Making scientific research free to read could bolster collaboration and research on solving problems such as pandemics, climate change and more. The UN has taken a step towards realising this goal.
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Professor Edward Holmes of the University of Sydney has scooped the top award at last night’s Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, for his prompt efforts to understand the coronavirus genome.
Excluding, silencing and discouraging so many brilliant minds carries a very heavy cost, not just to the women directly impacted, but to all of humanity.
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Chief Scientist Cathy Foley says high-tech manufacturing is the way forward for Australia.
As he reaches the end of his five-year term, Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan Finkel reflects on his proudest achievements in the role - and why the biggest projects have been the most unexpected.
Ahead of National Science Week, Chief Scientist Alan Finkel reflects on the growing value of citizen science, emphasising the need for more collaboration as we deal with an evolving climate.
In 2016, women represented just 29% of workers with university qualifications in science, technology, engineering or maths. And that was before the pandemic disruption.
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The world runs on energy, so finding low-emission alternatives to fossil fuels is crucial. Wind and solar are cheap and abundant but can’t do everything. But hydrogen fuel could complete the picture.
Chief Scientist Alan Finkel says Australia can be a world leader in hydrogen production and export.
Just 1kg of hydrogen can power a split-cycle air conditioner for 14.5 hours. The possibilities are endless - and now we have a plan to get there.
Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan Finkel.
Australia’s top scientist Alan Finkel says too many poor quality research papers are being published in Australia, and the system may inadvertently encourage academics to behave badly.
A musician must master the instrument before they can master playing in an orchestra.
Chief Scientist Alan Finkel writes we can do a better job of teaching students to master a discipline and maximise their post-school opportinities.
Hydrogen fuel is just one opportunity for Australia in a clean-energy future.
The latest UN climate report makes it clear that the task of limiting climate change is urgent and huge. We must start to transform our economy today, but it will bring rewards as well as challenges.
What is it about AI that unnerves us? Alan Finkel suspects it’s a combination of things.
Chief Scientist Alan Finkel’s proposal for regulating AI is a trustmark. Its working title is ‘the Turing Certificate’, in honour of Alan Turing.
Science needs government and new allies to thrive.
Many Budget 2018 measures appear to have origins in proposals advanced by the science community.
The Golden Age of science is in the future.
The only place to find the Golden Age of Science is in the future, but we need some help in getting there.
Mueller came to Australia in the mid 19th century - and gave women a rare opportunity to be involved in science.
We often focus on the “science” part of citizen science. The “citizen” is important as well. It reminds us that we are part of something greater than ourselves, with a duty to generations to come.
The rise of the ChiefBot.
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Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan Finkel says while it’s possible to build robots to take over jobs – including his own – humanity still has the edge over machines.
Australia is one of only three countries with significantly decreased maths and science scores in the latest round of PISA.
If we want excellence in our schools, we have to provide a system with the incentives, enablers and rewards for improvement built in.
Alan Finkel addresses the National Press Club.
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Australia’s Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel, talks about the opportunities for Australia in science, research and innovation at the National Press Club.
Chief Scientist Alan Finkel appeared before a Senate estimates hearing on Wednesday.
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Chief scientist Alan Finkel comments on cuts to climate jobs at CSIRO.