Australian Academy of Science Newsletter 157

Australian Academy of Science Newsletter February 2022 Number 157

John Shine

Message from the President

Welcome to 2022. We have begun the year with much activity in the science sector.

Investing in space science R&D is essential to protect Australia’s national interests

Australia’s reliance on data from foreign-owned satellites poses a significant sovereign risk.

Investment in GBR welcome but stronger action needed on climate change

Support for projects that enhance resilience are welcome, but the only way to reduce the risk of dangerous outcomes for the Reef is to limit global warming.

Positive measures and missed opportunities in University Research Commercialisation action plan

The government’s action plan contains a range of positive policies and several opportunities that should be considered.

Joint statement from Learned Academies on ARC grants veto

We urge that our system be consistent with world’s best practice, where expertise in both conducting research and in evaluating which research to support is essential.

Australia to host congress on sustainability in Oceania

Sustainability leaders, experts and innovators are invited to share their knowledge on sustainability challenges and opportunities in the Oceania region.

Five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scientists awarded

Five promising researchers from universities around Australia are the 2022 recipients of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scientist Award.

How women and girls are transforming STEM

Diversity and inclusion are core pillars of the Australian Academy of Science’s vision for a scientifically informed Australian community that embraces excellence in science.

Douglas and Lola Douglas scholar to help reduce youth detention

Ms Lorelle Holland aims to design a culturally appropriate model of care so that disability, social disadvantages and trauma are no longer criminalised offences.

Diaries of Australian virologist who helped eradicate smallpox now available online

The Academy, in collaboration with the National Library of Australia, has digitised Professor Fenner’s diaries detailing his work.

13th JSPS HOPE meeting

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) 13th HOPE meeting is being held from 7 to 11 March 2022.

Since 2008, JSPS has hosted a HOPE Meeting in Japan with Nobel Laureates and around 100 outstanding graduate students and young researchers, specially selected from countries around the Asia–Pacific region. The participants engage in interdisciplinary discussions with Nobel Laureates and other distinguished scientists pioneering the frontiers of knowledge.

The 13th HOPE meeting will be held online and will include 26 hours of events over the five days. The Australian participants for the 13th HOPE meeting are Dr Sharman Tan Tanny from the University of Melbourne, Dr Harini Hapuarachchi from RMIT University and Mr Joe Kaczmarski from the Australian National University.

From physics and pharmacology to astronomy and botany: the latest edition of Historical Records of Australian Science

The latest edition of Historical Records of Australian Science is full of fascinating content with historical articles, biographical memoirs, a historical document and associated expert commentary, the annual bibliography of Australian science, and a collection of reviews compiled by new book review editor, Dr Martin Bush.

Read more.

New articles and videos


Australia in Space: a decadal plan for Australian space science 2021–2030


A ten-year plan for Australian space science, with recommendations and strategies to advance national interests and priorities in space; growing the innovation economy, developing sovereign capability and improving the lives of all Australians.


Can I get COVID-19 if I am fully vaccinated?

You’re vaccinated, now what? As COVID-19 vaccination rates increase in Australia and across the globe, let’s look at the ways that these vaccines work in the real world.

Pregnant? Don’t wait to vaccinate.

Whooping cough vaccine (tick). Flu shot (tick). Now add COVID-19 vaccine to the list. Just as it’s recommended that pregnant women get up-to-date on other vaccines to protect themselves and their families, COVID-19 vaccines are vital.

Concerned about fertility and erectile dysfunction? Get vaccinated.

During COVID-19, fertility and reproductive health have come to the forefront for some who have questions around vaccine safety.

In brief


Submissions to government

Opportunities for scientists

Find out more about coming opportunities for scientists:

  • Keio Medical Science Prize
  • The Advance Awards
  • TWAS Awards
  • King Faisal International Prize
  • Breakthrough Prizes 
  • International Prize for Biology
  • Tall Poppy Science Awards
  • The Jian Zhou Medal
  • Le Grand Prix de la Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie

Fellows update

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

  • Honours and awards to Fellows
  • Obituaries for Professor George Rogers AO, Professor Bill Budd, and Emeritus Professor Jim Quirk AO

Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

1 March

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is currently preparing its Sixth Assessment Report. In an online event, members of the Panel will look at what this means for Australia. Join Australian Academy of Science President, Professor John Shine AC PresAA FAHMS(Hon) FRS, who will host four of the Australian authors of the report.

Register for free

Connecting the dots: knowledge brokering for impact and innovation

1 and 8 March

Comprising four virtual 3-hour sessions over four weeks, Connecting the dots will address what knowledge brokering is, why it is important for impact and innovative science, how knowledge brokering is performed and where to go next to incorporate knowledge brokering into your scientific practice. There are two sessions remaining.

Register for free.

Catalysing Australia–Japan Science and Innovation Symposium

29–30 March

The annual symposium of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Alumni Association in Australia (JSPSAAA) is an opportunity to celebrate the collaborative links between Australia and Japan. It aims to give researchers the opportunity to present the collaborative work between Australia and Japan and explore the possibilities that bilateral collaboration can bring to their research. Participation in this event is moderated, and the organisers approve applications.

Register for free.



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


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