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  • 22 Jun 2021 1:36 PM | Marie-Louise Rankin (Administrator)

    Science & Technology Australia (STA) has been offering its flagship event, “Science Meets Parliament” since 1999. It’s objectives are

    • To stimulate and inform parliamentarians of how science contributes to and informs public policy, and
    • To assist in professional development through providing participants with an insight into political, policy, media and parliamentary processes.

    Science meets Parliament plays an important part in Science & Technology Australia’s advocacy effort, as it demonstrates, with real examples, how Australia benefits from public and private investment in science. It is also a terrific networking and professional development opportunity for participants.

    In 2021, “Science Meets Parliament” was delivered virtually from 2 March to 1 April. Two lucky members were chosen to represent SSA at this year’s event. We always ask them for a written report on their experience, and here is the first one, written by Jason Whyte:

    Science Meets Parliament 2021 - Part 1

    Unlike you, gentle reader, few of our parliamentarians have a science qualification. So, they may not appreciate the contributions made by statisticians to Australia’s interests. Science Meets Parliament (SMP) provides an opportunity for statisticians to increase their visibility, and to inform parliamentarians of the scope and value of our work. Through this, SMP aims to forge lasting relationships that will allow scientists to contribute to the processes of setting national priorities and policy development. No pressure….

    Unlike the pre-coronavirus SMPs held in Canberra over two days, the 2021 instalment featured around a month of Zoom-like information sessions for delegates scattered across Australia. Those with a full registration would also join three or four other delegates for an online meeting with an MP or senator.

    A statistician seeking to engage with SMP for the first time may find the process somewhat daunting (cough!). To help with this, some SMP sessions featured advice from experienced delegates or Canberra insiders on how to approach your scheduled meeting. Some suggestions seem particularly appropriate for statisticians considering SMP participation.

    In the session “Preparing to meet a parliamentarian”, I wondered if details of my work might be off-putting, and asked:

    “I'm concerned that my meeting might play out like an episode of "First Dates": I want to meet again but the MP is not so keen. Any tips on what materials are likely to best complement my presentation?”

    Kylie Walker, CEO Australian Academy of Technology & Engineering, advised: “Sweep right back out for that big picture.” (That is, think beyond than your own specific area of work and its direct implications.)  “I’d be interested to hear about the some of the broader applications of the field rather than your specific area if it’s too conceptual to be able to explain succinctly to a non-technical audience.”

    Dr Tien Huynh from RMIT (2017-18 Participant and one of the “Superstars of STEM”) suggested: “The three main areas that I thought were really important for most parliamentarians that you can’t get wrong are Environment, Health, and [the] Economy, and amongst those you’ll find maths and statistics in every single part.” Also, it’s appropriate to connect your work to what your field is trying to achieve: “You have to make that linkage for the parliamentarian so that they can see the relevance of what you are doing.”

    An SMP meeting can be interrupted when your parliamentarian is summoned for a vote. However, this may give a delegate the opportunity to talk to the parliamentarian’s political staff.

    The SMP programme covered this possibility with the session “How to Engage with Advisors”. The panel included Mr Harry Godber, a former Adviser to the Turnbull & Morrison Governments on “tech, innovation, financial regulation & space policy”, and now Head of Strategy at Flare HR. Godber’s advice included some questions to think about before your meeting: “What is the value you provide to Australia as a whole? What could it add to the government’s policy platform? Can you provide case studies?”

    “Be very concise in your pitch. What can you provide? What are you asking for? Don’t talk in the abstract so that the meeting doesn’t address these points.”

    In preparation for my meeting, I found my MP’s maiden speech quite instructive. I learned that we grew up in demographically similar areas, and we also had intersecting concerns in education and environmental management.

    Following the conclusion of the information sessions, my group of SMP attendees spent around an hour with our MP, zooming in from her home on April 1st. Each delegate gave a short presentation and responded to questions. The MP seemed to show a genuine interest in these contributions.

    Immediately following the meeting I sent the MP links to my publications and outreach activities relating to our discussion. After almost three months, I am yet to receive a reply. Perhaps some MPs really don’t have the time for a second meeting, or maybe I had spinach in my teeth? Delegates may wonder what data there is on meetings between scientists and parliamentarians that have led to continuing relationships. If only there was some professional body that had the skills to look into this….

