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  • 5 May 2021 9:27 AM | Marie-Louise Rankin (Administrator)

    The SSA NSW Branch is now accepting registration grant applications for the Australian and New Zealand Statistical Conference (ANZSC 2021, 5th – 9th July 2021) and the Early Career and Student Statistician Conference 2021 (ECSSC 2021, 26th July 2021 – 1st August 2021). Applications are open to student members of the SSA NSW Branch who will give an oral or poster presentation at one of the conferences. Limited spots are also available to student members who will attend ECSSC 2021 without giving a presentation, and early career statisticians (up to 5 years post-PhD) that have been members of the SSA NSW Branch for at least 2 years at the application deadline and have no financial support available to present at one of the conferences. Successful applicants will receive a reimbursement for registration fees and workshop costs paid by the applicant. 

    A complete application will consist of:

    1. An outline of the importance of attending the conference to the candidate’s research or work (2-3 lines).Abstract of the presentation, if available.
    2. A list of other funds sought or promised, including those from the candidate’s home institution.
    3. Any other supporting material the candidate considers relevant to the application.
    4. A letter of support signed by the candidate’s supervisor; for early career statisticians, the letter should also state the candidate has no funds available to attend one of the conferences.
    5. The candidate’s up-to-date CV.

    Applications can be submitted electronically to the Secretary of the SSA NSW Branch on or before Monday, 14th June 2021.

    Recipients of the grant will also need to supply a report of their involvement in the conference to be published in the Society’s newsletter.

    Recipients of the grant are asked to acknowledge the SSA’s support in their presentations and in any published version of presented papers. We reserve the right not to reimburse if the recipient did not acknowledge the support of the SSA NSW Branch in their talk or poster.

    Previous successful applicants of similar awards from SSA are not eligible to apply.

    All applicants will be notified of the outcome by email no later than Monday, 21st June 2021.

  • 2 May 2021 2:40 PM | Marie-Louise Rankin (Administrator)

    SSA Canberra are calling for nominations for the 2021 Dennis Trewin prize! The prize, named after the former Australian Statistician Dennis Trewin, is awarded annually for outstanding postgraduate research in statistics or data science.

    Eligibility criteria:

    • At least 12 months into a postgraduate research degree, or graduated from a postgraduate research degree in the last 36 months (at the time of application).
    • Undertaking/undertook the research degree from a university with a campus within the ACT or regional areas of NSW outside Newcastle-Sydney-Wollongong.

    If you have innovative research from your research degree that is of interest to statisticians and/or data scientists, we strongly encourage you to apply!

    Please submit an abstract of your research work to ssacanberra@gmail.com by Friday 14th May. You will also need to provide proof of enrolment at the university that the research was undertaken in.

    Shortlisted applicants will be invited to record a 15-20 minute video on their research, and will receive a one-year complimentary SSA student membership following this. A selection committee will then decide the winner of the Dennis Trewin prize, who will additionally receive a $1,000 cash prize and an invitation to present their research as part of SSA Canberra's branch meeting in October. Whilst most recent branch meetings have been held virtually, there is a possibility that this branch meeting will be held physically, in which case the cost of dinner will be covered, as well as travel and one night’s accommodation if required.

    If you have any further questions regarding the nature/format/scope of the prize, please contact ssacanberra@gmail.com 


  • 2 May 2021 2:09 PM | Marie-Louise Rankin (Administrator)

    SSA Canberra is inviting student statisticians and data scientists who are student members or join as student members of SSA Canberra branch, and are planning to either:

    + Attend and present a talk or poster at the Australia and New Zealand Statistical Conference on 5-9 July online (ANZSC 2021), or

    + Attend and present a talk or poster at the Early Career and Student Statisticians Conference on 26 July to 1 August 2021 online (ECSSC 2021)

    to apply for financial support in the form of a "registration grant".

    Application Details:

    prepare the following documents and a submit a single PDF form containing:

    i. A brief resume of up to 4 pages;

    ii. A brief statement of which of the above three "grants" you are applying for.

    Please note you can only apply to be reimbursed for one of the above three grants;

    iii. Your submitted talk/poster abstract for ANZSC2021/ECSSC2021;

    iv. A short letter describing the anticipated benefits to you that will result from your attendance at the conference/workshop, and declaring any other financial support offered to you for this conference/workshop.

