2018 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report

Cover of ‘Discovering Biodiversity: A decadal plan for taxonomy and biosystematics in Australia and New Zealand’. Artwork: 'Abundance' by David Stacey.

2018 Highlights

Fellows were awarded Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science, and 3 Eureka Prizes

The Academy launched the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scientist Travelling Research Award

15 institutions were recognised with SAGE Bronze Awards for gender equity and diversity

The Academy outlined science priorities for the federal election

Academy videos built trust in science and drove our Facebook following to 1.2 million

Message from the President

Welcome to my first annual report as President. Since taking up the role in May, I worked closely with many Fellows and Academy staff and was soon fully involved in the strategic decisions and activities that shaped the year.

I would like to acknowledge and warmly thank my predecessor Andrew Holmes for his leadership, inspiration and commitment in his four years as President, and before that as Foreign Secretary and a member of Council. I also thank the other Council members whose period of service finished in May.

In 2018 we elected 21 of Australia’s leading scientists and welcomed two Corresponding Members. Our Fellows were publicly recognised for their work in Australian and international forums—congratulations in particular go to Michelle Simmons for Australian of the Year, Graham Farquhar for Senior Australian of the Year and Kurt Lambeck for the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science. Many Fellows contributed to the Academy’s science policy matters, international activities, awards and grants opportunities, public outreach activities, and programs supporting sustainability, diversity and education.

The year was one of positive change and growth, particularly in relatively new areas for the Academy. Following the launch of our digital communications capability in late 2017, the quality of the videos and supporting content drove success in mainstream and social media to the point where we reached 1 million followers on Facebook within 12 months and our public profile soared. Several partnerships to produce videos were very successful.

The Academy took on a leading role in the science sector as a champion of diversity and inclusion. We committed and acted to improving our own performance, and continued strong support for national gender equity in science. The Australian Government selected us, in partnership with the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, to produce a 10-year plan for improving the participation and retention of women in STEM, and we were well into that process by year’s end. Importantly, we adopted a code of conduct based on best practice that is binding for Fellows, staff and participants in all Academy activities.

Finally, I would like to thank all those who supported the Academy through donations, partnerships and grants. We certainly could not achieve all we do without the backing of those who wish to see science as a vital part of Australia’s future.

Professor John Shine AC PresAA

Message from the Chief Executive

It is my pleasure to present the Academy’s 2018 Annual Report. We have had an extremely active and productive year made possible by the extensive involvement of Academy Fellows and other individuals and organisations who, along with our committed and professional staff, make it possible to investigate, progress and implement the strategic objectives set by Council. The Academy’s combined human capital gives this relatively small organisation a phenomenal influence in Australia and internationally.

In brief, the Academy reports a strong and stable financial position, growing support from donors and partners, an increase in public awareness of our work, and an increase in impact and awareness of our work amongst parliamentarians and the general public. This report demonstrates our leadership in many initiatives, including diversity and inclusion internally and across the sector. Our continued support for the teaching and learning of science, and our provision of opportunities for emerging scientists, have been consistent highlights for many years.

It was exciting to see the home of the Academy—the Shine Dome—promoted widely as a venue for external events, resulting in many more people enjoying the iconic design of the building.

This report aims to give you an overall understanding of the breadth and impacts of the Academy’s many goals and achievements, which means that we cannot report in detail. If you would like to find out more about any of the content in this report, or how you can contribute to the work of the Academy, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Anna-Maria Arabia

The Academy's Strategic Plan 2018–2022

The Fellowship

Professor Geordie Williamson was elected a Fellow of the Academy and made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2018

2018 Fellows

The Australian Academy of Science is a Fellowship of the nation’s most distinguished scientists, elected by their peers for outstanding research that has pushed back the frontiers of knowledge.

Alan Andersen

Anne Kelso

Bostjan Kobe

Christopher Dickman

Colin Raston

Dacheng Tao

David Blair

David Bowtell

Geordie Williamson

Gregory Goodall

Jennie Brand-Miller

Joseph Trapani

Kerrie Mengersen

Kliti Grice

Lloyd Hollenberg

Martina Stenzel

Noel Cressie

Peter Cawood

Rachel Webster

Richard Bryant

Veena Sahajwalla

2018 Corresponding Members

Richard Ellis

Ruth Williams


Fellows at 31 December


Fellows elected in 2018


Corresponding Members admitted


Academy employees farewelling Andrew Holmes and welcoming John Shine as President.

In May, the Academy farewelled outgoing President Professor Andrew Holmes AC FAA FRS FTSE and welcomed incoming president Professor John Shine AC PresAA.

More about the Presidents

Honours and awards to Fellows

Michelle Simmons—Australian of the Year

Graham Farquhar—Senior Australian of the Year

Kurt Lambeck—Prime Minister’s Prize for Science

Nalini Joshi—Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers

Thomas Maschmeyer—Eureka Prize for Leadership in Innovation and Science

Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop—Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research

