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ACDS AGM 2019

This year the ACDS Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 28 October – Tuesday 29 October at University House, ANU, Canberra.

Registrations are now open!

We will be presenting a program that includes key speakers from Government, key science agencies and organisations, and organisations that facilitate impact and engagement.

We welcome suggestions as to what the broad themes of the AGM could be this year – bigger picture issues that can guide our selection of speakers.

Lunches on both days will be in the same style as last year, working lunches with small group facilitated discussions on topics of interest to deans of science.

Please let us know what topics you think would be of most interest.

There will be a catered networking event at University House (drinks and canapes) at the end of day 1.

Dinner will be at the Courgette which is a short walk from University House, and from nearby hotels.

Registration for the dinner is required with a $50 co-payment.

I look forward to seeing you at the AGM

John Rice

ACDS AGM condemns interference in ARC grants – press release

In solidarity with our colleagues in the humanities and social sciences, and via a unanimous resolution of its Annual General Meeting, the ACDS deplores the unwarranted and unreasonable intervention of the Minister for Education in vetoing the award of a tranche of ARC grants.

We call upon the Minister to explain the basis on which he decided to defy the results of a robust review process by national and international experts.

We reject any implied criticism of the ARC, whose grant processes are conducted with the highest standards of integrity and expertise.

We call upon the government to commit publicly to ensure that no further ministerial interference occurs in the award of ARC or NHMRC grants.

 

Professor Brian Yates
President, ACDS
0439 281 553
brian.yates@utas.edu.au
Professor John Rice
Executive Director, ACDS
0438 438 097
john.rice@adelaide.edu.au

STEM enrolment patterns 2002 – 2015

 
Enrolments at Australian universities increased 56% in 2002-2015, but only 32% in STEM due to a crash of 23% in IT numbers.
 
Taken separately the sciences and engineering appear to fare better than average, with growth of 67% and 73%. However, this better than average performance is due entirely to overseas student enrolments. Take them out, and domestic student enrolments increased only by the university average of 56% in the sciences. In engineering the increase is well below, at 43%.
 
These figures and much more are contained in the report, STEM in Australia: The statistical patterns of university science and technology in the twenty-first century, the latest in a series by Dr Ian Dobson, commissioned by the ACDS. You can find the whole report, or the entire series on our Publications page.

ACDS National Research Forum 2018

The 2018 ACDS National Research Forum was held on September 24-25 in Melbourne. 27 Universities were represented including all but one Go8 and all but one ATN. Ten deans attended, several bringing their ADR’s and AD Graduate Students with them.

Presentations by Leanne Harvey on the ARC Engagement and Impact exercise, Jens Goennerman on Working with Industry, and a panel led by Margie Atkinson on CSIRO University relations in the age of engagement and impact, made a strong impression, as did Holger Meinke’s talk on leadership of a research institute.

See the full program here. Presentations from the Forum will be available soon on the Forum web page.