ANU Professional Workshop Series 2019

A flexible learning environment that encourages strong professional networks in ANU graduate classes.

Initiated by Professor Ian Chubb AC, former Chief Scientist,  the Professional Workshop Series is co-designed with senior members of the Australian Public Service and ANU expertise.

Learn how to navigate the intersection between science, technology and public policy for your everyday policy work.  

  • Series of one-day workshops, held on Fridays throughout September, October & November 2019.
  • Learn and network with the experts.
  • Optional credit arrangements towards your ANU graduate degree.

Advance your understanding of how science and technology impinge on domains of responsibility of different policymakers .  Develop and enhance capability for improving policy-making in short, medium, and longer terms in light of advances in science and technology

A PDF flyer is available to download.

Convenors



This course is offered in collaboration with the Crawford School of Public Policy and Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science (CPAS)

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Fri 27 Sep 2019

09:30AM

30 spots remaining.
Professional Workshop Co-Convened by ANU College of Asia and the Pacific and ANU College of Science. 

This full-day workshop will introduce participants to key literature and ideas about topics such as:

  • Why science and technology matter for various policy domains
  • Patterns, processes and institutions in conduct of R&D in domestic and international contexts
  • Science, technology and the social licence to operate in Australia and the Asia-Pacific
  • Communicating science and technology, science advice and science diplomacy.
  • How evidence can be used and assessed in a policy environment.

The Introduction to this second part of the course will review topics covered in the first part (for those who have not completed that component) and will add new topics and greater depth for those who did the first part in Semester 1.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand major themes in studies of the relationship between scientific/ technical evidence and other inputs into policy-making
  2. Develop robust ways of assessing diverse sources and forms of evidence for policy analysis and policy-making
  3. Understand key challenges in governing scientific and technological research and innovation, and the salient frameworks put forward for coping with these issues
  4. Critically reflect on lessons from a series of case studies at the interface of science, technology and public policy
  5. Recognise demands for transparency in STPP and develop better ways of engaging at the interface of science, technology, the public and other stakeholders

Assessment 

Assessment for this case study consists of a 1000 word reflection on the case study, consisting of:  

  • 200 word abstract  suitable for briefing a minister about the key issues emerging from the case study,
  • 800 word discussion of issues arising, drawing on relevant literature and ideas from the introductory materials and other relevant sources

References  are not included in word-count.  Please use the Crawford Style Guide.  Click here for more information on academic standards 

Workloads:

Total time commitment for this credential: In-person contact -  6 hours, Private Study - 5 hours; Assessment - 3 hours

Assumed Knowledge

No specific prior knowledge.   Pre-reading materials will be provided.  

Admission Requirements

Completion of a Bachelor Degree or equivalent work experience.  Course delivered in English.

Who Should Enrol

This course is for anyone who is seeking a professional development experience that will enhance their capacity for working in and with government at the intersections of science, technology and policy. This course is a Masters level - AQF Level 9.

More infromation can be found at Crawford School of Public Policy.  This course is run jointly with the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science

ANU Course Code: CRWF0816      ANU Unit Value: 1

Fri 04 Oct 2019 - Fri 11 Oct 2019

09:30AM

1 Session
30 spots remaining.
Professional Workshop Co-Convened by ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU College of Science and the Department Agriculture. 

Science has been decisive in establishing new regulatory settings for the live sheep trade to reflect higher animal welfare standards. In such an emotive area, it presents a number of challenges managing the tension between scientific advice, community expectations, legislative requirements and economic impact.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand major themes in studies of the relationship between scientific/ technical evidence and other inputs into policy-making
  2. Develop robust ways of assessing diverse sources and forms of evidence for policy analysis and policy-making
  3. Understand key challenges in governing scientific and technological research and innovation, and the salient frameworks put forward for coping with these issues
  4. Critically reflect on lessons from a series of case studies at the interface of science, technology and public policy
  5. Recognise demands for transparency in STPP and develop better ways of engaging at the interface of science, technology, the public and other stakeholders

