The Academy

We are an independent Australian learned academy, championing science for the benefit of all. Our mission is to advance Australia as a nation that embraces scientific knowledge and whose people enjoy the benefits of science.

A self-governing Fellowship of many of Australia’s distinguished scientists, the Academy was founded on 16 February 1954 by Australian Fellows of the Royal Society of London with the distinguished physicist Sir Mark Oliphant as founding President.

Incorporated by Royal Charter, the Academy is a not-for-profit registered charity, governed by a Council elected by and from the Fellowship.

Strategic plan

The Academy’s Strategic Plan 2023–2028 sets out our mission, values, priorities and strategic objectives.

Heritage buildings

The Academy is located in Canberra, in the Heritage listed Shine Dome and the ACT Heritage Registered Ian Potter House. Read about the buildings’ architecture and history, and how you can hold events at the Dome.

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