COMMONWEALTH SCIENCE COUNCIL https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au/ en COMMONWEALTH SCIENCE COUNCIL: FIFTH MEETING https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au/2017/09/commonwealth-science-council-fifth-meeting <h1 class="au-header-heading">COMMONWEALTH SCIENCE COUNCIL: FIFTH MEETING</h1> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span>Fri, 2017-09-01 10:00</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Commonwealth Science Council held its fifth meeting in Canberra on 17 August 2017. The Prime Minister thanked the members for their input and highlighted the key role played by the Council in providing strategic advice to government on the vital role science plays in public discussion and policy development to deliver economic, environmental and social benefit for Australia.</p> <p>Members provided their insights on potential next directions for Defence engagement with the Australian Innovation, Science and Research (ISR) system. The Chief Defence Scientist, Dr Alex Zelinsky, presented to the Council on the Grand Challenges program, Defence Cooperative Research Centres, and future pathways for Defence to collaborate with the ISR community. Council members also noted the potential for Defence initiatives – such as the Grand Challenges program – to provide a model for other science and innovation collaborations.</p> <p>The Council members discussed the findings of the upcoming Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) Horizon Scanning report on Electrical Energy Storage Technologies. The Chair of the expert working group leading the report, Dr Bruce Godfrey, presented to the Council on opportunities for Australia to contribute to the knowledge base for battery and other storage products (e.g. renewable hydrogen) and to participate in the global supply chain for battery manufacture. Key findings related to the use of pumped hydro and batteries for the management of electricity security, reliability and affordability were presented together with the opportunity for Australia to play a leading role in product stewardship throughout thebattery supply chains.</p> <p>The Council members provided their insights into the direction of the Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) 2030 Strategic Plan, which was outlined by the ISA Chair, Mr Bill Ferris. The ISA Chair discussed outcomes from the recent ISA Board meeting on the draft 2030 Strategic Plan, including their exploration of National Missions. This plan aims to drive and supportinnovation throughout Australian society.</p> <p>The Chief Scientist presented a proposal to undertake a three-year pilot of an Australian science policy fellowship program, which was endorsed by the Council members. The Australian pilot program aims to strengthen the science-policy interface by producing both a scientifically-informed policy workforce and a policy-literate academic community, and to increase the diversity of expertise held by the APS workforce by providing a pathway for experienced scientists to become skilled policy practitioners.</p> <p>Members received an update on the STEM Partnerships Forum, and discussed the forward agenda for this meeting, which is chaired by the Chief Scientist. Members also noted an update on National Research Infrastructure.</p> <p>The Council members discussed ongoing and future projects under the ACOLA Horizon Scanning initiative. Members received an update on projects currently being undertaken on Precision Medicine and Synthetic Biology. Members endorsed proposed topics for future Horizon Scanning reports. The complete list of topics endorsed by the Council will be published on the Chief Scientist’s website. The Council noted that the Medical Research Future Fund investment in antimicrobial resistance research is proceeding and will build on domestic and global efforts already in play on this topic.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="position-above">Categories</div> <ul class="au-tags"> <li><a href="/archive/CSC" hreflang="en">COMMONWEALTH SCIENCE COUNCIL</a></li> </ul> </div> Fri, 01 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Anonymous 975 at https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au COMMONWEALTH SCIENCE COUNCIL: FOURTH MEETING https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au/2016/09/commonwealth-science-council-fourth-meeting <h1 class="au-header-heading">COMMONWEALTH SCIENCE COUNCIL: FOURTH MEETING</h1> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span>Thu, 2016-09-01 10:00</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Commonwealth Science Council held its fourth meeting in Canberra on 14 September 2016. The Prime Minister welcomed Dr Alan Finkel to the Council as Australia’s eighth Chief Scientist, and emphasised the Council’s preeminent role in providing strategic advice to the Australian Government on the enduring contribution of science to public discussion and policy considerations. The Council encourages ongoing research in science, humanities, arts and social sciences to deliver economic, environmental and social benefit.</p> <p>Council members welcomed the Government’s continued focus on science and research as important drivers of economic and jobs growth.