    By Jason Whyte

    Interested in attending Science Meets Parliament next year? Keep an eye out for of search for expressions of interest in the SSA newsletters from early 2022.

  • 18 Jun 2021 11:07 AM | Marie-Louise Rankin (Administrator)

    Next week is the final sitting week of Parliament before the mid-winter break. As always, STA will be active on Capital Hill on behalf of you and your members. On Tuesday, we’ll host a Parliamentary Friends of Science event for MPs and Senators on science and evidence informed policy. Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Cathy Foley and CSIRO CEO Dr Larry Marshall will join me on stage for an engaging discussion. We’ll also unveil STA’s refreshed policy vision next week - with our President Jeremy Brownlie doing the honours in Canberra. This blueprint is the result of almost a year of deep consultation with the science and technology sector. We look forward to sharing the final document with you ahead of it being made public.

    Our annual survey of the science workforce - a collaboration with Professional Scientists Australia - is in the field. Thank you to those who have already shared the link with your membership, staff and networks - and encouraged them to complete it. This survey is an invaluable source of data in our advocacy for scientists and technologists across the country. Please remind your networks to take the survey before it closes on June 27. 

    Don’t forget to register for our exclusive event for STA members next Tuesday on how to access the Global Talent Visa. This is a terrific opportunity to hear directly from the Department of Home Affairs about current eligibility for this visa - and especially valuable if you or your employing institution are seeking to recruit brilliant overseas STEM talent.  

    Congratulations from all of us in the STA community to Professor Bronwyn Fox on her appointment as CSIRO’s next Chief Scientist. Bronwyn is a materials and engineering scientist, a Fellow of both RACI and ATSE, and was founding director of Swinburne’s Manufacturing Futures Research Institute. We’re delighted for her and for CSIRO on this excellent decision.  

    As part of our commitment to reconciliation, STA plans to make a submission shortly to the review of the Australian school curriculum. As the peak body for Australia’s STEM sector, we support a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, culture, history and contemporary circumstances being taught to Australian school students. We encourage other STA member organisations to offer similar support. You can make a submission by 8 July.

    Finally, this week we convened our first training session for our third cohort of STA STEM Ambassadors, and the last formal training session for our second cohort of Superstars of STEM. We wish them all well for their next steps - and are excited to watch their stars continue to rise.

    Until next time, 

    Misha Schubert 
    CEO, Science & Technology Australia 

    CONSULTATION BEGINS ON THE RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE ROADMAP

    As a first step to develop the next research infrastructure roadmap, the Government is asking researchers to participate in a survey about current national research infrastructure use. The questions ask how you currently use or interact with Australia's NRI, what you need from NRI now and in the future, and what you see as the emerging trends, challenges and opportunities for NRI. The survey takes around 30 minutes to complete and is here - it closes Wednesday 30 June. 

    NEW REPORTS AND POLICY CHANGES OF INTEREST TO STA MEMBERS

    Further information: Peter Derbyshire, STA Policy Manager - peter.derbyshire@sta.org.au


  • 9 Jun 2021 5:18 PM | Marie-Louise Rankin (Administrator)

    SSA Canberra is inviting student members of SSA Canberra branch to apply for financial support to attend the virtual Australia and New Zealand Statistical Conference (ANZSC, 5-9 July 2021) or the Early Career and Student Statisticians Conference (ECSSC, 24 July - 1 August, including pre-conference workshops). The grant will reimburse the fee you pay for the appropriate registration/workshop costs, with the maximum amount being $200 in total. 

    To be eligible for the grant, you must either be a student member of SSA Canberra Branch, or have applied to be a student member with SSA Canberra, at the time of submitting your registration grant application. Membership is only $20 for full time students, so it is definitely worth joining just to apply for the grant! 

    Application details:

    Please prepare the following documents and a submit a single PDF form containing:

    1. A brief resume/CV of up to 4 pages.
    2. Which costs and amounts you would like SSA Canberra to reimburse; note that you can select any combination of costs from the two conferences.   
    3. A short document (max 200 words) describing the anticipated benefits to you that will result from your attendance at the conference/workshop, and declaring any other financial support offered to you for this conference/workshop.
    4. (Optional) If you are presenting, your submitted talk/poster abstract for ANZSC2021/ECSSC2021. 

