Budget and election news
Was the budget good for science?
The vibe from our Canberra-connected science friends is mixed. Some are celebrating money announced for medical research, women in science, Questacon, ANSTO, a Space Infrastructure Fund, the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory for dark matter research, and a centre for coastal, environment and climate research. Others are disappointed, with money from the $3.9billion Education Investment Fund shifted to a new emergency response fund, and actual or effective funding cuts to university research.
Media stories and science sector responses to the 2019-2020 Federal Budget:
Solve it with science
One hundred sector leaders representing 70,000 scientists and technologists have collectively shared their priorities for the Federal Election. They urge decision makers to ‘solve it with science’.
“We want Australia to be a top 10 investor in research and development, and we hope to see the government elected in May reversing recent funding cuts and establishing a Research Future Fund to complement the work of the Australian Research Council,” said Science & Technology Australia President Prof Emma Johnson AO.
Read the joint communique outlining the group’s priorities at the STA website.
More medical research
The Association of Australian Medical Research Initiatives (AAMRI) is calling on all parties and candidates to show their commitment for Australia’s future health and wellbeing. They want to see the Medical Research Future Fund fully funded, continued support for new discoveries through NHMRC programs, and more effort towards secure and rewarding career pathways so that Australia retains its best medical researchers.
Read AAMRI’s full election statement.
Space colonisation with a NASA astrobiologist, an Indigenous hackathon, science meets sewer soap: get set for National Science Week 2019
Last year, 1.2 million Australians got involved in 2,100+ registered National Science Week events around the country. Over 3,000 media stories mentioned National Science Week, with many more covering the events and science in general.
This year’s program runs from 10 to 18 August and will feature NASA astrobiologist Dr Darlene Lim visiting Australia, medical molecular art in Adelaide, the science Queens of Kings Park, and more.
So, how will you get involved?
Now is the time to plan and register your event and gain a piece of the science action. Registration is open on the Science Week website: scienceweek.net.au/event-holder-registration. Read our guide to writing a great event description.
Science in Public is again providing publicity support, so if you’re planning an event or speaker with strong media appeal, let us know—email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll consider including it in highlights media releases.
- New South Wales has a regional grant round that aims to develop the state’s science engagement networks outside Sydney. Grants of up to $8000 are available to initiatives that bring together at least three organisations to create a NSW Regional Science Hub. There is also a grant program for 2019 Sydney Science Festival events. Applications for each close on Thursday 25 April.
- The South Australia Community Grants program offers grants of up to $2500. Applications close Friday 2 May.
- Tasmania is offering seed grants of up to $500. Applications close Monday 29 April.
- Victoria offers community seed grants of $500 to $2000, and a separate grant round for libraries offering $500 each to successful applicants. Closes Wednesday 10 April.
- The Queensland and Northern Territory 2019 grant rounds have closed for applications.
- Grant rounds will open in ACT and Western Australia soon.
Click here to see all National Science Week grant information.
Briefing on Science Journalists Conference in Lausanne in July
Send your journos and science communicators to Switzerland in July…It’s the World Conference of Science Journalists, which we hosted in Melbourne in 2007.
Come along to a briefing at the Swiss Consulate in Sydney on Wednesday 17 April from 6pm to 8pm.
Science journalists from around the world gather every two years to exchange ideas and build their networks. Hear more about the conference over a glass of wine and Swiss chocolate.
There are a few free registrations on offer for Australia.
This briefing is hosted by Bernadette Hunkeler Brown, the Consul General of Switzerland and Science in Public.
Wednesday 17 April, 6pm – 8pm
Consulate General of Switzerland, 101 Grafton Street, Sydney