Chemistry for a better life

Monday, 22 February, 2016

The Australian Academy of Science’s National Committee for Chemistry has developed a strategic vision for Australian chemistry for the next decade.

‘Chemistry for a better life: The decadal plan for Australian chemistry 2016–25’ is the first step in advancing an important, value-adding manufacturing sector. Advances in chemistry currently underpin more than $24 billion of Australia’s economic output, and more than 60,000 people are employed in the chemical industry.

“Chemistry is the central science,” said academy president Professor Andrew Holmes. “A vibrant chemistry community in Australia that is fully engaged with industry will be vital to addressing some of our key challenges, including increasing agricultural productivity, developing new life-saving drugs and creating novel sustainable materials.

“We already have great chemistry expertise in Australia that bridges materials and biological sciences. Now is the time to start really taking advantage of this knowledge to drive new ideas and economic development.”

The report identifies the key challenges, barriers and opportunities for Australia in the 21st century and proposes solutions that can help Australia reach its potential as a world-class international manufacturing hub. It also outlines strategic goals for chemistry, including improving teacher expertise, strengthening links between industry and the chemistry research community, and creating a positive image for chemistry.

The report is available here.

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