    Please send these via email to ssacanberra@gmail.com by 5pm on 28 June 2021, but we will evaluate applications on a rolling basis. 

    Outcome and show me the money!

    Successful applications will be notified by email no later than 4 July 2021. If you are successful, we will request you to send us relevant registration receipts/invoices, and SSA Canberra will reimburse you the awarded amount.  

    Successful applications should:

    • Acdgeknowle the financial support of SSA Canberra during their presentation (if you present);
    • Contribute a short piece about their experience to the SSA Stats Matters newsletter, to be sent to ssacanberra@gmail.com.

    If you have any questions, feel free to send us an email at ssacanberra@gmail.com


    We look forward to your application,
    SSA Canberra

  • 24 May 2021 2:25 PM | Marie-Louise Rankin (Administrator)


    The federal Budget had a host of initiatives in science and technology, and a detailed analysis is in STA’s budget breakdown. We were pleased to see so many of you at our STA members-only post-Budget briefing last Friday.

    Among other commentary, STA welcomed announcements to establish mRNA vaccine manufacturing capability in Australia and a new patent box scheme to incentivise biotech and medtech patents and manufacturing onshore - with a pledge to consult on extending the scheme to clean energy technology. We also backed a pledge to create new scholarships for women in STEM. Our President Jeremy Brownlie and I were quoted in InnovationAus.

    The launch of the new intake of STA STEM Ambassadors generated good media coverage, with stories about our new Ambassadors in the Canberra Times, West Australian, ABC, and the Border Mail. Campus Morning Mail noted the strong interest from MPs right across the breadth of the Parliament in this terrific program. One of this year’s MPs - NSW Nationals Senator Perin Davey - said she was delighted to join “as we know how important it is for science to inform policy in so many critical areas”. “I congratulate Science & Technology Australia on developing a program that will improve the links between policy and STEM across a wide range of policy areas and across all parties.” 

    I was also honoured to speak at the opening of the Western National Innovation Games about STA’s Superstars of STEM program which tackles the visibility barrier for diverse women in STEM. And we are gearing up for National Reconciliation Week - and looking forward to seeing the STEM sector sharing Indigenous knowledges during that period.

    Lastly, after an impressive 16 years in the role, Sam Popovski is moving on from leading the CSIRO Staff Association. Our thanks to Sam for his leadership and dedication to CSIRO staff throughout his time in the role, and we wish him the very best in his new role at the CPSU. 

    Until next time, 

    Misha Schubert 
    CEO, Science & Technology Australia 


    NOMINATIONS FOR STA’S EDI AND POLICY COMMITTEE NOW OPEN

    STA invites nominations for our Policy Committee and our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. These are great opportunities to participate in STA’s work in these areas. We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, people from diverse faith, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and LGBTQIA+ identified STEM professionals.

    To register your interest or to see the Terms of Reference, head to our website. Applications close midnight 6 June.


    SORRY DAY & NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK

    Two important events next week: Sorry Day, and the start of National Reconciliation Week. Sorry Day – Wednesday 26 May - is a national commemoration to remember past policies of forced child removal and the intergenerational damage those policies caused to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities. National Reconciliation Week, which begins on Thursday 27 May (the anniversary of the 1967 referendum to count Indigenous Australians as citizens in their own land), is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements. It's also a time to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. We will be marking Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week on our social media channels and would encourage member organisations to do the same. Social media assets are available on the National Reconciliation Week 2021 website.


    NEW REPORTS AND POLICY CHANGES OF INTEREST TO STA MEMBERS


    Further information: Peter Derbyshire, STA Policy Manager - peter.derbyshire@sta.org.au


    BRIEFING ON THE GLOBAL TALENT VISA PROGRAM FOR STA MEMBERS

    STA has been exploring opportunities with the Department of Home Affairs to share updated information with STA members about accessing the Global Talent Visa Program for brilliant global STEM talent. Some of the criteria have evolved, and there is a strong opportunity globally to recruit outstanding STEM talent. If you would find it valuable to attend an information session organised by STA and presented by the Department, please get in touch with STA Membership Manager Lucy Guest at lucy.guest@sta.org.au.