Full Name

Award: Award Short Name

Professor Rose Amal AC FAA FTSE

Order of Australia: Companion in the General Division

Professor Jillian Banfield FAA FRS

Royal Society of London, Fellow

Professor Martin Banwell AO FAA

Order of Australia: Officer in the General Division

Professor Michael Barber AO FAA FTSE

Order of Australia: Officer in the General Division

Dr Robin Bedding AM FAA

Order of Australia: Member in the General Division

Professor Christine Beveridge FAA

ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship

Emeritus Professor David Blair FAA

WA Premier's Science Awards: Hall of Fame Inductee

Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn FAA

Visiting Miller Professorship, UC Berkeley

Professor David Bowtell FAA

NHMRC Project Grant Award

Professor Geoffrey Burnstock AC FAA FRS

Order of Australia: Companion in the General Division

Professor Frank Caruso FAA FRS

Royal Society of London, Fellow

Professor David Celermajer AO FAA

AAHMS, Fellow

Professor Susan Clark FAA

NHMRC Research Fellowship Award

Professor David Cooper (dec) AC FAA

Order of Australia: Companion in the General Division

Professor Marcello Costa FAA

FNM Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor Warrick Couch FAA

Royal Society Te Apārangi, Hon. Fellow

Professor David Craik FAA

NHMRC Project Grant Award

Professor Noel Cressie FAA

Moyal Medal, Macquarie University

Professor Patrick De Deckker AM FAA

Officer of the Order of Leopold II

Professor Ron Ekers AO FAA FRS

National Academy of Sciences (USA), Foreign Associate

Professor Graham Farquhar AO FAA FRS

Senior Australian of the Year

Dr Alan Finkel AO FAA FTSE

National Science and Technology Advisory Council, Member

Professor Ian Frazer AC FAA FRS FTSE

National Science and Technology Advisory Council, Member

Professor Julian Gale FAA

ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship

Professor Jozef Gécz FAA

NHMRC Project Grant Award

Professor Jozef Gécz FAA

NHMRC Research Fellowship Award

Professor Karl Glazebrook FAA

ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship

Professor Greg Goodall FAA

Lorne Genome Conference Julian Wells Medal

Professor Martin Green AM FAA FRS FTSE

Global Energy Prize

Professor Kliti Grice FAA


Professor Justin Gooding FAA FTSE

Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering Fellow

Professor Justin Gooding FAA FTSE

NHMRC Project Grant Award

Professor Bob Graham AO FAA

NHMRC Project Grant Award

Professor Richard Harvey AM FAA FRS

NSW Premier's Prize, Biological Sciences - Cell,Molecular,Medical,Vet,Genetics

Professor Bill Heath FAA

NHMRC Research Fellowship Award

Professor Barbara Howlett FAA

National Science and Technology Advisory Council, Member

Professor Terry Hughes FAA

Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Award for Climate Change

Professor Terry Hughes FAA

A.G. Huntsman Award

Professor Terry Hughes FAA

The John Maddox Prize

Professor Chennupati Jagadish AC FAA FTSE

UNESCO Medal, Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies

Professor Chennupati Jagadish AC FAA FTSE

Indian National Academy of Engineering, Foreign Fellow

Professor Graeme Jameson AO FAA FRS FTSE

Royal Society of London, Fellow

Professor Nalini Joshi AO FAA

Eureka Prize, UTS, Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers

Professor Anne Kelso AO FAA

AAHMS, Fellow

Professor Bostjan Kobe FAA

ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship

Professor Bostjan Kobe FAA

NHMRC Project Grant Award

Dr Anna Koltunow FAA FTSE

Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering Fellow

Professor Sharad Kumar AM FAA

Order of Australia: Member in the General Division

Professor Sharad Kumar AM FAA

NHMRC Project Grant Award

Professor Kurt Lambeck AO FAA FRS

Prime Minister's Prize for Science

Professor Geoffrey Lindeman FAA

NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence Award

Professor Melissa Little FAA

NHMRC Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowship Award (Biomedical)

Professor Melissa Little FAA

HMRC Research Fellowship Award

Professor Melissa Little FAA

NHMRC Project Grant Award

Professor Lew Mander AC FAA FRS

Order of Australia: Companion in the General Division

Professor Jennifer Martin AC FAA

Order of Australia: Companion in the General Division

Professor Thomas Maschmeyer FAA FTSE

Eureka Prize, CSIRO, Leadership in Innovation and Science

Professor Alex McBratney FAA

NSW Premier's Prize, Exl in Biological Sciences (Eco, Env, Ag & Org)

Professor James McCluskey AO FAA

Order of Australia: Officer in the General Division

Professor Trevor McDougall AC FAA FRS

Order of Australia: Companion in the General Division

Professor Geoff McFadden FAA

NHMRC Project Grant Award

Professor Patrick McGorry AO FAA

NHMRC Research Fellowship Award

Professor Ross McPhedran FAA

Rolf Landauer Medal

Professor Jacques Miller AC FAA FRS

Japan Prize

Professor John Miners FAA

AAHMS, Fellow

Professor Dietmar Müller FAA

NSW Premier's Prize: Excl in Maths, Earth Sc, Chem and Physics

Professor Stephen Nutt FAA

NHMRC Project Grant Award

Professor Stephen Nutt FAA

NHMRC Project Grant Award

Professor Stephen Nutt FAA

NHMRC Research Fellowship Award

Professor Rob Parton FAA

NHMRC Research Fellowship Award

Professor Linda Richards FAA

NHMRC Project Grant Award

Dr Ezio Rizzardo AC FAA FRS FTSE

Order of Australia: Companion in the General Division

Professor Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop AO FAA

Order of Australia: Officer in the General Division

Professor Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop AO FAA

Eureka Prize, UNSW, Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research

Professor Louise Ryan FAA

Pitman Medal Statistical Society of Australia

Professor Ingrid Scheffer AO FAA FRS

Royal Society of London, Fellow

Professor Brian Schmidt AC FAA FRS Nobel Laureate

National Science and Technology Advisory Council, Member

Professor Michelle Simmons FAA FRS FTSE

Australian of the Year

Professor Michelle Simmons FAA FRS FTSE

Royal Society of London, Fellow

Professor Scott Sloan AO FAA FRS FTSE

Order of Australia: Officer in the General Division

Professor Sever Sternhell AO FAA

Order of Australia: Officer in the General Division

Professor Bruce Stillman AO FAA FRS

Honorary Doctor of Science, Clarkson University

Professor San Thang AC FAA FTSE

Order of Australia: Companion in the General Division

Dr Hugh Tyndale-Biscoe AM FAA

Order of Australia: Member in the General Division

Professor Peter Visscher FAA FRS

Royal Society of London, Fellow

Professor Peter Visscher FAA FRS

ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship

Professor Branka Vucetic FAA FTSE

NSW Premier's Prize, Excellence in Engineering and ICT

Dr Brian Walker FAA FTSE

Blue Planet Prize

Professor Geordie Williamson FAA FRS

Royal Society of London, Fellow

Professor Geordie Williamson FAA FRS

Australian Mathematical Society Medal

Professor Geordie Williamson FAA FRS

National Science and Technology Advisory Council, Member

Fellows' involvement in the Academy

Academy-related activities in which Fellows were involved included • National Committees • international meetings and collaborations • awards committees • Academy policy submissions and reports • sectional committees for assessing nominations of new Fellows • media participation • video and article reviewers • symposium convenors • Science at the Shine Dome • National Speaker Series • Canberra Speaker Series • regional groups • 18 Champions of Diversity appointed to suggest diversity candidates for Fellowship and the Academy awards


John Chappell

David Cooper

Ross Day

Michael Dopita

Jacob Israelachvili

Ian McDougall

Angus McEwan

Alex Moodie

John Veevers

Guy White

Excellence in science

Professor Jane Elith was awarded the 2016 Fenner Medal and elected a Fellow of the Academy in 2017


total value of awards



The Academy champions, celebrates and supports excellence in Australian science through its awards and grants.

