Australia’s failure to capture impact in the recent Excellence for Research program and its complex methodology has “culminated in little or no worthwhile information improvements,” according to a visiting research expert.

Patrick Dunleavy, a professor of political science and public policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science, told a seminar at the Australian National University last week that the Excellence in Research for Australia program, like Britain's research exercises before it, were "predigital in nature", rendering them clumsy and bureaucratic.

The Australian Academy of Science has called for overseas science research students to be given access to special fast-tracked visas for postgraduate study at Australian universities.

Flinders University has appointed Professor Jeri Kroll to the new position of Dean of Graduate Research.

The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) has announced the appointment of an NCCARF Advisory Board to guide the facility through its operational phase from 2011-2013.

Formal code verification technology developed at National ICT Australia (NICTA) has been included in MIT Technology Review’s 2011 TR10, an annual list of the world’s ten most important emerging technologies.

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Scientists are continuing to campaign against feared cuts to the National Health and Medical Research Council funding in next month's federal budget, amid hopes that the Federal Government may have decided against the $400 million cut.

CSIRO has appointed a new director from within the organisation for its Minerals Down Under National Research Flagship.

The Queensland Geothermal Energy Centre of Excellence (QGECE) at  the University of Queensland, has been officially opened, marking a key step in Queensland’s bid to establish itself as a global hub for geothermal energy research, technology development and jobs.

The Edith Cowan University has entered a new research collaboration agreement with Dampier Salt Ltd (DSL), part of the Rio Tinto group, which will pave the way for a series of research opportunities in Australia’s north west.

An academic from the University of Western Australia has been chosen by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as Australia's representative on the Indian Ocean Rim Academic Group for an initial period of two years.

The Tasmanian Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts is developing a Science and Research Sector Strategy as part of the state’s Economic Development Plan.

The Federal Government has released its Research Workforce Strategy, Research Skills for an Innovative Future, setting out a range of challenges, aspirations and priorities to improve the outcomes of research and research training for innovation in Australia.

Professor Ian Chubb, until February this year the vice-chancellor of the Australian National University, has been named as Australia's new Chief Scientist.

The Federal Government has launched construction of the second phase of the Advanced Instrumentation Technology Centre (AITC) at Mount Stromlo. The Technology Centre will support Australia’s contribution to the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) which will be built in Chile.

The University of Western Australia and the Spanish National Research Council have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will result in collaboration and PhD positions being offered in four broad areas of research.

Australia’s best sports scientists will have access to world-class research facilities following a new agreement signed between Victoria University's Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living, the Australian Institute of Sport and the Australian Sports Commission.

The Queensland Government has launched its Cleantech Industry Development Strategy, setting out measures to support the environmental services, green building and materials, clean energy, resource recovery and recycling, sustainable transport, and water and wastewater management sectors.

Pressure is mounting on the Federal Government not to cut its health and medical research spending, as the Discoveries need Dollars campaign, initiated by the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, gains momentum.

A national Clean 21 Technology Innovation Network has been established by the Australian Government to help small and medium businesses reduce running costs and become more competitive and sustainable.

The Women in Science and Engineering Summit held this week in Parliament House Canberra has led to a number of commitments by research organizations and businesses to improving the retention rate for women in science and engineering.

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