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Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Minister joins call for more women in science, tech, engineering and maths

In the lead-up to International Women’s Day (March 8, 2016) the Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Science, visited young engineering students on Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus on Friday, March 4, 2016.

Assistant Minister Andrews, herself a qualified engineer, is a strong advocate for making science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) a priority in schools and in particular for girls to study these subjects through to university.

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Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Science visits first-year engineering students at Griffith’s Gold Coast campus (Photo credit: Griffith University)

“Tackling the gender imbalance in STEM is a key focus for the government in its National Innovation and Science Agenda. There’s $48 million to inspire STEM literacy under the agenda and we’re investing an additional $13 million to inspire girls and women to take up STEM education and careers,” said Mrs Andrews.

“This will be done by highlighting female leaders and building programs and networks to support workplace gender equality and advance women in STEM.”

Pro Vice Chancellor of Griffith Sciences Professor Debra Henly said she was delighted to have the Minister’s support in calling for more women to take up careers in STEM.

“The future of work is in STEM. The National Innovation and Science Agenda will drive a new boom to generate jobs and prosperity for all and we need more women to do that.

Griffith University is committed to producing high calibre STEM graduates and we begin that process with our Science on the Go team which works very closely with high schools across the southeast Queensland encouraging more students, particularly girls, to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics courses.”

“At Griffith University, we also work closely with our industry partners so that our students are working on real-life projects from the word go and they have the necessary skills and experience to take advantage of the range of jobs that are evolving.”

Professor Henly is one of only a handful of women who head a science, engineering and information technology faculty in Australia.

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Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Gold Coast Science and Tech Festival launched at Griffith

National Science Week and Griffith University is a major contributor to a packed agenda celebrating the wonders of science and technology.

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Queensland Minister for Science and Innovation, The Honourable Ms Leeanne Enoch MP, at the launch of the Gold Coast Science and Tech Festival (Photo credit: Griffith University)

Griffith University hosted Queensland’s Minister for Science and Innovation, The Honourable Ms Leeanne Enoch MP, who launched the inaugural Gold Coast Science and Tech Festival. Guests joined Ms Enoch in Griffith’s Red Zone interactive learning facility on the Gold Coast campus.

Presented by Study Gold Coast, the Gold Coast Science and Tech Festival will run throughout National Science Week (August 15–23) and feature events across the city.

Ms Enoch said such initiatives were important because education, expertise and leadership in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects–as well as aspects of the Arts to form a new acronym, STEAM–were needed to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

“Massive change is already occurring across all we understand and as that continues we must be ready,” said the Minister. “STEM and STEAM skills form the crucial platform underlying the ongoing development of a knowledge and innovation-based economy and society, and South-East Queensland can be a leader in that pursuit.”

Griffith University Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Ned Pankhurst said Study Gold Coast was a fantastic initiative and during National Science Week would highlight those bringing key innovation into focus in the city.

Through Griffith Sciences, and in particular its Science on the GO! education outreach program, Griffith University will conduct events on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane.

The Science Trivia Challenge will be held at the Queensland Academy for Health Sciences in Southport on Tuesday, August 18, and the Calamvale Community College in Brisbane on Thursday, August 20.

With three groups—Years 5-6, Years 7-9, and Years 10-12 and Teachers—school teams face six rounds of eight questions. There are plenty of prizes on offer, as well as science demonstrations, audience questions and hands-on interactive science activities.

Also on Thursday, the future of 3D printing and its impact on industry will be the focus of The 3D Printing Revolution, a discussion led by Griffith’s Program Leader of Industrial Design, Associate Professor Jennifer Loy, and Head of Engineering, Professor Geoff Tansley.

Featuring displays, demonstrations and activities, the event will cover archaeology and antiquity, human body and movement, energy and transport, environment and nature, space and astronomy, innovation and technology.

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Monday, July 20th, 2015

iAwards confirm Griffith as technology leader

Griffith University’s reputation for technology innovation again has been recognised with two projects advancing to the national final of the Australian Information Industry Association’s prestigious iAwards (AIIA).

The Queensland section of the awards was judged in Brisbane recently and Griffith’s Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory (BCCVL) was acknowledged for Research and Development in the Development Domain category.

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The BCCVL is described as a “one-stop modelling shop” seeking to simplify and accelerate research into the impacts of climate change on biodiversity.

Griffith and James Cook University are leading partners in this enterprise that connects the research community to Australia’s national computation infrastructure by integrating easy to use online tools so researchers can perform data analysis and modelling in biodiversity and climate change-related disciplines.

Griffith’s second winner was a joint nomination from the Griffith School of Information and Communication Technology’s Industry Project group—represented at the AIIA ceremony by student Lukasz Karbanowicz—and fellow group members Nishant Shrestha, Callum Corbett and Dennis Malekpour, which took out the Undergraduate Tertiary category.

Their project, Physiotric, is a comprehensive two-sided platform for physiotherapists and clients that allows information to be streamlined for faster and more effective patient recovery.

The system was developed as part of the students’ third-year project and also represents three years in succession that the Griffith School of Information and Communication Technology has either won or received a merit in this category.

The AIIA is the nation’s peak industry body and advocacy group for the ICT industry and its annual awards honour cutting-edge technology innovation with the potential to have a positive impact on the community, country and beyond.

Physiotric and BCCVL are now in the running for the national iAwards to be announced in Melbourne in August. Winners may then contest the 2015 Asia Pacific ICT Awards in Sri Lanka in November.

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Monday, June 1st, 2015

New Griffith computer science degree a first in Queensland

Future demands for big data analysts and specialists in machine learning are at the heart of a new Bachelor of Computer Science degree being launched in 2016.

Head of Griffith School of Information and Communication Technology Professor Michael Blumenstein said graduates equipped with majors including data sciences and artificial intelligence will be well placed to ride the wave of these future job prospects.

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“Shifts towards digital media collection and using information sourced from individual devices have well and truly entered the business sector,” Professor Blumenstein said.

“Known as data mining, companies are collecting personal data and putting it to use in the marketing landscape, opening up a new era in the job market to those skilled in artificial intelligence and data science,” he said.

“Griffith will be the first university in Queensland to offer such qualifications and the new degree will open up career opportunities for data analysts, data scientists and cyber security specialists.”

Professor Blumenstein said on seek.com there were currently almost 4,000 businesses advertising for data analysts alone.

“This is a very exciting space. We are not just future proofing. This degree will actually solve the career needs right now in these areas,” he said.

“The new jobs of the future will be in big data, data analytics, machine learning, and cyber security—and businesses will need to hire the people who can do that.

In the field of artificial intelligence, Griffith University is rated the number one university in Queensland, and fourth best in the country, in the Excellence in Research for Australia rankings.

The Griffith School of Information and Communication Technology is also ranked number one nationally for student satisfaction following a recent Course Experience Questionnaire completed by graduates from all Australian universities.

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  • Information technology and computing
  • Business information systems and IT management
  • Multimedia design and interactive media

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Find out more about studying computer science and information technology at Griffith University. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Information Technology Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com for more information!