News and announcements
Fellow recognised for lifetime achievement in astronomy
Photo courtesy CSIRO Astronomy
and Space Science
Academy Fellow Professor Ron Ekers has been honoured for half a century of innovation. Professor Ekers has won the 2014 Grote Reber Medal for innovative and significant contributions to radio astronomy.
His achievements include the definitive determination of the radio galaxy luminosity function, and some of the first high-resolution images of radio emission from the centre of the Galaxy. Academy President Professor Suzanne Cory offered Professor Ekers warmest congratulations on his achievement.
(5 February 2014)
Academy Fellows and staff win top Australia day honours
Australian Academy of Science President Professor Suzanne Cory AC, FRS today congratulated Academy Fellows and staff recognised in this year’s Australia Day awards. Among the nearly 700 Australians honoured on Sunday, four Academy Fellows and two staff members were acknowledged for their work in fields as diverse as epilepsy research, physics, cardiology and microbiology.
Epilepsy researcher Professor Samuel Berkovic AC, FAA, FRS and leading physicist Professor Bruce McKellar AC, FAA both received the top honour of a Companion of the Order of Australia. Heart health expert Professor David Celermajer AO, FAA and Chief Executive of the Australian Academy of Science Dr Sue Meek AO were appointed as Officers of the Order of Australia.
Professor Ruth Hall FAA OAM was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to science in the field of microbiology and Shelley Peers AM was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for her work in primary science education, including leadership of the Academy’s Primary Connections program.
(28 January 2014)
Australian geophysicist to receive 2015 honour
Geophysicist Professor Kurt Lambeck AO FAA FRS from the Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University, has won the Australian Academy of Science’s 2015 Matthew Flinders Medal and Lecture for scientific research of the highest standing in the physical sciences.
Professor Lambeck’s research has provided answers to questions about how the Earth evolved over the billions of years since its formation. His interdisciplinary contributions to our understanding of the Earth’s mantle — the subject of ongoing controversy for over half a century — have fundamentally affected our understanding of the Earth’s structure and evolution.
(21 January 2014)
Academy celebrates 60th anniversary in 2014
Registrations are now open for this year’s Science at the Shine Dome. As well as acknowledging the outstanding work of our awardees and new Fellows, this annual meeting includes a one-day public symposium on a special theme.
In 2014 the Academy will mark the 60th anniversary of its founding. The annual symposium this year celebrates the successes of Australian science and explores the shape of Australia’s science future. Celebrating Australian science PAST PRESENT FUTURE will have a galaxy of outstanding speakers, including several Nobel laureates.
You can register here.
(20 December 2013)
Fellow honoured for cardiovascular research
Professor Richard Harvey FAA, Head of the Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Division at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, has been awarded the 2013 NSW Ministerial Award for Cardiovascular Research Excellence.
The annual award recognises the achievements of an individual in NSW who has made 'a significant positive impact on the cardiovascular health of the state, and deserves to be recognised for their contributions to the health of society'.
Professor Harvey won the award for leading internationally significant research into the genetic basis of heart development and congenital heart disease.
18 December 2013
Academy launches immunisation app
Australian Academy of Science President Professor Suzanne Cory, internationally renowned immunologist Sir Gus Nossal and Australian Medical Association President Dr Steve Hambleton launched a new app, Science Q&A, at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne today.
Guests at the launch toured a working immunology lab and saw a short animation on how immunity works. The app presents evidence based medical and scientific information from Australia’s top immunologists to empower Australians to make informed decisions about immunisation. It answers common questions and dispels myths about immunisation. The app is available across android and Apple tablet platforms.
Download the Science Q&A application
(12 December 2013)
Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology
A delegation from the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology visited the Academy on 4 December to share Australia’s experience in science, technology and innovation (STI) reform. The visit preceded the start of a new US$100 million FIRST Project (Fostering Innovation through Research, Science and Technology) with World Bank financing. This project will design and pilot STI policies, make R&D institutions more effective, and encourage innovative technology enterprises.
R&D institutions and innovative technology enterprises that invest in R&D will benefit from the project. It also supports spin-offs and start-up enterprises incubated from R&D institutions or universities, and the establishment of a public-private partnership research laboratory in Hoa Lac High-Tech Park.
Delegation leader Mr Luong Van Thang (left), deputy director of the ministry’s International Relations Department, with the Academy’s manager of international programs Ms Nancy Pritchard (third from left).
