Direct links between universities and industry funders pose significant risks – but can they be managed?
The University of Sydney's announcement of a role funded by the Blackmores Institute raises perennial questions about whether industry-funded research can be truly independent.
Academic publishers are attempting to build a walled garden around their content, blocking it off from public eyes.
A new policy by publisher Elsevier is threatening to wind back the gains made by the open access movement.
Who’ll use the equipment if funding for researchers is cut back?
The federal government's 2015 budget has done little to restore confidence in the government's support for science in Australia.
Not all scientists are motivated to engage in outreach in the same way.
Science communication and outreach can be motivated in ways other than reforming research funding bodies.
Piling up new treatments.
Proposals for a new way to fund antibiotic research and development are just one piece of the puzzle in the fight against drug-resistance.
Speeches such as Bickmore’s should be the start of a conversation about what is funded, not its conclusion.
While I can't fault Carrie Bickmore for trying to get attention for the disease that prematurely killed her husband, her move does raise questions about how research should be funded.
Not all science is about blue-sky research, such as that done at the Large Hadron Collider.
Maximilien Brice, CERN
If science wants to maintain funding it needs to be more socially relevant, but that will require reforming the metrics we use to judge its success.
The Southern Africa Large Telescope in South Africa’s Karoo region is the largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere.
South African scientists and scholars produce the most significant portion of Africa’s recognised research publications.
An uncertain future for science funding as the federal budget draws closer.
One way to protect researchers from funding cuts in May's budget is to make sure they explain the importance of their work to a wider audience.
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.
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?
UCL sits solidly in the top ten of universities who receive the most research funding.
Which higher education institutions get the most money and why?
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.
AAP Image/Lukas Coch
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.
It’s not a bridge or a road, but it’s infrastructure of a different kind.
The National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy funds 27 individual facilities that provide a wide range of services to Australian scientists.
Education Minister Christopher Pyne at today’s press conference in Canberrra.
Education Minister Christopher Pyne has backed down on his threat to defund NCRIS if the Senate failed to pass the government's university deregulation bill.
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.