Australian Academy of Science Newsletter 152

Australian Academy of Science Newsletter August 2021 Number 152

Anna-Maria Arabia

Message from the Chief Executive

The Academy has added its voice to that of other national academies of the G20 countries urging Afghan authorities to uphold universal values of culture, science and education.

President’s statement on the IPCC Working Group 1 Report

The evidence is overwhelming: human activities are rapidly changing Earth’s climate in every region and across every climate system.

“It is profoundly wrong to deny justice by denying science”

Leading Australian scientists have renewed their call for Kathleen Folbigg’s pardon and release from jail.

Academy endorses Uluru Statement from the Heart

The Australian Academy of Science has proudly added its name to those endorsing the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Australian nutritional researcher wins international 2021 ASPIRE Prize

Dr Jessica Bogard is helping to address malnutrition among women and children in Bangladesh.

Academy Fellows among ARC Linkage Project recipients

Eight Academy Fellows are among the recipients of 67 ARC research projects.

Director of SKA Project recognised with Honorary Membership of the International Astronomical Union

Mr David Luchetti is a key advocate for astronomy.

Mentoring for researchers in space science and knowledge brokering sessions among events for EMCRs

Five exciting new activities have been selected to receive Theo Murphy funding.

From physics to ornithology: the latest edition of Historical Records of Australian Science

Explore the wide range of fascinating articles in the latest edition of Historical Records of Australian Science.

Food-themed scienceXart has fun remote learning activities for primary students

The challenge is to design a plate of food and write a description explaining the science behind the design.

New videos, articles and infographics


Mating to death

This cute marsupial mates itself to death. It's just one of the reasons that two of the 15 species of antechinus are endangered. However, climate change, feral pests and habitat loss are mostly to blame.


Why masks matter

Properly fitted masks help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep us safe, alongside physical distancing, vaccination and other public health measures.

What are exoplanets?

How many other worlds are out there, and how can we find them? Professor Alan Duffy from Swinburne University gives us the rundown on exoplanets.

Stink bug poses major threat

The brown marmorated stink bug doesn't look deadly, but if it was unleashed in Australia it could have a devastating impact on our agricultural industry and way of life.



In brief

Submissions to government

The Academy recently made the following submissions to government:

Apply to attend Lindau in 2022

Another great opportunity for early career researchers: applications are open to attend the 71st Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting with Nobel Laureates in the fields of chemistry, to be held in Germany in late June next year (subject to COVID-19 restrictions). The Lindau Meetings are a highly prestigious annual gathering of around 30 Nobel Laureates and 600 promising young scientists from around the world, to exchange ideas and share experiences. Each year, a small Australian delegation is selected to attend the meeting and take part in a post-meeting study tour, led by a renowned Australian scientist. Find out more about Lindau 2022.

The Science Show to broadcast Academy symposium presentations

The Science Show on ABC Radio National has broadcast the first presentation delivered at the Academy’s recent symposium on Science and the Public Good: How basic research can lead to unexpected breakthroughs by Academy President Professor John Shine. Other presentations are expected to be broadcast in future Science Show programs.

Opportunities for scientists

Find out more about coming opportunities for scientists:

  • 71st Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
  • The Abel Prize
  • Lurie Prize in the Biomedical Sciences
  • 2021 Sydney Quantum Academy PhD ScholarshipsFellows update

Fellows update

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

  • Honours and awards for Fellows
  • Obituary for Professor Roger Short

Falling Walls Lab Australia

1 September

Watch some of our most innovative Australians pitching their research work, business model or unique initiative in a bid to be selected as the Australian representative at the Falling Walls Lab global finale in November. A jury of distinguished academics and businesspeople, chaired by Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Cathy Foley, will select the three most innovative and promising ideas as winners of Falling Walls Lab Australia 2021. More about the Falling Walls Lab Australia event

Science at the Shine Dome 2021: Career award events

7 and 14 September

These events celebrate and recognise the Australian Academy of Science Career Honorific Award recipients. The awardees will each give a short presentation, followed by an interview and audience Q&A. Detailed schedules will be provided closer to the events. More about the career award events

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


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