(5 December 2013)
Science at the heart of budget sustainability
Australia’s investment in science is moving backwards and will drive the nation’s best and brightest towards greater opportunities offshore, the Academy has warned in its submission to the National Commission of Audit.
In the submission, the Academy said investing in science was essential to increasing resilience, productivity and competitiveness, and fundamental to ensuring future prosperity. It urged the Government to create a strong economy and address looming issues for society through investing in science and innovation to build the tools to tackle tomorrow’s problems.
Read the full statement here.
(3 December 2013)
Academy farewells two-time Nobel Laureate
The Academy has paid tribute to one of its most distinguished Corresponding Members, British biochemist Professor Fred Sanger, who twice won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
Professor Sanger, who passed away in November, won his first Nobel Prize in 1958 for work which provided the first conclusive evidence that proteins had a defined sequence. Sanger was one of the founding leaders of Cambridge’s legendary MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, where he developed methodology that laid the foundation for the Human Genome Project, and which in 1980 earned him a second Nobel Prize.
"Professor Sanger had a great affection for Australia and many Australians trained with him, including Nobel Laureate Professor Elizabeth Blackburn, myself and my husband Jerry Adams," said Academy President, Professor Suzanne Cory.
"The impact of Sanger's discoveries for all the life sciences has been incalculable."
Sanger himself said: 'Of the three main activities involved in scientific research, thinking, talking and doing, I much prefer the last and am probably best at it. I am all right at the thinking, but not much good at the talking."
For a full obituary, see p15 of the Academy's December Newsletter.
(3 December 2013)
Academy’s new medal honours women in science
The Australian Academy of Science is proud to announce that nominations are now open for the new Nancy Millis Medal, which recognises outstanding research and exceptional leadership by early- to mid-career Australian women who have established independent research in the natural sciences.
A Fellow of the Academy, the late Professor Millis introduced fermentation technologies to Australia, created the first applied microbiology course taught at an Australian university, and co-wrote the standard text Biochemical Engineering.
Professor Millis also worked tirelessly to establish links between universities and industry. Nomination details and guidelines for the Award can be found here
(22 December 2013)
IAP and IAMP joint statement on antimicrobial resistance
IAP - The Global Network of Science Academies, and the InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP) has issued a joint statement on ‘Antimicrobial Resistance: A Call for Action’.
In the joint statement IAP and IAMP highlight the critical role that antimicrobial (including antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antiparasitic) drugs play in today’s medical practices, but also that there have been dramatic increases in the number of pathogens developing resistance to these drugs.
If the current major public health problem of antimicrobial resistance is to be reduced, and if a much worse crisis is to be averted, IAP and IAMP propose a series of 10 recommendations.
Among the recommendations are a call for immediate action to include the issue of antimicrobial resistance in the global sustainable development agenda; the promotion of integrated world-wide surveillance systems that should include both human and animal diseases (so-called “one-health”); education programmes for the prudent use of antimicrobials for medical and veterinary professionals, as well as for patients and the wider public; and the need for additional research – including building research capacity in developing countries, with the aims of better understanding the determinants of resistance and of devising new therapeutics, diagnostics and vaccines.
Read the full statement here.
(19 November 2013)
Annual China-Australia symposium on astronomy and astrophysics
President of the Australian Academy of Science, Professor Suzanne Cory, is currently visiting China for the 10th Annual China-Australia symposium on astronomy and astrophysics: science and technologies.
The Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have collaborated to hold this important annual meeting.
(12 November 2013)
Science by Doing a finalist in The Australian Innovation Challenge
The Australian Academy of Science’s innovative new secondary school science education program, Science By Doing, has advanced to the finals of the education category of The Australian Innovation Challenge.
Read more here.
(6 November 2013)
Interview with Lord Robert May
Lord Robert May's childhood interests in puzzles, problem solving games and debating served as excellent groundwork for a highly successful and interdisciplinary career spanning physics, mathematics, chemical engineering and ecology. In his interview, May - who describes himself simply as a 'scientist with a short attention span' - reflects on how he 'accidentally' became a physicist and revolutionised ecology, was elected to the House of Lords and became one of the most valued advisers to the British Government and some of the world's largest banks.
NSW Scientist of the Year
University of Newcastle Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson AO has been awarded the NSW Scientist of the Year 2013. Professor Jameson is a chemical engineer and inventor of the Jameson cell, a revolutionary mineral processing technology that contributes more than three billion dollars to the national economy every year.
