The Forum of Australian Chief Scientists (FACS) is to be held in Perth for the first time this week, as Chief Scientists from across Australia convene to discuss the challenges and opportunities for Australia that can be addressed through science.
The FACS program provides independent advice to the Federal government and respective State and Territory governments, to encourage a national approach to science, says Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett
FACS will cover science priorities; increasing research and development efforts; and encouraging stronger links between government, industry and research organisations.
Western Australia’s Chief Scientist Professor Peter Klinken says the FACS program will provide the opportunity to highlight the State’s science capabilities at a national level.
“Meetings such as this provide an enormous opportunity to further the development of networks and information exchange between Chief Scientists,” Prof Klinken says.
As a part of the FACS program Professor Chubb will present a free public lecture on building momentum in STEM policy at the Harry Perkins Institute for Medical Research.
Australia’s Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb released his recommendations for a whole-of-government strategy for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in September last year.