|STA October 2016 Newsletter
This month we’ve been working hard to pull together a stimulating and practically-focused Science meets Business. With an excellent line-up of speakers and a similarly experienced list of delegates, the day promises to be stimulating, creative, practically-focused and forward looking – and a terrific opportunity to make new connections and perhaps even forge new partnerships. We still have only a handful of places left and will close registrations in a week, so if you’ve been putting off registering or are yet tosend us your nominated delegates, please don’t delay.
Among our guest speakers at Science meets Business are Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science the Hon. Craig Laundy MP, and Shadow Minister for Science Senator the Hon. Kim Carr. We look forward to hearing from them about how all the innovation buzz is being translated into action. I’m pleased to report that I met recently with the co-convenors of the Parliamentary Friends of Science, the Hon. Karen Andrews MP and the Hon. Richard Marles MP, and both have enthusiastically committed to re-convene this important group. This will happen in the coming weeks and STA will soon start to work with the Friends of Science to stage their first event of the new Parliament.
Now is the time to start thinking about who among your membership might benefit from attending Science meets Parliament: to be held in the second half of March 2017, this is a great opportunity to network and develop new skills, and I encourage you to put forward delegates who are keen to engage with politics and who have not previously had the chance to attend.
I recently met with the Chief Scientist and leaders at Innovation and Science Australia to discuss the R&D Tax Incentive review, the Commonwealth Science Council’s horizon scanning, and other emerging issues and initiatives in science and technology. STA is preparing a submission to the Tax Incentive Review consultation; I encourage members to please make contact if you would like to discuss or contribute to this submission. The President, Professor Jim Piper and I also met recently with CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall, to hear about his plans for our important national research organisation.
Members will have noted the recent call for applications to join STA’s Executive Committee: as we speed toward the November AGM it’s time to consider whether you’d like to join our leadership group and help steer the organisation’s strategic directions and priorities. Positions up for election this year are President-elect, Secretary, Policy Chair and Early Career Researcher Representative. Any fully paid-up member of an STA ordinary member organisation is welcome to nominate: please get in touch if you’d like more information. Nominations close on 11 November, and the election will occur at the AGM in Canberra on 25 November. All members of our member organisations are welcome to attend the AGM: please let us know if you’re intending to be there: I hope to see a strong representation and look forward to the opportunity to meet more members.
I’ve enjoyed the privilege of speaking with a number of you in the past month – in Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney – and hearing your views about STA’s current and future directions. I’m very much looking forward to catching up with old connections and making new friends at our event in Melbourne in a few weeks’ time. If I haven’t had the chance to speak with you yet, please know you are welcome to call or email any time.