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The research of Australian scientists forms the foundation on which we build our future. We want to capture these stories—but we need your help. Support our interviews with Australian Scientists

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Support Interviews with Australian Scientists and make history with us

From 1995 to 2012, the Australian Academy of Science documented the remarkable stories of Australian scientists through the Interviews with Australian Scientists program.

The Academy recorded interviews with nearly 150 researchers, from Dame Bridget Ogilvie, the ‘girl from the bush’ who became Director of the Wellcome Trust, to pioneering microbiologist Professor Frank Fenner who oversaw the eradication of smallpox.

But there are still so many fascinating tales waiting to be told.

You can help us capture them before they’re lost to the mists of time.

Today, we are committed to reinvigorating Interviews with Australian Scientists in audio (podcast) format. Join us to support this project recording stories that will enrich and inspire the next generation of exceptional scientists.

“It’s investing in our future,” says Professor Robyn Williams AM FAA, ABC science journalist and broadcaster. “When you hear these stories about how things can be transformed, you are both inspired and excited.”

Interviews with Australian Scientists goes beyond the soundbite to delve deep into the extraordinary lives and achievements of our best and brightest. “All of these stories show how marvellously human and broad are our scientists.” says Williams.

“You need to know when something's important and worth paying attention to, and if it's from the Academy, it will be,” he adds.

Your donation today will contribute toward the costs of preparing for and conducting the interviews of Fellows of the Academy.

The Academy has committed $25,000 to the project and we invite you to add to this worthy venture to preserve our shared history.

In the fast-paced age of technology and endless emails, the importance of taking the time to document our scientists’ amazing lives cannot be underestimated, says Williams. “The number of science media publications and broadcasts is getting smaller and smaller, so if you don't do it, no one else will.”



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