Strategic plan

Download a summarised version of the Academy's 2015-2020 strategic plan here, or read the full plan below.


The vision of the Australian Academy of Science is a scientifically informed community that embraces excellence in science and is guided by and enjoys the benefits of scientific endeavour.


The mission of the Australian Academy of Science (the Academy) is to provide independent, authoritative and influential scientific advice, promote international scientific engagement, build public awareness and understanding of science, and champion, celebrate and support excellence in Australian science in accordance with its Charter.

Influential voice

The Academy will provide independent, authoritative and influential scientific advice.

Our objectives are to:

  1. be a trusted, authoritative and influential source of advice to government and industry
  2. ensure Australia has a comprehensive and effective national science strategy
  3. encourage the science sector to speak with a unified voice, with the Academy taking a lead role.

We will achieve these by:

  • working with Fellows to provide expert scientific policy advice in identified priority areas
  • collaborating with ACOLA and likeminded science organisations
  • establishing a national science sector alliance to advise government and advocate for change
  • engaging with politicians and policy makers
  • building a compelling case for science funding.

We expect to achieve a stronger voice for science, a greater understanding of the Academy’s role in policy, and increased influence with government, industry and other sector stakeholders.

International engagement

The Academy will promote international scientific engagement.

Our objectives are to:

  1. facilitate Australia’s access to global science and technology, and promote strategic partnerships between Australian and overseas researchers
  2. contribute Australian expertise and leadership in regional and global science networks.

We will achieve these by:

  • assisting the Government to deliver its international science activities
  • advocating for a strategic and comprehensive international science engagement program
  • developing our international exchange programs
  • providing science leadership in South-East Asia
  • nominating Australian scientists to international bodies

We expect to achieve better opportunities for Australian scientists to work with and benefit from international collaborations, and a stronger focus on science in our region.

Scientific literacy

The Academy will build public awareness and understanding of science.

Our objectives are to:

  1. enhance the quality of Australian school science and maths education
  2. expand public awareness and appreciation of science.

We will achieve these by:

  • enhancing, sustaining and extending the impact of our Primary Connections and Science by Doing programs
  • seeking opportunities to develop a national ‘maths by inquiry’ school education program
  • developing and promoting our flagship NOVA: Science for Curious Minds program
  • increasing our public and social media reach using innovative communication strategies
  • running national science events
  • holding an annual scientific symposium.

We expect to achieve enhanced school science and maths education, with more engaged, numerate and scientifically literate students, and a greater public understanding and appreciation of science and of the Academy.

Excellence in science

The Academy will champion, celebrate and support excellence in Australian science.

Our objectives are to:

  1. celebrate and support excellence in science
  2. foster a strong and diverse cohort of future scientific leaders
  3. ensure election of Academy Fellows is representative of Australia’s scientific strengths.

We will achieve these by:

  • developing and promoting the Academy’s science awards
  • supporting the National Committees for science to champion their disciplines
  • producing expert publications
  • supporting the Early and Mid-Career Researcher Forum
  • holding prestigious Theo-Murphy events for emerging scientists
  • working to improve gender equity in Australian science
  • continually improving the Academy’s election processes.

We expect to achieve wide-spread recognition of scientific excellence, stronger scientific disciplines, and a strong cohort of emerging scientific leaders.

Operational excellence

Underpinning it all is our commitment to operational excellence in governance, human resources, financial and business management. Our objectives are to ensure long-term sustainability, efficient operation and to embrace the highest standards of professionalism in order to allow our small and dedicated secretariat to achieve our ambitious strategic agenda with and on behalf of the Academy Fellowship.

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