• Harnessing research for better health

    Open Forum     |      August 19, 2021

    The Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences is conducting a project to improve healthcare for Australians by better enabling research to be conducted within the health system.

  • Australian COVID-19 research review reveals gaps in collaboration

    Open Forum     |      July 19, 2021

    Researchers are calling for improved national coordination of Australian COVID-19 trials, after analysis of efforts in 2020 found a lack of data sharing and collaboration left crucial research gaps.

  • Commercialising research

    Melanie Davern     |      June 28, 2021

    Over the last 50 years, innumerable reports have called for better processes to commercialise Australian academic research, but progress will only be made if we tackle the obstacles and incentives confronting researchers.

  • Funding NEMO

    Open Forum     |      April 26, 2021

    Astrophysicist Paul Lasky makes the case for creating a gravitational wave detection observatory in Australia.

  • Are preprint medical studies eroding public trust in science?

    Open Forum     |      April 2, 2021

    Three leading medical communications organisations warn the public could lose trust in science if researchers rush to release research data, particularly during crises such as COVID-19.

  • Stampedes, sharks and cyclones

    Sherry Landow     |      November 28, 2020

    Swimming away from sharks, defending a tent during mini-cyclone and being threatened with a pet dingo are all in a day’s work for coastal researcher Professor Rob Brander.

  • A pandemic of sub-standard research

    Open Forum     |      October 5, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has created a flood of potentially substandard research amid the rush to publish, with a string of papers retracted or under a cloud and a surge in submissions to  pre-print servers where fewer quality checks are made.

  • Research collaboration key to economic recovery

    Open Forum     |      October 5, 2020

    The new focus on science and research and development in the Morrison Government’s manufacturing strategy has been welcomed by Australia’s leading science body.

  • Industry funded research vs the truth

    Lisa Bero     |      October 14, 2019

    Medical and scientific research is increasingly funded by commercial companies looking to promote their own agenda, and other scientists, policy makers and the public should remain wary of findings paid for by vested interests.

  • Help investigate the causes of stuttering

    Open Forum     |      August 19, 2019

    Researchers need 3,000 Australian stutterers for an international study that is searching for the genes in human DNA which may trigger the speech problem.

  • Nature inspires visionary research

    Open Forum     |      August 5, 2019

    Insects are inspiring University of South Australia researchers to create new technology based on their extraordinary vision.

  • Fudged research erodes public trust in experts

    Gavin Moodie     |      July 29, 2019

    Lapses in academic integrity by students and researchers remain relatively rare, but they corrode trust in all academic qualifications and publications.