Directed-energy weapons and quantum technology were up for discussion as Defence celebrated the launch of National Science Week with a ‘Lunch and Learn’ event in Canberra on August 14.
CAPTION: Chief Defence Scientist Professor Tanya Monro at the Defence National Science Week Launch at Russell Offices in Canberra. Story by Corporal Michael Rogers. Photo by Lauren Larking
Chief Defence Scientist Professor Tanya Monro said it was important to stop, recognise and celebrate the stories of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) expertise professionals in Defence, and encourage the next generation of scientists.
“Thirty per cent of civilian roles and over 40 per cent of ADF roles need STEM, and too often our young people aren’t choosing the subjects they need to prepare them for those high-value jobs,” Professor Monro said.
“Defence offers STEM professionals a chance to work on challenging, engaging and important problems, and STEM personnel in DSTG [Defence Science and Technology Group] are already working in ways that align with the Defence Strategic Review.”
The event included short presentations relating to the six science and technology priorities that were identified in the Defence Strategic Review.
They covered long-range precision fires, information warfare, trusted autonomy, hypersonic technology, directed-energy weapons and quantum technology.
DSTG has produced numerous technological and scientific advances in its 116-year existence, including the ‘black box’ flight recorder invented by Defence scientist Dr David Warren in 1957.
National Science Week runs from August 12-20 and acknowledges contributions of STEM professionals.