Media Release - Government gets the smarts: Maths

Posted by on 10 May 2012

 

Science & Technology Australia welcomes the strategic investment in science and maths education and measures to boost funding for science and research in the 2012/13 Federal Budget.

“I commend the Chief Scientist on his comprehensive recommendations to the Prime Minister which have brought about the measures that recognise the critical role science and maths play in our future prosperity, said Professor Michael Holland, STA President.

“Skilled science and technology professionals are a critical component of innovation and a knowledge based economy.

“So many industries rely on a workforce with science and maths skills. We know that a robust manufacturing industry and the mining sector rely on scientists and engineers.

“I am pleased to see that the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council have also had their funding protected.

“While the budget measures are welcome and necessary, Australia must get better at converting its research strength into innovations that fuel the economy and improve our quality of life.

“The commercialisation of Australian research that has lead to WiFi technology has already earned the nation ($420m) 3 times the amount of additional money invested in science and research in this Budget alone ($126m).

“Australia’s greatest resources are more likely to be found above ground that below it.

“It’s time we made good of Australian genius and developed a strong commercialisation environment that includes a well-developed innovation strategy; better collaboration between researchers and industry; strategic investments to support the development of new technologies; and measures to forge strategic partnership with our international counterparts.”

Media contact: Anna-Maria Arabia 0412 940 921

Released: 8 May 2012

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ASM submission to the Strategic Review of Health a

Posted by on 1 May 2012

  • Why is it in Australia’s interest to have a viable, internationally competitive health and medical research sector?
  • How might health and medical research be best managed and funded in Australia?
  • What are the health and medical research strategic directions and priorities and how might we meet them?


How can we optimise translation of health and medical research into better health and wellbeing?In the history of microbes and humans, the current era will be seen as one of opportunities, both lost and gained. We have started the modern era with the discovery of antibiotics which were hailed as an advance that would result in the eradication of all infectious disease on the planet as announced by US Secretary of State George Marshall in 1948. Sadly, this prophecy proved premature and by 1990 this age of hubris was replaced with the reality of the spread of multidrug resistant (MDR) infectious disease which threatens to undermine our public health system of today. In affluent societies such as that of Australia, the public health system has indeed limited the spread of infectious disease in the community. However, this has been a partial victory, with our own indigenous population suffering under a disease burden that is akin to that seen in poorer societies. In addition, the globalisation of travel has resulted in the spread of infectious disease at unprecedented rates around the globe as was recently demonstrated by H5N1 influenzae. A close examination of this situation indicates that Australia must maintain a viable, internationally competitive health and medical research sector devoted to infectious disease that (a) prepares emergency procedures within Australia for the identification, tracking and quarantine of introduced infectious disease from around the globe, (b) undertakes outreach educational programs and research training to assist our nearest neighbours to control infectious disease within their borders, and (c) develops strategies for the future control of infectious disease including preventative measures such as the development of new vaccines and drug treatment options. A thriving research base has allowed Australia to play an important role in the strategic South-East Asia region and to be an active participant of the World Health Organisation. As a testament to Australia's pre-eminence in research into infectious disease, it is interesting to note that 4 out of 12 Noble prizes awarded to Australians are infectious diseases related. In conclusion, it is essential that the National Health and Medical Research Council continue to fund research into infectious disease at the same levels that we currently have today to ensure that we have a thriving research community to undertake these important activities on behalf of the Australian public and for the assistance of our international neighbours.

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Lee Hudek announced as Millis - Colwell 2012 winner

Posted by on 25 January 2012

 

ASM Executive is pleased to announce Lee Hudek was the successful candidate for this year’s Millis – Colwell Post Graduate Award.

Lee, currently at Deakin University in Melbourne, will be travelling to the US to participate in the National Conference of the American Society for Microbiology (American ASM) and visiting a research laboratory. Thanks to the Research Trust for their involvement in this decision.

Applications for next year’s award close on 30th November.

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History of Microbiology in Australia

Posted by on 17 November 2011

 A scanned copy of this important publication is now available for all members under Publications.

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Frank Fenner Award Winner Announced

Posted by on 2 November 2011

 

The judging panel for the prestigious Frank Fenner Award is proud and delighted to announce Assoc Prof Johnson Mak as this year’s winner.

The judging panel for the prestigious Frank Fenner Award is proud and delighted to announce Assoc Prof Johnson Mak as this year’s winner.

The purpose of this award is to recognise distinguished contributions in any area of Australian research in microbiology by scientists in a formative stage of their career, rather than to reward senior scientists for a lifetime of achievement, and this year the applicants were of a extremely high calibre.

I’m sure all members join the panel in congratulating Johnson.

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Congratulations to Dr Tania de Koning-Ward

Posted by on 17 June 2011

Congratulations to Dr Tania de Koning-Ward.

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FASTS National Survey of Scientists

Posted by on 24 May 2011

Please access the results of the FASTS National Survey of Scientists via the Members Lounge.

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2011 winner of the ASM Teachers Travel Award

Posted by on 17 May 2011

 

The ASM is proud to announce the 2011 winner of the ASM Teachers Travel Award

Dr Priscilla Johanesen from Monash University was the successful applicant.

The aim of this award is to encourage ASM members involved in teaching microbiology at the tertiary level to attend the annual scientific meeting of the Australian Society for Microbiology.

Congratulations to Priscilla.

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2011 winner of the David White Teaching Award

Posted by on 28 January 2011

The ASM is proud to announce the 2011 winner of the David White Teaching Award

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