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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.