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Monash University’s Janet Macaulay was elected Member Education and Training on the executive of the International Union for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Submission by the National Committee for Physics to the review of Australia's research training system commissioned by the Minister for Education and Training.
The National Committee for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is finalising the consultation period for the decadal plan. Please contact us if you would like to submit your comments about the future of the agricultural sciences in Australia.
The National Committee for Chemistry has finalised the exposure draft phase of the decadal plan.
The National Committee for Earth Sciences is keen to start the consultation period for the decadal plan for Earth Sciences. Please contact us if you would like to get involved.
The Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) is working to develop a plan for Future Earth in Australia. Future Earth Australia (FEA) is gaining momentum with a series of stakeholder consultations happening in capital cities across Australia. These workshops have produced a lot of support and suggestions for the sorts of activities in which FEA should engage.
Consultation workshops are being planned in Perth and Adelaide (dates and venues to be confirmed). Based on these consultations, we hope to release a draft plan for comment by mid to late November and your comments will be much appreciated.
Many thanks to the National Committees for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Biomedical Sciences; Brain and Mind; Cellular and Developmental Biology; Earth System Science; and Ecology, Evolution and Conservation for nominating representatives for the scientific workshop in late July, facilitated by the Centre for International Economics (CIE).
A very high quality input was provided by the delegates, and preliminary analysis of the evidence provided in the workshop indicates that the direct impact of advanced biological sciences on the economy is around 4% of economic output. The key driver is the health industry, with other notable industries being water, research, oil and gas, dairy farming and pharmaceuticals. CIE is consulting with relevant industry stakeholders to verify the data provided by the expert scientists. A final report of findings is expected to be submitted by CIE for consideration by the Academy and the Office of the Chief Scientist in mid November.
Canberra, 8–10 December, 2015
2015 marks the fourth year since the birth of CUBEnet and VIBEnet. Following on from our discussions at last year's Forum, and with the support of the Australian Academy of Science through its National Committee for Biomedical Sciences, CUBENeta dn VIBEnet are now combining to officially launch BEAN—our Bioscience Education Australia Network. This new umbrella network provides a platform to tackle together the challenges and opportunities that we face in the ever-evolving tertiary landscape. It builds the critical mass that allows us to engage more broadly with our partners in other disciplinary areas.
As part of this broader community engagement, we will host the MathBench Symposium, launch the MathBench Australian version of the modules, and showcase the project’s findings.
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