    TELL US YOUR RESEARCH TRANSLATION/COMMERCIALISATION SUCCESS STORIES!
     

    Do you have a STEM idea, technology, innovation, product or program that could become a reality if you could just source some financial support or even just some key introductions? Then we want to hear from you. STA is launching a new project where we’ll aim to highlight activities and ideas that need some level of extra support to get them to the next stage, whether that is government funding, industry collaboration, or commercialisation. Get in contact with our Communications Manager, Martyn Pearce.


    STA MEMBER EVENTS OF INTEREST

    • The Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) is supporting a terrific series of events and scientific workshops. Check them out here.
    • The Early Career & Student Statisticians Conference 2021 is accepting abstracts until 31 May.  
    • The next seminar in the Australian Society for Parasitology will be held on Friday 28 May. Register now to learn about flukes in Southern Bluefin Tuna. 
    • Cicada Innovations has an event on 2 June exploring what would happen if we rebuilt the world using biotech. Register here
    • Early and mid-career researchers can get involved with an initiative to Reboot STEMM. The half-day virtual think tank aims to co-design a strategy for a more inclusive and diverse way of defining, recognising and rewarding ‘success’. Apply to be a part of it by 28 May.

    To add a conference or event: contact STA Events & Membership Manager Lucy Guest – lucy.guest@sta.org.au


    GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES     

    • Entrepreneurs' Programme - Accelerating Commercialisation – Ongoing.
    • The annual Australian Academy of Science awards are now open. The awards shine a light on researchers who are making outstanding contributions to science in Australia. There is also conference funding available.
    • The Academy also recently expanded its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scientists award, which now covers research funding as well as travel up to $20,000. Apply by 1 June.
    • STEM Executive Experience day gives ambitious leaders aged between 22 and 35 the chance to see what it takes to be an executive. You can win a place at the event including return flights to Sydney and two nights in a five-star hotel. Enter by 29 May.
    • Applications are open for ABC’s 2021 Top 5 Science Residency program. The scheme aims to equip emerging science scholars with media and communication skills, and will give you the chance to work alongside some of Australia’s leading journalists. Applications are open to PhD-qualified early career academics in all STEM fields. Applications close Tuesday 1 June.


    STA MEMBER STORIES 

    The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are open for application! This year there are 16 prizes across the categories of Research and Innovation, Leadership, Science Engagement, and School Science. Prizes cover a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines and recognise the work of scientists, researchers, and science communicators at all career stages. There is a prize pool of $160,000 to be shared between winners. Entries close at 7pm AEST on Friday 28 May.

    Australian Science Innovations (ASI) is seeking expression of interest for board directors with broad governance and business skills, particularly with qualifications or extensive experience in government relations, digital marketing and communications, and/or fundraising. Find out more here.

    Are you following Science & Technology Australia on Instagram? If you’re a member organisation using Insta as one of your communication channels please follow us and we’ll follow you back!


  • 20 May 2021 11:39 AM | Marie-Louise Rankin (Administrator)

    Conference Scholarship Queensland Branch

    The Statistical Society of Australia QLD Branch is offering an award to fund participation at the Australian and New Zealand Statistical Conference 2021.  The ANZSC is being held Online on the 5-9th of July 2021, conference details can be found here. The focus of the conference will be Modeling data for a brighter future.  The aim of this Conference is to bring together a broad range of researchers and practitioners across a variety of statistical disciplines to facilitate the exchange of theory, methods, and applications.  The scholarship will cover conference registration. The recipient/s will be required to provide an article on personal conference highlights within two weeks of the end of the conference for publication in the SSA Newsletter.

    ELIGIBILITY

    Open to all Honours, Masters and PhD research students enrolled at a Queensland university (full-time or part-time), who are SSA members and will be presenting a talk at the conference, either as a formal presentation or poster (note abstract submissions are closed). Award recipients are required to submit to the SSA Queensland Branch Secretary a short summary (of approximately 250 to 500 words) of their presentation and their personal conference highlights within two weeks of the conclusion of the conference for publication in the SSA Newsletter.  You need not be a current member of the SSA at the time of application but will be expected to join before reimbursement. The cost of SSA student membership is $20 per year.

