Laugh or You’ll Cry – the answer to a Skills Question is Seldom More of the Same

One of the few Australian’s to head a global super company, Andrew Liveris of Dow Chemical Company, was in town yesterday with some hard truths regarding his homeland. While the headline of The Australian – “They’re Laughing at Us” – specifically related to our current political paradigm, Mr Liveris was not exactly enthused at our current innovation policy and specifically, the trend away from investment in R&D.  Continue reading

Maths and Science Education Symposium

Interesting discussion at “The Conversation” on Maths and Science Education live streamed on the web today, interesting on many levels not least of which is the number of different perspectives on approaching the topic (and yes, some of them tended towards “my way”, but most were academics with grants to support). I’m sure The Conversation will have coverage of it for those who want to follow through, but for me the quote of the day belongs to Professor Ian Chubb AM, Chief Scientist of Australia (pictured below, photo courtesy of The Conversation’s twitter posting):Image“We’ve been talking about this for a while but as I get older, I’m getting less patient with inaction”

You Know You’re Really Getting Old When

Your Commercial Foundations booth at the Co-operative Research Centres Association conference 2013

YCF booth at CRCA conference 2013

You realise just how resilient you’re not anymore. It’s been over a week since I got back from Melbourne and the launch of YCF, and since I blogged – I would love to say it’s because I’ve been so busy, but there was a fair bit of too tired too. It was an exciting, challenging, stimulating couple of days that reinforced a few things for me: Continue reading