    Please send these via email to ssacanberra@gmail.com by 5pm on 31st May 2021

    Successful applications will be notified by email 30th June 2021. After

    receiving a confirmation of your acceptance of talk and your registration

    receipt/invoice, and after SSA Canberra has confirmed that you are a student

    member, then SSA Canberra will then look to reimburse your relevant

    registration/conference fees.

    Successful applications should:

    + Acknowledge the financial support of SSA Canberra during their

    presentation;

    + Contribute a short piece about their experience to the SSA Stats Matters

    newsletter, to be sent to ssacanberra@gmail.com.


  • 2 May 2021 2:00 PM | Marie-Louise Rankin (Administrator)

    SSA Vic are proud and happy to announce that we will once again be offering financial support to our members for the attendance of statistical workshops,  conferences, winter/summer schools and short courses; both national and international, in 2021. This includes for example, the ANZSC 2021, the ECSSC 2021 and AMSI Winter School.

    Members are invited to apply for funding via one of the two schemes:

    1. (Conferences 2021) We are offering up to $200 of total funding, per member, for the registration and travel expenses associated with attendance of national and international conferences; or

    2. (Summer & Winter Schools/Short Courses/Workshops 2021)

    We are offering up to $150 of total funding, per member, for the registration cost of short courses or workshops for their statistical development.

    Members may apply to both schemes, however the total amount of funding available per member is $250 (e.g., if a member has received $150 for a Workshop, and then applies for conference expenses, then they will only be eligible for $100 from the Conference scheme). Members who were funded in 2020 are also eligible for funding in this 2021 round.

    To be eligible for access to funding, the applicant must satisfy the following

    criteria:

    1. The applicant must be a member of SSA Vic at the time of application (Membership is only $20 for students!).
    2. Provide invoices/evidence of registration and expenses that the funding will be used to cover.

    Members seeking more information may email   vic.branch@statsoc.or.au for more information, by including the subject line "SSA Vic Funding Applications 2021".

    Please note that the successful applicants may need to write a small report about their experience. Successful applicants that are presenting at the conference will need to acknowledge support from SSA Vic in their talks or poster. The names of all successful applicants will be publicly shared.

    Please use the following form to apply for either funding schemes:

    http://bit.ly/ssavic-funding2021

    We hope that this funding program will help alleviate the financial burden of our members and look forward to receiving your applications.


  • 2 May 2021 1:25 PM | Marie-Louise Rankin (Administrator)

    The April 2021 meeting of the New South Wales branch was co-hosted by the Sydney section of the R Ladies group. Jenny Sloane gave a short presentation about R Ladies, both at the international and local levels, and explained how it promotes gender diversity within the R computing community - and also how it helps her as a researcher and data analyst.

    We then had a seminar by Dr Gordana Popovic who is a research fellow and statistical consultant at the University of New South Wales. Gordana's talk was titled "Carrots are good for vision. Models are good for visualising discrete data". We didn't hear much about carrots after that, but penguins and spiders came up quite a bit. The animal theme was in keeping with Gordana's membership of the Ecological Statistics Research Group at her university. The commonly used pairwise scatterplot or visualisation of multivariate data was likened to drawings of the top and side views of an object commonly used in high school technical drawing courses.

    Improved visualisation of the object is, of course, achieved by viewing it from several angles.  Gordana likened this to flying in a drone around a multi-dimensional point cloud.  The visualisation term for this is "tour" and the R package named "tourr" was mentioned due to it supporting drone-type views of multivariate data controlled by a computer  mouse.  A data concerning features of penguins collected at Palmer Station, a  research station in Antartica, was used to illustrate problems with pairwise scatterplots and tours. This is because of factors such as discreteness of the observations and counts having very many zeroes. A common quick and simple remedy is to jitter the data but this has shortcomings such as not preserving ordering.

    Speaker Popovic then moved onto her central theme: using models to help with visualisation. A key principle for this is Dunn-Smyth residuals, which were cooked up at the University of Queensland in the 1990s by Peter Dunn and Gordon Smyth and published in a very well-cited 1996 Journal of Computational  and Graphical Statistics paper. Gordana explained how Dunn-Smyth principle is like jittering but preserves ordering. The upshot is much more useful  pairwise scatterplots and tours. Similar illustrations were made for spiders and interpretations of the fondness for leaves by some spider species was made possible by the new methodology.