    AWARD AMOUNT

    The maximum award is $250 per person. The award can only be used for conference registration.  Awards will be paid directly to the award recipients unless otherwise requested. The award monies will be distributed after receipt of paid invoices.  Up to five scholarships will be awarded.

    DETERMINITION OF AWARD RECIPIENTS

    Award recipients will be selected by the SSAI Queensland Branch Council and will be notified by email on 7th June 2021.

    HOW TO APPLY

    E-mail the following to the Queensland Branch Secretary:

    • ·         Personal details: name, email address and phone number and a short paragraph introducing yourself, your current degree and qualifications and/or career experience.
    • ·         Evidence of enrolment at a Queensland university (e.g., picture of student ID card).
    • ·         Evidence of acceptance of talk or poster
    • ·         Abstract of talk or poster.

    The closing date for applications is 5PM Monday 31st  May 2021. Late applications will not be considered.

    Applications and requests for further information should be directed to the Branch Secretary, Adrian Barnett.


  • 13 May 2021 12:12 PM | Marie-Louise Rankin (Administrator)

    Earlier this year SSA launched a scheme helping statistics students in Australia with top-up scholarships. These annual scholarships, worth $5,000 each, are awarded to members who are also current higher degree students. We received 17 applications in total, of which 12 were eligible for the scheme. The reviewers were impressed with the high standard of the applications. Given that they were all excellent, the four winners were chosen at random.

    We aim to continue this scheme in future years if this initial pilot goes well.”

    Congratulations to the recipients of the 2021 top-up scholarships:

    ·         Elizabeth Korevaar

    ·         Parinaz Mehdipour

    ·         Owen Forbes

    ·         Jiaxin Zhang

    Adrian Barnett
    SSA Vice President

  • 12 May 2021 9:14 AM | Marie-Louise Rankin (Administrator)

    MEDIA RELEASE
    Tuesday 11 May 2021

    A BUDGET WITH AN EYE ON THE FUTURE

    New Budget investments in Australia’s next-generation technology workforce, science infrastructure, vaccine capabilities, and tax incentives to lure firms to commercialise and manufacture patented technologies onshore have an eye firmly on the future.

    “This future-focused Budget charts a path to develop the workforce Australia will need to seize opportunities in next-generation technologies,” said Science & Technology Australia President Associate Professor Jeremy Brownlie.

    “It also makes important investments in essential science infrastructure through the Australian Space Agency, ANSTO, and the Square Kilometre Array giant telescope.”

    “A $206.4 million ‘patent box’ tax break will incentivise medical and biotech companies to not only register their patents in Australia - but manufacture products from those patents onshore.”

    “We welcome the commitment to consult on extending those tax breaks to clean energy.”

    “The Budget also expands opportunities to deploy Australian science and technology as powerful assets of global diplomacy.”

    Science & Technology Australia Chief Executive Officer Misha Schubert said new women in STEM scholarships would pave the way for more women and girls to study science and technology.

    “As longtime champions of women in STEM, STA welcomes this boost through industry placement scholarships to get more women and girls into STEM,” she said. 

    “The $1.7 billion over five years to expand childcare subsidies will be welcome help for working parents everywhere, including in STEM.”  

    “We also welcome the commitment to develop an onshore manufacturing capability for mRNA vaccines here in Australia, which will need future funding.”  

    Key science and technology measures in the 2021 Budget include:
     

    • $206.4 million in tax incentives with a ‘patent box’ to strengthen sovereign manufacturing of Australian-patented technologies.
    • $42.4 million over 7 years to support 230 women in STEM with higher education STEM scholarships including industry placements.
    • $300 million for the Square Kilometre Array giant telescope in regional WA.
    • $116.7 million to upgrade waste storage and maintenance of equipment at ANSTO.
    • $13.3 million over four years for the Australian Space Agency to boost regulatory and technical capabilities.
    • A commitment to develop onshore mRNA vaccine manufacturing capability.
    • $10.4 million over four years to extend the national partnership agreement on clinical trials and introduce mitochondrial donations into medical research.
    • $26.8 million over four years for a national soils science challenge. 
    • Streamlining visas to target highly skilled individuals.
    • $643.4 million over four years to develop clean energy technologies.
    • $43.8 million over three years to expand the cyber security skills innovation fund.
    • $22.6 million over six years for 234 scholarships in next generation emerging technologies (such as AI).
    • $1.2 billion for digital economy transformation in measures announced last week.
    • $52.4 million over four years for global science and technology collaborations and diplomacy.


