Partnership to tackle key future questions


Some of the country’s leading scientific minds are set to tackle the most pressing questions regarding how technology and emerging science is impacting society and its decision makers.

The collaboration between CSIRO, The University of Queensland, the Australian National University and Charles Darwin University will tackle questions regarding synthetic biology, robotics, precision health, hydrogen and artificial intelligence work to solve the greatest challenges facing Australia.

"We recognise that future science and technology provide significant opportunities to benefit our lives, but these are not without their own set of ethical, social and regulatory challenges," CSIRO Responsible Innovation Initiative Research Director Dr Justine Lacey said.

"If left unresolved, these challenges can hinder the progress and innovation required for this science to deliver benefits to society and to future generations."

"Responsible Innovation asks us about the kind of future we want to create and determines how we are going to achieve it, while ensuring we design and deliver socially-responsible science and technology for all Australians," Dr Lacey said.

Over the next five years, these collaborations will appoint five jointly-funded Postdoctoral Fellows to examine emerging science and applications associated with synthetic biology, precision health, hydrogen, artificial intelligence, Indigenous futures and other areas of innovation as they arise.

The University of Queensland's Provost Professor Aidan Byrne said the collaboration will enable the development of new approaches that take all aspects of the innovation cycle into account.

"This collaboration allows us to examine and develop new policy and regulatory responses to new and emerging technological innovations," Professor Byrne said.

"Getting the right policy settings is important as this encourages, supports and shapes innovation to achieve economic, social and cultural objectives simultaneously."

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