</p> <p>Members supported the Government’s decision to deliver a National Science Statement to articulate a strategic policy framework and vision for science and research. Members noted the importance of establishing a set of policy principles under which decisions affecting the science and research system could be made. Members noted the importance of considering a range of issues in the statement, from support for basic and translational research through to community engagement on science and technology.</p> <p>In turning the focus to Australia’s current workforce needs and future jobs, members noted that demand for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) capabilities is projected to strengthen across the economy. Members agreed that it is important to recognise the role of STEM proficiency in current and future jobs, and the value of STEM graduates in an increasingly broad range of roles. Members noted that the Government has already made great strides in positioning the education system to build this critical skill-base, but further opportunities for action remain, for governments as well as the Chief Scientist, the education sector and industry.</p> <p>In particular, the Council strongly encouraged consideration of a requirement for discipline-specific professional development for teachers as part of the review of school funding. The Council further encouraged a greater subject-specific focus in teacher training. The Council highlighted the important leadership role of school principals in providing comprehensive support for science and mathematics teaching in their schools.</p> <p>Members noted that extensive progress has been made on preparing the National Research Infrastructure Roadmap and agreed that the process for identifying directions and priorities is appropriate. Members agreed that the Roadmap will be a valuable tool for Government and research stakeholders in reaching decisions on future financing and research directions.</p> <p>Members welcomed the Council’s role in identifying emerging trends in science and technology through a series of horizon scanning reports. Presentations from experts in Synthetic Biology, Energy Storage and Precision Medicine highlighted existing work in these fields and the opportunities for Australia. Members considered future topics for horizon scanning, noting that this project would be important in guiding public policy and programme implementation.</p> <p>The Council noted that the three work streams of the National Science Statement, the National Research Infrastructure Roadmap and the horizon scanning project will be important inputs for the Board of Innovation and Science Australia in developing a long-term national strategic plan for science and innovation. The 2030 plan for science and innovation is expected to be released before the end of 2017.</p> <p>The next Commonwealth Science Council meeting will continue to progress work on horizon scanning, strategic planning for research infrastructure, STEM education, and the National Science and Research Priorities.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="position-above">Categories</div> <ul class="au-tags"> <li><a href="/archive/CSC" hreflang="en">COMMONWEALTH SCIENCE COUNCIL</a></li> </ul> </div> Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Anonymous 972 at https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au COMMONWEALTH SCIENCE COUNCIL: THIRD MEETING https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au/2015/10/commonwealth-science-council-third-meeting <h1 class="au-header-heading">COMMONWEALTH SCIENCE COUNCIL: THIRD MEETING</h1> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span>Thu, 2015-10-01 10:00</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Commonwealth Science Council held its third meeting in Canberra on 21 October 2015. The Prime Minister emphasised the importance of the work of the Council in providing strategic advice on science, innovation and technology issues to the Australian Government.</p> <p>Members expressed strong support for the Government’s focus on innovation and its connection with science and technology, and discussed the importance of a strategic approach to Australian innovation and science. Members recommended that the Government work to develop a comprehensive and whole-of-government National Innovation and Science Agenda.</p> <p>As part of the broad discussion on the Agenda, the Minister for Education and Training presented the final report from the Research Infrastructure Review. Members noted that the Government is developing a response to the recommendations in this report in the context of a National Innovation and Science Agenda.</p> <p>The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science led discussion on capability mapping against the practical challenges associated with Science and Research Priorities. Members noted that current data collections do not provide an understanding of the full profile of public investment in science and research. The Minister asked the National Science, Technology and Research Committee to audit data collection to ensure data will support assessment of investment in priority areas.