The National Committee for Biomedical Sciences (NCBMS) aims to foster the biomedical sciences in Australia, link the Academy to Australian biomedical scientists and relevant scientific societies, and serve as a link between Australian and overseas scientists, primarily through the unions of the International Council for Science. The NCBMS provides input into relevant submissions or responses from the Academy, and meets with grant funding agencies to discuss items of interest to the biomedical sciences community. The committee also supports the work of the Biosciences Education Australia Network (BEAN).
Bioscience 2030: recommendations for future curriculum will develop a series of recommendations that adapt and optimise the national approach to teaching biosciences in ways that recognise and incorporate the new research environments and contexts. It will identify the future requirements of the biosciences and define the curriculum necessities and fundamental improvements that are needed so that the biosciences are taught in ways that meet these needs.
The NCBMS is undertaking the preparation of this report in 2019-2020. To achieve this, the committee will leverage knowledge and expertise from key stakeholders, including the learned academies, universities and industry, nationally and internationally, to establish what these new contexts will be in 2030 and beyond. This collaborative and mutually supportive high-level overview is essential to inform and direct the transformation of our curriculum.
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