Chubb settles for diplomacy

Interesting transcript, giving, I believe, some insight into what we can expect from our chief scientist. What do you think?
And some more insight here:

Inspiring…ASC and friends

Comments on the Inspiring Australia conference from Liz Yuncken, ASC ACT branch Continue reading

Professor Ian Chubb appointed as Chief Scientist

Professor Chubb was formally appointed to his new role by Innovation Minister Kim Carr at Parliament House in Canberra today.
Professor Chubb has had a distinguished career in higher education and research and recently retired after a decade as vice-chancellor of the Australian National University.
A neuroscientist by training, he has co-authored some 70 full […]

Researchers rally over $400m cuts

Yesterday in Melbourne and Sydney, rallies were held to protest against the possible $400m (20%) reduction in the National Health and Medical Research budget. Thousands gathered outside Parliament house in Melbourne, scientists, students and professors stood alongside those who were the recipients of the medical research scientists had conducted.
From a student at the rally:
I am […]

Medical Research Rally

For those who missed the Australian Science Media Centre’s (AusSMC) online briefing yesterday. Here tis

Gentlemen’s rules are out, scientists: it’s time to unleash the beast

by Rod Lamberts and Will J. Grant
War has been declared, and those who recognise the fundamental role science plays in everyday life need to decide where they stand.
Building on the budgetary and rhetorical slights of recent months, rumours are now afield that the Gillard government is looking at cutting the National Health and Medical Research […]

Send in the Scientists

A story that highlights: the apparent lack of scientific input into government policy. The effectiveness of anonymous dissident websites…
A proposal to amend the Federal Criminal Code Act could see a number of plants species become outlawed.
The proposed schedule reads as follows:

Any plant containing mescaline including any plant of the genus Lophophora.
Any plant containing DMT […]

Science more complex with bureaucracy?

First we have the complexities and uncertainties of science and then we introduce a bureaucratic process that can be inefficient and sometimes, incompetent.
I give you a prime example in the case of the Asian honey bee eradication program. Full story continues……

Observations on the Inspiring Australia report and its relevance to the ASC

Rob Morrison’s analysis and synthesis of ASC members’ comments Continue reading

From the President, June 2010: Inspiring Australia; national workshops; theatre; and ‘What is science?’

National President Jesse Shore updates the membership on the latest news Continue reading