Comprehensively assessing the benefits, risks and uncertainties that new science and technology present for society is a key priority for research institutes and universities. Recognising their own responsibilities in this regard, CSIRO has established a significant initiative to oversee its investment in ‘Science, Technology and Society’ studies.

As part of that initiative, and with a 50:50 funding contribution, CSIRO and the Centre for Policy Futures signed a three-year $1.5 million agreement in December 2017 to establish the CSIRO-UQ Alliance.

Working across CSIRO’s Future Science Platforms, the Alliance will focus on three, inter-related areas of inquiry:

1. Accounting for the multidimensionality of risk
2. Unpacking trust in emerging technologies
3. Ensuring institutional effectiveness to seize opportunities and manage risk.