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Vision for a Science Nation Opens the Door to Our Future

By Margaret Hartley

We need to develop an overarching vision for innovation in Australia.

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There are a number of initiatives and policies that the government should pursue as it seeks to meet the recommendations from the Chief Scientist’s paper Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: Australia’s Future. Competitiveness, education and training, research and international engagement are four theme areas where the government could focus when responding to the challenges raised by Prof Ian Chubb.

In seeking informed responses to its Vision for a Science Nation consultation paper – the government’s initial response to Chubb’s work – the government demonstrated its intention to canvas the full spectrum of industry and professional opinion on this key topic.

The government’s intention to develop a whole-of-government integrated policy was the key recommendation from the Science and Technology Policy Statement developed in 2013 by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), which strongly recommended that this policy include an overarching vision to connect the various programs, initiatives and agencies that work across science, research and innovation.

There are aspects of the Vision for a Science Nation paper that deserve support, including a review of the role of the Innovation Australia Board (IAB), initiatives to improve collaboration between researchers and businesses, and reiterating the importance of...

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