Australian Academy of Science Newsletter 150

Australian Academy of Science Newsletter June 2021 Number 150

Anna-maria Arabia

Message from the Chief Executive

Two of our programs are currently leading exciting work that could open up vast untapped opportunities for Australia.

Sustainable Oceans and Coasts National Strategy 2021-2030

Cooperation, grassroots action and First Peoples’ knowledge will unlock Australia’s blue economy

This ten-year strategy presents a national implementation plan to ensure healthy coasts and oceans for a just and environmentally sustainable future.

Mission to map Australia’s biodiversity predicted to bring big economic benefits

A new cost-benefit analysis has found every $1 invested in discovering all remaining Australian species will bring up to $35 of economic benefits to the nation.

National roundtable to bring together experts to set future priorities for RNA science and research

World-leading experts will come together for a national roundtable to map out Australia’s national priorities for RNA science and research.

Four Academy Fellows recognised in Queen’s Birthday honours

Four Academy Fellows have received the Order of Australia for their outstanding service or exceptional achievements.

How is science funded in Australia?

See a breakdown of science and research funding by sector in our latest Science for Australians feature.

Professionals gather online to reboot the STEMM sector

EMCRs and STEMM professionals got together recently to co-design a better future for the STEMM sector at the Reboot STEMM online think tank.

Archives provide window into Antarctic research

Edgeworth David’s involvement with Antarctic research spanned four decades—first as a scientist and explorer, and later as an advocate for expeditions.

Auroras and where to spot them

Find out about auroras, the ethereal polar lights that have captivated humanity since ancient times.

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. Sporting a shiny new copper roof, the building offers a variety of venue spaces to choose from. Due to its popularity we recommend booking well ahead.

Opportunities for scientists

Find out about current opportunities for scientists:

  • CSL Florey Medal
  • Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation
  • Victoria Fellowships
  • 2022 Australian of the Year Awards
  • Queen Elizabeth Prize in Engineering
  • Order of Australia Honours

Fellows update

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

  • Honours and awards to Fellows

Healing Country: Challenges in Indigenous health and medical research

6 July

In NAIDOC Week, eminent Australian epidemiologist and Academy Fellow, Professor Fiona Stanley will facilitate a panel that will reflect on the priority areas, and how COVID-19 has impacted research including collaboration and engagement with community. More about this event

Impact of COVID-19 on women in the STEM workforce | Asia–Pacific

13 July

Hear from a panel of science leaders from across the region, who will unpack the findings from a research project conducted by the Academy which included a survey of over 1000 people and the collection of 20 personal stories. More about this event

The Sustainable Shine Dome: Possible futures

14 July

This final symposium in the series will focus on broad challenges and practical issues to the Australian response to climate change, lessons for a carbon active future, and specific findings and recommendations for the Shine Dome. More about this event

Science at the Shine Dome—2021 Matthew Flinders Lecture

28 July

The next in the series of online Science at the Shine Dome events is the 2021 Matthew Flinders Lecture by Professor Andrew Holmes AC FAA FTSE FRS. Find out more and register for this and other events in this series.

Food for thought

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

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


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