Honorific awards

2018 honorific awardees.

2018 David Craig Medal

Professor Douglas MacFarlane FAA FTSE

2018 Haddon Forrester King Medal and Lecture

Professor David Cooke

2018 Mawson Medal and Lecture

Professor Matt King

2018 Ian Wark Medal and Lecture

Professor Calum John Drummond FTSE

2018 Macfarlane Burnet Medal and Lecture

Professor Geoffrey Burnstock FAA FRS

2018 Gustav Nossal Medal for Global Health

Professor Anushka Patel

2018 Jacques Miller Medal for experimental biomedicine

Professor Killugudi Swaminathan Iyer

2018 Nancy Millis Medal for Women in Science

Dr Marie-Liesse Asselin-Labat

2018 John Booker Medal

Associate Professor Shanyong Wang

2018 Fenner Medal

Dr Ceridwen Fraser

2018 Ruth Stephens Gani Medal

Dr Irina Voineagu

2018 Gottschalk Medal

Associate Professor Alex Fornito

2018 Anton Hales Medal

Dr Rhodri Davies

2018 Christopher Heyde Medal

Dr Zdravko Botev

2018 Dorothy Hill Medal

Associate Professor Tracy Ainsworth

2018 Pawsey Medal

Dr Paul Lasky

2018 Frederick White Medal

Dr Alex Sen Gupta

2018 Le Févre Medal

Associate Professor Amir Karton

The 2018 awards were announced in November 2017 and most were presented at the Academy’s annual flagship event, Science at the Shine Dome, in May 2018. The Ian Wark medal was presented at an award dinner in Melbourne in July 2018 and the and Haddon Forrester King Medal was presented at an award dinner in September 2018.

More about our 2018 honorific awardees


career research awards awarded


mid-career research awards awarded


early-career research awards awarded


worth of associated honorariums and lecture funding

Research awards

(from left) Ms Melissa Houghton and Mrs Charlie Phelps were each awarded a Max Day Environmental Science Fellowship Award in 2018.

2018 J G Russell Awardees

Dr Lara Malins

The Australian National University—to develop a new synthetic approach to valuable amino acid derivatives and their rapid incorporation into peptide analogues, including promising new antibiotic candidates.

Dr Tara Clark

The University of Queensland—to determine the timing and associated drivers behind dramatic changes in coral communities on reef flat environments since European settlement.

Dr Jussi Lehtonen

The University of Sydney—to reconcile and unify alternative methods in social evolution theory.

Dr Nengkun Yu

University of Technology Sydney—to develop fundamental technology for analysing the big data that arises from quantum physics.

2018 Douglas and Lola Douglas Scholarship awardee

Dr Shamil Cooray

Co-designed a patient-centred model-of-care for gestational diabetes.

2019 Moran Award for the History of Science Research

Ms Lisa Hunt

The University of Adelaide—The development of Australian science during a period of significant change (1945 to 1963), and its impact on popular perceptions of science in Australia.

2019 The WH Gladstones Population and Environment Fund

Dr Grace Muriuki

University of Queensland—Food security in rural and remote indigenous communities of The Pilbara; potential for resource corridors in local food systems.

2019 The Max Day Environmental Science Fellowship awardees

Dr Tim Doherty

Deakin University—Ecological consequences of introduced predator removal for a native mesopredator and ecosystem engineer Varanus gouldii

Ms Nicole Foster

University of Adelaide—Prioritising for success: Innovative approaches to management of coastal environments

2019 The Thomas Davies Research Grant for Marine, Soil and Plant Biology awardees

Dr Joel Daniel Haywood

University of Western Australia—Structure-based investigations into plant growth pathway proteins.

Dr Sambasivam Periyannan

Australian National University—Protecting Australia’s Eucalypt landscape from myrtle rust invasion by rapid identification of natural resistance.

Dr Adriana Vergés

University of New South Wales Sydney—What are the food web implications of temperate reefs becoming increasingly dominated by tropical species?

Associate Professor Tracy Ainsworth

University of New South Wales Sydney—The impact of a changing climate to New South Wales coral populations.

Dr Staffan Persson

University of Melbourne—Monitoring fungal root wilt disease on canola in real-time.

Associate Professor Heloise Gibb

La Trobe University—Can we restore soil microbial communities by reintroducing digging mammals?

Dr Cindy Gunawan

University of Technology Sydney—Does the commercialised use of antimicrobial silver nanoparticles facilitate co-selection and spread of antibiotic resistance genes in marine microbiota? A metagenome study.

2019 The Margaret Middleton Fund for endangered Australian native vertebrate animals awardees

Ms Rebecca Jane Webb

James Cook University—A novel conservation tool for controlling chytridiomycosis in Australian amphibians.

Dr Teigan Cremona

Charles Darwin University—Can predator enclosures support recovery of small mammal populations in Kakadu National Park?

Ms Heather Neilly

Australian Landscape Trust—Malleefowl as ecosystem engineers and drivers of restoration.

More about research awards


total committed in 2018



Conference awards

The 2018 Elizabeth and Frederick White Conference encompassed diverse topics—from astrophysics to volcanoes.

Boden Research Conference

Evolutionary transformations in vertebrate history (2019–20)

Fenner Conference on the Environment

Managing wild and weedy Australia across boundaries and disciplines (2019–20).

