PC Mag Australia – Science Busking for Research Funds: Crowdfunding in Australia

As Australian science researchers struggle more and more for funding, they have been increasingly turning to crowdfunding for support – and actually reaching their goals. We sat down with Dr Mel Thomson, a microbiologist who has run two successful Pozible campaigns to discuss why crowdfunding is now a viable option for scientists to fund their […]

PC Mag Australia – Science Is Back on Australia’s Agenda (Maybe)

2015 may be the year for science after a week of quiet achievements for the struggling Australian science agenda. With the Cabinet reshuffle one Minister retained his portfolio and had another one added: Ian MacFarlane is now the Minister for Industry and Science. The science portfolio, which had previously had its own minister for over […]

PC Mag Australia: An Open Letter to Tony Abbott

You say you are “ending the crime of intergenerational theft.” I know you’re talking about the budget. But you ARE actually stealing from our past and future generations. Let me make it nice and simple for you Mr Prime Minister. Science advances our society. We discover things that improve our economy (like new products, or […]

PC Mag Australia: It’s not just about the money: Australia is failing science

The government keeps talking about the ‘knowledge economy’ but they are driving the brains out of the economy. Some are leaving the country. Some are giving up science all together. But why? The simple answer is, people just don’t care about science. Probably because they don’t understand it. And these are the people making the […]

PC Mag Australia: Aussie Science Funding Hits New Low

It’s official – we are spending less on research and development as a country than ever before. Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt responded to the news by attacking the Government’s commitment to scientific funding. “Cuts to CSIRO, clean energy programs and tax concessions for R&D have contributed to this woeful result.” Perhaps the real issue […]