CHASS Newsletter #37

Reflection and progression

Just over one year ago at the National Press Club, the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator The Hon Kim Carr, spoke to members and supporters of the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences about the changes to government policy in research and innovation. Senator Carr unequivocally stated that the humanities, arts and social sciences were critical to the new innovation strategies and the HASS sector provided vital insight into developing strategies for renewal and solutions to pressing real-world problems.

2009 was a big year. With such public recognition of HASS confirming CHASS’s advocacy work, there was much to do to support our member organisations. We made major changes to the Council’s governance and membership structures and in staff skills and resources.

Based on member consultations and in consideration of the new policy environment the Council endorsed six goals in its business plan to guide work to the end of 2012. A new agenda of issues around the challenges of integrating the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in the innovation system was set. The agenda recognised the need to build good structures and models to use in the transfer and translation of specialist knowledge and skills, beginning with building bridges between researchers and policy makers. In partnership with our key member organisations, CHASS was actively involved in discussions and consultations on changes to research policy affecting the HASS sector, including ERA. We were active in facilitating linkages between our smaller practitioner organisations and research in universities.

The 2009 HASS on the Hill event was hugely successful in transferring this rich and deep knowledge to policy makers and members of Parliament. Research networks were activated through roundtable meetings on areas undergoing policy reform and individual meetings with parliamentarians. Researchers, politicians and policy makers engaged in a lively and mutually beneficial dialogue exchanging views on how we can best respond to and find solutions for the challenges ahead.

141 delegates representing over 70 of Council’s member organisations attended the event. This deepened and enriched communication between members, presenting an opportunity to share and discuss trans-disciplinary research and to link their research to policy.

I thank all of you who have participated in this work and for your support in 2009.

Renewed and strengthened networks for 2010
2010 is an important time for connection and collaboration. There is still the very large task ahead in educating and exciting both public and private sector leaders about the opportunities for them in linking with HASS research and creativity. CHASS will continue as a coordinating and support function for member organisations to build an active and lively network of specialists and leaders across the sector. New strategies will give greater priorities to the Council’s communications and promotion program. Consultation with our member organisations and discussions with international peers will continue in developing a model for a national forum for the humanities, arts and social sciences.

On behalf of the CHASS board and secretariat I wish you well for the festive season. We look forward to working with you in 2010.

Professor Linda Rosenman
Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
21 December 2009

Festive greetings

The CHASS board of directors and secretariat wishes you a great festive season and a happy new year. We take this opportunity to thank you for your support over the past 12 months and we look forward to working with you again on an exciting program in 2010.

The CHASS office will be closed between
24 December 2009 and 11 January 2010.

ERA update

The Australian Research Council have released the outcomes of the 2009 Excellence in Research Australia trial for the Humanities and Creative Arts cluster and 2010 submission guidelines.
HASS appointments

The Academy of Social Sciences in Australia has welcomed Professor Barry McGaw, Chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority and a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, as President.

Kathy Keele has been reappointed Chief Executive Officer of the Australia Council for the Arts.

The Australian Academy of the Humanities has welcomed Professor Joseph Lo Bianco of the University of Melbourne as President.

Reading for the festive break …

HASS at a glance


Call for submissions for Measuring the Socio-economic Status of Higher Education Students and the National Indigenous Education Action Plan.

Innovation principles adopted

Earlier this month Minister Kim Carr announced whole-of-government agreement and adoption of a Framework of Principles for Innovation Initiatives. The Framework was initiated through the 2008 Review of the National Innovation System.
The 2008 CHASS Occasional Paper #7, written by Brad Haseman and Luke Jaaniste, explores the central proposition that the arts sector should be included in Australian Government innovation policy development and play a significant role in national innovation.–>

Australian talent supported

Commercialisation Australia will begin operating early in 2010 and will provide multi-tiered assistance to talented researchers, entrepreneurs, and innovative firms to take their ideas to market.

Coalition Shadow Ministry
The new coalition Shadow Ministry sees Mrs Sophie Mirabella as the new Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, while The Hon Christopher Pyne MP remains Shadow Minister for Education, Apprenticeship and Training and The Hon Stephen Ciobo MP remains Shadow Minister for Tourism, the Arts, Youth and Sport.

Geography, languages and the arts

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) encourages involvement during the second phase of the Australian curriculum development involving geography, languages and the arts. Timelines will be available on the ACARA website by mid-December 2009.

Art and science

The Centre for Art and Science at the University of Southern Denmark launches an online Art & Science-blog.

Living alone in Australia

The Academy of the Social Sciences has published its fourth Ocassional Paper in the Census Series, Living alone in Australia written by David de Vaus and Sue Richardson.


Applications are open for the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact and Scholarships, the History of Australian Science or Australian Environmental History Student Prize and the ASSA Joint-Action Funding Programs providing seed funding to teams of collaborating international researchers.