The Academy is delivering a dynamic new format in 2021 to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions while engaging new audiences online. Drawing on the Academy’s Fellowship, 2.4 million social media followers along with its networks within the sector and mainstream media, exposure and reach associated with Science at the Shine Dome for event partners is anticipated to be greater than ever before. To find out how you can become an Event Partner, email Academy Partnerships Manager Tracey Murray to reserve your place.
Our Canberra Speaker Series returned to the Shine Dome in April exploring the topic of GM foods. With a combined online and in-person audience of close to 300, two leading experts on the science and the ethics of genetic modification, Academy Fellow Professor Surinder Singh and Professor Rachel Ankeny, discussed the cutting-edge GM research currently happening in Australia and perspectives on ethics and safety. Watch the recording of GM foods.
With its new copper roof, the Academy’s famous Shine Dome has reopened as a venue and is ready to take bookings. The dome has been a much-loved feature of the Canberra landscape since its award-winning construction in 1959, and was National Heritage listed 2005. Its modernist fittings and furnishings are timeless and elegant, and its spaces airy and retro-futuristic. Located next to the highly acclaimed New Acton Precinct, the dome is a short walk from hotels and the Australian National University, and within comfortable walking distance of tourist attractions, cafes, parking and city shops. Find out more about the Shine Dome as a venue.
The Academy, the EMCR Forum and five National Committees for Science made submissions to the University Research Commercialisation Scheme consultation. Read the submissions.
Other recent submissions to government include:
The Academy delivered the fourth in a series of webinars on COVID-19. The latest webinar focused on how indigenous populations around the world have been impacted by the virus. Speakers from Australia, Mexico and Canada explored existing determinants of health for indigenous peoples, limited access to vaccines and health services due to location, and many other issues specific to indigenous populations. The webinar series was delivered in collaboration with the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. Watch the webinar series.
Find out about current opportunities for scientists:
Keep abreast of the Academy Fellowship in the Fellows update:
Join a unique interactive theatre performance to experience an intriguing alternate world where science just might save humanity, or destroy it, depending on how it is used. The performance will follow a Forum Theatre format, where the audience's words shape what will happen on stage.
The first in Science at the Shine Dome series of events this year is the inaugural Ruby Payne-Scott Lecture to be delivered online by Emeritus Professor Cheryl Praeger AC FAA from the University of Western Australia
The Honorary editor of the Academy newsletter is Professor Yuri Estrin FAA
© 2021 Australian Academy of Science