    An R package by Gordana and colleagues, named "ecoCopula", was advertised as a way for R Ladies and gentlemen to do  it themselves.  There was a brief technical part concerning copulas as a latent variable model and biplot concepts. Then there was final theme concerning ordinal data and how the ideas translated well to their visualisation as well.

    Matt Wand
    University of Technology Sydney

     


  • 18 Mar 2021 9:08 AM | Marie-Louise Rankin (Administrator)


                   


    We would like to reinforce the statement made by the European Women in Mathematics¹ on the inequitable impacts of the global pandemic on mathematicians. We wish to provide further recommendations in the Australian context.

    The Australian mathematical sciences community reiterates that the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic have not been equally experienced, and they will continue to be felt for a long time to come. Impacts including reduction of research output, loss of networking opportunities and collegiate connection, and increased stress on mental health have been devastating to many, but have been most acutely felt by those in more vulnerable positions.

    The pressures brought on by the pandemic have exacerbated many pre-existing issues:

    • researchers and practitioners in mathematics, statistics, and data science on short-term contracts or casual appointments (many of whom are early career) have faced increasing job insecurity;
    •  those with caring responsibilities have seen significantly increased obligations at home, including home- schooling children or providing elderly care;
    • women, in particular, who are over-represented in the above groups, have experienced these as a double-burden; and
    • people from underrepresented groups in the mathematical sciences have seen increased structural barriers in career development and a disproportionate load of service.

    The economic and social case for developing diverse workforces is well established. Now is a time for proactive and decisive action by all of us to formulate long-lasting change in the mathematical sciences, ensuring we retain the gains already made and continue to further inclusivity. Here we offer just a few areas where creative solutions are needed in the immediate future.

    • In assessments made for hiring, promotions, grants, prizes and committees across academia, considering the academic age of candidates (rather than years since PhD) is now common place. However, the impacts of lost momentum and collaboration development are far longer lasting, but less obvious, than those of lost absolute research time. We must now look beyond metrics to consider a more nuanced definition of what makes a talented and productive scientist.
    • Where possible, extending contracts and allowing for teaching relief in academic settings will enable opportunity to regain research momentum lost during the pandemic. We recognise the significant budgetary challenge in this area, but we implore individuals, departments and organisations to think creatively in this space, seek out non-traditional solutions and make conscious decisions to support those from underrepresented groups and in their early career.
    • This is a time to redouble our efforts towards inclusion and diversity across the mathematical sciences, and across academia, industry, and government. We empower you to petition managers, departments and organisations to avoid cuts in equity programs. As a minimum, we can ensure that deadlines, meeting times and workplace arrangements allow for the flexibility that staff need, not only in this time but into the future, to support the careers of researchers and practitioners in mathematics, statistics, and data science, particularly women and caregivers.
    • The pandemic has impacted many people from diverse backgrounds in ways that are as varied and nuanced as people are different and nuanced. We exhort colleagues, managers and organisations to genuinely listen, to treat each case, thoughtfully, on its merits, and be prepared to work on suitably varied and nuanced solutions.

    During this time of increased uncertainty and heightened physical and mental burdens, we ask our fellow mathematicians, statisticians and data scientists, our departments and our organisations to support each other in retaining and developing our diverse and talented Australian mathematical sciences community.

    Yours sincerely,

    Prof. S. Ole Warnaar
    President of the Australian Mathematical Society (AustMS)

    Dr Jessica Kasza
    President of the Statistical Society of Australia (SSA)

    (printable, accessible PDF)

    The following organisations have endorsed the AustMS/SSA Covid-19 impact statement:

    ·         ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical & Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS)

    ·         Australian Academy of Science (AAS)

    ·         Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE)

    ·         Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI)

    ·         Mathematical Research Institute (MATRIX)

    ·         The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU)

    ·         University of Sydney Mathematical Research Institute (SMRI)

    ·         Science & Technology Australia (STA   


           

           


             


    Useful Resources:

    ¹An open letter from the EWM, European Women in Mathematics, 22 September 2020 
    https://www.europeanwomeninmaths.org/ewm-open-letter-on-the-covid-19-pandemic/

    The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the STEM workforce,
    Rapid Research Information Forum, 17 May 2020 

    www.science.org.au/covid19/women-stem-workforce

    Impacts of COVID-19 for EMCRs National Survey, EMCR Forum, August 2020
    https://www.science.org.au/news- and-events/news-and-media-releases/early-and-mid-career-researchers-fear-their-careers-are-risk