Elizabeth and Frederick White Research Conference

Linking galaxies from the epoch of initial star formation to today (2019–20)

More about conference awards


total committed in 2018


joint organisers


attendees at 4 conferences held in 2018 at two venues in the ACT

Travelling fellowships and lectures

(from left) In 2018, Dr Christina Kellogg, Selby Fellowship, Professor Stefanie Dimmeler, Rudi Lemberg Travelling Fellowship, and Dr Graham Nugent, Graeme Caughley Fellowship benefited from the Academy’s travelling fellowships that foster the international exchange of scientific ideas and support lectures for the general public.

Announced in 2018

Mr Tui Nolan

University of Technology Sydney—To visit the Alan Turing Institute in London to study computational methods that have applications in public health and education.

Ms Amy Searle

Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute—To attend the Science at the Shine Dome Event in 2019, the annual signature event of the Australian Academy of Science.

Mr Bradley Moggridge

University of Canberra—To visit New Zealand to learn how Maori culture has incorporated Indigenous knowledge and values into their water management practice.

Emeritus Professor Herbert Eric Huppert FRS

Professor of Theoretical Geophysics Emeritus, University of Cambridge—to present lectures in Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin and Alice Springs.

Professor Donna Strickland, awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo Canada—to present the 2019 Frew Fellowship lecture at the CLEO Pacific Rim Conference in August 2020; will also visit institutes and presenting lectures at a number of venues in Australia.

More about travelling fellowships and lectures


total committed


lectures held


universities and organisations


estimated attendees across Australia and internationally. 10 lectures were held in Canada, Spain, Mexico and the USA.

Diversity and inclusion

Professor Veena Sahajwalla was elected a Fellow of the Academy in 2018

The Academy aims to be a leader in diversity and inclusion in Australia’s science sector. We are committed to supporting excellence in science, and recognise that to achieve this we must celebrate and embrace diversity and inclusion in all its forms.


(from left) Margaret Hartley, Chief Executive Officer Applied, Alison Johns, Chief Executive Advance Higher Education UK, Wafa El-Adhami, Executive Director SAGE, and Anna-Maria Arabia, Chief Executive Australian Academy of Science at the SAGE Awards.

15 organisations were presented with the first SAGE Athena SWAN Bronze Awards for improving gender equity and diversity.

  • Delivered 52 workshops nationally and convened 23 regional network meetings
  • Convened 4 peer review panel assessments for applications for Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Awards
  • Held the third national SAGE symposium and inaugural Bronze Awards event
  • Contributed to two international workshops on gender equity and diversity, sharing the learnings and experience gained from SAGE with partner economies Canada and Japan
  • Published the SAGE formative evaluation ‘putting gender on your agenda’.
  • Sponsored and supported a national tour by Dr Carole Thomas from the UK’s John Innes Centre, the first institution to achieve a Gold Athena SWAN Institutional Award. The national tour comprised 6 workshops on Athena SWAN and actions to improve gender equity and diversity
  • Contributed to the APEC Women in STEM Workshop in Brisbane.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scientist Travelling Research Award

The Academy launched the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scientist Travelling Research Award to recognise research in the natural sciences by outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD students and early- and mid-career scientists.The award aims to support the expansion and growth of each scientist’s research networks and international knowledge exchange through visits to relevant international centres of research.

The three inaugural recipients of the 2019 award, Bradley Moggridge, Tui Nolan and Amy Searle, were announced at the end of 2018. These recipients will be featured in the 2019 annual report.

Women in STEM

The Academy was requested do develop a Women in STEM decadal plan in collaboration with the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. The plan provides a 10-year roadmap for achieving sustained increases in women’s STEM participation and retention from school through to careers.

The Academy commenced a decadal plan and online website to support and promote women in STEM. We:

  • undertook extensive consultations visiting every state and territory to deliver consultation workshops as well as holding 5 webinar consultations
  • received 66 written submissions
  • interviewed 104 stakeholders

More diversity and inclusion initiatives

The Academy:

  • commenced the development of a Reconciliation Action Plan
  • supported the production of ‘Profiles of Women Scientists in Asia’, a book published by the Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia
  • implemented a code of conduct for all participants in Academy activities, and focused on diversity and inclusion.

Key diversity and inclusion initiatives of the Academy and areas of focus

Early- and mid-career researchers

Science Pathways.

The Academy supported thousands of early- and mid-career researchers (EMCRs). We:

  • delivered the Science Pathways event remotely for the first time. ‘Science Pathways 2018: Diversify your thinking’ enabled remotely based EMCRs to interact with plenary speakers and take part in workshops session. The conference reached 209 onsite delegates plus 146 remote delegates across 14 sites throughout Australia
  • established a Representative Network of 32 organisations to represent and communicate the interests of EMCRs at organisation around the country to the EMCR Forum Executive
  • published a how-to guide for EMCRs to promote kindness in science
  • provided 115 mobility and travel grants to facilitate attendance at events and 13 carer grants across 6 events.

More about the Academy’s EMCR Forum


researchers were members of the EMCR Forum


researchers were members of the Australian Brain Alliance EMCR Brain Science Network


EMCRs participated in 11 events designed to improve scientific and personal skills and professional networks


policy submissions were made by the EMCR Forum to ensure voices of EMCRs were heard

Policy influence and advice


The Academy provides independent, authoritative and influential scientific advice, with the aim of influencing Australia’s science agenda and being a trusted independent advisor on scientific matters.

The Academy:

  • provided advice to governments through submissions, position papers, commissioned research, direct engagement with MPs and Senators
  • advocated for science through general and discipline-based advocacy and campaign activity in collaborations with sector stakeholders
  • hosted parliamentary briefings and supported meetings of the Parliamentary Friends of Science
  • undertook policy projects including decadal plans for science, economic analysis, policy discussion papers and sector analysis reports.

parliamentarians met with Academy representatives


submissions were made to government enquiries and reviews

Launched ‘Crack the Brain’s Code’

Hosted Kosciuszko Science Conference

Outlined science priorities for the 2019 federal election

Published 3 major plans for science

Further developed Future Earth Australia

Reaching out in Australia
and internationally

Image: NASA

Global networks

S20 Argentina 2018.

