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Report

State of quantum computing: building a quantum economy

Quantum computing is seen as a strategic technology by the world’s leading economies. This fundamentally new way of computing has the potential to dramatically recast our ability to tackle climate change, hunger and disease. This report aims to give a holistic and neutral overview of...
Report

Harnessing science x technology to drive Australian innovation and growth

In mid-2022, CEDA convened a series of workshops and one-on-one discussions with leaders from Australian industry, government and academia on how our nation might better harness Australia’s science and technology potential to drive innovation and economic growth. This paper discusses some of the opportunities.
Report

Space technology in Australia

This paper provides a background on Australia’s space industry, the relevant public and private organisations, and the legislative framework governing it. The author also examines the opportunities and challenges the industry currently faces, with respect to regulation and competition from overseas counterparts.
Report

Strengthening Australia’s pandemic preparedness

This report highlights six science and technology areas critical to minimising the impact of pandemics in Australia. It also makes 20 recommendations that could reduce impacts while improving economic, social and health outcomes.
Policy report

Towards a new vision of innovation through COVID-19? A comparative reading of 11 countries’ strategies

This paper discusses how countries’ vision for science, technology and innovation (STI) priorities has evolved through COVID-19. The analysis was conducted on a sample of 171 STI strategy documents from 11 countries that were released between 2013 and 2021.
Position paper

Powering Canberra: our pathway to electrification

The ACT is preparing to electrify Canberra and transition away from the use of fossil-fuel gas by 2045. This position paper focuses on the government's work to transition the Territory away from gas use, to help reach a target of net zero emissions by 2045.
Report

China’s role in supplying critical minerals for the global energy transition: what could the future hold?

The world faces major challenges in responsibly sourcing large quantities of minerals that are critical for the transition to low-carbon energy sources. This report analyses how China's strategic position in regard to critical minerals may evolve, to shed light on current and emerging challenges for...
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Low Earth Orbit, satellite constellations and regulation

With the cost of placing assets in space rapidly declining, and access to capital becoming easier as commercial uses of space are becoming normalised, new regulatory issues are emerging. This report identifies and evaluates the legal and regulatory arrangements and risks for these low Earth...
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Our future world: global megatrends impacting the way we live over coming decades

This report presents an update on CSIRO’s global megatrends out to 2042, with the view to guide long-term investment, strategic and policy directions across government, industry, the not-for-profit sector and the broader Australian community.
Briefing paper

Microplastics in biosolids - definitions and implications

The use of biosolids as agricultural fertilisers and soil treatments has provided economic benefit and reduced environmental burden across Australia. However, biosolid production and use has been identified as a major source of unintended microplastic dispersion into the environment.
Report

Australia state of the environment 2021: overview

The state of the environment report is a comprehensive assessment of the health of every aspect of Australia's environment. Written by independent experts, it analyses the best available evidence every five  years to guide policy and action.
Case study

Evidence-informed decision-making in Canada: how a grassroots movement restored respect for science - a case study

Evidence for Democracy believes that Canadian scientists and the public played a significant role in pushing for the return of science-informed decisions in the federal government. In other words, grassroots advocacy and organising created real change, and influenced the shift toward evidence-informed decision making.
Report

Unleashing solar and wind in ASEAN

This report analyses the latest electricity data in five major ASEAN countries. Furthermore, it aims to link the progress of clean energy development and the future renewable energy target to the IEA Net Zero pathway.
Report

Stumbling bear, soaring dragon: Russia, China and the geopolitics of global science

This report argues that Western universities need to brace for a geopolitical shock that could dislocate global research networks and dramatically narrow the range of potential collaborative partners.
Report

Australia’s data-enabled research future: science

This report presents key strategic data-related needs and challenges for science research captured by the Australian Academy of Science through consultations with researchers and other experts across a range of science disciplines.
Report

Australia’s data-enabled research future: health and medical sciences

This report argues that in order to capitalise on the opportunities to improve health and make use of the ever-increasing volume of health data, Australia must develop an environment that enables the safe and secure use of patient data for legitimate research purposes – balanced...
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Australia’s data-enabled research future: technology and engineering

This project is the result of a partnership between the ARDC, Australia’s five Learned Academies and ACOLA, to ensure Australia can undertake excellent data-enabled research across all fields of research.
Report

Biodiversity data: leading the digital journey

Since 2016, The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute (WABSI) has led a strong collaboration of senior stakeholders from industry, government, regulators and the science community, to build a data sharing and access culture. This document highlights the digital journey and the achievements that are helping...
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Report of the Inquiry into renewable energy in Victoria

This report has been released to provide the Victorian context for the renewable energy transition, and to canvas some of the issues that have been raised during the inquiry. The report lists 24 findings and 32 recommendations for Commonwealth and Victorian Government agencies who play...
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Are extreme rainfall events increasing in frequency?

Torrential rains along the east coast of Australia during February and March 2022 have been blamed on climate change. Specifically, a narrative has developed suggesting that rainfall is becoming more extreme. However, the research outlined in this report does not support this claim.