    In the Eye of the Beholder: Avoiding the Merit Trap, Chief Executive Women and Male Champions of Change
    https://cew.org.au/topics/merit-trap/

    National Evaluation Guide for STEM Gender Equity Programs, Women in STEM Ambassador, 8 December 2020 
    https://womeninstem.org.au/national-evaluation-guide/

    Women in Science decadal plan
    https://www.science.org.au/support/analysis/decadal-plans-science/women-in-stem-decadal-plan

    STEM Women: https://www.stemwomen.org.au/ 


  • 1 Mar 2021 10:52 AM | Marie-Louise Rankin (Administrator)


    This week we launched Science & Technology Australia’s Pre-Budget submission. In it, we proposed a big and bold idea: a new $2.4 billion research translation and commercialisation fund. A once-in-a-generation seismic investment in science in the 2021 Budget would be a defining legacy for the Government, securing the science heft needed to face the next challenges after COVID-19. It would be a powerful vehicle to turn more of Australia’s world-class university research into products, services and jobs with deeper industry-university collaboration. The proposal generated positive coverage, including in The Australian, InnovationAus, The Canberra Times, and Campus Morning Mail.

    Late last week, we also garnered global coverage with our joint media statement with other key science groups drawing attention to the decision by Facebook to block the feeds of science and health organisations on the eve of the nation’s largest-ever vaccine rollout amid a global pandemic. STA’s Facebook page was among those blocked for several days - before the coverage managed to restore our feed. Please let us know if your organisation is still having difficulties with getting your feed restored.

    Our Superstars of STEM had their first two days of high-quality training last week. The cohort is brimming with talent, and it was a joy to see these diverse and brilliant women lifting each other up. If you haven’t already, follow them all using our list in Twitter - it’s a daily dose of inspiration. 

    Meanwhile, a continuing volume of policy, program and events work continues at STA. 

    If you haven’t already - please register your delegates for Science Meets Parliament by Sunday (Feb 28). With an outstanding online program in 2021, we want to make sure your members have the chance to access this excellent professional development opportunity. Register now!

    Finally, we encourage you to spread the word. Even if people aren’t attending #SmP2021 as a delegate, they can still buy a ticket to one of the five concurrent events for our SmP National Gala Dinners on Monday March 29 in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney. This will be the first big gathering for the STEM sector leaders in many capitals since the outset of the pandemic. It will be a chance for us to say thank you to those who’ve shared their expertise, celebrate the role of science in saving lives, and enjoy a night of inspiring company and content. Please join us - you can buy tickets here!
     
    Until next time, 

    Misha Schubert 
    CEO, Science & Technology Australia 

    NEW REPORTS AND POLICY CHANGES OF INTEREST TO STA MEMBERS

    Further information: Peter Derbyshire, STA Policy Manager - peter.derbyshire@sta.org.au

    HURRY - LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER: SCIENCE MEETS PARLIAMENT 2021

    Don’t miss out as our flagship event turns 21! Science meets Parliament is an unrivalled opportunity for STEM professionals to upskill and connect with Parliamentarians and the broader STEM sector.

    In 2021, over two days of superb online content, 50 experts will share invaluable insights on policymaking, communications and Parliamentary engagement. It’s the best-value professional development event of the year. 

    Registrations for #SmP2021 close Feb 28 - so be quick! See the updated program and register here
      

    PM’S PRIZES FOR SCIENCE: NOMINATIONS OPEN NOW

    STA encourages our members to identify deserving nominees whose commitment, talent and contributions to science should be recognised in this year’s Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science. 

    These awards should reflect the strong diversity of our STEM sector, and we encourage members to reflect that diversity in nominations.

    Nominate someone here. Nominations close March 9.

    STA MEMBER CONFERENCES/MEMBER EVENTS/EVENTS OF INTEREST

    • Plastics – are they a problem, benefit or a game-changer? Join RACI’s 10-part virtual series exploring innovations, challenges, sustainable uses, recycling and the future of plastics. Commencing Tuesday 16 Feb 2021

    To add a conference or event: contact STA Events & Membership Manager Mitchell Piercey – mitchell.piercey@sta.org.au
     

    GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES     


    STA MEMBER STORIES 

    A number of our members were affected by Facebook’s recent blocking of content. STA was one of the organisations that were affected – you can read our joint statement with the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Science Media Centre here. Our Facebook page is showing content again now, but a number of our members may still be affected. If your organisation’s Facebook page is still not showing content (make sure you ‘View as visitor’ to test this) please let our Communications Manager, Martyn Pearce know


  • 23 Feb 2021 2:00 PM | Marie-Louise Rankin (Administrator)

    A once-in-a-generation seismic investment in science in the 2021 Budget would be a defining legacy for the Government, securing the science heft needed to face the next challenges after COVID-19.

