Science Meets Parliament 2022 , held virtually this year from 28 February to 4 March, is a highlight of the annual parliamentary calendar and has enhanced mutual understanding between Parliamentarians and scientists as well as fostering enduring partnerships and collaborations. It includes inspiring speakers, high-quality professional development, meetings between scientists and Parliamentarians, a National Press Club address, and a National Gala Dinner to nurture relationships between science and technology and policymakers.
It was a week full of interesting discussions, talks, and workshops. Laureate Professor Peter Doherty delivered the opening keynote, delegates had the honour of hearing global science superstar Brian Cox in conversations with another scicomm superstar, Wiradjuri astrophysicist Kirsten Banks, and Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley wrapped up the week leading a Commercialisation Masterclass with Prof Mark Hutchinson, A/Prof Jia-Yee Lee, and STA’s policy chair Prof Sharath Sriram.
More information about the program can be found here.
Dr. Michael Dobbie, CEO of Phenomics Australia attended this year representing Phenomics Australia.
‘When drawing policy makers’ attention to research opportunities and needs, it is important to effectively state in terms of the value of public investment in research, ensuring that the relevance and societal impact of the research is understood. This is not easy but an initial focus on the solution, not the problem or the scientific approach, will provide a compelling case for further attention. Think clearly, know the issues, and know your audience. Respectful persistence is the name of the game. ”
Professor Mark Hutchinson, President at Science & Technology Australia and Director of CNBP Science, addressed the National Press Club on the 2nd of March on why Australia needs to ‘level up’ on research commercialisation- and how to do it with his speech: How to take more great Australian science from ‘bench to boardroom’.