Underpinning our work—the benefits of donations

Donor board update

Low aerial shot of the Shine Dome
The Academy’s donor boards can be viewed in the Shine Dome foyer. Image: Adi Chopra

The Academy’s donor boards, housed in the Shine Dome foyer, are being updated prior to the upcoming annual general meeting to reflect philanthropic giving in 2015.

Donors are also recognised on our website to celebrate our fine history of support.

A special thank you to Dr Anna Rickards, and Academy Fellow Professor Terry Speed FAA and Freda Elizabeth Speed, whose ongoing support has now secured their place as members of the Academy’s President's Circle. 

Enduring gifts

Paul Korner

The Academy would like to acknowledge the generous gift of Academy Fellow the late Professor Paul Korner AO FAA and Mrs Jennifer Korner.

Professor Korner was inducted into the Academy in 1974. He had a lifelong commitment to scientific research, tackling a number of scientific questions over his career in the fields of exercise physiology, circulatory control and hypertension.

His advice to young scientists included the following:

A lot of young scientists that I know do research because it helps them to get a career job, and that’s not a good approach. On the whole, even if it works out that way, you really want to have something that interests you burningly, and that never should stop.

Join our Annual Giving Program

The Academy will launch its new Annual Giving Program in May this year. The program will give donors more and easier opportunities to support the Academy’s important work in providing school and public science education; awards, exchanges and fellowships; and strategic, evidence-based advice for science in Australia.

Your tax-deductible donations are crucial in assisting us to maintain our momentum. They will allow us to better plan for the future by creating a core foundation of philanthropic support on which new and existing programs can thrive and grow.

The new program will offer donors the option of regular monthly, quarterly or annual payments. Gifts to this program will help provide extraordinary opportunities for learning and discovery, driving change through policy development and advocacy, and showcasing excellence through peer recognition of significant contributions to science. By making a donation to the Academy you will join a distinguished group of Fellows and friends and have a greater impact on the issues you care about.

The Australian Academy of Science represents an authoritative, independent and wise voice in the nation’s scientific affairs. It draws its legitimacy from the impeccable credentials of its members, the Fellows — Sir Gustav Nossal AC CBE FAA FRS FTSE, Academy President 1994–1998

The Academy is deeply grateful to all of our supporters and will continue to provide opportunities for you to support your favorite programs. We look forward to giving you the chance to engage with the Academy’s leadership, with the beneficiaries of your support, and with our dedicated program directors.

Supporting the Academy

Scientists should look wide, and … our Academy should give the lead — Sir Thomas Cherry FAA FRS, Academy President 1961–1965

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.

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Private giving

Academy Pillars

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

In perpetuity

Sir Jack Ellerton Becker FAA
Estate of Thomas Lewis Davies
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

The Australian Academy of Science acknowledges the support of donors who have given generously between 1 November 2015 and 31 January 2016. Their support plays a critical role in helping the Academy achieve its mission.

President's Circle

(Donations totalling $100,000–$499,999)

Dr Anna Rickards
Professor Terry Speed FAA and FE (Sally) Speed

Science Circle

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

ARC Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowship to Professor Nalini Joshi FAA
Estate of the Late Professor Paul Korner AO FAA and Mrs Jennifer Korner

Academy Supporters

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

Professor S Cory AC FAA FRS
Selby Scientific Foundation

Friends of the Academy

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

Academy Associates

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

Professor JA McKenzie AM FAA

Donors $500–$999

Donors up to $499

Professor Shane Raidal
Ms Carol Wells (St Peter Julian Eymard Primary School)

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.

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 on 02 6201 9400.


Commonwealth Science Conference

A grant from the UK Royal Society enabled the Academy to provide travel grants to delegates from Australia, the Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea to attend the Commonwealth Science Conference which took place in Bangalore, India, on 25–28 November 2014.

The Commonwealth Science Conference aims to celebrate excellence in Commonwealth science, provide opportunities for cooperation between Commonwealth researchers, inspire young scientists and build scientific capacity in developing nations within the Commonwealth.

An opportunity to provide philanthropic support for delegates to attend the conference is coming up in 2017. If you would like to offer your support, or hear more about the initiative, please contact Isobel Griffin at the Academy.

The conference was a fascinating stage to gain and learn about multidisciplinary scientific studies and to know the leading scientists in the Commonwealth. The chosen speakers were of an unparalleled quality and the breadth of topics (from astrophysics, to health in the Caribbean islands) underpinned the excellence in the Commonwealth science and provided inspiration for all the attendees (definitely me)—Delegate to the 2014 Commonwealth Science Conference
Participants at the 2014 Commonwealth Science Conference


Public speaker series

The Academy’s public speaker series is fully supported by the generosity of our sponsors, together with ticket sales and donations from the community.

The December 2015 speaker was Professor Mary-Anne Williams, one of Robohub’s 25 Women in Robotics You Need to Know About. Professor Williams gave a fascinating talk on the Robot Revolution.

Wine sponsor

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

2015 series wine sponsor

Jeir Station

2016 annual general meeting

Gold sponsor

Department of Industry, Innnovation and Science

Catering sponsor

We are looking forward to working with Edge Catering, incoming catering sponsors for the 2016 Public Speaker Series.

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