Australian Academy of Science Newsletter 117

Message from the Chief Executive

A new President, Science at the Shine Dome, our Annual Report and a new award. So much is happening!

Professor John Shine commences as President of Academy

Pioneering biochemist and molecular biologist Professor John Shine AC PresAA commenced his four-year term as President of the Australian Academy of Science in May.

Academy launches Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scientist Travelling Research Award

A new award will recognise research in the natural sciences by outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD students and early- and mid-career scientists.

New Fellows: ‘GI Jennie’, ‘Ant Man’, and the man who unboiled an egg to join Australia’s science luminaries

The Academy has elected 21 new Fellows for making significant and lasting contributions to science.

Queen’s Birthday honours for seven Academy Fellows

Seven Academy Fellows have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours list.

Academy to deliver new initiatives for women and girls in STEM

The Academy will develop a major roadmap and an online portal to increase the involvement of women and girls in STEM.

Fellow appointed NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer

Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte has been appointed the next Chief Scientist and Engineer for New South Wales.

RMIT scientist’s ‘electronic skin’ recognised

A scientist who is working to develop a form of ‘electronic skin’ has been nominated by the Academy to represent Australia in the APEC ASPIRE Prize.

Science at the Shine Dome celebrates great Australian science

The Academy’s celebration of science this year saw 400 attendees hear from 57 speakers over three days.

International participants build networks at Science at the Shine Dome

Four international early- and mid-career researchers from South-East Asia and the Pacific attended the Academy's major event in May.

Academy’s achievements highlighted in annual report

The Academy’s recently published annual report has highlighted the organisation’s many achievements made in 2017.

Academy hosts International Council for Science strategy meeting

A recent meeting provided an opportunity to discuss the upcoming inaugural General Assembly of the new International Science Council. 

Decadal plan to address nutrition challenges

The National Committee for Nutrition is developing a 10-year plan to address changes in food production and consumption.

Social media supports credible science push

The growth of Academy Facebook followers from 9000 to 400,000 in just nine months shows that people are keen for credible science news online.

Success of Science by Doing due to expert contributors

The Academy’s long-running and widely used education program for high school science owes its success to its expert contributors.

David Black delivers lectures aimed at younger researchers

The 2017 recipient of the Academy’s David Craig Medal and Lecture has delivered nine lectures across Australia as part of his award.

Geoffrey Burnstock succeeds against the odds

Professor Geoffrey Burnstock has been awarded the Macfarlane Burnet Medal and Lecture, the Academy’s highest award in the biological sciences.

Annual Giving Appeal

Recent contributions to government policies—February to June 2018

Opportunities for scientists—June 2018

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scientist Travelling Research Award
  • Falling Walls Lab Australia 2018 (audience)
  • BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards
  • Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize—JSPS
  • 2019 Australian of the Year Awards

Fellows update—June 2018

  • Honours and awards to Fellows
  • Obituary for Dr Guy White

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