Australian Academy of Science Newsletter 148

Australian Academy of Science Newsletter April 2021 Number 148

Message from the Chief Executive

I am thrilled to announce that Science at the Shine Dome, the Academy’s annual signature event, is back in 2021!

Science at the Shine Dome returns in hybrid event series

Registration is now open for Science at the Shine Dome, the Academy’s premier annual event. 

Regional research set to get digital boost

Funding has been awarded to researchers to increase connectivity and engagement within the Asia–Pacific region in response to the pandemic.

The passing of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

HRH Prince Philip was a keen supporter of science and attended the Shine Dome in 1962 when he was made a Royal Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.

Climate adaptation summit outlines priorities for an inclusive and coordinated national approach

A  national summit has outlined critical priorities for future frameworks and collaboration for Australia to adapt to climate change.

Time capsule with Fellows’ messages for the future placed under Dome

A time capsule containing Fellows’ messages to the future has been placed under the copper roof of the Shine Dome.

Support Science at the Shine Dome

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.

In brief

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.

Opportunities for scientists

Find out about current opportunities for scientists:

  • Academy awards and funding opportunities
  • Australian Museum Eureka Prizes
  • Premi Ramon Margalef d'Ecologia
  • L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards
  • Prince Mahidol Award
  • Order of Australia Honours

Fellows update

Keep abreast of the Academy Fellowship in the Fellows update​:

  • Honours and awards to Fellows
  • Obituary for Professor Jeremy Pickett-Heaps

What if scientists ruled the world?

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.

Science at the Shine Dome—inaugural Ruby Payne-Scott Lecture

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

Food for thought

The Honorary editor of the Academy newsletter is Professor Yuri Estrin FAA


© 2023 Australian Academy of Science