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We Need to Come to Terms with Unconscious Bias

Credit: Seraphim Vector

Credit: Seraphim Vector

Training that increases our awareness of unconscious bias is useful but insufficient.

In most situations, job interviewers try hard to be fair and treat all applicants equally. But they will probably be unaware of cognitive biases that can affect their interviewing behaviour and subsequent decision-making about the suitability of each applicant:

  • in-group bias, which causes us to be more comfortable with and favour people like us – people who share the same gender, background, experience, interests or personality type;

Additive Manufacturing: Collaboration Trumps Complexity

By Mike Heard

Subsidies are required to provide industry-wide access to additive manufacturing technologies.

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Our Wastewater Is a Valuable, Recoverable Resource

By John Burgess

Australia can quickly turn our wastewater from a burden to a benefit.

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Unconventional Gas Needs the Right Support and Controls

By Vaughan Beck

Unconventional gas faces two issues: its role as an energy source and social acceptance.

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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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Retaining the Lead in Solar Cell Technology

By Stuart Wenham

Australia must embrace change to realise its advantage in solar photovoltaics.

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Energy Productivity Can Cut Costs and Encourage Growth

By Bruce Godfrey

Australia needs to double its current level of national energy productivity by 2030.

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Science Gets a Lifeline with the National Science Strategy

By Tanya Monro

A national science strategy can kick-start research–industry linkages.

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Water Reform Needs to Be Back on the National Agenda

By Ken Matthews

Our national water research effort is fragmented, non-strategic and lacks leadership.

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Can Intelligent Networks Solve Our Energy Challenge?

By John Söderbaum

We’re changing to a two-way network to exchange electricity between participants.

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