Acclaimed stem cell researcher joins Science & Technology Australia’s stem sector policy committee

Science & Technology Australia has today welcomed eminent stem cell researcher Megan Munsie to its influential STEM Sector Policy Committee.


Professor Megan Munsie (representing Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research) will join returning members Dr Kathy Nicholson (the Australian Institute of Machine Learning) and Dr Pallave Dasari (Women in STEMM).

Professor Munsie is also the Deputy Director of the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Stem Cell Systems and has great experience in policy and Parliamentary engagement.

Chaired by Professor Sharath Sriram of RMIT, STA’s highly-regarded STEM Sector Policy Committee is an influential voice in policy on STEM issues in Australia.

STA has also appointed our two early career researchers representatives, Lee Constable and Sumeet Walia, to further strengthen their input in STA’s work.

This new committee structure ensures a strong focus on supporting early- and mid-career STEM researchers at a time when Australia risks losing exceptional talent.

Science & Technology Australia CEO Misha Schubert said “the exceptionally high quality of our committee members gives STA the capacity to continue to grow its influence in STEM policy, coming off a very high base already”.

“This high-powered committee not only informs our policy work but represents the breadth and diversity across STA’s membership as the peak voice for the sector.”

“We encourage STA members to engage with members of the committee as they do with their cluster representatives on important policy topics.”

“The strength of STA’s policy work stems from its deep and active engagement with our members as the voice of our sector to Government, business, and society.”

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