Professor Jameson is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.
(5 November 2013)
Electronics innovator elected President of the Australian Academy of Science
A pioneer of research in organic electronics, Professor Andrew Holmes, has been elected as the next President of the Australian Academy of Science. He will assume the role after the Academy’s next Annual General Meeting in May 2014. The presidency alternates between the physical and biological sciences and the term lasts for 4 years.
Professor Holmes is a Laureate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne’s Bio21 Institute, a CSIRO Fellow and Distinguished Research Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the Imperial College London.
(5 November 2013)
Professor Brian Lawn admitted as a Corresponding Member
President of the Australian Academy of Science, Professor Suzanne Cory and Professor Brian Lawn
Professor Brian Lawn was today officially admitted as a Corresponding Member of the Australian Academy of Science today.He signed the Charter Book in the presence of an international audience of representatives from the IAP at the Shine Dome in Canberra.
A Corresponding Member is a person who is eminent in respect of scientific discoveries and attainments but is not normally resident in Australia.
(31 October 2013)
The launch of Science by Doing
Secondary school students from around Australia travelled to the Shine Dome in Canberra today to help Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt launch the Australian Academy of Science’s innovative new secondary school science education program, Science by Doing.
Four years in development, Science by Doing combines the latest in interactive technology with expertise in science and education to create rich, exciting tools for teachers and students in years 7 to 10. The students came from schools where the program was trialled.
Professor Schmidt officially launched Science by Doing at a breakfast event hosted by the Academy to celebrate the winners of the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science. The audience included national and international science and education leaders.
(31 October 2013)
The Australian Academy of Science today congratulated Professor Terry Speed for winning the 2013 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science for his work as a statistician and mathematician. A Fellow of the Academy since 2001, Professor Speed is Head of Bioinformatics at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, where he provides biologists with statistical tools to help them cope with the genetic revolution.
A full list of winners can be found here.
(30 October 2013)
Australia 2050 - Phase 2 underway
The Australian Academy of Science is proud to announce that Phase 2 of the Australia 2050 Project begins today, with a reception at Government House hosted by the Governor General, her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC.
A fundamental challenge for Australia – indeed for any society – is to shape its own future. In this effort, we face three basic realities: the future is uncertain, contested, and ultimately shared. Grappling with these realities is only possible through conversation, at a national scale and over a prolonged period. The Academy is contributing to such a conversation through its ‘Australia 2050’ project.
Today's launch will be followed by a two-day conference on 23-24 October at the Shine Dome in Canberra, bringing together 60 of the country's most eminent thinkers across a broad range of disciplines and interests to discuss the future of Australia.
(18 October 2013)
Fellow awarded the 2013 Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research
Blood cell researcher and director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research Professor Douglas Hilton has been awarded the 2013 Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research.
Awarded by the Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Foundations, the Ramaciotti Medal and accompanying $50,000 grant recognises outstanding contributions to clinical or biomedical research, or the way in which healthcare is delivered.
Professor Hilton is a renowned leader in cell signalling and blood research, making a number of discoveries that have changed the way we view blood cell production and development in the body. He is a passionate advocate for translating the benefits of biological discoveries to treatments for patients, and his work has helped to further our understanding of diseases such as leukaemias and immune disorders.
(16 October 2013)
Malaria researcher Professor Alan Cowman from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute has been awarded the 2013 Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the quest to eradicate malaria.
(9 October 2013)
The nation’s top scientists and researchers have issued a call to policy makers for a strategic and stable plan for science and research that will stop us falling behind in our region and in the world.
In July this year, Australia’s research and science community formed the Research Alliance, a broad-based grouping of scientific, research, university and public and private sector researchers, who came together to call for a strategic national research policy to build a stronger, smarter Australia.
Since then, the Research Alliance has grown to more than a dozen groups which include the peak bodies in science, higher education, social sciences and humanities, as well as our most eminent scholars from all four learned academies, and our most recent Nobel Laureate.
Following the federal election, the Alliance met formally for the second time and has resolved to continue advocating for research and science as the engine room of national prosperity.
Read the full press release here.
(1 October 2013)
“The world can be more certain than ever that human-induced climate change is a real and serious threat to our planet.”
That's the message from President of the Australian Academy of Science, Professor Suzanne Cory, in the wake of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The latest findings strengthen the conclusion reached in the previous reports, released in 1990, 1996, 2001 and 2007 - that the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere from human activity has caused, and will continue to cause, global warming for many decades.
