Australia’s R&D expenditure as a percentage of gross domestic product has declined over the past decade.
The lack of dedicated funding and support for research commercialisation, on top of the other obstacles academics face, means Australia’s poor performance is no mystery.
A more coordinated effort by scientists, stakeholders and community members will be required to stop the next deadly virus that’s already circulating in our midst.
The pandemic has underscored that the world requires agility for survival. That makes blue skies science, which encourages curiosity and nimble thinking, perhaps more important than ever.
Expectations that academics raise funds themselves and aim to publish in certain ‘quality’ publications are shaping research and where it is published.
Mergers and splits involving education and research ministries, like the recent one in Indonesia, have huge consequences. How do other countries govern their national education and science policies?
The recent arrest of a Chinese-born scientist at MIT raises questions about the value of international science collaboration and its impact on the American innovation system.
Researchers will struggle to meet universities’ expectations of engagement beyond academia until this work is better recognised as part of their duties.
The collapse of the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico was a result of financial neglect – and was a long time coming.
New Zealand spends about $500m on environmental research each year, but fails to invest systematically in monitoring programmes to track the changing environment.
Having to do engagement and impact assessments may feel like the last straw for weary and time-poor academics. But thinking about these things can underpin research excellence.
No-one wants our children to be used as research guinea pigs. High standards of ethical oversight are needed to ensure no child is exposed to possible harm.
As well as extra funding for research beyond what has been announced in the budget for 2021, Australia must take half-a-dozen further steps to put the research sector back on a sound footing.
The early and mid-career researchers who bear most of the teaching and research workload are exhausted and underpaid. Many won’t survive the funding squeeze, but Australia can’t afford to lose them.
Lockdowns, working from home and funding cuts put a generation of Australian scientists at risk of dropping out.
Changes caused by COVID-19 in the higher education sector could alter the power dynamics between African researchers and those from developed countries.
Travel bans, a recession and the government’s university reform package will leave an estimated $4.7 billion gap in research funding that needs filling to maintain our current output.
Higher education institutions have started challenging the role of states as the dominant force in attracting foreign investment – particularly in terms of human talents and technological resources.
The desire of scholars and universities in Africa to fit into a model imposed from elsewhere may hinder development in Africa.
Australia’s research workforce will be severely impacted by the pandemic, with the effects likely to be felt for years, if not decades.