Science & Technology Australia

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Science & Technology Australia[1] is an organisation representing the interests of about 68,000 Australian scientists and technologists, and promoting their views on a wide range of policy issues to the Australian Government, Australian industry, and the Australian community.

Science & Technology Australia (STA) is Australia’s peak body in science and technology and epresents about 70,000 Australian scientists and technologists working across all scientific disciplines. STA is a regular contributor to debate on public policy, with a mission to bring together scientists, governments, industry and the broader community to advance the role, reputation and impact of science and technology across the nation.

The organisation was formerly known as the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies (FASTS) until June 2011. The Federation was formed in late 1985, as a reaction to the 1984 Australian Federal Budget, which made substantial cuts to funding for science; its formation followed the statements of the then Minister for Science, (Barry Jones), that the Australian S&T community did not provide him with sufficient support in his dealings with cabinet.

The organisation is best known for Science meets Parliament and Science meets Business, which are events STA holds each year.

STA member societies[edit]

Science & Technology Australia members are societies and organisations that represent the professional interests of scientists and technologists across Australia.

Members are split into different clusters - Aquatic sciences, Biological sciences, Chemical sciences, General science and technology, Geographical and Geological sciences, Mathematical sciences, Medical and Cognitive sciences, Physical sciences, Plant and Ecological sciences, and Technological sciences. [1]

Members, as of January 2018, include:

  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS)
  • Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA)
  • Australasian Genomic Technologies Association (AGTA)
  • Australasian Neuroscience Society
  • Australasian Quaternary Association (AQUA)
  • Australasian Radiation Protection Society Inc (ARPS)
  • Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (ASBTE)
  • Australasian Society for Phycology and Aquatic Botany (ASPAB)
  • Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists (ASCEPT)
  • Australian Centre for Robotic Vision
  • Australian Coral Reef Society (ACRS)
  • Australian Council of Deans of Information and Communications Technology (ACDICT)
  • Australian Council of Deans of Science (ACDS)
  • Australian Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (ACEDD)
  • Australian Geoscience Council (AGC)
  • Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE)
  • Australian Institute of Physics
  • Australian Mammal Society (AMS)
  • Australian Marine Science Association Inc. (AMSA)
  • Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI)
  • Australian Mathematical Society (AustMS)
  • Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS)
  • Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Society (AMMS)
  • Australian Museum Research Institute
  • Australian Nuclear Association Inc (ANA)
  • Australian Optical Society (AOS)
  • Australian Phenomics Network (APN)
  • Australian Physiological Society (AuPS)
  • Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)
  • Australian Society for Biophysics (ASB)
  • Australian Society For Fish Biology
  • Australian Society for Limnology (ASL)
  • Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM)
  • Australian Society For Operations Research (ASOR)
  • Australian Society for Parasitology
  • Australian Society of Plant Scientists (ASPS)
  • Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet)
  • Bioplatforms Australia
  • Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP)
  • Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand (CASANZ)
  • Computing Research and Education Association of Australasia (CORE)
  • Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA)
  • CSIRO Staff Association
  • Ecological Society of Australia (ESA)
  • Genetics Society of AustralAsia (GSA)
  • High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia (HBPRCA)
  • Institute for Molecular Bioscience
  • Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG)
  • International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP)
  • Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Incorporated (MERGA)
  • Medicines Australia
  • Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute
  • National Computational Infrastructure (NCI)
  • National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU)
  • National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)
  • Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA)
  • Professionals Australia
  • Psychology Foundation of Australia
  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI)
  • Society for Reproductive Biology (SRB)
  • Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand (SCANZ)
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Australasia (SETAC)
  • Statistical Society of Australia (SSAI)
  • Stem Cells Australia
  • STEM Matters
  • Women in STEMM Australia


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