In 2018 we:

  • facilitated access to global science and technology and promoted strategic partnerships between Australian and overseas researchers.
  • supported the formation of the International Science Council
  • delivered international science activities on behalf of the Australian Government
  • joined global science leaders in the call for further action on climate change ahead of CHOGM 2018
  • attended the S20 Science Forum in Rosario, Argentina, where a position statement on ‘Food and Nutrition Security: Improving Soils and Increasing Productivity’ was presented to the Minister of Science and Technology of Argentina
  • managed the Australia–Americas internship program for 40 PhD students from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and the US on behalf of the Australian Government
  • supported 4 early- and mid-career researchers from South-East Asia and the Pacific to attend Science at the Shine Dome
  • supported 3 young Australian scientists to represent Australia in competitive international events
  • continued as an executive member of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), with the Academy President a member of the Executive Committee of the IAP for Research, and the Foreign Secretary on the Board of the IAP for Science
  • continued to participate in IAP projects, including projects that focus the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and that strengthen trust in and demonstrate the value of scientific advice
  • continued as a member of the Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia’s (AASSA) Executive Board, chaired the AASSA Special Committee for Women in Science and Engineering
  • in partnership with AASSA, launched the publication ‘Profiles of Women Scientists in Asia: Their Inspiring Stories’

2018 APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE)

The Academy recommended Associate Professor Madhu Bhaskaran, from RMIT University, to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science to be the Australian nominee for the 2018 APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE). Associate Professor Bhaskaran’s nomination was successful and she was awarded the ASPIRE Prize at the tenth APEC PPSTI meeting in Papua New Guinea in August, making her the first Australian to receive the prestigious award since 2011.

Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

The Australian delegation to Lindau with delegation leader and Academy Fellow Professor Jenny Martin (centre back) at IBM Watson in Munich.

Eight top young Australian scientists were supported by the Science and Industry Endowment Fund and the Academy to attend the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany. The delegation was led by Academy Fellow Professor Jennifer Martin. A total of 600 young scientists from 84 nations had the opportunity to interact with, and learn from, 39 Nobel Laureates.

Falling Walls Lab Australia

At Falling Walls in Berlin were (from left) Academy Fellow Professor Andrew Holmes, Australian representatives Ms Samantha Wade and Ms Hayley Teasdale, and Mr Nikolaus Turner, Managing Director and Member of the Executive Board of the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. Photo: Hans Bachor.

The Academy hosted the third annual Falling Walls Lab Australia in September. 20 researchers from across Australia presented their three-minute talk to a panel of distinguished jury members, chaired by Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel. The first and second place winners, Samantha Wade from the University of Wollongong and Hayley Teasdale from the University of Canberra, earned the opportunity to compete at the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin. The Australian delegation included Academy Fellows Professor Veena Sahajwalla and Professor Terry Hughes, who spoke at the event.

The research that the other contestants presented was amazing, with solutions to problems I had never even thought about before. Overall, for someone who has had very little experience in these kinds of competitions, it was one of the best things I’ve done in my research career and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Samantha Wade—University of Wollongong. Falling Walls Lab Australia 2018 winner, and presenter at Falling Walls Lab Finale, Berlin.


international science meetings attended by Academy representatives


international events and collaboration opportunities supported by the Academy


researchers were supported to participate in the Academy’s international activities in Australia


researchers were supported to participate in the Academy’s activities overseas.

The Academy supported 75 Australian researchers to travel internationally, and 46 overseas reasearchers to travel to Australia, with the goal of increasing collaboration and building networks between scientists.


No. of researchers supported in Australia

No. of researchers supported overseas

APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE) – Papua New Guinea



Visit to the National Institutes of Health in the USA by a Junior Scientist, including support from the Adam J Berry Memorial fund


France-Australia Science Innovation Collaboration (FASIC) Fellowships


Science at the Shine Dome

4 EMCRs – 1 each from Malaysia, Indonesia, Fiji and Vietnam

Australia-China Joint Workshop on Measurement Solutions for Electrical Networks


14th China-Australia Symposium: Light changes our life

14 (includes 5 Australian EMCRs)

Research Data Science Winter School

2 EMCRs – 1 from Indonesia and 1 from PNG

2018 Australia-Americas PhD Research Internship Program

40 EMCRs – 21 from USA, 10 from Brazil, 4 from Argentina, 5 from Colombia

10th HOPE Meeting with Nobel Laureates in Japan


Japan Society for the Promotion of Science fellowships


Australia–India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) Early- and Mid-Career Fellowships


Falling Walls Lab Australia


Falling Walls Lab Berlin


European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) France


SIEF-AAS Fellowships to the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings


SIEF-AAS Heidelberg Laureate Forum Fellowship


The Hope meeting with Nobel Laureates provided me with an excellent opportunity to present my research and hear about ground-breaking research from around the world in a friendly environment that encouraged creative and critical thinking.

Dr James Aridas, Monash University–10th HOPE Meeting with Nobel Laureates Participant

This is an excellent scheme considering the potential of research and economic collaboration opportunities between Australia and India. India has a growing industry looking for advanced technology which is an excellent opportunity for collaboration for Australian research institutes. The fellowship also fosters opportunities to engage research students through joint projects and exchange studies.

Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Deakin University–Australia–India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) Early- and Mid-Career Fellowships Recipient

This international collaboration was fundamental to add scientific quality to my research. From the links established, our work will have a global collaboration and will be characterised as a multicentre study adding even more value to the scientific evidence produced from this research.

Gisele Jung Franciscatto, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre (PUCRS), Brazil–hosted by the University of Adelaide under the 2018 Australia–Americas PhD Research Internship Program

This meeting has opened my mind about how to be a great scientist and I committed to be a great and professional scientists since then. I am really impressed with all participants, fellows and awardees. It would be great opportunity if I could collaborate with the early- and mid-career researchers someday in the future. I found that Australian scientists are very nice, open and welcome to any possible cooperation, which is completely different with my thought before joining the event.