  • 7 May 2021 9:48 AM | Marie-Louise Rankin (Administrator)


     



    In the lead-up to the Budget, STA has been pressing the case once again for a major push on research translation and commercialisation. We published our submission to the current taskforce in the Department of Education, and generated strongly positive media coverage and stakeholder support. 

    The story was covered in Campus Morning Mail, InnovationAus and AuManufacturing - and we deployed our key team on the communications strategy. I was interviewed on ABC Newsradio, our President-elect Mark Hutchinson spoke to Fran Kelly on ABC RN Breakfast, and our President Jeremy Brownlie had this piece published in The Australian.

    Next Tuesday, the STA team will monitor the Budget closely on the night, and produce rapid public comment. We’ll also deliver further analysis at our special STA members-only briefing on Friday May 14. Please register ASAP if you haven’t yet done so and are keen to attend.

    This week we also announced STA’s newest group of STEM Ambassadors. Now in its third cohort, the program offers STEM professionals from STA member organisations the chance to build a productive ongoing relationship with a federal Parliamentarian. We are excited to introduce the new group to you.

    STA continues to focus strongly on the issues of job security and safeguarding our STEM workforce as pandemic continues to be felt. We are especially concerned about the impact on those on fixed term contracts, given the anticipated ongoing pressure on university finances, including many early career researchers. 

    And as Reconciliation Week approaches later this month, we also encourage members to consider how to mark this important annual event with further progress on Indigenous advancement. It was inspiring to listen to some of the cluster group discussions for this quarter on how member organisations are working on this key goal.

    Until next time, 

    Misha Schubert 
    CEO, Science & Technology Australia 


    NEW REPORTS AND POLICY CHANGES OF INTEREST TO STA MEMBERS


    Further information: Peter Derbyshire, STA Policy Manager - peter.derbyshire@sta.org.au


    STA MEMBERS-ONLY BUDGET BRIEFING

    As a benefit to STA members, STA will host a post-Budget briefing in the week of the May Budget - which is handed down on Tuesday 11 May. This session will cover STEM-related announcements in the Budget, and share additional information on how proposed measures may affect the STEM sector, and next steps for engagement or consultation on any Budget announcements.

    Date: Friday 14 May
    Time: 11am-12noon AEST
    Fee: This online event will be free and only open to STA members – with up to two attendees per member organisation. please RSVP here


    AUDIT OF THE MEDICAL RESEARCH FUTURE FUND

    The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) is assessing whether the Department of Health is effectively managing the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF). Science & Technology Australia would like to use this opportunity to get feedback from our membership to inform our response. We invite you to provide feedback using this form by 17 May.

    Further information: Peter Derbyshire, STA Policy Manager - peter.derbyshire@sta.org.au
     

    WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU FOR OUR EXCITING NEW PROJECT 
     

    Do you have a STEM idea, technology, innovation, product or program that could become a reality if you could just source some financial support or even just some key introductions? Then we want to hear from you. STA is launching a new project where we’ll aim to highlight activities and ideas that need some level of extra support to get them to the next stage, whether that is government funding, industry collaboration, or commercialisation. We’ll tell you more about this exciting project in a future Member Update, but for now, send us your pitches! Get in contact with our Communications Manager, Martyn Pearce.


