Australian Academy of Science Newsletter 139

Message from the President

The Academy, as always, is meeting its challenges head-on. I’m particularly proud of the recent launch of Global Science in partnership with the International Science Council.

Global Science TV launches 1st episode—Can the world tackle climate change with COVID-19 urgency?

New Academy and International Science Council initiative Global Science broadcasts fortnightly interviews with the world’s best scientists and greatest thinkers.

Academy a top resource for COVID-19 knowledge

The Academy has been named in the top 10 most prominent sources of information during the COVID-19 pandemic by the Australian Science Media Centre.

Funding Australian university research

Australians have put their trust in science as a way forward to set our path out of the COVID-19 pandemic and meet the challenges arising.

Science academies around the world call on governments for a sustainable recovery from COVID‑19

The Academy has joined with 17 other Commonwealth academies to call on governments to ensure a sustainable recovery from the COVID‑19 pandemic.

What if we cannot find a vaccine? German and Australian scientists discuss COVID-19

This recent international webinar featured German virologist Professor Doctor Marylyn Addo and Australian Nobel Laureate and Academy Fellow Professor Peter Doherty.

Industry partnership stands true through pandemic: 3M

Global industry giant 3M has demonstrated its commitment to supporting STEM during COVID-19 by continuing its partnership funding support to the Academy.

Queen’s Birthday honours for five Academy Fellows

Five Academy Fellows have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours, receiving the Order of Australia for their outstanding service or exceptional achievements.

Academy commits to supporting gender equity in higher education during and after COVID‑19

The Academy has signed the ‘Preserving gender equity as a higher education priority during and after COVID-19’ joint statement.

Students encouraged to get creative for maths-themed photo competition

Maths is all around us and this competition challenges students to look a little closer at the everyday things in their lives.

Marine conservationist announced as Australian nominee for 2020 APEC ASPIRE Prize

Dr Amelia Wenger has been announced as the Australian nominee for the 2020 international ASPIRE Prize.

History of science journal marks International Year of Plant Health

The Academy is marking the United Nations’ International Year of Plant Health with a ‘virtual issue’ of its journal, Historical Records of Australian Science.

The heart of the Shine Dome

The Ian Wark Theatre, the grand centrepiece of the Academy’s Shine Dome, is a work of art in itself and reflects generations of outstanding scientific history.

Science policy update

  • Rapid research reports
  • Submissions

Future Earth Australia update

  • Reimagining adaptation initiative
  • Sustainable cities and regions strategy
  • Sustainable oceans and cost strategy
  • Community science for sustainability
  • Early-Career Researcher and Practitioner Program goes online

Opportunities for scientists

  • Falling Walls Lab Australia 2020
  • Queen Elizabeth Prize in Engineering
  • 2021 Australian of the Year Awards

Fellows update

  • Honours and awards to Fellows
  • Obituaries for Professor Geoffrey Burnstock and Professor Mervyn Paterson

Big science from a small country

The Academy is teaming up with Technion Australia and the Embassy of Israel Canberra for a fascinating insight into a small country with a big scientific impact. Academy Chief Executive Ms Anna-Maria Arabia will be in conversation with Professor Aaron Ciechanover, one of the team who received a Nobel prize in Chemistry for their discovery that has transformed the way cancer and other degenerative diseases are treated.

Date: 16 July
Time: 7:00 – 8 pm AEST

Honorary editor: Professor Yuri Estrin FAA



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