SETAC AU members may be interested in the following notices.

SETAC AU and Twitter

Twitter is an excellent tool for modern scientists. Its uses range from science communication and connecting with the public to making connections with fellow scientists within Australia and around the world. Many journals and organisations also have Twitter accounts, which allows for an at-a-glance feed of their recent activities. Still, starting out on Twitter can feel a lot like you’re shouting alone into the void. SETAC AU have adapted a quick start guide, originally developed by RACI, to help our members get involved in the online scientific community. In our guide, we aim to outline a few simple steps on how to join Twitter and make the most of your experience from the very beginning.

Click here to view/download our brief SETAC-AU Guide to Twitter.

Science and Technology Australia Communique – May 2018

Presidents, CEOs and other leaders of Australia’s most prominent science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) organisations, including SETAC AU, gathered in Canberra to highlight the important role that science and technology will play in Australia’s future. They released the following communique, which can be found by  clicking here

Collectively representing more than 70,000 Australian scientists and technologists through our membership and staff, we call for science to be a priority platform for the major parties’ campaigns in the next federal election.

Science and technology will shape our future, but without adequate support and high profile, Australian science, innovation and discovery will fall by the wayside.

There are four areas of focus we call on decision-makers and candidates to address when Australians are called to vote at the next election:

  • A whole-of-government plan for science and technology
  • A strategy to equip the future Australian workforce with STEM skills
  • Strong investment in both basic and applied research
  • Creating policy informed by the best available evidence

Specific issues to be addressed include:

  • A thorough and thoughtful response to the R&D Tax Incentive review, that achieves a system that boosts public-private collaboration and accentuates Australia’s scientific and technological strengths
  • A clear and long-term plan to support Australia’s research infrastructure, informed by the National Research Infrastructure Roadmap
  • A bold and ambitious national target for scientific and technological research investment, which puts Australia in a position to lead the world in STEM.
  • Action to remove barriers (such as caps and limits) that stand in the way of Australians participating and excelling in STEM education

A government that uses science to inform and underpin its decisions will lead Australia to a brighter future.

A government that directly invests in discovery-led, basic research will unlock the solutions of the future.

A government that fosters and rewards innovation and entrepreneurship will secure Australia’s economic success.

A government that leads from the front, inspiring the private sector to invest in science and technology, will help Australia achieve a stable and prosperous future.

We, the nation’s science and technology leaders, will work hard to ensure that the health, wealth and wellbeing of all Australians are secured for many generations to come.

Working in the solutions sector, the thousands of STEM professionals in Australia will work to tackle the great challenges facing the world, and solve them with science.

In striving towards this bold vision, we ask for the support of Australians, Australian governments and candidates in future federal elections.

Further information can be found at

Mentor Programme

Please visit our “mentor programme” page for more information.

Student Awards and Prizes

SETAC AU offers a variety of awards and prizes to its student members, including:

  • Postgrad Research Publication Award
  • Thesis Prize
  • Student Travel Award

Please visit our “student awards and prizes” page for more information.

Other Awards and Prizes

In addition, SETAC AU offers various awards to its full members, including:

  • Science Meets Parliament (SmP) Ambassador Award
  • Early-Career Medal
  • Mid-Career Medal
  • National Travel Fellowship
  • Please visit our “other awards and prizes” page for more information.

Job Advertisements

Please visit our “job advertisements” page or our facebook_icon Facebook page for further information.

Student Opportunities

Please visit our “student opportunities” page or our facebook_icon Facebook page for current honours, masters or PhD positions.

Other Miscellaneous Notices

SETAC AU Victoria Regional meeting at the University of Melbourne, 2 December 2016.

Professor Vance Trudeau from the University of Ottawa presents a seminar on “Neuroendocrine disruption: more than your hormones are upset” at the SETAC AU Victoria Regional Meeting. Click here to view a video of the seminar or here to view the slides.

Update on the revision of the Revision of the Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality (2000) – April 2013

The revision of the ANZECC/ARMCANZ (2000) Water Quality Guidelines and accompanying Guidelines for Monitoring and Reporting has been underway since 2010. Progress slowed during 2011-12 due to reviews and restructures of the relevant high-level governance structures, but the revision has been steadily progressing again since mid 2012. The Joint Steering Committee overseeing the revision has recently released a public update, which can be accessed at the following link: Regular and milestone-based updates will be posted to this location for the remainder of the revision. For more information, contact the Joint Steering Committee Secretariat (

Ecological Impacts of Toxic Chemicals, free online E-Book edited by Sanchez-Bayo F, van den Brink PJ and Mann RM.

Ecological Impacts of Toxic Chemicals presents a comprehensive, yet readable account of the known disturbances caused by all kinds of toxic chemicals on both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Topics cover the sources of toxicants, their fate and distribution through the planet, their impacts on specific ecosystems, and their remediation by natural systems. Each chapter is written by well-known specialists in those areas, for the general public, students, and even scientists from outside this field. The book intends to raise awareness of the dangers of chemical pollution in a world dominated by industry and globalization of resources. Because the problems are widespread and far reaching, it is hoped that confronting the facts may prompt better management practices at industrial, agricultural and all levels of management, from local to governmental, so as to reduce the negative impacts of chemical contaminants in our Earth. Available from Bentham Science Publishers,