Leave a legacy to science by remembering the Academy in your will.
A bequest is a special gift that we preserve as your legacy. It is a wonderful opportunity to ensure that the Academy remains a part of the lives of future generations.
The Australian Academy of Science’s Australian Futures Science Fund allows the Academy to continue to champion Australian scientific excellence, promote and disseminate scientific knowledge, and provide independent scientific advice for the benefit of Australia and the world.
As a supporter of the Australian Futures Science Fund, you will help to create a legacy that will not only guarantee the Academy’s independence, but will continue to foster, celebrate and promote scientific excellence in this nation for generations to come.
For a confidential discussion about naming the Academy in your will, please contact the Bequests Manager:
Isobel Griffin MFIA
Australian Academy of Science
GPO Box 783, Canberra ACT 2601
Telephone 02 6201 9400 or bequests(at)science.org.au
Secretary for Physical Sciences 1980-84, Chair of the committee overseeing the development of the Academy project for primary-school science, Primary Investigations.
The late Professor Neville Fletcher spoke at the launch of the Academy’s First Steps in Science and Technology booklet in November 1991. In that speech he said: “The only way that you are going to get young people to take science seriously is if there are people teaching it effectively in primary schools from the age of four, five or six. By the time they get to 12 or 13, forget it. It’s just another part of the curriculum and it’s a difficult one.”
Twenty-four years later, the Academy has made great strides in educating our young children in primary schools and Professor Fletcher made a valued gift to the academy in his will to ensure those efforts continue into the future.
A Primary Connections’ donor says his interest in science, and in organic chemistry in particular, was fostered by outstanding teachers at school and university. ‘As a pioneer in the field of insect chemistry I was able to build up a substantial team of higher degree students and research workers from the early 1950s.
‘At the Academy, I have strongly supported projects focusing on science education and recently, the extensive teacher training to the Primary Connections Program. Not only good text, but good teaching is essential at all levels.’
Support like that of the late Professor Cavill FAA will ensure that the Academy continues to provide the opportunities for our primary school teachers and their pupils to receive the very best science education possible.
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