Assessment 

Assessment for this case study consists of a 1000 word reflection on the case study, consisting of:  

  • 200 word abstract  suitable for briefing a minister about the key issues emerging from the case study,
  • 800 word discussion of issues arising, drawing on relevant literature and ideas from the introductory materials and other relevant sources

References  are not included in word-count.  Please use the Crawford Style Guide.  Click here for more information on academic standards 

Workloads:

Total time commitment for this credential: In-person contact -  6 hours, Private Study - 5 hours; Assessment - 3 hours

Assumed Knowledge

No specific prior knowledge.  Pre-reading materials will be provided. Participation/content review of An Introduction to Science Technology and Public Policy is recommended.  

Admission Requirements

Completion of a Bachelor Degree or equivalent work experience.  Course delivered in English.

Who Should Enrol

This course is for anyone who is seeking a professional development experience that will enhance their capacity for working in and with government at the intersections of science, technology and policy. This course is a Masters level - AQF Level 9.

More infromation can be found at Crawford School of Public Policy.  This course is run jointly with the Department of Agriculture.

ANU Course Code: CRWF0816      ANU Unit Value: 1

Fri 11 Oct 2019

09:30AM

30 spots remaining.
Professional Workshop Co-Convened by ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU College of Science  and the Department of Education 

As governments increasingly deal with "wicked" policy challenges, there is a growing need for policy makers to understand and engage with knowledge from across the full spectrum of humanities, arts, social science (HASS) and biophysical sciences. In the Department of Education, steps are being taken to improve National Research Infrastructure for this full range of disciplines.


This workshop will explore many, often overlooked, ways in which harnessing HASS and biophysical sciences in multidisciplinary ways can provide important opportunities for Australia to understand and address complex, real-world problems. For example, it was envisaged by the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap that a future HASS National Research Infrastructure capability would enable researchers to discover, access, curate and analyse Australia’s social and cultural data, combining social science disciplines such as psychology, sociology and political science, humanities such as archaeology, linguistics and history, and Indigenous studies, some of which is critical to underpinning how research generated in traditional STEM fields is applied in daily life. Reflecting this need the Government committed $0.866 million to scoping NRI needs in HASS.


This workshop will also explore the range of opportunities and challenges presented to policy makers when engaging with these diverse disciplines.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand major themes in studies of the relationship between scientific/ technical evidence and other inputs into policy-making
  2. Develop robust ways of assessing diverse sources and forms of evidence for policy analysis and policy-making
  3. Understand key challenges in governing scientific and technological research and innovation, and the salient frameworks put forward for coping with these issues
  4. Critically reflect on lessons from a series of case studies at the interface of science, technology and public policy
  5. Recognise demands for transparency in STPP and develop better ways of engaging at the interface of science, technology, the public and other stakeholders

Assessment 

Assessment for this case study consists of a 1000 word reflection on the case study, consisting of:  

  • 200 word abstract  suitable for briefing a minister about the key issues emerging from the case study,
  • 800 word discussion of issues arising, drawing on relevant literature and ideas from the introductory materials and other relevant sources

References  are not included in word-count.  Please use the Crawford Style Guide.  Click here for more information on academic standards 

Workloads:

Total time commitment for this credential: In-person contact -  6 hours, Private Study - 5 hours; Assessment - 3 hours

Assumed Knowledge

No specific prior knowledge.  Pre-reading materials will be provided. Participation/content review of An Introduction to Science Technology and Public Policy is recommended.  

Admission Requirements

Completion of a Bachelor Degree or equivalent work experience.  Course delivered in English.

Who Should Enrol

This course is for anyone who is seeking a professional development experience that will enhance their capacity for working in and with government at the intersections of science, technology and policy. This course is a Masters level - AQF Level 9.

