Science at the Shine Dome and other coming events

April 16, 2018

Science at the Shine Dome 2018: Celebrating excellence in Australian science

Science at the Shine Dome 2018

22–24 May, Canberra

The Academy’s three-day flagship event in May each year brings Australia’s most influential scientists to the iconic Shine Dome in Canberra to celebrate science and to honour outstanding achievements in science.

Science at the Shine Dome is an event for researchers from all disciplines and career levels to come together and share knowledge. This includes the admission of new Fellows to the Australian Academy of Science, national awards to honour excellence at all career levels, a networking Gala Dinner with political, science sector and industry representatives, and a high-powered symposium on an issue of national importance. A major focus at Science at the Shine Dome is giving early- to mid-career researchers professional development and the opportunity to engage with senior scientists.


As part of the event, our one-day symposium is Predict, respond, recover: science and natural disasters. It focuses on the role science plays in predicting, mitigating, responding to and recovering from natural hazards and weather events. The symposium will cover a range of significant weather events, along with perspectives from diverse scientific disciplines. It will be of interest to

Open to all

Science at the Shine Dome attracts a national and international audience of over 400 people and boundless networking opportunities with Australian Academy Fellows, Chief scientists, Nobel Prize winners, early- and mid-career researchers, government representatives, politicians, media, science sector organisations, and the public. Online, the event reaches an audience of over half a million via a range of social media and digital technology platforms, making the event truly global.

It’s possible to register for some or all of the event.

Join us in 2018 to celebrate excellence in Australian science!

Child minding services and carer assistance grants

The Academy offers parents and carers two ways to access support during Science at the Shine Dome:

  • carer assistance grants for support at home
  • child minding services at the event.

Arrange child minding or apply for a carer assistance grant

Science Pathways 2018: Diversify your thinking

Science Pathways 2018: Diversify your thinking

23 – 24 April, Brisbane

Diversify your thinking will bring together early- and mid-career researchers (EMCRs) and scientific leaders from academia, industry and government.

Australia’s scientific and innovative future calls for a generation of science leaders equipped with the right tools and strategies to better understand the key considerations for interdisciplinary research and collaborations, to achieve more inclusive and equitable environments, and to improve their access to funding opportunities from non-traditional sources.

Bridging the gap between what needs to be achieved in these areas and the current settings represents one of the most important challenges facing emerging researchers. ‘Diversify your thinking’ will create insightful discussion and present key findings on how to face these challenges and implement solutions. The event offers a highly interactive program with a strong professional development focus for EMCRs and with opportunities to network with other future leaders from different backgrounds.  

Boden Research Conference: Ecological surprises and rapid collapse of ecosystems in a changing world

8 – 9 May, Canberra

It is critical to Australia’s future to understand the underlying patterns and cumulative impacts of climate change. The 2018 Boden Research Conference will be a cross-disciplinary examination of emerging phenomena that have widespread devastating impacts, and will focus on developing a common conceptual framework for characterising and understanding ecosystem changes. It will also aim to develop an understanding of the needs of environmental managers and inform future policy.

With the generous support of the late Dr Alex Boden AO FAA, these small specialist conferences in the biological sciences enable research workers in rapidly advancing fields to discuss current advances and problems. One conference is funded annually with up to $10,000 provided. Expressions of intent for next year’s conference are currently open until 1 June.

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