    A new $2.4 billion research translation and commercialisation fund would be a powerful vehicle to turn more of Australia’s world-class university research into products, services and jobs with deeper industry-university collaboration.

    In its pre-Budget submission, Science & Technology Australia proposes a strategic investment to boost job creation, strengthen sovereign capability and turbo-charge the economic recovery.

    Science & Technology Australia Chief Executive Officer Misha Schubert said a research translation and commercialisation fund would secure Australia’s ability to respond to the crisis after COVID.

    “The pandemic has put into stark relief the fact that science investments made over previous decades have come into their own in this moment of national need,” she said.

    “With the crucial role of science front and centre in the public mind, it’s time to secure the science capabilities we need to face the crisis after COVID – and the ones after that.”

    “A Science Future Fund or Research Translation & Commercialisation Fund would help turbo-charge Australia’s economic recovery and maximise our bang-for-buck return from university research.”

    “What’s missing from our research funding system at the moment is a vehicle to get more of our ‘almost there’ stage research turned into products and services that create new jobs and growth.”

    “Australia has a highly-skilled STEM workforce and world-class research – our challenge is to maximise even further the returns those assets deliver to the nation and economy.”

    STA estimates the proposal would cost $2.4 billion over the Budget forward estimates.

    “A new research translation and commercialisation fund would drive deeper collaboration between universities and business, create new local jobs, and boost sovereign capability,” she said.

    “As we come out of the pandemic, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enable science and technology to boost our economy, secure Australia’s intellectual property rights, and prepare us for whatever crisis comes next. A research translation fund would do all of this and more.”

    Science & Technology Australia proposes the Government use the May 2021 Budget to make long-term reforms that create a powerful legacy. These include:

    ● Secure Australia’s capability to respond to future crises by establishing a new ‘Science Future Fund’ or ‘Research Translation Fund’ to turn more of Australia’s science into rapid applications;

    ● Tackle the urgent need to stop the brain drain of young people out of STEM and boost future STEM talent for Australia with a new strategic initiative to inspire more Australian school students into science, technology, engineering and maths;

    ● Tap into deep Indigenous knowledge in science, technology, engineering and maths by investing $4 million over four years to support an Australian Indigenous Scientists/STEM Network;

    ● Invest in a comprehensive long-term national plan for Australian science and technology;

    ● Continue the commitment to nurture expert STEM advice and connections for policymakers with a long-term endowment to support Science Meets Parliament; and

    ● An initiative to track the loss of researchers and scientists from Australia’s university sector and a program to provide workforce bridging for those affected.

    Media contacts:

    Science & Technology Australia: media inquiries:
    Martyn Pearce – 0432 606 828 

  • 3 Feb 2021 1:47 PM | Marie-Louise Rankin (Administrator)

    Are you an early or mid-career statistician looking for support to grow and develop your career? Or, are you a more experienced statistician looking to share your skills and experience with a new generation of statisticians? If either of these sound like you then this program may be for you!

    Following a pilot mentoring program hosted by the Biostatistics & Bioinformatics Section in 2020, the Statistical Society of Australia is excited to be launching a new mentoring program for all members of the Society. We are looking for up to 20 mentor-mentee pairs to take part in the 6-month mentoring program.

    Our aim

    This program will connect early and mid-career statisticians to experienced mentors to provide them with career guidance and to share their experiences to help them achieve their professional goals.

    Mentees

    We are looking to recruit early to mid-career statisticians to take part in the mentoring program. To be eligible to participate, you must be either a student or within the first ten years of a career in statistics, a member of the SSA, and be willing to commit to participating in the program over a 6-month period.

    Mentors

    We are looking to recruit mentors who have at least five years’ experience working as a statistician. Note that mentors will be paired with mentees with less experience working in statistics (i.e., those with less than five years’ experience will not be paired with mentees with more than five years). To be eligible to participate, you must be a member of the SSA and be willing to commit to participating in the program over a 6-month period. Prior mentorship experience would be beneficial but is not a requirement for participation.

