Australia has a long history of world class science, but a national science strategy will help boost engagement with industry.
The government's announcement of a national science strategy is good for Australia, particularly for promoting engagement between science and industry.
Funding, steady as she goes.
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Science and research were not at the front of the political debate in 2010. So how has science funding fared under the coalition government?
Why not let researchers vote on who should get research funding?
Why not let scientists vote for who they think should get grant funding for their research?
Queensland’s Parliament building. The state had a strong history of supporting research and innovation under the Smart State banner.
With future funding for science and research by the federal government still unclear, can the states play a role?
Resistance against the higher education reforms appears to have led to the scrapping of the Future Fellowships scheme.
The Future Fellowships scheme is a great success. Scrapping it would hurt Australia's future as a smart nation.
Research institutes are important economic contributors to their host cities. The University of Queensland is just across the river from the city of Brisbane.
Photo credit: The University of Queensland.
Scrapping the ARC Future Fellowships scheme would have a significant impact on the Australian research community, with knock-on effects for innovation, the economy, and society at large.
Chief scientist of Australia Professor Ian Chubb during his address to the National Press Club in Canberra.
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Science matters and is important for Australia's future but there is evidence mounting that we are falling behind the rest of the world.
Research infrastructure, such as the H-1NF at the Australian Plasma Fusion Research Facility, enables our world leading science.
Australian Plasma Fusion Research Facility
Australia needs to take a longer term view of research infrastructure funding in order to prevent it from becoming politicised.
New innovations and technologies, such as the Nanopatch developed by Australian biotech Vaxxas, are instrumental to Australia’s future prosperity, and many benefit from NCRIS facilities, which are now under threat from government cuts.
The government believes innovation will be crucial to our future productivity, yet it is threatening cuts to research infrastructure that is instrumental to promoting innovation and new technologies.
TERN operates a number of flux towers that measure energy, water and carbon dioxide fluxes and their drivers in the vast expanse of northern Australia.
The NCRIS-funded Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) benefits pastoralists, business, tourism and Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory. Cutting it will hurt them all.
Facilities like the Australian Synchrotron are relied upon by scientists across the country, and could shut down if research infrastructure funding is withheld by the government.
Cutting vital research infrastructure funding because the higher education reforms are stuck in the Senate could end up costing the country dearly.
Education minister Christopher Pyne has maintained that the higher education reforms must be passed in order for science infrastructure funding to be released.
Leading scientists warn that research facilities may close and jobs will be lost if the government doesn't free up promised science funding.
The Murchison Widefiled Array might not look like traditional infrastructure, but it’s just as essential to scientific research.
The government is holding crucial science infrastructure funding hostage until its higher education reforms are passed by the senate.
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