The CNBP recently completed an extremely successful visit to Canberra, taking part in ‘Science Meets Parliament’, an event coordinated by Science and Technology Australia.
The event brought together 200 working scientists for a two-day program of professional development and networking, aimed at helping them better communicate their science to the media, policymakers and parliamentarians.
CNBP Chief Investigators and researchers met with Malcolm Turnbull (Minister for Communications), Nick Xenophon (Independent Senator for South Australia), Christine Milne (Leader of the Australian Greens) and Julie Owens, MP. The undoubted highlight of the event however, was the opportunity for two CNBP scientists, Sabrina Heng and Philipp Reineck to meet with Australian Prime Minster Tony Abbott where they gave a broad overview of their research and the activities of the CNBP more generally.
Philipp Reineck enjoyed the experience noting, “Mr Abbott was very interested in all of our projects and asked a number of relevant questions. He also emphasised the importance of our work and its positive impact on the development of new technologies and on the Australian community as a whole. We were very happy to have had such an insightful and enjoyable meeting with the political leader of our country.”
The CNBP team are already looking forward to next year’s event!