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Science Meets Parliament 2022: Day Five

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Take a look behind the scenes on the fifth day Science meets parliament 2022

The last day of programming opened with a convincing discussion of the role of trust and leadership in health equity. Our panel included:

  • a family doctor from West Sydney who set up an inflatable (and portable) vaccination clinic for Dr. Jamal Riffe;
  • Dr. Jason Agostina, Medical Adviser to the National Health Organization, controlled by the Aboriginal community; and
  • Chair of the World Health Organization Working Group on Behavioral and Social Factors Professor of Vaccination Julie Lisk.

This inspirational group was chaired by Superstar of STEM and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Queensland’s Dr. Susanna Crumb.

This session was proudly supported by AbbVie’s Science and Parliamentary Partners on Justice, Diversity and Inclusion.

No less inspiring was the discussion of our panel Knowledge of Indigenous Peoples: Understanding Protocols and Defense. The discussion, chaired by First Nations scholar Landon Brady, brought together:

  • Wiradjuri scientist Dr. Sadie Heckenberg of the Moondani Toombadool Center at Swinburne University;
  • Yamatji-Nungar woman and senior science lecturer at UNSW Dr. Miri Raven;
  • Lawyer and legal counsel Anika Valenti of the Terri Janke and Company, a law firm owned and operated by indigenous people; and
  • CEO of IP Australia Michael Schwager.

A powerful finale of “Science Meets Parliament 2022” was a brilliant master class on commercialization led by Australia’s chief scientist Dr. Katie Foley. Our stellar commercialization team included STA President Professor Mark Hutchinson, Professor of Dynamic Policy Sharat Sriram and a member of the University of Melbourne Medical Technology, Associate Professor Ji-Yi Lee.

The commercialization master class was sponsored by Spiegare and the Tech Transfer podcast.

He shared practical tips and ideas for scientists who want to deepen their understanding of the commercialization process – watch this space from STA this year!

What a week it was. Our amazing team from Science & Technology Australia has worked hard to give a record 528 delegates an incredible program advanced training as we brought Sciences and technology community along with key decision makers at the 22nd Scientific Meeting of Parliament.

Many thanks to all our delegates for participating SmP2022our amazing sponsors who make the event possible, our brilliant speakers and panelists who shared their wisdom, Peter Lale of One Vision for technical magic, and the Ace STA team: President Mark Hutchinson, CEO Misha Schubert, Sandra Gard, Lucy Guest, Sarah Tynan, Emily Downey, Evelyn Fetterplace, Calvin Pee, Shannon Wong, Emma Hibbert, Penny Thomson, interns-superstars Genevieve Evans and Francine Machin, Martin Pierce and of course the office dog Archie Sta 🐶.

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