Australian Academy of Science Newsletter 156

Australian Academy of Science Newsletter December 2021 Number 156

Anna-Maria Arabia

Message from the Chief Executive

As the year draws to a close, I would like to thank you all for your continued support of the Academy.

Celebrating Science: the year in review

Throughout 2021, the Australian Academy of Science has again sought to place science at the service of the nation and to make science available to everyone.

What we're reading: Australia's top scientists' summer book and podcast recommendations

The Australian Academy of Science’s Annual Fellows’ Christmas Book and Podcast List has been released, with recommendations from Australia's leading scientists.

Australian experts’ new ideas to better protect World Heritage sites from climate change

Australian experts are calling for the challenges of climate change to be used as a catalyst for positive changes to help conserve the world’s most precious heritage places.

Academy announces new senior leaders

The Australian Academy of Science is pleased to welcome three new appointments to senior roles

Future Earth Australia progresses adaptation strategy

In October, Future Earth Australia announced that it would be producing a National Strategy for Just Adaptation to ensure future generations of Australians can cope with climate change in a sustainable and equitable manner.

Since then, an expert working group of leading climate adaptation researchers and practitioners from across specialist fields has been formed to provide strategic oversight into the strategy.

The drafting of the strategy has begun, and it will be released in early 2022. Keep up to date on the initiative by following Future Earth Australia on Twitter or reading the Academy newsletter.

New articles and videos


Australia's summer weather outlook


With La Niña hitting Australia in the next few months, is our summer going to be wetter than usual?


What is long COVID, and how do I avoid it?

Many of the potential symptoms of long COVID, such as brain fog and mental illness, can make it difficult for people to go about their normal routines.

Beyond the devastating death toll and severe illness caused by COVID-19, there can be a lingering legacy of the disease: it’s known as ‘long COVID’.

In brief

Submissions to government

Opportunities for scientists

Find out more about coming opportunities for scientists:

  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science fellowships
  • Volvo Environment Prize
  • Lefoulon-Delalande Grand Prize
  • AOGS Axford Medal
  • Lasker Award
  • The Royal Society Awards
  • AAHMS Medal for Outstanding Female Researcher

Fellows update

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

  • Honours and awards to Fellows
  • Obituary for Professor Olle Björkman
Food for Thought

Food for Thought: The Future of Food and Nutrition

14 December

How is it that a blob of slime instinctively knows what and how much to eat, yet humans can’t seem to figure it out? Join us to explore the big questions in the final instalment of Food for Thought 2021.

More about this event

Watch videos of all our Food for Thought events in 2021


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


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