Australian Academy of Science Newsletter 151

Australian Academy of Science Newsletter June 2021 Number 150

John Shine

Message from the President

As Australia comes to grips with the Delta variant of COVID-19, the sharing of reliable and accessible information is more important than ever. 

Can Australia emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and build a world-leading RNA science-based biotech industry?

Australia could become a world leader in RNA science and technology.

New report: COVID-19 has exacerbated gender inequity in the STEM workforce across the Asia-Pacific

The impact of COVID-19 has heightened career challenges and barriers for women in the STEM workforce across the Asia-Pacific.

Marine and coastal leaders urge government to adopt FEA Sustainable Oceans and Coasts Strategy

Delegates at national conference speak out in support of the Future Earth Australia strategy.

Australian nutritional researcher nominated for international 2021 ASPIRE Prize

Dr Jessica Bogard is Australia’s nomination for the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education.

scienceXart returns in 2021 to celebrate the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables

This art competition calls on primary school students to sink their teeth into the science of what they eat.

Exploring possible futures through the Sustainable Shine Dome project

How can we design the best possible future in the face of the great challenge of climate change?

Frank Fenner

Academy’s Fenner collection to be digitised with the support of international grant

The grant will enable the Academy, in collaboration with the National Library of Australia, to digitise significant parts of Professor Frank Fenner's collected papers.

New videos and articles featuring COVID information



Five important questions about COVID-19


Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine? How to weigh up your risks and benefits

Pregnancies, periods and COVID-19 vaccines: what you need to know

COVID-19 vaccines and variants: how do they work?

The Shine Dome is open for bookings

The Academy’s heritage-listed Canberra building, the Shine Dome, is open for bookings as a unique and memorable event venue. The building offers a variety of venue spaces to choose from. Due to its popularity we recommend booking well ahead.

Fellows update

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

  • Obituary for Professor John Spence

Symposium—Science and the Public Good

12 August

Join us at the Australian Academy of Science's annual symposium in August 2021 as we explore the value of science to everyone. At ‘Science and the Public Good’, speakers will help us to explore the critical importance of studying mathematics, chemistry, biology and physics, and how this fundamental knowledge is essential to scientific advances. Hear from distinguished scientists from across Australia as they talk about their own work, and the importance of the broader disciplines. You are invited to join us, from anywhere across the globe, to participate in this thought-provoking event. More about this event

Food for thought

10 AugustAlternative food sources
12 OctoberFood security
14 DecemberThe future of food and nutrition

Falling Walls Lab Australia

1 September

Watch some of our most innovative Australians pitching their research work, business model or unique initiative in a bid to be selected as the Australian representatives at the Falling Walls Lab global finale in November. A jury, chaired by Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Cathy Foley, will select the three most innovative and promising ideas as winners of Falling Walls Lab Australia 2021. More about this event


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


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