[ASC-media] FW: REMINDER: ONLINE BRIEFING TODAY. Scientists rally over medical research cuts [TODAY, Tue 12 April at 10.30 AEST]

Susannah Eliott SEliott at aussmc.org
Tue Apr 12 02:02:33 CEST 2011

In case any ASCers have time to tune in this morning...



Australian Science Media Centre

MEDIA ALERT:  Scientists rally over medical research cuts

ONLINE MEDIA BRIEFING TODAY (Tue 12 April) at 10.30am AEST online

It takes a lot to get scientists out in the streets to protest. So
what's all the fuss? In a move reminiscent of large UK protests over
budget cuts to science research that were being proposed last year,
Australian researchers are planning rallies in four cities today
(Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide and in Perth on Thursday) over
proposed cuts of up to $400 million to the National Health and Medical
Research Council (NHMRC) budget. The cuts are being proposed as part of
a slash and burn federal budget to help pay for recent natural disasters
such as the Queensland floods and to return the budget to surplus. The
rallies are part of a  campaign that also involves significant use of
social media such as Facebook, a Twitter rally and iPetitions.

The briefing will discuss the following issues:

*         Who initiated the protests and why?

*         How does Australia compare to other countries in terms of
spending on medical research?

*         How will the proposed cuts impact on research spending?

*         Is this just scientists looking after their jobs? Why should
we care?


*                     Professor Doug Hilton, Director, Walter and Eliza
Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne

*                     Professor Suzanne Cory, President, Australian
Academy of Science 

*                     Dr Cathy Foley, President, Federation of
Australian Science and Technological Societies (FASTS) (Sydney based)

Please note that Professor Julie Campbell, President of the Association
of Australian Medical Research Institutes <http://www.aamri.org/>
(AAMRI) is also available for interview. 


DATE:  Today, Tue 12 April 2011


DURATION: Approx 30 min

VENUE:  Online


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Date issued: 11 April 2011    

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