The 27th meeting of the Prime Minister’s Science Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC) was held on 21 June in Sydney where members gathered for their second meeting of 2013.
The meeting heard a progress report from the Chief Scientist about his National Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Strategy.
Also tabled were two final project reports – Engineering Energy: Unconventional Gas Production and STEM: Country Comparisons.
These reports were produced as part of the Securing Australia’s Future program, undertaken on behalf of PMSEIC by the Australian Council of Learned Academies.
The meeting received recommendations developed from the findings contained in these two final project reports.
These recommendations were developed by the Office of the Chief Scientist in consultation with relevant government departments and the expert working groups responsible for the reports.
Relevant departments will respond to the recommendations with an action plan at the next PMSEIC meeting.
The meeting also received a report from the Office of the Chief Scientist – The Threat of Antibiotic Resistance: Building a New Frontline Defencewhich will be released as an Occasional Paper shortly.
Prior to the meeting, the Strategic Research Priorities to address the societal challenges facing Australia were released by the Prime Minister, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research,Minister for Science and Research and the Chief Scientist.
The priorities will ensure that Government support for research is adequate in areas that are of immediate and critical importance to Australia and its place in the world.
PMSEIC will reconvene later in the year.
– The full ACOLA report, Engineering Energy: Unconventional Gas Production
–The fullACOLA report STEM: Country Comparisons