    Program details

    The SSA Mentoring Committee, a sub-committee of the Continuous Professional Development committee, will match mentors to mentees and contact the mentee to seek approval to introduce them to the proposed mentor. Each mentor will only be assigned one mentee. Mentees are responsible for arranging the initial meeting and establishing ongoing meetings with their mentor. Ideally, mentors and mentees should aim to meet at least monthly for one hour during the program, with a minimum of four meetings over six months. There is no requirement that mentors and mentees live in the same city; meetings do not have to be face-to-face and may be held via phone or Zoom as necessary. A member of the Mentoring Committee will be in touch throughout the program to learn how things are progressing and to help resolve any issues that arise. There is no expectation that the relationship continue beyond the 6-month program. However, we would be delighted if mentor-mentee pairs continue to keep in touch!

    In addition to the paired mentoring, mentees and mentors will be given the opportunity to participate in a peer mentoring group of up to five participants to share experiences and build greater connections within the SSA community.

    Further details about the program will be provided before the program commences.

    Interested?

    To register your interest in participating in the mentoring program, please complete the form by Monday 1 March. Successful applicants will be notified by the 15th March, with the program running from April to September 2021.

    Check out our recent webinar "Introducing the SSA Mentoring Program" to see an overview of the benefits of a mentoring program for the SSA, a discussion of the findings from the mentoring pilot program and an introduction to the Mentoring Program Committee and the program to be launched in March 2021.

    If you have any questions about the mentoring program, please email Karen Lamb, SSA Mentoring Program Committee Chair at klamb@unimelb.edu.au.

    Dr Karen Lamb
    SSA Mentoring Program Committee Chair

  • 29 Jan 2021 6:30 AM | Marie-Louise Rankin (Administrator)

    Science & Technology Australia - Media Release 

    Australia must apply the same expert science-led approach to climate change as it has to the coronavirus pandemic, the nation’s peak body for science and technology has urged.

    Science & Technology Australia says the nation’s success at navigating the pandemic and managing risks proactively is a model for how to tackle climate risk and transition to a net-zero economy.

    STA President Associate Professor Jeremy Brownlie said Australia’s COVID strategy was among the best in the world, using scientific evidence to inform policy, save jobs and protect the public.

    “The last year has clearly demonstrated that to protect lives and livelihoods, we need to listen to the scientific evidence and use it to guide policy,” he said.

    “That’s a lesson we also need to apply to the increasingly urgent challenge of climate change.”

    “The terrifying bushfire season last summer in Australia was a sign of things to come.”

    “If we don’t transition to a net zero emissions economy, we’ll see further lives lost, lasting damage to our unique flora and fauna, and more local communities devastated by fire and drought.”

    “An orderly transition to a net-zero economy will save both lives and livelihoods.”

    STA is the peak body representing more than 88,000 scientists and technologists in Australia. Its membership base includes geologists and mining engineers as well as scientists working in renewable energy and environmental sciences.

    STA has made a submission to an inquiry into two climate change Bills currently before federal Parliament.

    Associate Professor Brownlie said the Bills propose a long-term national approach to the issue and an orderly transition to a net-zero economy.

    “These Bills enshrine an evidence-based approach to climate change. That approach has been the key to Australia’s success in tackling COVID-19,” he said.

    “It particularly recognises the need for an orderly transition that supports workers in industries as they move to net-zero carbon emissions.”

    Recent research from Deloitte highlighted stronger action on climate change could add $680 billion to the Australian economy and create 250,000 new jobs by 2070.

    Associate Professor Brownlie said business, scientists, and investors are increasingly united in calling for stronger climate action and further proactive management of climate risk.

    This boost to the overall national economy modelled by Deloitte need not come at the cost of local communities and individuals.

    “A move to net-zero emissions does not have to result in job losses and does not mean an end to mining or Australia’s resources sector.,” he said.

    “While there will be changes to fossil fuel industries, a transition that safeguards jobs is not only possible – it’s achievable,” he said.

    “For a country as rich in renewables as Australia, climate change can be an opportunity to open up new markets and new technologies.”

    “Climate change is a major challenge, but as the pandemic has demonstrated, if we have science at the heart of our response, Australia can meet this challenge.”

    Media contacts: Science & Technology Australia: media inquiries: Martyn Pearce – 0432 606 828

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