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Yesterday, Dr Megan Clark AC visited the Academy’s offices in Melbourne to record a podcast about the Australian Space Agency, which she heads. Dr Clark, who is a Fellow of the Academy, spoke with head of communications Dr David Glanz about her visions for this new initiative and for the future of the Australian space industry. You can listen to the...

Academy Fellow, Prof Graeme Clark pioneered the cochlear implant 40 years ago. As reported in the Australian Financial Review,  the company that he helped to start, Cochlear, is undertaking clinical trials on a fully implantable hearing device. The company hopes that this will be the next big breakthrough in ‘bionic ear’ technology, allowing users to wear their device 24-hours a day...

On Sunday 21 October, ten wind farms around Australia will be throwing open their gates to the public for a range of fun and informative open day events. Wind energy is playing a major part as Australia transitions towards a renewable energy future, and so far in 2018 has wind contributed approximately $2 billion in investment and created over 2,000 jobs. Wind Farm...

While global warming and the energy crisis threaten our planet’s future, the odds don’t faze University of Newcastle lecturer in chemical engineering Dr Jessica Allen. Step by step, Dr Allen and her team are reinventing the way we produce energy and materials – with the potential for a profound positive impact on our environment. Our current energy system, in Australia and globally,...

Bernard Hodson, the designer and manufacturer of STELR equipment, passed away on Friday 7 September. Without Bernard’s enthusiasm, insights, contributions and support, STELR would not be the success that it is today. Students and teachers are always full of praise for the STELR equipment packs. Bernard made inquiry-based STEM activities fun and easy to do. Bernard, through his company IEC, designed and manufactured high-grade and reliable school...

Seen recently installed in a park in the Melbourne suburb of St. Kilda, these lamp posts have solar panels mounded on the four faces of their posts....

Three ATSE Fellows were among the winners of the 2018 Eureka Prizes. Professor Andrew Blakers FTSE led a team that discovered 22,000 possible sites in Australia for pumped hydro energy storage, showing that a 100 per cent renewable energy future is possible in the country. The team won the Eureka Prize for Environmental Research. Professor Tony Weiss AM FTSE won the Eureka...

Camberwell Grammar School in Melbourne recently installed a 862 kW solar power system. It was installed by Gippsland Solar who report that it is the largest solar project for any school in Australia. Camberwell Grammar were one of the first to use STELR as they were a 'proof-of-concept' school in 2008. As a proof-of-concept school, they received  a roof-top wind...

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science sponsorships grants for science engagement have opened for this financial year. Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions aim to support young Australians to develop skills and potential career opportunities in a field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Grants will be offered to organisations, such as schools and community groups, to...

Students at STELR school, South Oakleigh College (SOC) in Victoria celebrated National Science Week early with a visit from ATSE Clunies Ross Award winner Dr Jim Aylward last week. Jim won the Clunies Ross Innovation Award for the discovery of a novel skin cancer treatment, Picato. Jim chose SOC for his presentation as it was his old school (of sorts)....