Dr Heri Kuswanto, Center for Earth, Disaster and Climate Change & Department of Statistics Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) Indonesia–attending 2018 Science at the Shine Dome

National Committees for Science

The Academy's National Committees for Science:

  • represented the scientific breadth of the Academy
  • linked the Academy to the broader Australian research community (members represent more than 70 research organisations and societies)
  • worked with their communities to publish strategic plans for Australian science
  • provided discipline-specific advice to government and the Academy
  • hosted public events to celebrate and communicate outstanding research in their field
  • advised the Academy on Australia’s membership of the international scientific unions
  • coordinated Australian participation in global research and science policy programs
  • supported and mentored discipline-based early- and mid-career researchers.

National Committees published 2 major decadal plans for science: Decadal Plan for Australian Geoscience, and Geography: Shaping Australia’s Future

Plans under preparation

  • Decadal plan for nutrition science
  • Australia’s digital future: a strategic plan for information and communications sciences, engineering and technologies
  • Big data in Australian research: issues, challenges and opportunities
  • Review of current physics plan
  • Review of current astronomy plan

National Committee

Outgoing Chair

Incoming Chair


Professor Lisa Kewley FAA

Professor Lister Staveley-Smith

The following Australian organisations partnered with the Academy and contributed towards Australia’s annual subscriptions to international unions of the International Science Council:

  • Australian Institute of Physics—towards the International Union for Pure and Applied Physics
  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute—towards the International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry
  • Australian Mathematical Science Institute—towards the International Mathematical Union
  • Geoscience Australia—towards the International Union for Geological Sciences
  • Australian Antarctic Division—towards the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research
  • CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology towards the World Climate Research Programme

National Committees for Science, involving 250 volunteer members


of National Committee members were woman

Inspiration and
impact in schools

Three new Primary Connections curriculum units were published

The Academy continued its strong track record delivering evidence-based school science and mathematics professional learning and curriculum resources for Australian teachers and students.

Never has there been a more important time for science in Australia. More than ever, we need a scientifically-literate community to engage in debates about issues that affect us all. We also need imaginative thinkers to discover the opportunities in our exponentially expanding knowledge base. Teachers play a vital role in nurturing the minds of our future citizens and scientists.

Australian Academy of Science President, Professor John Shine [Primary Connections Foreword, 2018]

Our widely used programs, Primary Connections: linking science with literacy, Science by Doing and reSolve: Mathematics by Inquiry, supported and gave confidence to teachers and students throughout Australia and internationally.

Primary Connections

Three new Primary Connections curriculum units were published and available free-of-charge in the Education Services Australia’s repository, Scootle, during National Science Week. Primary Connections launched e-resource sheets, which were shown to reduce teachers’ planning time and make it easier to differentiate lessons while also being easy for students to use and increase their engagement.

reSolve: Mathematics by Inquiry

The reSolve Champions are volunteers who have a commitment to better mathematics outcomes for their students, and to working with colleagues in and beyond their school in mathematics. A national showcase celebrated the commitment and investment of the project’s Champions network.

The number of reSolve resource downloads increased from an average 3000 a month in 2017 to an average 11,000 a month in the third quarter of 2018.

reSolve Champions celebrating the program's impact at a national showcase event at the Academy.

Science by Doing

Science by Doing continued its rise is popularity, consistent with previous years.

Number of Science by Doing program registrations (cumulative)

More about inspiration and impact in schools

Evaluations and impact

External evaluations of the Academy’s education programs showed significantly positive outcomes for teaching and highlighted their ongoing contribution to Australian education.

Primary Connections

The findings in the University of Technology Sydney research and evaluation report of Stage 6 of Primary Connections are positive and provide evidence of the significant impact of Primary Connections on the teaching and learning of science and literacy in Australian primary schools.

  • Primary Connections has extraordinary brand recognition and has been widely implemented
  • 99% of teachers agreed that Primary Connections would help them to implement the Australian Curriculum: Science, and 97% agreed that the workshop increased the likelihood of them comprehensively implementing the Primary Connections program in their teaching
  • teachers’ feedback about the effectiveness of the Primary Connections resources, and their enthusiasm to employ them in their science teaching, show they value Primary Connections.

Teachers at a Primary Connections workshop.

reSolve: Mathematics by Inquiry

Preliminary findings by dandalopartners, which is undertaking an external evaluations of reSolve, suggest that reSolve is making:

  • high quality resources: reSolve resources are high quality and comparable to other mathematics education resources

  • an impact on teachers: reSolve resources appear to be having a positive impact on teachers’ knowledge, attitudes and actions

  • an impact on students: While it is too early to measure impact on students, anecdotal evidence suggests that students are engaged with the resources, with some promising signs related to achievement.

Science by Doing

According to the evidence gathered from teachers and students in the University of Technology Sydney evaluation of Stage 4 of Science by Doing, the program has had a very positive impact on teaching and learning. Students said they enjoyed learning science using the Science by Doing resources.

I’m really pleased that the resource is being constantly updated and made relevant. My only worry is that we have implemented the SbD resource and so will always be concerned if it gets cancelled or stopped. It is a tremendous resource and the enotebook has now become a significant part of our program. Navigation on the updated units are great—thank you.

Science teacher

Collaborations and partnerships

A key strength of Academy education programs are collaborations and partnerships with state and territory governments, science and maths teacher associations and other peak bodies, and university education faculties.

  • Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers and Australian Science Teachers Association
  • Catholic Education Melbourne; Ecolinc: Victoria Department of Education and Training Specialist Science Centre; Department of Education WA; NSW Department of Education
  • Deakin University; La Trobe University; University of Canberra; University of Sydney; University of Technology Sydney
  • Education Services Australia
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Australian Government support

The Australian Government, through the National Innovation and Science Agenda, committed additional funding of $3 million for the Academy’s three education programs to 2020.

Science for everyone

The Academy reached 1.2 million Facebook followers

Videos and articles

Science is important to everyone—there’s so much to be curious about, but often it’s hard to find answers that are both trustworthy and interesting.

The Academy aims to fill that need by providing accurate and engaging content for everyone. With a team of scientists, science communicators and journalists, we publish current, interesting and understandable information covering the breadth of science.

