reNEW Melbourne shines at Science Meets Parliament 2024

Two members of reNEW Melbourne participated in the 2024 Science and Technology Australia premier event, Science Meets Parliament.

Science Meets Parliament (SMP) is Australia’s most powerful vehicle for deep engagement between the STEM sector and policymakers. The 2024 event had the highest number of in-person attendees, including more than 90 parliamentarians and 360 delegates.

This is the second year that reNEW Melbourne researchers have participated in Science Meets Parliament.

Dr Leanne Rees, from the MCRI Stem Cell Ethics and Policy Lab, and Dr Freya Bruveris, project manager from the Blood and Immune Labs, were supported to attend Science Meets Parliament through reNEW’s training and capacity building program.

Science Meets Parliament delivered outstanding opportunities to elevate visibility of reNEW research.

“Attending SMP gave me the opportunity to share the unique research the PREPARE theme conducts in stem cell science,” said Dr Rees.

“I also gained a perspective of our role in the wider science landscape, which has helped me position my research now and for the future.”

Through the SMP program, Dr Freya Bruveris had the opportunity to meet directly with the Shadow Minister for Science, Paul Fletcher MP.

“Having the opportunity to speak with the Shadow Minister for Science about the potential of stem cell research in blood diseases, gave me insights into how politicians view stem cell research and opened a conversation about the challenges we face,” said Dr Bruveris.

“Indeed, attending SMP also allowed me to meet people in technology transfer, translation, and other policy areas of science, and develop connections that are vital for my role “.

Science Meets Parliament offers an unrivalled program of bespoke training to forge deeper connections between federal Parliamentarians and those working in science and technology. It plays crucial role to build relationships to bring STEM expertise even more deeply into the service of the nation.

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