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Science meets parliament 2022: day four

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What a grand day 4 at a meeting with Parliament in 2022!

If you blinked, here are some of today’s highlights.

The day began with Australian Ambassador to the US Arthur Sindadinas AO. A longtime supporter of scientific and technological innovation, Arthur spoke of the impressive scale of scientific talent in Australia. He “is delighted that young scientists can explore opportunities abroad” and also acknowledged that “the best science is possible when there are as many people in the tent as possible”.

Switching, STA CEO Misha Schubert demonstrated how your letter can (and should) bring joy. With the support of the Ministry of Defense Like Marie Conde your letter the workshop demonstrated how you can improve your writing and increase the effect.

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In the SmP2022 webinar, ACIAR partners described their work as “strongly focused on the impact of the public good” through sustainable food security management. They also showed how to promote gender equality and empowerment through the travels of two leading projects, Helen Wallace and Amy Diddrich. Helen, who has spent the past 15 years at ACIAR, acknowledged that it has given “her research a chance to have a real impact, especially on women with small farms”. Amy paid tribute to the “women in the country” whose leadership allowed her to succeed in her leadership role.

Grace Chang, head of the engineering site Google Australia, told us that science and technology are “an integral part of our way of life,” and Google looks forward to deepening and expanding its connections in our country.

The Parliamentary Forum, sponsored by the ARC Center for Excellence in Science Exciton and CropLife Australia, was our first opportunity to hear directly from parliamentarians.

MP Dr. Katie Allen has inspired us to get to the front page in the minds of politicians, keeping it simple, decision-based and respectfully persistent. In the end, “if it’s a good idea, it will survive.”

Based on this, MP Dr Mike Freelander encouraged our STEM community to remember with enthusiasm, while acknowledging that “the wheels of politics are spinning slowly”.

Senator Darinda Cox reminded us of the connection between science and concern for the country. She also called on us to give parliamentarians “some fruit that we can offer, especially if it is not our portfolio.”

STEM superstar Dr. Kalinda Griffiths led an important session on Indigenous STEM.

Andrew Dowling Ngarlum’s man and managing director of Winyama, generously shared his approach to overcoming systemic barriers, including the practice of confidence, seizure and belief that good will happen.

Through his work reviving knowledge from the landscapes of Tagalak, man, Victor Steffensen took us on a journey of indigenous resilience. “The greatest resilience of all is happiness. We can be happy if we hold on to the country, stick to the land and stick to how we have always shared knowledge, and that is practical, not theoretical. ”

Dr. Leah Talbat, a descendant of the Kuku Yalandji people supports indigenous communities in maintaining traditional environmental management in Queensland. She is motivated by a vision of transformational change. She also discussed the impact that the development of new and different types of support systems can have on young professionals in the field of STEM.

Carly South, Astronomer Hamilaray and superstar STEM took us through their journey to discover the connection between cosmology and the beliefs of the indigenous people. She expressed a desire to make her field more accessible to Indigenous students. “Knowledge of indigenous peoples is hope.”

Professor Brownin Fox, CSIRO’s Chief Research Fellow, encouraged delegates to consider diversity throughout planning and decision-making, emphasizing how we “need to make sure we have gender and international diversity at the table.”

Dr Amanda Caples, Victoria’s lead researcher, reminded delegates that “there are so many areas of public policy where science is a fundamental part of decision-making” and that to achieve goals you need to build a team to add and complement your own skills. outside your comfort zone.

Dr Daniel Walker, AICAR’s Chief Research Fellow, emphasized the importance of collaboration between disciplines: “The interaction of different stakeholders is how we represent our value and measure our success.”

Jane McMaster, chief engineer of Engineers Australia, stressed the importance of learning and adapting as plans and tasks change, as well as the need for flexibility, especially in the current environment. She shared ingenious advice about teams, saying that “to be an effective leader is to be able to observe and learn along the way, to come up with solutions to new problems.”

The second last day of our program “Science Meets Parliament 2022” was wonderful!

https://scienceandtechnologyaustralia.org.au/science-meets-parliament-2022-day-four/

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