Australia’s Brain Drain is ‘Good for Science’



David Swan, The Australian

June 26, 2019

Australia needs to become more comfortable with its talent leaving, according to the boss of one of the country’s leading biomedical research companies BioCurate.

C Glenn Begley is the CEO of BioCurate, an independently operated joint venture of the University of Melbourne and Monash University, and supported by the Victorian state government.

Much gets made of the ‘brain drain’ of science and technology talent deserting Australia for places like Silicon Valley, but according to Dr Begley, Australia has never had a ‘brain drain’. He said our best and brightest leaving Australia is, in fact, a good thing for science.

“What I would like to see happen is that people who have gained 15 to 20 years experience overseas start coming back to Australia, and bringing all that learning with them,” he said. “They bring that learning but also key contacts with them as well.”

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