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.
Teach children to think creatively to solve tomorrow’s problems.
To get children to think creatively, teachers need to be creative, too.
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?
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.
Competing to explain science.
The president of one of the country's leading research university systems argues that the academic community has to make sure researchers and scientists engage with the general public.
Can the arts be a bridge to other worlds?
Is a novella published 130 years ago our best bet for explaining the worlds of 4D and beyond?
What is gravity? What is spacetime and why does it get curved? These are some of the questions discussed at Science and Cocktails.
To achieve science becoming part of everyday entertainment, one needs to take science out of its usual academic context.
Being able to learn science in a number of languages helps children to develop an understanding of concepts - like the robotics used to build this dinosaur.
Using more than one language when teaching and learning science in schools can greatly enhance concept development. This in fact goes to the heart of science.
The language of learning is a politically fraught matter in South Africa, harking back to the tragic 1976 Soweto uprising.
There's an ongoing debate about how best to promote multilingualism in schools. But is this debate relevant when it comes to teaching science?
Keeping them interested.
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Training teachers to make science lessons more practical, creative and challenging benefits their students.
Pseudoscience: we should know better by now.
The pseudoscience, conspiracy theory and woo spreading across the world wreaks havoc on those that buy into it.
The language that’s spoken in science classrooms is very different to every day English – even mother tongue English speakers may struggle because of this.
We view school science as largely a practical subject, but pupils must understand the language of science – which is often very different from every day language – if they are to excel.
We need to start teaching maths and science as early as possible to get the most benefit.
Compulsory maths and science in years 11 and 12 will have a lasting benefit, but we need to boost the skills of teachers and start teaching science even earlier.
Western Sydney needs a science centre such as Questacon to help engage young people with science, technology and engineering.
A science centre in Western Sydney would help young people engage with science and promote STEM in Sydney's fastest growing region.
Terry making Jack and me honorary wizards of Unseen University.
Terry Pratchett, Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart wrote a series of four books on the science of Discworld.
A love of science and a lifetime of work don’t guarantee a successful job hunt.
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A lifetime of study and preparation are no guarantee of success for PhDs when they hit the job market. Things can and should be improved.
Can you help me with my homework, Carol?
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Come on board.
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