Supporting the Academy

Since its creation by Royal Charter in 1954, gifts and legacies from Fellows and friends have helped the Academy to maintain a degree of financial independence. Many of our core activities such as scientific meetings, expert independent advice to support policy development, science education, public awareness and outreach, and awards and fellowships would not be possible without this long-term support. It is critical to achieving our strategic objectives.

Donations to the Academy are put straight to work. In recent months donations have made a huge impact in supporting primary school science education through Primary Connections, improving public understanding of science with Nova: science for curious minds, supporting excellence in Australian science with the Academy Awards and Medals, and improving gender equity in science through the SAGE Pilot

A full report of how donations and bequests are supporting and enabling the work of the Academy will soon be sent to our donors, when we launch our new philanthropy newsletter. Join us as a donor and enjoy unique donor events, opportunities to meet special guest speakers, and opportunities to get close to the programs that have particular meaning to you.

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We are deeply grateful to the following individuals and organisations for their extraordinary generosity. Our Academy Pillars have contributed an outstanding level of support to the Australian Academy of Science.

Private giving

Academy Pillars

(Donations of or valued at $500,000+)

In perpetuity

  • Sir Jack Ellerton Becker FAA
  • Estate of Thomas Lewis Davis
  • Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts
  • FJ Fenner AC CMG MBE FAA FRS and Mrs Bobbie Fenner
  • Dr Margaret Middleton
  • The Royal Society (UK)—Theo Murphy (Australia) Fund
  • Estate of Ian Gordon Ross AO FAA
  • Estate of Miss JG Russell
  • Professor John Shine AO FAA
  • Telstra

The Australian Academy of Science acknowledges the support of donors who have given generously between 1 August 2015 and 31 October 2015. Their support plays a critical role in helping the Academy achieve its mission.

President's Circle

(Donations of or valued at $100,000–$499,999)

Science Circle

(Donations of or valued at $20,000–$99,999)

  • Estate of the Late Professor Jan Anderson FAA—advised
  • Estate of the Late Professor David Craig AO FAA
  • Professor Neville Fletcher AM FAA
  • Griffith University

Academy Supporters

(Donations of or valued at $10,000–$19,999)

Friends of the Academy

(Donations of or valued at $5,000–$9,999)

  • Anonymous

Academy Associates

(Donations of or valued at $1,000–$4,999)

  • Dr Leo Clarebrough OAM FAA
  • Professor F Mendelsohn FAA

Donors $500–$999

Donors up to $499

  • Mr Tom Bicknell

NOTE: The Australian Academy of Science is registered as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR). Your donation to the Academy is fully tax deductible.

For more information about giving to the Academy through a donation or bequest, please contact Ms Isobel Griffin MFIA, Manager, Development and Stewardship, by email or on 02 6201 9471.


Neville Fletcher (left) with guest speaker Amanda Barnard (centre) and Chris Hatherly, Director Science Policy and Projects at the Academy (right), enjoying a relaxed moment at the October Public Speaker Series talk

The Academy’s public events and work to foster international relationships would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. We are grateful for the following sponsorships, made between September and November 2015:

International Activities

  • University of Melbourne: contribution towards the international activities of the Academy

Public Speaker Series

October 2015: Nanoscience

  • CSIRO Manufacturing Flagship: talk Co-Sponsor 

Wine Sponsor

The Academy thanks Bill Mason from Regional Wine and Beverage Merchants Pty Ltd (RWBM) for his generous donation of wines for all Academy events across the year.

For more information about coming sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mitchell Piercey, Events Manager, by email or on 02 6201 9462.

NOTE: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this report. We sincerely apologise if any error or omission has occurred. If you notice an error or omission please notify the Academy of Science on 02 6201 9400.

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