Australian Academy of Science Newsletter 135

Message from the President

Science and scientists will continue to support many aspects of human and environmental recovery, adaptation and mitigation relating to the many challenges Australia has experienced this summer.

Statement regarding Australian bushfires

As a nation, we must deal with extreme weather events more effectively than we currently do.

The Australian bushfires—why they are unprecedented

The Australian fires are the largest to affect any of the 17 megadiverse countries, and at least a billion birds, mammals and reptiles have been killed.

Academy's response to the bushfires

The Academy is actively responding to this season’s bushfires through its Fellows and its capabilities in policy and communications.

Celebrate science and challenge your thinking at Science at the Shine Dome

One of Australia’s most exciting events on the scientific calendar will take place in May when the Academy holds its annual three-day convergence.

Academy awards reflect the excellence and diversity in Australian science

Outstanding contributions to science have been recognised with 18 current and future superstars receiving prestigious 2020 honorific awards.

Academy announces Indigenous travelling scientist awards

Michael-Shawn Fletcher and Frank Loban have received the Academy’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scientist Travelling Research Award for 2020.

2020 J G Russell and Douglas and Lola Douglas awardees

Six young researchers are receiving top-up funds to extend the benefits they experience from ARC and NHMRC funding.

Nominate now for the Academy’s 2021 awards

Don't miss the opportunity to nominate for the Academy’s 2021 honorific awards, research conferences, research awards and travelling fellowships.

Academy launches two new career awards for 2021

Two brand new career awards will form part of the Academy’s 2021 award round, honouring two of Australia’s pioneering women scientists.

Fellows recognised in 2020 Australia Day honours

Five Academy Fellows are among the Australians recognised in the 2020 Australia Day Honours List.

Gender equity conference demonstrates progress and inspires change

The Catalysing Gender Equity 2020 Conference showed the success, impact and growth potential for inclusion and diversity in STEM.

Meet our STEM Women Changemakers

These women are using their knowledge, experience and networks to share their ideas and solutions for gender equity in STEM.

Professor Lisa Kewley awarded 2020 James Craig Watson Medal

Professor Kewley has been recognised with a major US award for her pioneering contributions to the study of galaxy formation and evolution.

Changing our attitude to ‘waste’

Australians must start treating waste as a resource rather than a problem, says recycling science expert Professor Veena Sahajwalla.

Canberra’s iconic landmark damaged in hailstorms

The Academy's two historic buildings sustained significant storm damage in January but the archives were protected thanks to a rescue effort by staff.

Regional researchers gain valuable skills in Armidale

Interest in history of Australian science reflected in Academy’s journal

Opportunities for scientists

  • Academy awards and funding opportunities for 2021
  • 2020 Keio Medical Science Prize
  • Prime Minister's Prizes for Science
  • The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Awards 2020
  • The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Siwei Cheng Award in Economic Sciences
  • King Faisal International Prize

Fellows update

  • Honours and awards to Fellows
  • Obituaries for Professor Gerry Wake, Professor Lew Mander and Professor Ray Martin

Science at the Shine Dome Registrations now open for the Academy's annual celebration of science, 26–28 May, Canberra

Quantum Chemistry: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Professor Peter Gill presents the David Craig Lecture series, with this one on 13 March at the University of Newcastle

Food for Thought: Edible insects A scientific and culinary journey through the growing world of edible insects, 1 April, Adelaide

Food for Thought: GM foods Discover the promise and pitfalls of genetic modification, 14 April, Canberra

Food for Thought: Gut Health Discover the world of microorganisms living in your gut, the connections between mind and bowel, and the effects of different foods on health, 9 June 2020, Canberra

Honorary editor: Professor Yuri Estrin FAA


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