Have Your Say On the Future Of Science In Australia

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Here's your chance to make a difference - Innovation and Science Australia wants feedback on its newly released plan for the future of Australian innovation, science and research.

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The Federal Government has released The National Science Statement, outlining a four stage plan to boost science and technology in Australia. Namely, by "engaging all Australians with science, building scientific skills, producing new research and technology, and improving Australians' lives through research".

Here's what experts have to say about the plan.

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ISA says it has "articulated a high-level vision" for the Australian innovation, science and research system in 2030.

"We want an Australia counted within the top tier of innovation nations, known and respected for its excellence in science, research and commercialisation. Innovation, which can underpin a diversity of internationally competitive industries, will enable todays and future generations to have meaningful work, and a great quality of life, in a fair and inclusive society."

The Issues Paper identifies some of the changes that ISA says will influence Australia's future over the medium term - globalisation, technological disruption and demographic trends – and suggests six key challenges the nation must address to become "a top tier innovator".

These six challenges are:

  • Bringing more firms, in more sectors, closer to the innovation frontier
  • Moving, and keeping, government closer to the innovation frontier
  • Delivering high-quality and relevant education and skills development for Australians throughout their lives
  • Maximising the engagement of our world-class research system with end users
  • Maximising advantage from international knowledge, talent and capital
  • Realising the benefits of bold, high-impact initiatives

ISA says the focus of the plan is to developing specific, actionable recommendations that respond to the challenges, and the responses which will be delivered to Government later this year.

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"ISA hopes that the Issues Paper will provoke some big-picture thinking on how Australia can get the most out of our innovation system now and how we can position ourselves as a leading innovation nation into the future." says Dr Charlie Day, CEO of the Office of Innovation and Science Australia.

"We look forward to engaging with stakeholders throughout the innovation, science and research system, as well as across the broader Australian public. These are challenges that affect all Australians and we are confident that the wisdom and ingenuity of the Australian community will help us shape a compelling strategic response."

You can find the plan and submit your feedback here.

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