2015 program and gallery

Hot Topics Briefing

Australia’s outgoing Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb and Chief Scientists from every state and territory came together with Queensland Parliamentarians for the Science in Parliament – Hot Topics Briefing in November 2015.

Science and Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch welcomed the Chief Scientists and more than 140 other attendees including researchers, scientists, industry representatives and students to the panel style event.

The panel discussed how to sustainably manage our oceans, translate more research into solutions, invite entrepreneurs to teach in our universities, and improve the communication skills of scientists and researchers.

The Chief Scientists were in Brisbane for the Forum of Australian Chief Scientists (FACS) which was hosted by the Queensland Chief Scientist, Dr Geoff Garrett. FACS contributes to the development of national science policy, and its members represent Australian science internationally.

As well as attending the Hot Topics Briefing the Chief Scientists were provided with a tour of The Cube, Australian Centre for Robotic Vision (ACRV) and Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA) at QUT. They also visited the Translational Research Centre (TRI).

Speed Science

Similar to speed dating, this September 2015 event provided attendees with the opportunity to spend eight minutes with two researchers or business owners to ask ‘the questions they have always wanted to ask’ on topics such as the environment, biotechnology, health, agriculture and social enterprises.

More than 120 Members of Parliament, scientists, industry representatives and students rotated between up to five tables to ask questions on topics of their choice.

A thought-provoking speech on ‘Can tourism and other industries co-exist with the Great Barrier Reef?’ was delivered by Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, the Director of the Global Change Institute and Professor of Marine Science at The University of Queensland (UQ).  

Guests were also treated to an episode of Science Over CoffeeAntibiotics and the Emerging Superbug Threat’. The video series is produced by Dr Lee Hickey from UQ.

The aim of the both the Hot Topics Briefing and Speed Science was to demonstrate how science and research can help government and industry tackle the big innovation challenges and build interest in industry/research collaborations.