Australian Academy of Science Newsletter 159

Australian Academy of Science Newsletter April 2022 Number 159

Anna-Maria Arabia

Message from the President

After four years as President, this is my last message to you in the Academy’s monthly newsletter. I thank you, our friends and supporters, for your readership.

Academy releases ‘Science and Australia's positive future’ position statement ahead of election

Australia must seize the opportunity to secure our future economic and social prosperity through investment in science.

STEM Women goes global

The current STEM Women platform will be expanded to include profiles of women scientists from any country in the world.

Learned academies to supercharge Australia’s global science and technology profile with $18.2 million government investment

The fund will support international collaboration to enhance Australia’s profile in science and technology research and application.

President’s statement on the IPCC Working Group III report

Humanity has the tools to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and arrest catastrophic climate change, but we need to act now.

Reforming World Heritage to mitigate the challenge of climate change

The impact of climate change on heritage-listed assets is complex and global.

National Research Infrastructure crucial factor in research pipeline

The roadmap makes many noteworthy recommendations to ensure Australia’s research infrastructure is poised to deliver long-term national benefit.

Professional athletes subjected to unjustified collection of personal data

A new discussion paper says the growth in personal information collected about Australian professional athletes has outpaced the scientifically proven benefit to players.

The surprising science of prawns and pipes

How can inspiration from a shrimp can help fix leaky pipes?

New articles and videos


IPCC WGIII: The pathway out

We have all the tools ready to deal with climate change, but how fast will we act?


Living with endometriosis

About one in nine Australian women live with endometriosis. This chronic disease is often very painful, but it’s poorly understood and can take several years to diagnose.

The birds Australia is losing

Australia's birds are fast disappearing from many habitats that they used to live in. They're becoming what we call 'locally extinct' from geographic locations across the country.

No time to lose for the Great Barrier Reef

Distinguished Professor Terry Hughes explains why bleaching occurred on the reef this year and what can be done to reduce bleaching events.

Can koalas be saved from extinction?

Koalas are now classed as endangered – how did we get here and what can be done?

Why some plants became carnivores

The world of flesh-eating plants is a strange one. Botanist Dr Adam Cross talks about the advantages of living as a plant with an unusual appetite.

And they're off: The monarch migration

The monarch butterfly is nicknamed the wanderer for a very good reason. Entomologist Professor Myron Zalucki talks about their epic migration.


Science for Australians: Australian science needs long-term investment

A strong science sector relies on long-term, consistent and coherent government funding – the ‘patient capital’ – to support discovery and innovation.

Science for Australians: Industry and jobs, science and technology

Australia needs a properly developed and funded science system.

In brief



Opportunities for scientists

Find out more about current opportunities for scientists:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scientist Award
  • 2022 APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE Prize)
  • Visit to the National Institutes of Health in the USA by a junior scientist
  • Australian Museum Eureka Prizes
  • The John Maddox Prize
  • VinFuture Prize
  • TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize
  • Premi Ramon Margalef d'Ecologia
  • Science Excellence Awards South Australia
  • Prince Mahidol Award
  • Resilient Australia Award
  • RACI National Awards
  • Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology
  • BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards

Screening of ‘Picture a Scientist’

Date: May 16
Venue: The Shine Dome, Canberra

‘Picture a Scientist’ is a feature-length documentary film chronicling the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. From cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we also encounter scientific luminaries who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable and open to all.

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Flourish! Interdisciplinary solutions for a thriving planet

Date (Symposium): 6–7 June 2022
Date (Professional development workshops): 5 May, 24 May and 29 June 2022
Venue: Brisbane and online

The Flourish! Symposium aims to bring together a diversity of researchers, industry, community representatives and policymakers to address the challenges of simultaneously improving human and ecosystem health in an interconnected and changing world and propose boundary-spanning solutions and frameworks to ensure long-term wellbeing and resilience of people and the planet. Accessibility grants are available for this event.

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


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