More infromation can be found at Crawford School of Public Policy.  This course is run jointly with the Department of Education.

ANU Course Code: CRWF0816      ANU Unit Value: 1


Fri 18 Oct 2019 - Fri 25 Oct 2019

09:30AM

1 Session
30 spots remaining.
Professional Workshop Co-Convened by ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU College of Science  and the Department Agriculture. 

The Government and Opposition have identified the need to improve the agriculture innovation system to deliver the productivity gains required to grow the sector. The policy and governance arrangements to ensure that we have the agricultural science for the future of farming is a critical interplay, and one which is currently presenting across many areas of science and innovation in Australia.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand major themes in studies of the relationship between scientific/ technical evidence and other inputs into policy-making
  2. Develop robust ways of assessing diverse sources and forms of evidence for policy analysis and policy-making
  3. Understand key challenges in governing scientific and technological research and innovation, and the salient frameworks put forward for coping with these issues
  4. Critically reflect on lessons from a series of case studies at the interface of science, technology and public policy
  5. Recognise demands for transparency in STPP and develop better ways of engaging at the interface of science, technology, the public and other stakeholders

Assessment 

Assessment for this case study consists of a 1000 word reflection on the case study, consisting of:  

  • 200 word abstract  suitable for briefing a minister about the key issues emerging from the case study,
  • 800 word discussion of issues arising, drawing on relevant literature and ideas from the introductory materials and other relevant sources

References  are not included in word-count.  Please use the Crawford Style Guide.  Click here for more information on academic standards 

Workloads:

Total time commitment for this credential: In-person contact -  6 hours, Private Study - 5 hours; Assessment - 3 hours

Assumed Knowledge

No specific prior knowledge.  Pre-reading materials will be provided. Participation/content review of An Introduction to Science Technology and Public Policy is recommended.  

Admission Requirements

Completion of a Bachelor Degree or equivalent work experience.  Course delivered in English.

Who Should Enrol

This course is for anyone who is seeking a professional development experience that will enhance their capacity for working in and with government at the intersections of science, technology and policy. This course is a Masters level - AQF Level 9.

More infromation can be found at Crawford School of Public Policy.  This course is run jointly with the Department of Agriculture.

ANU Course Code: CRWF0816      ANU Unit Value: 1

Fri 01 Nov 2019 - Fri 08 Nov 2019

09:30AM

1 Session
30 spots remaining.
Professional Workshop Co-Convened by ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU College of Science  and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation 

Biotechnology startups have democratized life sciences by bring inexpensive, semi-professional and portable labs to many biotechnology enthusiasts. However, most DIY biologists have little or no formal training in safety, ethics – or even science. While citizen scientist movements are expanding, governments (and professional scientists) are concerned about the associated safety risks. Manuals on working with living organisms are online, DNA can be ordered by mail. The DIYbio community can work in garages at home, though in the US there are over 50 DIYbio community labs and over 30,000 enthusiasts. There is a DIYbio presence in Australia with community labs in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.
When people start assembling complex systems that involve tens to hundreds of genes from a variety of different organisms, these types of experiments outstrip the current biosafety paradigm. Unpredictable effects and interactions could see self-replicating organisms escape into the environment that cause ecological damage or threaten public health – and these are just the accidental risks. The same technologies can be used with intent to cause intentional harm. 
Amateur scientific endeavor is moving faster than regulators and legislation. National laws that regulate biotechnology are often ambiguous and decades old, intended to regulate commercial agriculture’s use of Genetic modified Organisms (GMOs). Is the unregulated status of the DIYbio community a problem? Should hobbyists be licensed and pass ethics and safety tests? Do the risks associated with DIY biology outweigh its potential for innovation and economic contribution? Given modified organisms don’t respect international boundaries, is an international response required? Should DIYbio be restricted by law to designated and specialized facilities?

