• Natural philosophy

    Open Forum     |      May 17, 2024

    Public policy should be based on scientific evidence – but scientists often lament the gap between science and policy, while policy-makers feel that scientists don’t deliver the evidence that is needed, so perhaps philosophical expertise can help close the gap between research and policy.

  • Cleaning up the chemical industry

    Open Forum     |      May 14, 2024

    The global chemical industry is a major fossil fuel consumer and climate change contributor; however, new Curtin University research has identified how the sector could clean up its green credentials by “getting dirty”.

  • Grandmothers could be the answer to adolescent angst

    Open Forum     |      May 13, 2024

    New research has found that investment by maternal grandmothers into grandchildren who have suffered multiple adverse early life experiences could significantly reduce emotional and behavioural problems in these children.

  • Oysters ahoy

    Open Forum     |      May 12, 2024

    Dredging and fishing have destroyed thousands of miles of oyster reefs around the Australian coast, but a new project proves they can be restored to provide fresh marine habitat.

  • The people problem

    Open Forum     |      May 10, 2024

    Sustainable Population Australia is alarmed that the NSW Biodiversity Outlook Report 2024 fails to identify population numbers and growth as the underlying causes of biodiversity decline in the state.

  • The future of farming

    Open Forum     |      May 7, 2024

    Australia must act now to accelerate agricultural innovation to achieve productive, resilient and sustainable farming systems by 2050, according to a new report released by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO.

  • Boardroom blitz

    Open Forum     |      April 29, 2024

    A new report has revealed the extent to which Australian universities’ governing bodies have become stacked with unelected big business appointees.

  • Plastic planet

    Open Forum     |      April 29, 2024

    An international team of researchers has found that more than half of branded plastic pollution in the environment is linked to just 56 companies.

  • Robots on the reef

    Open Forum     |      April 25, 2024

    QUT researchers have developed a robot to capture images of baby tank-grown corals destined for the Great Barrier Reef. The system will help keep the growing corals happy and healthy before they are deployed and save researchers thousands of hours of coral counting time.

  • The idea factory

    Open Forum     |      April 24, 2024

    AI chatbots can offer a novel avenue for idea generation, simulating multidisciplinary workshops that traditionally require significant time and resources. Soon we won’t need people at all, will we?

  • Australia’s healthy health sector

    Open Forum     |      April 24, 2024

    New research from the Productivity Commission has found Australia’s healthcare system delivers some of the best value for money of any in the world.

  • Planning by numbers

    Open Forum     |      April 23, 2024

    Leading planning and geospatial figures are calling for a coordinated approach to digitising and streamlining Australia’s urban planning systems.