Outcomes of GA's 2015/16 Science Evaluation

13 September 2017

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During 2015 and 2016 a systematic evaluation of Geoscience Australia's (GA's) science activities was undertaken through a formal Science Evaluation process. The aim of the evaluation was to provide advice to the CEO on the quality and fitness-for-purpose of Geoscience Australia's science. The evaluation involved 11 distinct science panels, together with more than 70 key external stakeholders, with the process overseen by the Acting Chief Scientist.

Specific recommendations were developed for each science program in terms of the effectiveness, quality, impact, and future challenges and directions. A number of broader, cross-organisation conclusions were also drawn from the set of evaluations, with strategic whole-of-organisational implications.

Ms Jane Coram is Acting Chief Scientist of Geoscience Australia, and has spent the last 18 months evaluating GA's science programs for their relevance and quality. Prior to this she was the Groundwater Branch Head for 6 years, and was instrumental in demonstrating the contribution of the geosciences to the national water debate. She is currently an independent member of the Northern Territory Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing, and shortly to become the CEO of the National Measurement Institute.

More broadly, Jane's career has focussed on the application of geoscience and geospatial solutions to environmental problems. She is passionate about the effective communication of science, improving collaboration across science disciplines and science organisations, and encouraging leadership and women in science.

This talk is presented as part of the Wednesday Seminar Series.

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Date: 13 September 2017
Time: 11.00am
Location: Sir Harold Raggatt Theatre, Geoscience Australia
Cost/bookings: Free, No bookings required
Audience: General
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