An Overview of Activities – Australia’s Chief Scientist: January 2016 – December 2020 has recently been released.

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The Finkel Files: Selected speeches from Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO, has been published online.

Dr Finkel sitting with his notes at the National Press Club. Credit: Mark Graham

This rapid research brief analyses whether COVID-19 had an impact on public sentiment in relation to privacy and the widespread use of data and technology by government in responding to the public health crisis, be it through tracing, compliance or enforcement.

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The Mapping University Prerequisites in Australia paper, a joint report by the Office of the Chief Scientist and Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute, analyses university mathematics and science prerequisites for domestic undergraduate courses in the disciplines of Architecture, Computer Science, Economics and Commerce, Education, Engineering, Health and Medical Science, and Science.

This rapid research brief analyses the factors that influence the risk of infection, the risk of severe disease requiring hospitalisation or intensive care unit (ICU) admission, and the risk of death

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This mapping exercise highlights Australia’s breadth of research capability in foundational and applied research related to bushfires across the national coordination initiatives.

The Office of the Chief Scientist has published a new Occasional Paper on Synthetic Biology, outlining what it is, what it can do, and some of the key issues currently under consideration.

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The second Australia’s STEM Workforce report once again provides a comprehensive analysis of Australia’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) trained workforce.

This rapid research brief synthesises the evidence on the most promising COVID-19 therapeutics in development globally and nationally, their mechanisms of action, their stage of development and their strengths and limitations.

This rapid research brief synthesises the evidence on the most promising vaccines in development globally and nationally, their mechanisms of action, their stage of development and their strengths and limitations.