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand major themes in studies of the relationship between scientific/ technical evidence and other inputs into policy-making
  2. Develop robust ways of assessing diverse sources and forms of evidence for policy analysis and policy-making
  3. Understand key challenges in governing scientific and technological research and innovation, and the salient frameworks put forward for coping with these issues
  4. Critically reflect on lessons from a series of case studies at the interface of science, technology and public policy
  5. Recognise demands for transparency in STPP and develop better ways of engaging at the interface of science, technology, the public and other stakeholders

Assessment 

Assessment for this case study consists of a 1000 word reflection on the case study, consisting of:  

  • 200 word abstract  suitable for briefing a minister about the key issues emerging from the case study,
  • 800 word discussion of issues arising, drawing on relevant literature and ideas from the introductory materials and other relevant sources

References  are not included in word-count.  Please use the Crawford Style Guide.  Click here for more information on academic standards 

Workloads:

Total time commitment for this credential: In-person contact -  6 hours, Private Study - 5 hours; Assessment - 3 hours

Assumed Knowledge

No specific prior knowledge.  Pre-reading materials will be provided. Participation/content review of An Introduction to Science Technology and Public Policy is recommended.  

Admission Requirements

Completion of a Bachelor Degree or equivalent work experience.  Course delivered in English.

Who Should Enrol

This course is for anyone who is seeking a professional development experience that will enhance their capacity for working in and with government at the intersections of science, technology and policy. This course is a Masters level - AQF Level 9.

More infromation can be found at Crawford School of Public Policy.  This course is run jointly with the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.

ANU Course Code: CRWF0816      ANU Unit Value: 1

Fri 08 Nov 2019 - Fri 15 Nov 2019

09:30AM

1 Session
30 spots remaining.
Professional Workshop Co-Convened by ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU College of Science and the Department of Environment and Energy. 

The role of the Australian Government in protecting the Great Barrier Reef is a perfect example of the challenges for policy makers who need to understand and interpret complex science while developing and delivering policy when information and opinions are being presented to the public in many and varied forms by a wide range of interest groups. All of the key themes of this course are brought into sharp focus, including: who generates scientific knowledge in Australia and internationally and how it is disseminated; what the concept of "social licence to operate" might be interpreted in relation to complex environmental issues; and the role of government and other parties in communicating complex scientific issues, science advice and science diplomacy.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand major themes in studies of the relationship between scientific/ technical evidence and other inputs into policy-making
  2. Develop robust ways of assessing diverse sources and forms of evidence for policy analysis and policy-making
  3. Understand key challenges in governing scientific and technological research and innovation, and the salient frameworks put forward for coping with these issues
  4. Critically reflect on lessons from a series of case studies at the interface of science, technology and public policy
  5. Recognise demands for transparency in STPP and develop better ways of engaging at the interface of science, technology, the public and other stakeholders

Assessment 

Assessment for this case study consists of a 1000 word reflection on the case study, consisting of:  

  • 200 word abstract  suitable for briefing a minister about the key issues emerging from the case study,
  • 800 word discussion of issues arising, drawing on relevant literature and ideas from the introductory materials and other relevant sources

References  are not included in word-count.  Please use the Crawford Style Guide.  Click here for more information on academic standards 

Workloads:

Total time commitment for this credential: In-person contact -  6 hours, Private Study - 5 hours; Assessment - 3 hours

Assumed Knowledge

No specific prior knowledge.  Pre-reading materials will be provided. Participation/content review of An Introduction to Science Technology and Public Policy is recommended.  

Admission Requirements

Completion of a Bachelor Degree or equivalent work experience.  Course delivered in English.

Who Should Enrol

This course is for anyone who is seeking a professional development experience that will enhance their capacity for working in and with government at the intersections of science, technology and policy. This course is a Masters level - AQF Level 9.

More infromation can be found at Crawford School of Public Policy.  This course is run jointly with the Department of Environment and Energy

ANU Course Code: CRWF0816      ANU Unit Value: 1