Women in FLEET Fellow Dr Semonti Bhattacharyya, Monash University. Credit: Justin Turner.
19 August 2019

As highlighted in an ARChway article published for 2019 International Women in Engineering Day, women researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields are under-represented both in Australia and globally. The Office of the Chief Scientist in the Australia’s STEM Workforce report, found that in Australia only 16% of STEM qualified people are female. In physics, males made up 82% of all graduates and 86% of doctoral graduates.

To help address this inequity, the ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET) has set itself a goal to achieve 30% representation of women at all levels across FLEET, and has been trailing innovative approaches that would allow them to begin ‘shifting the dial’.

Yolngu artists (L to R) Gunybi Ganambarr and Garawan Wanambi at the site of the 1911 Gangan massacre, NE Arnhem Land, where their interviews were recorded for the Heart of Artness podcast, 2016.
18 July 2019

Siobhan McHugh is an Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Wollongong who specialises in the aesthetics and impact of crafted audio storytelling, to capture ‘the power of voice’. Her research is concerned with the power of sound, the production of intimacy, and the new knowledge that is accessed when oral history and journalism are creatively adapted for an aural format, such as in a documentary or podcast.

ARC Research Outputs diagram
24 June 2019

In October 2018, the ARC introduced new functionality within the Research Management System (RMS) to allow researchers to auto-populate their research output data into their RMS profile and application forms. The auto-population is possible through a number of methods, including ORCID, BibTeX and Digital Object Identifier (DOI), or by manual entry. While an initial investment of effort is required to set up and collate each researcher’s research outputs using the new functionality, once completed, this information is stored in RMS for re-use in future grant application rounds. The ARC greatly appreciates the efforts of the sector in adapting to this new functionality. Overall, the uptake by the sector has been very positive, with 11,670 researchers uploading 1,331,803 research outputs into their user profiles, with 95% automatically uploaded from ORCID, BibTeX or DOI. 

Kakadu National Park
24 June 2019

The ARC’s assessment of engagement and impact of research—conducted for the first time in 20I8—shone a spotlight on impact studies that allowed universities the opportunity to literally ‘tell the stories’ of the impact of their research. The many highly-rated impact narratives published as part of the inaugural Engagement and Impact (EI) Assessment provide a rich source of information beyond the results alone. In this International Year of Indigenous Languages, we take a closer look at impact studies that were part of EI 2018, along this theme.

People at a meeting
24 June 2019

Each year, the Australian Research Council (ARC) calls for nominations from senior research academics to join the esteemed ARC College of Experts. ARC College of Experts members play a key role in the ARC’s peer review processes to ensure that government funding is spent on the highest quality research that will grow knowledge and innovation for the benefit of the Australian community. The ARC is also committed to improving the diversity and gender balance of the ARC College of Experts. The ARC particularly encourages applications from women, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders and end-users across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. If you are a senior researcher who enjoys peer reviewing and is looking for a unique opportunity to contribute to the research community, please refer to the ARC College of Experts webpage for further information about how to nominate before 5 July 2019.

Word cloud for Revised code of responsible research conduct
24 June 2019

Australia’s strong research performance is underpinned by a number of factors—not least of which are the clear expectations and standards for responsible research conduct by Australian researchers. 

The recently revised Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2018 (the Code) is central to a strong framework that assures these expectations and standards are upheld, and provides a foundation for credible, high-quality research, and for community trust in the research endeavour. 

Professor Damousi running a mentoring session
24 June 2019

The ARC’s Australian Laureate Fellowships not only support unique and vital projects of inquiry led by some of Australia’s most accomplished research leaders, they also provide a host of mentoring opportunities for the up-and-coming next generation of research leaders.

Dr Nguyen
24 June 2019

International Women in Engineering Day celebrates the amazing achievements of women engineers, raises the profile of women in engineering and promotes career opportunities for women and girls.

Major Investments Forum 2019
24 June 2019

The ARC held its Major Investments Forum in Canberra from 12 to 13 June 2019. This annual event was attended by over 140 senior research Directors, Chief Operating Officers and Centre Managers from ARC Centres of Excellence, Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP) Training Centres and Research Hubs, and Special Research Initiatives.

ERA EI logo
24 June 2019

The highly-anticipated results of the Austraian Research Council’s Excellence Research Australia (ERA) and Engagement and Impact (EI) 2018 assessments were released at the end of March, with the State of Australian University Research: ERA National Report 2018–19, and the Engagement and Impact Assessment National Report 2018–19. Both reports, available in the ARC Data Portal, are interactive and user-friendly, providing a wealth of valuable information about Australian research. 

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