BHP Billiton is a leading global resources company. The company’s purpose is to create long-term shareholder value through the discovery, acquisition, development and marketing of natural resources.
BHP Billiton is among the world’s largest producers of major commodities, including aluminium, copper, energy coal, iron ore, manganese, metallurgical coal, nickel, silver and uranium, and have substantial interests in oil and gas.
BHP Billiton’s global headquarters are in Melbourne.
The work of CSIRO scientists touches just about every aspect of Australian life, finding ways to improve our quality of life, as well as the economic and social performance of a number of industry sectors through research and development. CSIRO is now focusing on some important areas of research through its National Research Flagship programs, which involve extensive collaboration with partners in science and industry. They cover a number of topics of national importance including Light Metals, where CSIRO is working with BHP Billiton and many other companies to dramatically improve technologies, helping Australia compete in the growing market for lightweight metals.
The Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) is a federation of the Science Teachers Associations from all eight Australian States and Territories. These eight member associations comprise approximately 4,000 members across all school sectors.
ASTA is the peak professional association representing the science educators of Australia. It works to achieve its mission of promoting our profession and enriching science education through representing and advocating for the science teaching profession; through the establishment of networks and partnerships; through the publication of a refereed quarterly journal Teaching Science; by conducting an annual national conference for science educators (CONASTA); and through the management of a wide range of other programs and projects with outcomes that benefit science teachers and their students.