    STA MEMBER EVENTS OF INTEREST

    • National Youth Science Forum 2022 Year 12 program applications close on 2 July. If you know a STEM enthusiast currently in Year 11 encourage them to apply. 
    • Plastics – are they a problem, benefit or a game-changer? Join RACI’s 10-part virtual series exploring innovations, challenges, sustainable uses, recycling and the future of plastics. The series runs until August. Register here.
    • ARPS 2021 Conference: Legacy and Innovation in Radiation Protection - 13 – 16 September 2021, Canberra Rex Hotel. Enrich your understanding of non-ionising and ionising radiation safety, highlight the importance of effective communication and stakeholder involvement on radiation safety, highlight new technologies and generate discussion across a broad range of radiation protection. 

    To add a conference or event: contact STA Events & Membership Manager Lucy Guest – lucy.guest@sta.org.au


    GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES     


    STA MEMBER STORIES 

    The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are open for application! This year there are 16 prizes on offer across the categories of Research and Innovation, Leadership, Science Engagement, and School Science. Prizes cover a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines and aim to recognise the work of scientists, researchers, and science communicators at all career stages. There is a prize pool of $160,000 to be shared between winners. Entries close at 7pm AEST on Friday 28 May.


  • 5 May 2021 9:27 AM | Marie-Louise Rankin (Administrator)

    The SSA NSW Branch is now accepting registration grant applications for the Australian and New Zealand Statistical Conference (ANZSC 2021, 5th – 9th July 2021) and the Early Career and Student Statistician Conference 2021 (ECSSC 2021, 26th July 2021 – 1st August 2021). Applications are open to student members of the SSA NSW Branch who will give an oral or poster presentation at one of the conferences. Limited spots are also available to student members who will attend ECSSC 2021 without giving a presentation, and early career statisticians (up to 5 years post-PhD) that have been members of the SSA NSW Branch for at least 2 years at the application deadline and have no financial support available to present at one of the conferences. Successful applicants will receive a reimbursement for registration fees and workshop costs paid by the applicant. 

    A complete application will consist of:

    1. An outline of the importance of attending the conference to the candidate’s research or work (2-3 lines).Abstract of the presentation, if available.
    2. A list of other funds sought or promised, including those from the candidate’s home institution.
    3. Any other supporting material the candidate considers relevant to the application.
    4. A letter of support signed by the candidate’s supervisor; for early career statisticians, the letter should also state the candidate has no funds available to attend one of the conferences.
    5. The candidate’s up-to-date CV.

    Applications can be submitted electronically to the Secretary of the SSA NSW Branch on or before Saturday, 26th June 2021.

    Recipients of the grant will also need to supply a report of their involvement in the conference to be published in the Society’s newsletter.

    Recipients of the grant are asked to acknowledge the SSA’s support in their presentations and in any published version of presented papers. We reserve the right not to reimburse if the recipient did not acknowledge the support of the SSA NSW Branch in their talk or poster.

    Previous successful applicants of similar awards from SSA are not eligible to apply.

    All applicants will be notified of the outcome by email no later than Monday, 21st June 2021.

  • 2 May 2021 2:40 PM | Marie-Louise Rankin (Administrator)

    SSA Canberra are calling for nominations for the 2021 Dennis Trewin prize! The prize, named after the former Australian Statistician Dennis Trewin, is awarded annually for outstanding postgraduate research in statistics or data science.

    Eligibility criteria:

    • At least 12 months into a postgraduate research degree, or graduated from a postgraduate research degree in the last 36 months (at the time of application).
    • Undertaking/undertook the research degree from a university with a campus within the ACT or regional areas of NSW outside Newcastle-Sydney-Wollongong.

    If you have innovative research from your research degree that is of interest to statisticians and/or data scientists, we strongly encourage you to apply!

    Please submit an abstract of your research work to ssacanberra@gmail.com by Friday 14th May. You will also need to provide proof of enrolment at the university that the research was undertaken in.

    Shortlisted applicants will be invited to record a 15-20 minute video on their research, and will receive a one-year complimentary SSA student membership following this. A selection committee will then decide the winner of the Dennis Trewin prize, who will additionally receive a $1,000 cash prize and an invitation to present their research as part of SSA Canberra's branch meeting in October. Whilst most recent branch meetings have been held virtually, there is a possibility that this branch meeting will be held physically, in which case the cost of dinner will be covered, as well as travel and one night’s accommodation if required.

    If you have any further questions regarding the nature/format/scope of the prize, please contact ssacanberra@gmail.com 


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