LEADERSHIP: Scientifically astute, entrepreneurial and socially active leaders

Objectives

Leadership Development

Developing and fostering leadership at all levels of the MacDiarmid Institute

Implementation

  • Promote our members for local, national and international opportunities
  • Provide formal leadership opportunities for our investigators through regular turnover of Science Leaders and Science Executive members
  • Provide opportunities for training and mentorship for all our members through our internal science groupings

Ensure broad participation by and continuity of knowledge and capability of our students and postdoctoral fellows in MESA, including representation of MESA on the Science Executive

Outcomes (6 years)

  • Fifteen MacDiarmid Institute members serve on national panels and committees
  • Fifteen Investigators serve on Science Executive over a six year period

A strong broadly representative MESA committee is established yearly, with mentoring through MESA committee alumni.

Objectives

Integrated Community

Creating a strong integrated community of Investigators, students and alumni

Implementation

  • Provide a diversity of opportunities for Investigators to interact with each other creating cohesion and a sense of belonging, ownership, responsibility, participation and innovation
  • Develop and maintain an active MacDiarmid Institute alumni network

Establish a formal network of affiliated companies and through this provide opportunities for all our members to interact with them directly

Outcomes (6 years)

  • Clearly identified MacDiarmid Institute community who actively promote their membership
  • MacDiarmid Institute Investigator engagement is strengthened
  • MacDiarmid Institute alumni network is self-perpetuating with 300 alumni actively involved and direct engagement with current students and postdoctoral fellows
  • Number of MacDiarmid Institute alumni employed in HVMS or supporting sectors (national and internationally) increases

Number of companies that have direct linkages to institute research outcomes increases

Objectives

Optimal Learning Environment

Providing an outstanding learning environment for our students and postdoctoral fellows that extends beyond the lab bench

Implementation

  • Provide our members with direct access to the best equipment, research infrastructure, scientists, innovators, and leaders
  • Provide appropriate training opportunities that support delivery on our established set of graduate attributes that align with our strategic goals and values
  • Work with MESA to develop training opportunities for our students and postdoctoral fellows

Work with partners to target the commercial skills, knowledge and aspirations of our emerging scientists by providing training/mentoring in IP and commercial assessment, technology transfer and research commercialisation

Outcomes (6 years)

  • All students and postdoctoral fellows are welcomed and integrated into the MacDiarmid Institute community and initiate and drive collaborations
  • MESA delivers on average 10 training opportunities p.a. that are valued and well attended as evidenced by exit interview data and number of emerging scientists in attendance
  • Graduates enthusiastically endorse the quality of their training, fully participating in all activities

Graduates confirm that they have achieved the graduate attributes and that they have gained a broad range of employable skills

Objectives

Leadership in science in society

Demonstrating active leadership in the relationship between science and society

Implementation

  • Conduct a national survey of societal perceptions of science, in partnership with relevant organisations
  • Hold public forums connecting science with society to address major societal issues of the day, in partnership with relevant organisations
  • Support our members to present at, and participate in, national and international conferences about science at the interface of society
  • Identify and support our best communicators to be Science in Society Leaders

Speak out on topics of misrepresentation of scientific information in the media or society that relate to the evidentiary expertise held within the institute

Outcomes (6 years)

  • Public forums act as catalyst for new actions devised to address major societal issues of the day
  • MacDiarmid Institute regarded as a voice of authority, regularly contributing to media commentary and receiving weekly enquiries from media and public

Findings of national survey of societal perceptions of science are used to inform public policy