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2016 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science: Nominations Open

STA GraphicThe 2016 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science are now open for nominations, and will close at 5pm EST on 28 April.

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science are the pre-eminent annual science, innovation and science teaching awards in the country and are awarded for excellence in the following areas:

  • The Prime Minister’s Prize for Science;
  • The Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation;
  • The Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year;
  • The Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year;
  • Prize for New Innovators (new award for 2016);
  • The Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools; and
  • The Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools.

Each recipient receives an embossed medallion with lapel pin and a share of the $750,000 in prize money.

If you know of an outstanding researcher, teacher or innovator, nominate them here.

Science and Technology Australia, April 2016

Adapting for Better Performance

AIG’s Western Australia Branch are planning an interesting, thought provoking and innovative workshop, to be held in Perth 14th March 2016.

What will mining and resources in Australia look like towards 2025?
What are the sector, company and geoscientist – level strategies to success?
How do businesses and individuals anticipate and plan for change?
What are the education and research priorities to sustain a pipeline of adaptable people, innovative governance, and data and technology developments?

The Day…
Join us for a boutique event to hear and debate how geoscientists can proactively manage likely professional transitions in cyclical downturns, while looking ahead to consider how we work, and how innovation in the sector will shape our changing job descriptions.

A forward looking, one day workshop, motivated by the need for new discoveries and better ways of working will consist of three sessions, with time in-between for breakout group discussions. We will reconvene together at the end of the day for a group discussion, before retiring for sundowner drinks.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Lyn Beazley AO FTSE, West Australian of the year, 2015 & Former Chief Scientist of WA

The conference, whilst open to all, is aimed at Students, Graduates, & Junior to mid level geoscien)sts & Project Geologists. Those out of work or underemployed are also encouraged to attend.

Delegate Fees (including GST):
Student AIG $40: Grad AIG $50: Member AIG $60: Unemployed AIG $40: nonAIG Member $70

Click here for the conference brochure.

Intellectual Property in the Mining Industry

An article by Robynne Sanders in the May 2014 issue of “Explore”, global law firm DLA Piper’s mining industry newsletter, provides an interesting discussion of  measures being taken by companies to protect their intellectual property.  

For the past decade the mining boom has enabled those companies lucky enough to work in the industry to grow and prosper. With the resources sector tightening the focus has shifted to protecting that growth to ensure the continued profitability of mining companies and suppliers alike.

One mechanism by which companies are looking to protect their position is intellectual property rights, most notably patents and confidential information (know how).  Both are effective tools to ensure exclusive rights to technology and processes. For the owner, they enjoy market advantage as the sole provider of certain products or services or improved profitability as the result of their exclusive use of the best processes. This is clearly a huge advantage.

For these reasons many resources companies and suppliers consider intellectual property the new frontier of the mining sector. While it works for the owner, for those around them intellectual property can be, at best, a significant inconvenience, and at worst a serious threat to their business.

To find out more, download the May 2014 edition of Explore here.