women in science

WiSE detailed communiqué

The Women in Science and Engineering Summit brought together scientists, engineers, business leaders, research funders, policy makers and the media to discuss tangible solutions to the female brain drain in science and engineering. This report from the Summit comprises the brief communiqué issued on the day, and a more detailed communiqué written after the event. It sets the scene for action. A Powerpoint presentation outlining the WiSE Summit’s goals and achievements can be downloaded at www.sta.org.au. [continue reading…]

UN coming to town, L’Oréal fellows to be announced, the future of minerals and more

In two weeks Australia will play host to a major UN conference focusing on global health and the Millennium Development Goals. More than 70 countries and over 300 organisations will be represented. There will be many compelling stories that matter to Australia and our region. More details and downloads below.

Also, in Canberra today the Australian Academy of Science Think Tank is tackling questions regarding Australia’s mineral deposits. Will we run out of minerals? How much more mineral wealth is still to be found? Do we have the technologies to find it and extract it safely? The media releases are online at www.scienceinpublic.com.au/blog

These issues are being discussed in Canberra at a forum on 19 and 20 August. The media are invited to day one and the speakers are available for interview. The findings will be published later in the year. [continue reading…]

The UN is coming to town, the real mining future, and L'Oréal

In two weeks Australia will play host to a major UN conference focusing on global health and the Millennium Development Goals. More than 70 countries and over 300 organisations will be represented. There will be many compelling stories that matter to Australia and our region. I’m holding briefings for ABC staff at Ultimo today at 3.30 pm and at Southbank on Monday at 12.30 pm. I’m happy to do the same for other major media.

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The UN is coming to town, the real mining future, and L’Oréal

In two weeks Australia will play host to a major UN conference focusing on global health and the Millennium Development Goals. More than 70 countries and over 300 organisations will be represented. There will be many compelling stories that matter to Australia and our region. I’m holding briefings for ABC staff at Ultimo today at 3.30 pm and at Southbank on Monday at 12.30 pm. I’m happy to do the same for other major media.

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Science prizes: Now open for nomination

Here is an update on several major science prizes that close over the next few weeks.

L’Oréal Australia For Women in Science Fellowships nominations will close at midnight on 3 May. We’re looking for the three best early-career female researchers Australia has to offer.

Nominations for The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes are open for another month. There are five prizes – the main prize worth $300,000, then two early-career and two science teaching awards with prizes of $50,000 each. They close Friday 21 May.

Nominations for the 2010 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes close on Friday 7 May. They recognise brilliance in science research, innovation, communication and teaching.

Fresh Science nominations have now closed; this year we received more than 130 nominations. The 16 winners will be selected by the end of April.

The Australian Institute of Physics is offering a host of Physics prizes. See below for more information. [continue reading…]