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Foundation director joins Science & Technology Australia’s Policy Committee

August 11, 2020

Science & Technology Australia has welcomed Professor Megan Munsie to its influential STEM Sector Policy Committee. This story comes from the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Stem Cell Systems, where Megan is deputy director.

Megan is an eminent stem cell researcher and has great experience in policy and Parliamentary engagement. Representing the Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research, Megan will be joining returning members Dr Kathy Nicholson (the Australian Institute of Machine Learning) and Dr Pallave Dasari (Women in STEMM) on Science & Technology Australia (STA)’s STEM Sector Policy Committee.

Chaired by Professor Sharath Sriram of RMIT, STA’s highly-regarded STEM Sector Policy Committee is an influential voice in policy on STEM issues in Australia.

Science & Technology Australia CEO Misha Schubert said “This high-powered committee not only informs our policy work but represents the breadth and diversity across STA’s membership as the peak voice for the sector.”

“The strength of STA’s policy work stems from its deep and active engagement with our members as the voice of our sector to government, business, and society.”

Megan added, “I greatly admire STA’s leadership in policy and advocacy and am delighted to have this opportunity to serve with colleagues from cross the STEM sector to further advance science and technology in Australia.”

STA has also appointed our two early career researcher representatives, Lee Constable and Sumeet Walia, to further strengthen their input in STA’s work.

This new committee structure ensures a strong focus on supporting early- and mid-career STEM researchers at a time when Australia risks losing exceptional talent.

“The exceptionally high quality of our committee members gives STA the capacity to continue to grow its influence in STEM policy, coming off a very high base already” said Misha.

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