The 2017 ACDS AGM was held at the Mercure Hotel Broadway, Sydney on October 23 and 24. It included 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 was given by David Learmonth, Deputy Secretary, Higher Education, Research and International Cluster, DET, speaking on, among other things, research impact and industry engagement. It was then followed by a high profile panel, that included Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel, discussing building effective industry connections.
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.
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.
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.
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