The scale of bioscience research in the world is huge and ANU will not be able to match the best if the fields studied here are selected without regard to the real constraints. Consequently, strategic choices must be made with regards to:
- what aspects of bioscience will be the areas chosen as focal points for the ANU
- how the ANU should use present and future appointments of staff and students to build strategic levels of expertise in the selected areas
- how the University can establish a framework that will match infrastructure to agreed areas of activity.
The challenge is to focus on the excellence of current research strengths at a scale to be internationally competitive.
To ensure that the discipline of bioscience continues to remain relevant against contemporary and prospective needs, the Vice-Chancellor instigated a strategic review of the whole of bioscience at the ANU. The review was charged with examining the University’s performance in bioscience in recent years and with proposing strategic directions for its future development.
The review examined the scholarly themes within the discipline to ensure that the University is able to identify and support those aspects of bioscience considered to be ANU strengths. Furthermore, the review examined the role of bioscience within the University, its impact on and contribution to bioscience at the national and international levels, as well as its engagement with undergraduate and research training and the extent to which these are linked to research strengths.
The review examined the performance of the whole of bioscience at ANU, including the Research School of Biological Sciences, the School of Botany & Zoology, the School of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, the Fenner School of Environment & Society, the John Curtin School of Medical Research, and other relevant researchers and areas.