These projects are of a nature much closer to pure science and research, in that they are less concerned with direct economic output. They are important for the nation so that we can invest more heavily in science and research which is required to power the rest of the plan. We need a national reserve of engineers so that we can leverage the skills in direct and indirect economic endeavors.

The best way to ensure a national reserve of STEM professionals is to ensure that there are many career opportunities. This will ensure we not only inspire students but gainfully employ them at the end of their education, a key element of people deciding their career paths.

Space Exploration

With our STEM workforce and our nuclear fuel cycle producing radioisotopes we now have something valuable to offer the world’s space programs. Access to these programs will ensure that STEM becomes and remains a career choice for thousands of Australians. The value of this to the country is that we will create demand within our borders for the our brightest stars to shine. During their career they will work for public and private ventures within the space industry but also without other STEM heavy industries. The relationship of small modular reactors, synthetic meat production and vertical farming to space exploration is no accident, these technologies that decouple human survival from the Earth’s environment are exactly the technologies that will enable extraterrestrial colonisation.

  • Project HQ: Brisbane
  • How: Radioisotope thermoelectric generators are critical to space exploration and deep space probes for ESA/NASA/JSA etc (input is Pu238 or Sr90 from PRISM)
  • Status of the technology: Concept developed / Experimentally proven / Scale proven
  • Inputs: Plutonium 238 from PRISM
  • Outputs: RTGs for use in NASA/ESA/JSA etc space programs

The Quantum World

Australian researchers are leading some of the most interesting quantum research in the world. The secret mechanics of the very small hold the promise to solve problems that are currently at technological dead ends. Again, like space exploration, the quantum world will ensure that STEM careers in Australia are at the top of the list when it comes to deciding our next generations careers.

  • Project HQ: Sydney
  • How: Research into quantum effects, materials, computers
  • Status of the technology: Concept developed / Experimentally proven / Scale proven
  • Inputs: Students, researchers, funding
  • Outputs: Technology to power the next 100 years of progress

Biological Advancement

Australia's track record in medical research and health discoveries is for the size of our economy, almost unmatched. We should be intensely proud of this but we can do much more particularly as the we increase our STEM workforce and the crossover of a nuclear fuel cycle (cancer fighting isotopes), synthetic meat (lab grown replacement organs) and vertical farming (opening the secrets of the genome).

The future of medicine and the improvement of human life requires a huge investment in STEM, this plan is therefore well matched to investment in biological and medical research. The opportunity in this field is probably the one that offers the most promise of a future that would be very different from the human experience of today. A world where all sickness and disease would be as uncommon as is the black plague today.

  • Project HQ: Melbourne
  • How: increased research into biology
  • Status of the technology: Concept developed / Experimentally proven / Scale proven
  • Inputs: Students, researchers, funding
  • Outputs: Technology to power the next 100 years of progress