Science, Technology & Public Policy Professional Workshop Series

Learn flexibly and establish strong professional networks in ANU graduate classes.

About the workshop series

Advances in science and technology create ongoing challenges and opportunities for public policy in all domains including health, environment, agriculture, energy, defence, trade, space and the economy. This advanced workshop series will give you graduate-level learning in our masters degree classes, with comprehensive, realworld knowledge and skills to:

  • advance your understanding of how science and technology impinge on domains of responsibility of different policy-makers and their advisors
  • develop and enhance capability for improving policy-making in short, medium and longer terms in light of advances in science and technology.

Designed for the public and private sector

The Professional Workshop Series is designed to tackle today’s policy challenges with the theoretical understanding and practical skills to contribute to the goals of economic viability, social acceptability and environmental sustainability in different social and political contexts. 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 and network with experts Co-convened by two internationally renowned ANU schools, Crawford School of Public Policy and the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, this workshop series sees you join our masters-level graduate classes.

What you will learn

Learn and network with experts

Co-convened by two internationally renowned ANU schools, Crawford School of Public Policy and the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, this workshop series sees you join our masters-level graduate classes.

The co-convenors have specially selected each case-study learning day, working with diverse and senior experts from the Australian Public Service, and from science, social science, engineering and public policy across ANU. Your cohort will be professional colleagues from government, private and NGOs and course materials will be curated to address specific policy questions from relevant literature across a range of disciplines including:

  • science and engineering
  • science and technology studies
  • policy and governance studies
  • science communication
  • responsible innovation
  • science-policy studies

Professional workshop case studies and themes

Learning in an interactive case-study classroom, you’ll engage with the distinctive issues emerging from the intersection between scientific knowledge, technological opportunities and public policy decisions. With this learning, you’ll be better equipped to navigate the interface between science, technology and public policy for your everyday policy work. Case studies will connect and build upon the cross-cutting themes presented in the compulsory introductory workshop including:

  • why science and technology matter for various policy domains
  • patterns, processes and institutions in the 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

Each policy domain will be explored with at least one case study. Case studies for semester 1 2019 include:

  • Transformation potential of applied Augmented Intelligence (AI) to government-to-citizen service delivery
  • Data analytics and social trust, bias and ethical implications of transforming to an intelligently automated delivery organisation
  • Environmental Biosecurity in Australia
  • Australian Space Agency: A case study of priority-setting in R&D and technology policy

Future workshops will be developed in consultation with the Australian Public Service.

Credit towards ANU graduate studies

The Professional Workshop Series is designed so that participants may access credit towards an ANU graduate degree in the future. The Professional Workshop Series requires successful completion of the following compulsory components:

  1. Participation in ‘An Introduction to Science, Technology and Public Policy: Cross-cutting Issues’ and completion of the specified post-workshop assessment items. This course is also available as an online learning module.
  2. Participation in up to 11 additional workshop days (selected from workshops offered in 2019 and/or subsequent years) and completion of the specified pre-workshop and post-workshop assessment items.

Participants may take up to 12 workshops as part of this series, including ‘An Introduction to Science, Technology and Public Policy’.

Successful completion of the compulsory components of the Professional Workshop Series means you’ll be eligible to apply for credit arrangements for selected ANU graduate degree programs (subject to standard eligibility).

The more you complete, the more credit we’ll be able to consider for you.

Course details

Duration

Professional Workshops are full days from 9:30am to 4:30pm, except for ‘Case Study Synthesis 1’, which is a half-day workshop. All workshops are held at ANU on Fridays. The current workshop schedule is available here

Cost

Individual workshops are $1,195 for full-day workshops and $600 for halfday workshops with discounts available if you’re registering for three or more workshops.

Register your interest for 2019

Places are limited due to the high level of demand. Click to register

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List of case study sessions during the workshop

An Introduction to Science, Technology and Public Policy

This Introductory session will connect science, technology, and public policy answering questions like:

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

Upon successful completion of this exploration of the theoretical implications of science, technology, andpolicy, participants will have a clearer sense of the relevance of the policy issues across a whole-of-government framework.

  • Date: Fri 22 Mar 2019
  • Time: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Spots Remaining: 10 spots remaining
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Case Study 1: Transformation Potential of Applied Augmented Intelligence 

This one-day professional workshop will explore the latest developments in the science and technology of Augmented Intelligence (AI). Through interactive engagement with the case study, participants will also enhance their understanding of the challenges of deploying AI in the development and implementation of policy.

Upon successful completion of this interactive case study, participants will have a clearer sense of the relevance of the issues associated with AI across a whole-of-government framework.

  • Date: Fri 29 Mar 2019 - Fri 29 Mar 2019
  • Time: 9:30 - 4:30
  • Spots Remaining: 19 spots remaining
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Case Study 2: Data Analytics Case Study on Social Trust, Bias and Ethical Implications of Transforming to an Intelligently Automated Delivery Organisation

This one-day professional workshop is a companion to Case Study 1. Participants will explore how predictive modelling technologies might be used to anticipate and address challenges in delivering services to citizens.

As with Case Study 1, upon successful completion of this interactive case study, participants will have a clearer sense of the relevance of these issues across a whole-of-government framework.

  • Date: Fri 05 Apr 2019 - Fri 05 Apr 2019
  • Time : 9:30 - 4:30
  • Spots Remaining: 20 spots remaining
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Case Study 3: Environmental Biosecurity In Australia

This one-day professional workshop explores science and technology issues associated with the role of Chief Environmental Biosecurity Officer. This role was announced by the Government on 29 June 2018. Through interactive engagement with the case study, participants will explore the ways in which this role will bridge the policy-science nexus to deliver on its key objectives including:

  • enhancing understanding and oversight of environmental biosecurity risks;
  • performing a national policy, engagement and leadership role;
  • ensuring that Australia’s environmental and community biosecurity risks are better defined and prioritised; and
  • improving the maturity of Australia’s environmental biosecurity preparedness, surveillance and response capacity.

Upon successful completion of this interactive case study, participants will have improved understanding of the opportunities and challenges of this environmental biosecurity policy-science nexus.

  • Date: Fri 12 Apr 2019 - Fri 12 Apr 2019
  • Time : 9:30AM - 4:30PM
  • Spots Remaining: 19 spots remaining
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Case Study 4: Australian Space Agency - A Case study of Priority-Setting in R&D and Technology Policy

This one-day professional workshop explores the challenges of setting priorities in an Australian context of limited resources with a comparative approach to large-infrastructure projects in Europe and North America. Through interactive engagement with the case study, participants will gain an improved understanding of the strategic response to priority setting with a focus on smaller satellites. Workshop participants will also engage with understanding the distinctive global leadership of Mount Stromlo in managing ‘space debris’.

Upon successful completion of the interactive case study, participants will have a clearer understanding of the ways in which the government can support R&D and technology capabilities appropriate to the context.

  • Date: Fri 24 May 2019 - Fri 24 May 2019
  • Time : 9:30AM - 4:30PM
  • Spots Remaining: 19 spots remaining
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Case Study Synthesis 1 

In this final session, participants will review all preceding case studies and work toward a synthesis of concepts. The goal is to develop a multifaceted approach to robust public policy.

This session will connect science, technology, and public policy answering questions like:

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

Upon successful completion of this exploration of the theoretical implications of science, technology, and policy, participants will have a clearer sense of the relevance of the policy issues across a whole-of-government framework.

  • Date: Fri 31 May 2019 - Fri 31 May 2019
  • Time : 9:30 - 12:30PM
  • Spots Remaining: 20 spots remaining
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