Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall has hit the hustings, spruiking CSIRO’s performance in greater collaboration, innovation, investment and – perhaps surprisingly – increased staffing growth.
The bullish forecast comes with the release of CSIRO’s Annual Report, confident testimony at recent Senate Estimates and an upcoming appearance at the National Press Club where Dr Marshall has promised to “share some exciting news.”
More detail on the impact of recently proposed CSIRO job cuts has been revealed, with plans for nearly sixty researchers in data science and mineral resources to be made redundant over coming weeks.
If implemented, the job cuts will translate to the permanent loss of specific research capacity and the effective cancellation of contracts with big name companies and external organisations.
Current redundancy rounds in Mineral Resources and Data61 are sending shivers throughout the organisation, with reports that CSIRO manufacturing researchers may be next in line for significant job cuts.
Science and Technology Australia – one of the country’s peak organisations for research organisations – has crafted a draft policy vision for Australian research under the leadership of CSIRO Manufacturing Deputy Director Dr Cathy Foley.
Meanwhile the CSIRO Staff Association Council recently resolved to establish a Science Campaign Committee – with the aim of advancing public sector science – and has issued an open invitation for interested members to get involved.