At the 2021 SmP, the ASB was represented by Dr Vijay Rajagopal (University of Melbourne), Dr Nevena Todorova (RMIT) and Dr Peter Su (University of Technology Sydney). Due to covid19 restrictions, SmP took place as a virtual event from 2 March to 1 April and consisted of a series of online seminars, workshops, forums, virtual networking events, culminating in an online meeting with a parliamentarian and an in-person GALA dinner across 5 locations in Australia.
Workshops and seminars helped the STEM professionals to prepare for their meetings with parliamentarians and how to be a great ambassadors for the STEM sector. Training focused on leadership and communication skills, understanding the machinery of government and how the media, the public service and advocacy groups shape and respond to policy priorities – and where science and technology fit in that mix.
One of the highlights of the SmP2021 is the opportunity for scientists to meet parliamentarians. This meeting gave the ASB representatives a fantastic opportunity to introduce their research and to make parliamentarians aware of challenges and opportunities in the STEM sector.
Dr Peter Su (UTS), Dr Alastair Stewart (VCCRI, UNSW) and Dr Hannah Wardill (UofA) online meet with Mr Jason Falinski MP (Member of the Australian Parliament for Mackellar), talked about the Biophysical, Biochemical and Biomedical research works and the benefit to the broader community.
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