Science meets Parliament 2014

parliament house canberraScience meets Parliament – a uniquely Australian event that brings researchers, politicians and policymakers together in the national capital – returns to Canberra this March.

We’re calling members for expressions of interest to form part of the Staff Association’s delegation to Science meets Parliament 2014.

View the Science meets Parliament program here.

Held over two days in Canberra, Science meets Parliament offers a special opportunity for science workers to meet with federal politicians, policymakers, media commentators and key industry stakeholders in the grounds and surrounds of the Australian Parliament.

Expressions of interest

Together with our partners and event host, Science and Technology Australia, the CSIRO Staff Association is seeking expressions of interest from members interested in attending the 2014 edition of Science meets Parliament.

  • Expressions of interest are welcome from all financial members of the CSIRO Staff Association.
  • Early career scientists are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Preference will be given to members who have not previously attended a Science meets Parliament or Science meets Policymakers event.
  • Successful applicants will receive event registration, return airfare to Canberra plus accommodation and relevant travel expenses.
  • Participants are also invited to share their experiences by contributing to one of the Staff Association’s publications.

Don’t delay

Expressions of interest can be submitted here. The closing date is 5pm Tuesday 4 March 2014.

Program highlights

Gala dinner: The Gala Dinner is held at Parliament House’s Great Hall. Keynote address: Professor Christine Bennett AO, Dean, School of Medicine, The University of Notre Dame. Ministerial statement: The Hon Ian Mcfarlane MP, Minister for Industry. Launch of Parliamentary Friends of Science: Mrs Karen Andrews MP, Liberal Party of Australia and The Hon Richard Marles MP, Australian Labor Party


Breakfast forum: Professor Aidan Byrne, CEO, Australian Research Council


National Press Club Address: Professor Ian Chubb AC, Chief Scientist, Office of the Chief Scientist


Program participants: The Hon Bill Shorten MP, Leader of the Opposition, Dr Subho Banerjee, Deputy Secretary (Science, Research and Skills), Department of Industry, Mr Robyn Williams AO, Science Journalist and Broadcaster, Radio National, Professor Hugh White, Professor of Strategic Studies, The Australian National University, Professor Will Steffen, Climate Change Expert and Researcher, Ms Lyndal Curtis, Political Editor, ABC News 24 and many more.

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