(27 September 2013)
Science Academies join to support development goals
The Australian Academy of Science has joined 105 other science academies around the world to offer scientific support for the global development agenda of the United Nations’ High Level Panel of Eminent Persons.
In a statement published this week, the Inter-Academies Panel (IAP) said science is crucial for achieving the Panel’s goals of sustainable consumption and development, including the challenges of population growth, demographic change and urbanisation, the provision of sufficient water, nutritious food and energy.
The Australian Academy of Science is a member of the Executive Committee of the IAP, which was founded in 1993 and represents 106 science academies internationally. This week’s statement follows a letter published by the IAP in March.
(25 September 2013)
Indonesian Academy of Sciences visit to Canberra
The President and Secretary General of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences, Professor Sangkot Marzuki and Dr Budhi Suyitno, met with the CEO of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Professor Warwick Anderson and Academy President, Professor Suzanne Cory AC PresAA FRS in Canberra today.
During the meeting they discussed matters relating to medical and health sciences, and also potential collaboration between Australia and Indonesia.
After the meeting, a lunch was held at the Academy where delegates from the Indonesian Academy met with representatives from the Academy and other key members of the science and technology community
(L to R) Secretary General of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences, Dr Budhi Suyitno, CEO NHMRC, Professor Warwick Anderson, President of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences, Professor Sangkot Marzuki, President of the Australian Academy of Science, Professor Suzanne Cory and Dr Tony Willis from the NHMRC.
(17 September 2013)
The Academy congratulates Professor Graeme Clark who has won a Lasker Award for Clinical and Medical Research.
The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation awards are nicknamed the “American Nobels".
(10 September 2013)
The Academy congratulates six Fellows who have won 2013 Eureka Prizes.
Professor Frank Caruso was awarded the CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science.
Professor Scott O’Neill, Professor Ary Hoffman and Professor Brian Kay were part of a team that was awarded the Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research.
Professor James McCluskey was part of the team that won the Eureka Prize for Scientific Research, and Professor Rick Shine won the Sydney Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers.
A full list of the results are available here.
(5 September 2013)
The Academy’s National Committee for Ecology is pleased to be involved in a new initiative to develop a cohesive, long-term plan for the future of Australian ecosystem science.
This new initiative presents a unique opportunity for the Australian ecosystem science community to clearly articulate their collective long-term priorities and needs, in order to achieve continuity in efforts and progress into the future with a shared purpose and vision.
More information on this project can be found at www.ecosystemscienceplan.org.au.
(5 September 2013)
Representatives from the Australian Academy of Science’s Science By Doing will attend an international conference on Science Education and Professional Development next week (9-12 September) in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Thirty of the best secondary school science teachers of Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation member countries, researchers, academics and practitioners concerned with recent issues in science education will participate in the conference.
While visiting Indonesia, members of the Science By Doing team will assist with the implementation workshop for Indonesian teachers involved in the trial of the Science By Doing curriculum. The training is part of a collaborative Indonesian-Australian pilot project, Promoting Real Australian Indonesian Science Education, that’s funded by the Australian Government.
(4 September 2013)
Vale Peter Pockley
Long-time science journalist Dr Peter Pockley, a pioneer of science
programs at the ABC, died at his home in Sydney yesterday.
Dr Pockley was the first and only journalist to be awarded the Academy Medal. He was one of the founders of the ABC Science Unit in the 1960s, and has been called the father of science communication in Australia. He mentored many Australian scientists and science communicators over decades and was an established writer and broadcaster in his own right.
Dr Pockley died peacefully, while sitting in the sun. He is survived by his wife Jenny, daughter Kate and two grandchildren.
(12 August 2013)
Australia goes to the polls on 7 September 2013. So far, in the first week of campaigning, little attention has been paid to science, research or any big questions such as climate policy. Peter Lee, vice-chancellor at Southern Cross University, and Les Field from UNSW explain what they’ll be looking for in the policies covering science and research that the major parties present to Australian voters.
(12 August 2013)
Academy Fellow Professor Sharad Kumar in involved with human trials using a leukaemia virus to fight advanced skin cancer that are on track to start in Adelaide later this year.
In a national first, researchers at the Royal Adelaide Hospital's Centre for Cancer Biology intend to tweak the body's own defensive cells to target cancer by genetically engineering them into search and destroy killers who hunt down tumour cells.
