Australian Academy of Science Newsletter 119

Message from the Chief Executive

August spells National Science Week and what a feast of activities on offer across the country.

Australia’s science leaders reissue their call for stronger action on climate change

The Academy has reissued its call for the Australian Government to use the best available science to guide action on climate change.

Australian mathematician wins Fields Medal

Australian mathematician Akshay Venkatesh has become only the second Australian to win a Fields Medal, often described as the Nobel Prize for mathematics. 

Academy reaches new heights during National Science Week

Record crowds attended shows featuring renowned science communicator Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and newly elected Fellow, Professor Veena Sahajwalla. 

Australian scientist wins APEC ASPIRE Prize

A talented local scientist’s work to develop a form of ‘electronic skin’ has been recognised with the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE).

Academy Fellow wins ANZAAS Medal for her scientific achievements

Newly elected Fellow and organic geochemist Professor Kliti Grice has been recognised for her extraordinary contribution to science.

Chand Gudi wins Heidelberg Laureate Forum Fellowship

The Academy has selected Siva Leela Krishna Chand Gudi to represent Australia at the 6th Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Germany.

Importance of soils the focus of S20 summit

The importance of soils to food and nutrition security was the focus an international summit of scientists held in Argentina recently. 

Fellows receive prestigious ARC Laureate Fellowships

Five Fellows of the Academy are among 16 recipients of the Australian Research Council’s prestigious Laureate Fellowships.

Academy sees rapid rise in social media audiences

Recent contributions to government policies—June to August 2018

International news

  • Nalini Joshi elected Vice-President of the International Mathematical Union
  • Australia–India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) Early- and Mid-Career Fellowships 2019
  • Be part of the audience at Falling Walls Lab Australia
  • 2018 Australia–Americas PhD Research Internship Program wraps up
  • Royal Society Foreign Secretary meets with Fellows

Coming events

  • Dyason Lecture 2018—Dancing with Strangers (Sydney)
  • Falling Walls Lab Australia (Canberra)
  • Introducing Future Earth (Melbourne)
  • 2018 Australasian Early Career Researchers Network (AECURN) Queensland Symposium (Brisbane)

Opportunities for scientists

  • Australia–India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) Early- and Mid-Career Fellowships 2019
  • Order of Australia Honours
  • Fonds Pacifique
  • Lurie Prize in the Biomedical Sciences
  • Wolf Prize
  • Balliet Latour Health Prize

Fellows update

  • Honours and awards to Fellows
  • Obituaries for Professor Alex Moodie and Professor John Veevers

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