The Academy reached 1 million Facebook followers in October, and 1.2 million by the end of December. Our posts reached over 42 million people.

The Academy’s video production capability achieved rapid growth in both the quantity of videos created and number of people reached. The majority explored science, some were designed for specific events like the SAGE Awards, International Brain Initiative or Science at the Shine Dome, and others were public education campaigns covering topics like immunisation and meningococcal disease. Our articles added depth to many of the videos produced and gained a significant audience of their own.

The success of the video production capability attracted interest across the media and marketing industry. Presentations were given at the industry-leading Mumbrella 360, World Congress of Science and Factual Producers, and Public Communication of Science and Technology events. The team was also recognised by the Public Relations Institute of Australia, receiving the Golden Target Award for Not-For-Profit In-House PR Team of the Year.

Participation of Fellows

Fellows were crucial to the success of the Academy’s video production capability. Fellows also provided suggestions of science stories or papers to be covered by video, and a group of the Academy’s Fellows oversaw the project.


videos produced


articles published


Fellows featured in or reviewed a video

Top science video stories of 2018

Claim of gene-edited babies

The first genetically edited babies has caused global controversy

Size matters, and it's changing

How we measure things like the kilogram is changing

The new space race

Australia has launched a new space agency

Civilisation at risk

'The extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon'

An Australian maths first

Professor Nalini Joshi has spent her life breaking down barriers

The world must act now

We need to build disaster resilient communities and take action


Our immunisation campaign included six videos and five articles to answer the most common questions, including what is immunisation, what’s in a vaccine, who benefits from vaccination, how safe are vaccines and the future of vaccination. Total social media views of the videos were 4.2 million, and shares nearly 3500.

More about immunisation

Climate change

This video, produced on behalf of 22 national academies and societies of science, called for Commonwealth leaders to take action to address climate change. The video was released along with a consensus statement among the science academies. It had more than 1.1 million views on social media.

More about the call for action

Curious website

The Curious website, where we publish our science articles and videos for a broad audience, received 961,000 visits, nearly tripling the number from the previous year.

Visit the Curious website

Our social platforms


The Academy maintained a high media profile throughout the year, with Fellows and National Committee members contributing to mainstream media stories. We also produced many breaking news videos that were embedded by media outlets in online stories.

Most embedded video: Climate warning—the world must act now (IPCC report)

Most embedded science article: Which came first—the chicken or the egg?


media releases issued


news articles published on our website


mentions of the Academy on social media


pieces of media coverage across radio/TV, print and online


embeds of videos into online media stories, including syndications


embeds of videos into all websites, including syndications


The Academy delivered multiple engaging events across Australia, with a highlight being more than 3000 people enjoying Dr Karl and Professor Veena Sahajwalla in during National Science Week.

Science at the Shine Dome

Adjunct Professor Virginia Haussegger (right) in discussion with Australian of the Year Professor Michelle Simmons at the gala dinner.

A smoking ceremony was an integral part of the event.

Science at the Shine Dome was a celebration of great achievements and sharing of knowledge.

Science at the Shine Dome, The Academy’s celebration of science held in May each year, saw 400 attendees hear from 57 speakers over three days.

The event started with the Academy’s annual symposium, which looked at the role of science in predicting, mitigating, responding to and recovering from natural hazards and weather events. The event also saw 21 new Fellows admitted to the Academy in recognition of their work in science.

Australian of the Year, Professor Michelle Simmons spoke at the gala dinner about her science career so far and the quest to build a quantum computer. The dinner also saw the launch of the Academy’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scientist Travelling Research Award.

On the final day of the event, 15 researchers received highly sought-after honours for outstanding achievements in science.


new Fellows admitted


Academy medals presented


EMCR workshops


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National speaker series—The science of sport

The series answered some key questions about sport and physical activity, such as Does the soccer World Cup get people off the couch? How can we efficiently fuel our bodies during physical activity? How do you motivate the physically inactive? How does exercise impact our mental health? It also explored a day in the life of an elite athlete and scientist, what research says about female participation in sport, and even how science and maths play a role in football.


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total speakers


reached on Facebook

Canberra speaker series—The science of us

The series investigated the science of our lives and our health, from the moment of conception through to death, focusing on some of the issues we face during our lives and what science is doing to resolve them. Topics covered included reproduction, mental health, addiction, ageing of the body and brain, organ donation and palliative care.


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reached on Facebook

National Science Week—Dr Karl and Professor Sahajwalla

This two-part event was a resounding success, with over 1500 school students at the first show and over 1600 members of the public in the evening. Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Professor Veena Sahajwalla informed and entertained, answered audience questions, and engaged with guests after each show. These events enabled us to continue to build public awareness and understanding of science with two of Australia’s most widely recognised science personalities.


total audience

The Academy website

The Academy website received 673,000 visits, an increase of 27% on the previous year.

Visit the Academy website

Peer-reviewed journals

Historical Records of Australian Science


articles on the history of science


biographical memoirs


book reviews

CSIRO Publishing Journals of Scientific Research


peer reviewed scientific journals from CSIRO Publishing, supported by the Academy

Philanthropy and

The development of the biodiversity decadal plan was supported by the Ian Potter Foundation. Image from the plan by Gary Cranitch / © Queensland Museum


Dr Paul Lasky, recipient of the 2018 Pawsey Medal, meeting Mr Hastings Pawsey, son of Dr JL Pawsey FAA after whom the medal is named.

The power of giving

Many of the Academy’s core activities, such as scientific meetings, advice to support policy development, publications, education, public awareness and outreach, international activities, awards and fellowships would not be possible without philanthropic donations.

In 2018, more than $1.7 million in philanthropic donations were made to the Academy, including a generous bequest. This funding strengthens our organisation and ensures that as an independent science leader we are able to influence the future of science in Australia.


