RDA Hunter Hosts Australia's Chief Scientist

Australia's Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb visited the Hunter this week to deliver a public lecture and see first-hand RDA Hunter's work to promote STEM through its workforce and skills development initiative, the ME Program

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Hunter this week hosted Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb AC.

During his visit, Professor Chubb delivered a public lecture at the Newcastle City Hall on the importance of science and innovation to regional development and saw first-hand some of the RDA Hunter initiatives that support economic development in the region.

“My consistent message has been that science is critical to Australia’s future and far too important to leave to chance,” Professor Chubb said.

Professor Chubb visited RDA Hunter’s ME Program partner school, St Philip’s Christian College, to talk with students about the importance of STEM subjects, as well as ME Program industry partner BAE Systems to see how the ME Program has helped the business and improved its access to skilled staff.

“We are honoured to have hosted Professor Chubb this week. His support for our initiatives is invaluable and reinforces that we are on the right track in planning for the region’s future,” RDA Hunter CEO Todd Williams said.

“Professor Chubb has long expressed his view that science and innovation underpin a differentiated and readily adaptable economy.

“RDA Hunter knows that adaptability leads to global competitiveness. Initiatives like our ME Program and Smart Specialisation help build the Hunter’s position as a key contributor to the national economy,” Mr Williams said.

View the Australian Financial Review story http://www.afr.com/news/policy/education/how-a-defence-department-grant-turned-students-on-to-science-20150731-gilalv

View the NBN Television new story http://www.nbnnews.com.au/2015/07/28/chief-scientist-visits-newcastle/

View the Newcastle Herald editorial http://www.theherald.com.au/story/3241662/science-education-essential-to-hunters-future/?cs=305

View the Newcastle Herald news story http://www.theherald.com.au/story/3241662/science-education-essential-to-hunters-future/

View Professor Chubb's Newcastle Herald Opinion piece http://www.theherald.com.au/story/3238523/opinion-our-compact-with-the-future/?cs=308

Download Todd Williams' Speech

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