</p> <p>Members considered the outcomes of consultations on the Government response to the suite of recommendations from the Chief Scientist’s report: <em>Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: Australia’s Future</em>. Members acknowledged that the Government has commenced a range of new activities to support STEM since the release of the report; and noted that there is considerable scope for new initiatives to boost innovation, support high quality education and training, maximise research potential and strengthen international engagement.</p> <p>The Minister for Education and Training and the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science also provided an update on the progress of the Government’s plan to boost commercial returns from research.</p> <p>The Prime Minister acknowledged the important contribution of Professor Ian Chubb AC to the Council and the Australian community in his tenure as Chief Scientist, and thanked him for his service.</p> <p>The Council will next meet in the first half of 2016.</p> <p>21 October 2015 – <a href="/sites/default/files/Record-of-CSC-meeting-21-October-2015.pdf">Record of third Commonwealth Science Council meeting</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="position-above">Categories</div> <ul class="au-tags"> <li><a href="/archive/CSC" hreflang="en">COMMONWEALTH SCIENCE COUNCIL</a></li> </ul> </div> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Anonymous 973 at https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au COMMONWEALTH SCIENCE COUNCIL: SECOND MEETING https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au/2015/04/commonwealth-science-council-2 <h1 class="au-header-heading">COMMONWEALTH SCIENCE COUNCIL: SECOND MEETING</h1> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span>Mon, 2015-04-13 11:00</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Commonwealth Science Council held its second meeting in Canberra on 13 April 2015. The Prime Minister chaired the meeting, acknowledging significant progress on key science and technology issues. Members commended new activities the Government has initiated to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) since the release of the Chief Scientist’s report. Members recommended further policy options and actions to enhance Australian competitiveness, support high quality education and training, maximise research potential and strengthen international engagement through STEM. Members noted the Minister for Industry and Science, working with other Ministers, particularly the Minister for Education and Training, and the Chief Scientist, will lead further consultation and subsequent work on government STEM policy.</p> <p>Members recommended that the Government adopt the science and research priorities to ensure publicly-funded research addresses the most important and timely questions facing Australia. The Chief Scientist presented practical challenges identified for each science and research priority by expert working groups. Members requested the National Science, Technology and Research Committee oversee capability mapping for each practical challenge. The Government will finalise the Priorities shortly.</p> <p>The Minister for Education and Training and the Minister for Industry and Science updated Council members on the progress of:</p> <ul> <li>implementing the Government’s plan to boost commercial returns from research, as part of the Government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda, including release of the draft intellectual property toolkit;</li> <li>the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering’s work on testing data for research engagement metrics;</li> <li>outcomes of the Review of the Australian Curriculum to further strengthen the science curriculum and the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group recommendation that every new primary teacher will graduate with a subject specialisation, prioritising science, mathematics or a language; and</li> <li>work identifying opportunities to strengthen recognition of industry relevant expertise or research in Commonwealth competitive research funding programmes.</li> </ul> <p>The Minister for Education and Training led a discussion on the review of research infrastructure and the review panel Chair, Mr Philip Clark AM, presented an interim report. The review panel will provide a final report to the Government in the middle of the year on options for a new research infrastructure funding model for Australia. The Minister for Industry and Science invited a discussion on the findings of the review of the Cooperative Research Centres Programme to inform the Government’s consideration of the review report.</p> <p>The Council agreed on a forward work programme, with key items to include:</p> <ul> <li>the Government’s response to the Chief Scientist’s report: <em>Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: Australia’s Future;</em></li> <li>adoption of science and research priorities, and capability mapping for each of the practical challenges;</li> <li>implementation of the <em>Boosting the Commercial Returns from Research</em> strategy;</li> <li>implementation of the Industry Growth Centres initiative; and</li> <li>the final report of the Research Infrastructure Review.</li> </ul> <p>The Council will next meet in the second half of 2015.