Program 3 – Science Outreach: Education and Scientific Publishing

Communicating scientific research helps raise the profile of science and CSIRO within the community.

CSIRO conducts a range of science education programs for school students, their teachers and the public. We host the CSIRO Discovery Centre in Canberra and operate major visitor centres at the Parkes Observatory in New South Wales and the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex.

CSIRO also operates CSIRO PUBLISHING as an independent science and technology publisher with a global reputation for quality products and services covering a wide range of scientific disciplines, including agriculture, chemistry, the plant and animal sciences, and environmental management. CSIRO PUBLISHING operates within CSIRO on a commercial basis on behalf of authors and customers in Australia and overseas.

CSIRO also runs a postgraduate scholarship program which provides opportunities in science and engineering for outstanding graduates who enrol at Australian tertiary institutions as full-time postgraduate students for research leading to the award of a PhD. PhD students at CSIRO are co-supervised by a university, allowing students to maintain and develop their university connections while being exposed to research in a working environment. The number of students fluctuates, with uneven intakes each year, and a reduction in student numbers is often seen when a cohort moves through the program.

Some CSIRO Divisions have collaborative arrangements with universities to foster PhD studies in particular areas – for example, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research and the University of Tasmania run a joint PhD Program.

For the full program detail, please refer to Part two: Our performance of the 2011-12 CSIRO annual report, which is available in PDF or RTF format in the Downloads section.

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