For the period 1 July 2017 – 30 June 2018:

Academy Pillars: Donations of or valued at $500,000+

  • Professor GW Kenneth Cavill Bequest ($1,456,000), received March 2018

President’s Circle: Donations of or valued at $100,000 – $499,000

  • Dorothy Hill contribution from the University of Queensland (Principal Partner) ($120,000), received December 2017

  • Estate of the Late Professor John Newton FAA and Dr Silva Newton ($338,856.67), received December 2017

Science Circle: Donations of $20,000 – $99,000

  • Doug Hooley PSM

  • Dr Margaret Middleton

  • Dr Anna Rickards

  • University of Melbourne (final installment of $77,000)

  • Anonymous

More about supporting the Academy


in bequests


in general donations


in award funding




In 2018, many Academy projects and public events were supported by sponsors and partners. Examples of support include sponsorship from government, research organisations and academia at Science at the Shine Dome and National Science Week events.

The value of Science at the Shine Dome sponsorship increased by 68% over the previous year.

More about our Science at the Shine Dome partners

Seven partnerships were delivered in collaboration with externally funded organisations to create, produce and distribute scientific video communications. For example, the Australian Government Department of Health partnered with the Academy to produce videos and articles on immunisation and meningococcal disease.

Other valued partnerships included:

  • Theo Murphy initiatives for early- and mid-career researchers
  • supporters of the Australian Brain Alliance
  • supporters and members of Future Earth Australia
  • the Ian Potter Foundation and other partners to produce the decadal plan for taxomony and biosystematics.

The Academy created a Partnerships Manager position to work across the Academy in support of current and future fundraising initiatives.

Thank you to all 2018 Academy donors, sponsors and partners—we look forward to continuing to collaborate in 2019 and beyond in support of all that is science in Australia.

Case study: Future Earth Australia partnerships

19 members and partners worked with Future Earth Australia and each other to co-design and produce inputs into a ‘science for cities’ initiative, to be launched in June 2019. In addition, Future Earth Australia partnered with Questacon to produce a video on the Sustainable Development Goals, reaching over 1.2 million people on social media. This content builds on Future Earth Australia’s collaboration with Young Person’s Plan for the Planet and other activities.

National collaborations saw Future Earth Australia link scientists and industry to work together on developing scientific standards for the disclosure of physical climate change risk (partners include NAB, QBE, Swiss Re and others); partnerships with Climate-KIC Australia on early-career practitioner mentorship programs; and linkages with the Future Earth global network including hosting of the global Urban Knowledge Action Network.

Future Earth Australia supported more than 115 early-career researchers and practitioners to participate in its activities.

Future Earth Australia's Sustainable Development Goals video produced in partnership with Questacon.

Case study: Supporting early- and mid-career researchers

17 organisations partnered with the Academy to deliver 5 Theo Murphy Initiative (Australia) activities for early- and mid-career researchers in 2018.

The EMCR Forum partnered with 20 organisations to deliver Science Pathways 2018 in Brisbane, with Griffith University as the main supporter.

MAGIC workshop participants.

One of the EMCR events, the Mentoring and Guidance in Careers (MAGIC) workshop, welcomed 34 early-career female or gender diverse researchers in mathematics and physics based in Australia. The event allowed the participants to explore the many facets of forging a career in academic, government or industry settings, and how to build career success and resilience. The workshop was supported by funding from the Theo Murphy Initiative (Australia) through the Australian Academy of Science, the Payne-Scott initiative of the University of Sydney, the Australian National University and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies.

Operational excellence

New year celebrations, 2018. Photo: Matthew Noble


The Academy is governed by a Council of 17 Fellows, which met four times. To ensure Academy business was progressed effectively between Council meetings, the Executive Committee (EXCOM) met seven times. See all members of Council and EXCOM as at 31 December.

Officers of Council (EXCOM) who retired

  • Professor Andrew Holmes, President
  • Professor Cheryl Praeger, Foreign Secretary
  • Professor Pauline Ladiges Secretary Education and Public Awareness

Ordinary members of Council who retired

  • Professor Ian Hume, Ordinary Member (Biological Sciences)
  • Professor John Mattick, Ordinary Member (Biological Sciences)
  • Professor Sue O'Reilly, Ordinary Member Physical Sciences
  • Professor Mandyam Srinivasan, Ordinary Member Physical Sciences

Fellows elected to Council Officer (EXCOM) positions

  • Professor John Shine AC , President
  • Professor Elaine Sadler, Foreign Secretary
  • Professor Hans Bachor AM, Secretary Education and Public Awareness of Science

Fellows elected to Ordinary Member positions

  • Professor Wendy Hoy AO, Ordinary Member (Biological Sciences)
  • Professor Marilyn Anderson AO, Ordinary Member (Biological Sciences)
  • Professor Frances Separovic, Ordinary Member (Physical Sciences)
  • Professor Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Ordinary Member (Physical Sciences)

Council appointments

  • Professor Ian Chubb AC, to fill a casual vacancy on Council
  • Professor Sue O’Reilly AM, co-opted onto EXCOM to assist Secretary Education and Public Awareness and Observer at Council.

The Finance Committee met four times. It is one of seven governance committees of Council that have an advisory role.

More about Academy governance

Financial summary

2017–18 financial year

The Academy:

  • raised $18.9 million ($11.4 million government and grant funding, $3.6 million investment revenue, $3.9 million self-generated revenue)

  • invested $17.1 million, with major investments in $9.6 million grant-related expenditure, $5.43 million administration, $1.51 million project-related expenditure, $0.56 million Primary Connections.

Read the full 2017-18 Financial Report

The Shine Dome as a venue

With a focus on external hire, the Shine Dome was hired on 106 days and earned a total of $223,000.

A new website to promote the Shine Dome as a venue provided an excellent opportunity to support marketing impact and revenue growth.

More about the Shine Dome as a venue

Our employees

Academy Secretariat employees, 2018


employees at 31 December, of which 20 were part time


work teams implemented the Academy’s strategic objectives


years service by longest-serving current staff member

Operational improvements

The Academy:

  • engaged a new Venue Manager to increase venue hire of the Shine Dome
  • implemented a new financial management information system
  • reviewed the five-year Capital Management Plan for the Shine Dome and Ian Potter House
  • reviewed the three-year ICT Strategic Plan
  • reviewed all building management systems.

New year celebrations, 2018. Photo: Matthew Noble

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