26 avril 2016

The academic world urges publishers to enter a brave new world

Nowadays, European universities pay publishers significant parts of their university budget. Hundreds of millions of euros. Money which is not directly spent on research and education, even though it is largely taxpayers´ money. As Harvard University already denounced in 2012, many large journal publishers have rendered the situation “fiscally unsustainable and academically restrictive”, with some journals costing as much as $40,000 per year (and publishers drawing profits of 35% or more). More...

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Wanka zur acatech Kompetenzentwicklungsstudie Industrie 4.0: KMU setzen auf Kundenorientierung

Qualifizierung ist der Schlüssel für einen Zuwachs an guter Arbeit durch die Industrie 4.0. Dafür braucht es maßgeschneiderte Weiterbildungsmöglichkeiten. Insbesondere kleinere Unternehmen könnten dabei von digitalen Lernlösungen profitieren, weil sie Wissen flexibel und einfach verfügbar machen. Zu diesem Ergebnis kommt die Kompetenzentwicklungsstudie von acatech – Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften, die Projektleiter Michael ten Hompel heute auf der Hannover Messe an Bundesministerin Johanna Wanka übergab. Mehr...

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Securing Australia's comparative advantage

The report Australia’s Comparative Advantage highlights the opportunities for reform given the emerging social, political, economic and technological trends facing Australia.
The report sees Australia’s comparative advantage as national capabilities that need to be developed and enhanced. It recognises our natural advantages in traditional sectors like mining and agriculture, and looks to increased creation of advantage in advanced manufacturing and service industries. It highlights the opportunities from capitalising on a well-skilled and effective workforce and Australia’s strong and respected research capability. More...

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Missing opportunities in Australian Innovation

The Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) has reported that innovation in Australia is suffering from a lack of direction, short-termism and a haphazard approach.
Translating research for economic and social benefit examined innovation initiatives in 14 nations and found a clear link between national policy and performance. The 14 were: Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, United Kingdom, Israel, United States, Canada, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, China, Brazil and Chile. More...

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3. Securing Australia’s Future – Smart engagement with Asia: Leveraging language, research and culture

The depth of Australia’s linguistic and inter-cultural competence will be a determining factor in the future success of developments in innovation, science and technology, research capacity, international mobility, trade relations and economic competitiveness. In the medium to longer term, the Asia Pacific region will be a principal focus, presenting major challenges and opportunities economically, socially and culturally, for our national security interests. More...

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2. Securing Australia’s Future – STEM: Country Comparisons

A vibrant capacity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is pivotal to increasing our nation’s productivity. Building on recent research commissioned by Australia's Chief Scientist to identify STEM skills shortages, this project will critically examine existing solutions to the STEM skills shortage in comparable countries and to ascertain which, if any, of those solutions could be usefully applied to the formation and maintenance of a STEM skills workforce and propose a set of options for increasing Australia’s productivity and international competitiveness. More...

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Research workforce strategy – career support for researchers

Researchers in Australia face many hurdles in establishing a stable career in their chosen field of research. To inform policy development, as part of the Australian Government’s Research Workforce Strategy, ACOLA was charged with exploring options to meet one of the priorities: that researchers are ‘supported to meet individual career needs and objectives’. An aspiration of the Strategy was that researchers in Australia have clear and equitable pathways for career progression. More...

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Future Earth Australia

Future Earth Australia has been established with funding from the Australian Council of Learned Academies to coordinate Australia’s participation in the global Future Earth Initiative, a new international platform for building and connecting global knowledge to intensify the impact of research and find new ways to accelerate sustainable development. More...

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Australia’s Progress in the 21st Century

AP21C is a major national multi-disciplinary project, involving all four Learned Academies, working closely with the vast network of ANDI partners.  AP21C will build on work done by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and their November 2012 report, ‘Aspirations for our nation: a conversation with Australians about progress’ and review local, national and international best practice in this field.  The pilot will also set out plans for a 3 year research project built around 12 key progress domains, as well as an outreach strategy for ongoing engagement with Australians. More...

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Making interdisciplinary research work

Making Interdisciplinary Research Work  (ARC Linkage Learned Academics Special Projects Funding 2010 project LS1000004) commenced in 2010 as a multiphase, multiyear, project in order to address two outstanding problems: the application of interdisciplinary research to broad, problem-based research and how to use this understanding to find effective ways of approaching the array of challenges confronting Australia. More...

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