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Trust in science grows: what this means for Australia’s scientific employers

With vaccines, virus variants and COVID clusters dominating the news, science may have never before had such a high profile than in the last two years. With Australia carefully watching politicians’ announcements regarding lockdowns, vaccine mandates and restrictions, state and federal leaders are turning to scientific professionals for guidance.   Scientific researchers, medical professionals and epidemiologists have suddenly been catapulted into the spotlight, with many amassing hundreds…

Testing times for Australian scientists as pandemic takes a mental toll

Australia’s scientists are involved in a broad range of activities in response to COVID-19, including preclinical testing of potential vaccines, researching virus mutations, monitoring wastewater, supporting manufacturing of surgical masks and forecasting infection rates.  This is on top of conducting tens of thousands of Covid tests each day, the number of which have skyrocketed in recent weeks as states reach…

Out of the lab and into the frying pan: the future of cultivated meat

Companies have been marketing soy and seitan-based products as ‘meat alternatives’ since the 1970s. But in the last few years, a number of companies have set the bar higher, aiming to create products that replicate the real deal.   Companies such as Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods revolutionised the plant-based meat industry, with reports revealing that retail sales across the alternative meat industry are growing even faster than…

Australia’s medical marijuana sector: organisational challenges and opportunities

Though the manufacturing of medicinal cannabis products has been legal in Australia since 2016, it has only more recently become accepted both here and abroad as a legitimate prescription drug. In fact, regulatory approvals made in late 2020 have paved the way for 2021 to be a potentially crucial year for Australia’s medical cannabis industry.  Proponents of medical marijuana advocate that it is a safe and inexpensive therapy…

How employers can improve outcomes for females in science

Over the past 15 years, though some effort has been made to inspire and engage women and girls in pursuing STEM careers, according to the UN they continue to be excluded from participating fully, despite science and gender equality both being vital in achieving the internationally agreed development goals. At present, less than 30 per cent of…