Using the body's own immune system to stalk and kill individual cancer cells is part of a new generation of elegant treatment, contrasting with the 'sledgehammer' approach of chemotherapy and radiotherapy which kills healthy cells as well as malignant ones.
(12 August 2013)
A major new fossil site has been discovered by UNSW scientists beyond the boundaries of the famous Riversleigh World Heritage area in north-western Queensland.
Dubbed “New Riversleigh”, initial indications are that it represents a different time period and poorly-known stage in the evolution of Australia’s unique biota. The prehistoric bone-bed contains the remains of a wide range of previously unknown marsupials and bats.
A team of researchers and volunteers, led by Academy Fellow Professor Mike Archer (pictured) and Associate Professor Suzanne Hand, used maps based on satellite-generated images to explore geological deposits in this remote region beyond the World Heritage area.
(7 August 2013)
Inspiring women of science to aspire
Action is required at every stage of career development to ensure women and men enjoy equal opportunity for promotion in science, Academy President Professor Suzanne Cory wrote in a recent opinion piece in The Australian.
She called on men, as well as women, to take a pro-active role in implementing a range of approaches to ensure that Australia does not lose half its potential scientific talent.
(1 August 2013)
Top minds gather to think on brain research
Sixty of the brightest young scientists from Australia and the region gathered in Melbourne recently to explore the future of brain research in Australia, at the Academy’s annual Theo Murphy (Australia) High Flyers Think Tank
Held at the Melbourne Brain Centre and Australian Synchrotron, the Think Tank made a number of key recommendations, to be published later this year, and generated significant activity on social media, which buzzed with discussions about ageing and dementia, neurogentics, artificial intelligence and more.
(29 July 2013)
Academy Fellow Professor Rodney Baxter FAA FRS has been awarded The Royal Society’s Royal Medal for his work in mathematical physics.
Royal Medals are awarded annually for the most important contributions in the physical, biological and applied sciences. Also known as the Queen’s Medals, they are awarded by the Queen on the recommendation of the Council of the Society.
Professor Baxter retired in 2003, after almost 35 years at the Australian National University. Click here
(26 July 2013)
President of the Australian Academy of Science, Professor Suzanne Cory, visited Adelaide yesterday to attend a meeting with South Australian Fellows and was taken on a tour of The Braggs building, which houses the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS). IPAS Director and Academy Fellow Professor Tanya Monro introduced Professor Cory to the young women who work in the IPAS Institute.
(23 July 2013)
Philanthropist, business leader and 2011 Australian of the Year, Mr Simon McKeon AO FAICD, has been awarded the 2014 Academy Medal.
The Australian Academy of Science established the Medal in 1990 to ‘recognise outstanding contributions to science, by means other than the conduct of scientific research, by a person outside the Fellowship.’ Only seven people have received this prestigious award to date.
(22 July 2013)
World leaders in artificial intelligence, brain imaging and the ethics of neuroscience and 60 of the brightest young researchers from around Australia will converge on the Melbourne Brain Centre this week to do some serious thinking about brain research.
The Australian Academy of Science’s 2013 Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank on Inspiring smarter brain research in Australia will provide a unique forum bringing scientists, doctors and ethicists together to build links between different research disciplines.
(22 July 2013)
A national survey has found that the science literacy of young Australian adults has fallen in
the last three years, with just two-thirds correctly identifying the time it takes for the Earth to
travel around the sun, compared with three-quarters in 2010.
The popular survey, Science literacy in Australia, conducted by Auspoll on behalf of the Australian Academy of Science, asked respondents questions of basic scientific fact.
(17 July 2013)
Seventeen of Australia's most outstanding researchers have been awarded a total of $47 million in research funding with the announcement today of the 2013 Australian Laureate Fellowships.
Six went to Academy Fellows: Trevor Lithgow, Tanya Monro, Hugh O’Neill, Hugh Possingham, Michelle Simmons, and Xu-Jia Wang
(11 July 2013)
Academy Fellow Professor Jane Visvader (pictured) and researchers at Melbourne's Walter and Eliza Hall Institute have found that anti-cancer compounds called BH3-mimetics were effective in treating the most common types of breast cancers.
The team say they are hopeful the discovery will mean clinical trials of BH3-mimetics as a breast cancer treatment within the next few years.
(9 July 2013)
Professor Suzanne Cory delivered the address at the National Press Club today and outlined the Academy’s priorities for the Federal Election, and called on all political leaders to take a strategic and visionary approach to science in Australia.
