The Rapid Research Information Forum (RRIF) is a forum for rapid information sharing and collaboration within the Australian research and innovation sector. It is convened by the Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO FTSE FAA FAHMS, and its operations are led by the Australian Academy of Science.
RRIF provides a mechanism to rapidly bring together relevant multidisciplinary research expertise to address pressing questions about Australia’s response to COVID-19, as they emerge. It demonstrates the critical value of research and innovation in driving societal as well as economic progress now and into the future.
IMPACT ON WOMEN IN STEM
The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and Science & Technology Australia led the rapid research brief responding to a request from the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology on the question:
What impact is the COVID-19 pandemic having on women in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) workforce?
IMPACT ON RESEARCH SECTOR
The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering also led the rapid research brief responding to a request to the question:
What impact is the pandemic having and likely to have on Australia’s research workforce and its capability to support our recovery efforts?
RRIF FORUM MEMBER ORGANISATIONS
Australia’s Chief Scientist (Chair)
Australian Academy of Science (AAS)
Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS)
Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE)
Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA)
Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH)
Royal Society Te Apārangi (New Zealand)
Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA)
State and Territory Chief Scientists and representatives
Chief Science Advisor to the Government of New Zealand
Scientific expert members of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC)
Universities Australia (UA)
Science & Technology Australia (STA)