on addressing Africa’s challenges; and an ACOLA report on the impact of artificial intelligence in Australia.

The newsletter also highlights the ongoing work of the National Committees for Science and the Academy’s policy team, who regularly provide feedback to government consultations. National Committees have recently made submissions on the Australian agricultural sector growth target, the inquiry into prerequisites for nuclear energy in Australia, and proposals to the reform of the government’s data sharing and release legislation.

The Science Policy and Diplomacy newsletter will be produced three time per year.

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