Far from being a waste of time, making maths education compulsory to 18 could help provide a clearer path to economic prosperity.
Is a fact-bound science curriculum enough to become a good scientist?
A scientist explains how a liberal arts education made 'subtle yet significant contributions' to his understanding of what science is, how it’s done, and how advancements are made.
Women scientists are far more common today than they were in the early 1900s.
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Women have come a long way in science, but plenty of work remains. After all, gender bias in science doesn't happen in a vacuum.
Dr Alan Finkel will bring his perspective as an engineer to the role of Chief Scientist.
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Dr Alan Finkel took over as Australia's Chief Scientist in January this year. In this exclusive interview, he describes his approach to science, and to issues such as renewable energy and STEM jobs.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten announces a new schools funding policy, which reaffirms Labor’s commitment to the Gonski reforms.
Bill Shorten is pushing schools funding to the centre of this year’s election battle by committing to fully funding the Gonski blueprint.
Australia’s chief scientist Professor Ian Chubb, at the National Press Club in Canberra, in 2013.
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After almost five years, Ian Chubb today ends his role Australia's Chief Scientist. He's seen some challenging times with changing leadership and ministers but he believes Australia is in a better place.
Does it need to be so hard to be a mom and a professor?
The limits of fertility and an elongated academic career path are currently at odds. If the choice to bear children contributes to the 'leaky pipeline' of women in STEM, what can be done?
Of course, science, technology, engineering and mathematics research are important, but social sciences research creates huge benefits to society in multiple ways.
Research in the humanities, arts and social sciences is often driven by philosophies of social justice and public benefit, which don't always sit comfortably with commercialisation.
John Howland and Dr Mark Bilandzic, winners of the Digital Media mashup award in the Libraryhack 2011 at The Edge, State Library of Queensland.
Innovation precincts are great, but what Australia really needs is a creative space that brings thinkers and doers together to help spark start-ups.
Science is key to creating a more innovative nation.
Through creating entrepreneurs and boosting global collaboration, science has the potential to drive economic growth and innovation – if only the government would properly fund it.
The author, teaching at the very front of his calculus class.
More students are taking Advanced Placement calculus in high school. They may be learning techniques for solving certain problems at the expense of the mathematical foundations they need to advance.
What constitutes liberal arts?
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It is those who know how to think nimbly, creatively and responsibly that end up building extraordinary careers.
Time for children to start learning how to build robots?
Technology is critical for innovation, yet schools struggle to get students interested in this area. Could teaching robotics change this?
How much do hiring decisions in academia factor in the gender of the applicant?
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Previous research found a preference in academia for hiring stellar female candidates over stellar male candidates for STEM jobs. A new study investigated what happens if applicants aren't as evenly matched.
How you assess the strength of gender bias research depends on your viewpoint.
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Men are harsher critics of research that reports evidence of gender bias in STEM fields, while women find it more compelling. How can we deal with the reality when we're biased about bias?
Today’s students with intentions to study at university do less maths and less science than previous generations.
School leavers are less well prepared to enter STEM courses at university, while many finish high school with no science study at all.
Australians may not understand how to be innovative, but they definitely want to be.
There are some simple steps government, company leaders and venture capitalists can make to help pivot Australia's economy.
Being made to feel you don’t belong in your chosen field is stressful.
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Being underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math means women can be made to feel they don't belong, with long-term mental health consequences.
Africa needs women scientists and researchers like the Ivory Coast’s Dr Celine Nobah, pictured here at work. What can be done to develop female researchers?
Policies at universities and in research institutions can be changed in small and significant ways to boost the space for gender equity within the sciences.
University of Cape Town scientists work in the Drug Discovery and Development Centre. More needs to be done to keep Africa’s scientists on home ground.
If the continent is to grasp the science and technology revolution, then governments should take the lead in both policy formulation and implementation.