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2017 AGM Program

The 2017 ACDS AGM will be held at the Mercure Hotel Broadway, Sydney on October 23 and 24. It will include a tour of the University of Sydney’s NanoScience Hub on the afternoon of the 23rd, followed by dinner at Darling Harbour at the Adria Bar Restaurant.
The AGM opening address will be given by David Learmonth, Deputy Secretary, Higher Education, Research and International Cluster, DET, speaking on, among other things, research impact and industry engagement. It will be followed by a high profile panel, that includes Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel, discussing building effective industry connections.
Lunches on both days of the conference are 75 minutes, to allow working discussions of up to 45 minutes facilitated by an ACDS executive member. We intend that these discussions will draw out broad issues facing deans of science, and help shape the work of the ACDS.
We are privileged to have Ian Chubb speak to us on the broad issue of the role and organisation of science in Australia’s universities, and the University of Sydney will speak on their philosophies and experience of organisational change.
The draft program is available here.
We look forward to seeing you at the AGM and sharing in this exciting program.
Brian Yates
President, ACDS


Higher ed budget cuts – ACDS responds

On Wednesday 23 August, Universities Australia released an analysis showing that science would bear a larger proportion of the impact of proposed cuts to the higher education budget.
Yesterday the ACDS released our response to this analysis, supporting Universities Australia’s call on Parliament and the Senate to rethink the proposed cuts.
We believe that the proposed cuts would seriously undermine Australia’s efforts to prepare its young people and its economy for the future. 
The full statement is available here.

National Research Forum – September 2017

25 – 26 September 2017 – Novotel Sydney Central

As agreed in the ACDS Strategic Plan, the Australian Council of Deans of Science is convening a national network of research organisational leaders in Australia’s science faculties and schools. It is open to Deans, Associate Deans Research, Research Training, and allied leadership roles such as those involved in business development and industry engagement.

The September 25-26 Forum is the network inaugural event.

The Forum will include presentations from the acting CEO of the ARC, members of the ACOLA Review into postgraduate training, and prominent industry leaders. Key topics are industry engagement, research impact and the changing nature of the PhD. There will be panel discussions with industry leaders and a showcase of examples of systematic university science-industry engagement.

2016 AGM presentations

ACDS Annual General Meeting 2016

The ACDS AGM was held at the Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne on October 17 and 18.  The program drew out discussion on research impact, postgraduate education, work-integrated learning, standards and excellence in learning and teaching and the equity program, ATHENA SWAN. Participants toured the Australian Synchrotron which is looking forward to expansion with its core funding recently secured by the Australian Government.


Keynote presentations:

Impact and Industry Engagement, Dr Kevin Cullen, CEO UNSW Innovations

Impact of the ACOLA review on Science PhDs, Prof Robyn Owens, DVCR UWA

ACDS WIL Project, Prof Liz Johnson, ACDS TL Centre

Building industry into the curriculum, Prof Tina Overton, Monash

Introduction to the Australian Synchrotron, Prof Andrew Peele, Director Australian Synchrotron

Evidence-based practice in teaching, Prof Tina Overton, Monash

Standards and Criteria for Excellence in Teaching, Prof Denise Chalmers, OLT National Senior Fellow

ACDS paper: Evidence-based practice in T&L

The ACDS has launched its first occasional paper Evidence-based practice in learning and teaching for STEM disciplines from Tina Overton and Liz Johnson. The paper uses the published evidence on how learners learn to make the case for active learning, scaffolding and flipped classroom, authentic assessment. The authors translate the research to direct advice for teachers and teaching teams for STEM. Use this as a springboard for discussion in your Faculty.