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Meeting of minds as Scientists and Politicians rub shoulders

1 March 2016

Politicians and scientists will meet face-to-face in Canberra this week to improve the way science is communicated to Australia’s decision-makers and policy shapers.

Assistant Minister for Science Karen Andrews will hold discussions with a number of leading scientists during the 16th annual Science meets Parliament event.

Science meets Parliament brings together 200 working scientists for a two-day program of professional development and networking aimed at helping them better communicate their science to the media and parliamentarians,” Mrs Andrews said.

Mrs Andrews will attend a number of events, including the Gala Dinner, a Parliamentary Forum and face-to-face meetings with leading Australian scientists.

Dr Paul Di Pietro (Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering), Associate Professor Katrina Falkner (University of Adelaide), Dr Rebecca Vivian (University of Adelaide) and Dr Deborah Beswick  (Manager of Science and Mathematics, Elizabeth College) will meet with Mrs Andrews on Wednesday to discuss a range of topical issues.                   

"I am really looking forward to meeting these highly regarded and experienced scientists in person to discuss their work, emerging technology and ways to inspire young Australians to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)."

During tomorrow’s Parliamentary Forum, Mrs Andrews will join a panel of politicians and media personalities to debate the issue of Science and Politics: how do they mix?

“Events like this are crucial as they encourage meaningful dialogue between scientific leaders and parliamentarians about the science that underpins policy,” Mrs Andrews said.

“The Australian Government’s $48 million investment in STEM engagement under the National Innovation and Science Agenda provides continued support for Science meets Parliament through the Inspiring Australia programme.”

Media contact: Mrs Andrews' office 02 6277 4360
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