Call for Submissions

The Steering Committee for the Decadal Plan is calling for written submissions on the themes identified by its subcommittees for guiding the development of the Decadal Plan. Submissions must be received by the Steering Committee through the Decadal Plan website by 30 April 2013.


Those contemplating a written submission on the proposed themes for the Decadal Plan for the Mathematical Sciences in Australia may provide a submission on a subset of the “themes” or the whole set of themes. You are encouraged to consider the themes from a variety of perspectives, e.g., educational versus workforce issues, local versus national concerns, current versus future needs, capabilities and constraints, or a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats (SWOT) analysis.

You may also wish to draw our attention to matters in the review process that you think might be improved. For example, you might wish to report gaps you see in the identified themes, which are nevertheless important for guiding the development of the Decadal Plan; or you might wish to provide other suggestions. (Bear in mind, however, that funding for the review comes from the mathematical sciences community itself, and that this limits our opportunities.) You are also welcome to link to or suggest related documents that provide meaningful statistics or telling examples.

It is the strong preference of the Decadal Plan Steering Committee that submissions and the names of those making them should be publicly available. If, for a compelling reason, you wish to make a non-attributed statement to those developing the plan, please send the statement and the reasons you want it to be non-attributed  to the Decadal Plan Project Officer.

How to View or Comment on Submissions

Submissions can be made at the Committee level or specifically to one of a Committee’s Themes and can be accessed from the Subcommittees tab on the Committees page. Select a Subcommittee or Theme link to view its Submissions. If comments have been enabled on the Submission that you are viewing, there will be a link labelled either Leave a comment or Leave a Reply to allow you to respond.

How to Make a Submission

Read the following instructions carefully and then click this link. The first time you do this in the current session, you will be prompted to login after which you will be presented with the WordPress Dashboard page. Click on  + New   in the black strip at the top of the page to bring up the Make a Submission page. On all subsequent occasions within this session, following the above link will take you straight to the Make a Submission page. If you do not have a dplan login, you may request one here.

What to do when you get the Make a Submission page :

  1. Enter a title for your Submission in the box.
  2. Type your Submission in the large box under the Title. The HTML tab must be selected if you are entering HTML. The Visual tab is for entering unformatted plain text. If you are in HTML mode, you may include links to external documents.
  3. Select the Theme(s) you are Submitting to from the All Themes tab of the Themes section in the right sidebar. You may check more than one box if your Submission touches on several Themes. If your Submission applies to an entire Committee, select that Committee’s box, or if your Submission is of a general nature, select General.
  4. Click the Submit for Review button.

Prior to Submitting you may Preview your Submission any number of times by clicking the Preview button. After your Submission has been reviewed and accepted by a Moderator, it will be added to the Site under the Theme or Committee that you have selected.

Hint: You might like to present a long Submission as a series of smaller chunks split at some logical boundary. You can do this by simply typing:


into your Submission text where you would like the page breaks to appear. Note that there are 2 hyphen characters on each side of the string nextpage and that the text box must be in HTML mode.

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