Message from the Chief Executive—April 2018

April 16, 2018
Large stone being lowered into place, with several men in suits nearby
Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies laying the Shine Dome foundation stone on 2 May 1958.

The Academy will soon celebrate an important anniversary—the 60th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the Shine Dome. Fellow of the Academy, the late Arthur Hogg FAA had suggested that a fragment of the Great Melbourne Telescope that had been discarded and was located on Mt Stromlo, near Canberra, be used as the Foundation stone. Roy Grounds, the architect responsible for the Dome’s unique design was present when then Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies laid the stone on 2 May 1958. Should you be in or around the building please feel free to visit the Dome and view the historic stone and other artefacts that are located in the foyer.

It’s not too late to register for the Academy’s annual flagship event, Science at the Shine Dome, to be held on 22-24 May. It’s a unique occasion to celebrate science and to honour outstanding achievements in science. For the first time, the Academy is proud to offer child minding services and carer assistance grants to support parents and carers participation at Science at the Shine Dome. The April newsletter includes information on how to access these opportunities.

Australia’s brain scientists have formed an alliance calling for national efforts to understand the brain and supercharge advances in therapies and the emergence of new technologies and industries in Australia. At the end of March the Australian Brain Alliance, Chaired by Professor Linda Richards FAA, launched the national campaign to ‘Crack the Brain’s Code’. Brain alliance members discussed, with more than 75 politicians and their staff, how brain science is informing the way we live, work and play and how Australia can be positioned on this neuro-frontier. You can support these efforts by becoming a Brain Champion today. You can read more about the quest to establish an Australian Brain Initiative and Australia’s involvement in the International Brain Initiative in the April newsletter.


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