</p> <p>13 April 2015 – <a href="/sites/default/files/Record-of-2nd-CSC-meeting_130415.pdf">Record of second Commonwealth Science Council meeting</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="position-above">Categories</div> <ul class="au-tags"> <li><a href="/archive/CSC" hreflang="en">COMMONWEALTH SCIENCE COUNCIL</a></li> </ul> </div> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 01:00:00 +0000 Anonymous 974 at https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au COMMONWEALTH SCIENCE COUNCIL: FIRST MEETING https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au/2014/11/commonwealth-science-council <h1 class="au-header-heading">COMMONWEALTH SCIENCE COUNCIL: FIRST MEETING</h1> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span>Thu, 2014-11-27 11:00</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Commonwealth Science Council held its inaugural meeting in Canberra on 27 November 2014. The Prime Minister chaired the meeting, welcoming members and reiterating the importance of their work in providing strategic advice to Government on science and technology issues and building stronger collaboration between scientists, researchers and industry.</p> <p>Terms of Reference were agreed for the <a href="/sites/default/files/CSC_ToRBios_Nov2014.pdf">Council</a> and the <a href="/sites/default/files/NSTRC-TORs_2016.pdf">National Science, Technology and Research Committee (NSTRC)</a>, the new operational committee that will support the work of the Council.</p> <p>The Council noted the Government’s investment in science, research and innovation of $9.2 billion in 2014- 15 and agreed the need to maximise the benefits from this investment and improve collaboration and the translation of research into commercial outcomes, while supporting pure research.</p> <p>Members considered the Chief Scientist’s report: <em>Benchmarking Australian Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)</em>. It was referred to the NSTRC to use as an evidence base as it identifies areas to improve Australia’s overall performance. The report will be released shortly.</p> <p>Members considered the Chief Scientist’s report: <em>Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: Australia’s Future</em>, including its recommendations for a strategic whole-of-government approach to STEM. Members discussed the recommendations which could have the greatest impact and asked the NSTRC to consider their feasibility for further consideration and development. Policies and proposed actions stemming from the report will be considered by the Science Council at its next meeting.</p> <p>The Prime Minister and the Minister for Industry (Deputy Chairman) led a discussion on the Government’s <em>Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda</em>, including an update on the consultation process that is underway. The Minister for Education led a discussion on the <em>Boosting the Commercial Returns from Research </em>discussion paper. The Minister for Health led a discussion on the Medical Research Future Fund.</p> <p>Members strongly supported the need for science and researchpriorities as highlighted by the <em>Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda</em> and discussed <a href="/sites/default/files/STRATEGIC-SCIENCE-AND-RESEARCH-PRIORITIES_181214web.pdf">draft priorities</a> developed by the Chief Scientist. Members agreed that further consultation on the draft priorities and the challenges underpinning them would inform advice to Government to be considered at the Council’s next meeting.</p> <p>The Council agreed a forward work programme, with key items for further consideration to include:</p> <ul> <li>advice on science and researchpriorities and the underpinning challenges;</li> <li>policy recommendations and actions on bringing strategic alignment, focus and scale to STEM in Australia;</li> <li>the outcome of consultation processes currently underway on the <em>Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda</em> and the <em>Boosting the Commercial Returns from Research</em> discussion paper; and</li> <li>actions to promote industry links and commercial returns from research.</li> </ul> <p>The Council will next meet in the first half of 2015.</p> <p>27 November 2014 – <a href="/sites/default/files/FINAL-Record-of-1st-CSC-meeting_27NOV2014.pdf">Record of Inaugural Commonwealth Science Council Meeting</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="position-above">Categories</div> <ul class="au-tags"> <li><a href="/archive/CSC" hreflang="en">COMMONWEALTH SCIENCE COUNCIL</a></li> </ul> </div> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Anonymous 956 at https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au NEW ARRANGEMENTS FOR ADVICE DELIVERY https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au/2014/10/7295 <h1 class="au-header-heading">NEW ARRANGEMENTS FOR ADVICE DELIVERY</h1> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span>Tue, 2014-10-14 10:00</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>On 14 October, 2014, the arrangements for the delivery of science advice to the Government changed.</p> <p>Details of the new arrangements under the Commonwealth Science Council can be found <a href="http://www.chiefscientist.gov.au/?p=7315">here</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="position-above">Categories</div> <ul class="au-tags"> <li><a href="/archive/CSC" hreflang="en">COMMONWEALTH SCIENCE COUNCIL</a></li> </ul> </div> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 23:00:00 +0000 Anonymous 962 at https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au