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Jan 16

Paying Tribute to Outgoing Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb

Friday 22nd January 2016 marked the end of an era, as Professor Ian Chubb stepped down from his role as Chief Scientist of Australia.  Professor Chubb has held this post for the last five years, working with four prime ministers and six science ministers across both Labour and Coalition governments.  As a newcomer to Australia … Continue reading Paying Tribute to Outgoing Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb

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May 15

Spending on STEM Education Should Have Been ‘Key Plank of the Budget’

“Education spending on the national science, technology, engineering, maths (STEM) curriculum must be a key plank of the Abbot government budget,” Australian Information Industry Association Chief Executive Suzanne Campbell told The Australian this week.   Campbell was quoted as saying, “Australia is falling behind in the race to create the digital leaders of the future … Continue reading Spending on STEM Education Should Have Been ‘Key Plank of the Budget’

20
Apr 15

How can we Trigger the STEM Revolution for Girls?

A recent report by the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law found that when maths skills were identical, men were more likely to be hired for a job than women.  Due to this bias, even the measly 12% of women who pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers often leave – just … Continue reading How can we Trigger the STEM Revolution for Girls?

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Feb 15

Five Fundamental Themes from our STEM Education Melbourne Conference

Last week we held our Improving STEM Education and Skills Conference in Melbourne, where we drew together some key representatives from across Universities, schools, Departments of Education and STEM employers.  The discussions were lively, the speed networking noise raucous, and the break times abuzz with the exchange of ideas with new friends.  We received a … Continue reading Five Fundamental Themes from our STEM Education Melbourne Conference

20
Jan 15

Future priorities for STEM education stakeholders

With our Improving STEM Education and Skills Conference fast approaching us next month I decided it was time to interview some of our key speakers for the event, and share some of their insights and opinions on some of the topics we hope to flesh out further at the conference in February. How can we … Continue reading Future priorities for STEM education stakeholders

03
Dec 14

How can we change the perception of STEM?

 So how can we make STEM more appealing?  How do we make it cool? By 2018 there will be 1.2 million jobs openings in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) fields.  However, due to a significant projected shortage of qualified applicants, many of these will go unfilled.  The STEM skills deficit continues to pose a … Continue reading How can we change the perception of STEM?

29
Oct 14

10 must read STEM news stories from around the web

 In recent weeks the Australian media has been full of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related news stories.  I picked up on and read each one with glee, having spent recent weeks immersing myself in the STEM agenda, researching and consulting with a number of key stakeholders across primary, secondary and higher education as … Continue reading 10 must read STEM news stories from around the web

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Oct 14

Championing the importance of STEM across education and industry

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An article in the Financial Review in September highlighted the fact that while the Federal Government spends $9 billion a year on science, research and innovation, Australia ranks 81st in the world in our capacity to convert innovations into business outputs.  We also remain the only country in the developed world without a national strategy … Continue reading Championing the importance of STEM across education and industry