Fellow Professor Ray Withers is part of a group of Australian researchers who have developed a new material that could open the door to electric cars that can be recharged in minutes, and wind and solar power that can top up the grid as needed.
Posted (1 July, 2013)
Australian Academy of Science President, Professor Suzanne Cory, today welcomed the announcement of the new Rudd Cabinet and called on the Government to show strategic leadership for an innovation-led economy.
Posted (1 July, 2013)
The Australian Academy of Science invites applications from professional scientists to collaborate with researchers in institutes in Japan commencing between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015.
Posted (1 July, 2013)
The Academy welcomes the announcement by the ABC Chair, the Hon Jim Spigelman, that the ABC will begin consultations with peak science organizations, including the Academy, to establish a Reference Panel with expertise in scientific research, science education and science communication.
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The science panel is the first quality reference panel established to give advice to the ABC and will, if successful, serve as a model for other program areas.
Academy Fellow Professor Fiona Stanley (pictured) will chair the Reference Panel.
Posted (26 June, 2013)
Eight young scientists representing Australia will meet with 35 Nobel Laureates at the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting at Lake Constance in Germany.
Over 20,000 young researchers from nearly 80 countries apply each year, and only 600 are selected to be part of this special convention. The eight recipients from Australia are attending the event as recipients of the Science and Industry Endowment Fund – Australian Academy of Science Fellowships to the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.
The 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting runs from 30 June to 5 July 2013.
Posted (25 June, 2013)
The Australian Academy of Science today welcomed the announcement that an Australian scientist will Chair the Science Committee of the new international Future Earth initiative.
Foreign Secretary of the Academy, Professor Andrew Holmes, congratulated CSIRO researcher Dr Mark Stafford-Smith (pictured) on his appointment as inaugural Chair, and Australian National University researcher Professor Xuemei Bai on her appointment as a member of the committee.
Posted (21 June, 2013)
Australia’s research and science communities have joined together for the first time to call on all political leaders to put short-term politics aside and back a strategic national research policy to build a stronger, smarter nation.
Peak bodies representing science and research came together at Parliament House to sign a joint statement calling for non-partisan long term strategic support for research.
Join the alliance here.
Write to your local MP in support of research here.
Posted (20 June, 2013)
Academy Fellow Professor Graham Farquhar, a biophysiologist at the Australian National University (ANU), has been made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to science in the areas of plant physiology and climate change.
(Posted 11 June 2013)
The Academy's educational program Interviews with Australian Scientists has a new interview available with Dr Cyril Appleby, Plant biologist, in conversation
with Jim Peacock.
Appleby describes how his interest in science began when when he was 8 years old watching smoke escape from his neighbour’s burning leaves. Despite being labeled as a ‘precocious’ student with a complete lack of sporting finesse, he successfully navigated school and went on to complete a PhD in yeast biochemistry. Appleby discusses a life studying plant and microbial cytochromes and haemoglobins, including how a brief bit of ‘carelessness’ lead to him crystallise the first ever cytochrome.
(Posted 6 June, 2013)
The Australian Academy of Science invites applications from Australian researchers wishing to establish or enhance collaborative projects with their German counterparts in the fields of Biodiversity and Preventative Health. Closing date is COB Monday 29 July 2013.
(Posted 20 May, 2013)
New Nova: Science in the news topic
Feeding a hot, hungry world - agriculture in the face of climate change
How will we feed the world's population as the planet gets
warmer? Climate change is predicted to cause higher temperatures,
altered rainfall patterns, and an increase in extreme weather events,
all of which will have a significant impact upon global agricultural
(Posted 13 May, 2013)
The Australian Academy of Science’s education program for primary schools, Primary Connections, today announced the completion of its full suite of 31 units designed to help teachers engage children in hands-on science.
The final three units were launched at the Shine Dome in Canberra today by two Fellows of the Academy: Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt and the Academy’s Secretary for Education and Public Awareness, Professor Jenny Graves.
(L-R) Professor Schmidt, Director of Primary Connections, Shelley Peers, Acting Branch Manager of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Dr David Atkins and Professor Graves.
(Posted 6 May, 2013)
The AMA is this week mailing 7500 copies of the Australian Academy of Science publication, The Science of Immunisation: Questions and Answers, to general practitioners in every State and Territory.
AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton, said today that it is vital that
parents have easy access to the most authoritative information and
evidence in support of immunisation.
Full story can be read here.
(Posted 6 May, 2013)