Chief scientist: future depends on science, IT, engineering, maths

Australia’s chief scientist says the nation needs to get serious about science. He’s set out recommendations for a cohesive national strategy to tap potential in the field.

It’s time Australia took science more seriously to secure the country’s future, remain internationally competitive and play a part in global affairs, according to the nation’s chief scientist.

Professor Ian Chubb (pictured) told the “Australia 2025: Smart Science Symposium” at Parliament House today that Australia could and should be doing better in science, technology and innovation, but without a cohesive national strategy risks falling behind the world’s leaders.

Chubb used the address to launch his recommendations for a national strategy. The former Australian National University vice-chancellor recommends a whole-of-government approach to investment in the key disciplines of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Chubb was unequivocal in his remarks to the symposium:

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  • Mark Duffett

    Join the dots with the previous story on the failings of the pink batts scheme: Technical backgrounds are needed amongst senior management people, not just boffins.