Australian Academy of Science Newsletter 147

Australian Academy of Science Newsletter March 2021 Number 147

Message from the President

The Australian Academy of Science is proud to have played an active role in assessing the science of climate change since the 1970s.

The risks to Australia of a 3°C warmer world

The Academy has released a major report containing recommendations on avoiding the worst impacts of climate change.

Nobel Laureates and leading scientists call for Kathleen Folbigg pardon

Ninety eminent scientists have signed a petition calling for Kathleen Folbigg’s immediate pardon and release from jail.

Statement from the Australian Academy of Science – Kathleen Folbigg

There are medical and scientific explanations for the death of each of Kathleen Folbigg’s children.

Academy responds to Cabinet reshuffle

The Academy thanks outgoing science minister Karen Andrews for her long-term and authentic commitment to science and technology.

Australian scientists changing the world recognised with Academy awards

Current and future stars of science have received prestigious 2021 honorific awards from the Academy.

Disruption of 2020 provides opportunities to accelerate progress on SDGs

The Academy has completed its first assessment of how its activities align with and support the SDGs.

2021 J G Russell awardees receive funding to further support their research

Four early-career researchers have been awarded a prestigious grant that recognises and supports excellence in science research.

STEM Women reaches 3000 member milestone

STEM Women now has more than 3000 members representing expertise across 4500 disciplines and areas of work.

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

If you know someone living in the Asia–Pacific region, or you have an interest in sharing your perspectives, the Academy is seeking insights and experiences about the challenges faced by you or your organisation due to the pandemic.

Primary Connections empowers teachers and supports STEM learning

The Academy has collaborated with the Invergowrie Foundation to develop a professional learning program for teachers.

Make history with the Academy

The Basser Library and Fenner Archives at the Academy have a rich, varied and historic collection of published and primary source materials used to analyse the history of Australian science and establish continuity with science today.

2021 APEC ASPIRE Prize

The Academy invites applications from researchers to be selected as the Australian nominee for the 2021 APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE Prize). The theme this year is ‘Diverse Knowledge for a Sustainable Future’.

In brief

Find out about the stories of two members of an 1872 exploration expedition to Cape York—told by their descendants. The authors of a recent article published in the Academy’s journal, Historical Records of Australian Science, were interviewed by Phillip Adams on ABC Radio’s Late Night Live show. Listen to the interview.

Holding our events online has resulted in a large increase in the number of people able to watch and participate. See recordings of recent Academy events:

The Academy’s Chief Executive, Ms Anna-Maria Arabia, participated in a recent Cosmos Briefing on how science and the law regard each other. Watch the briefing to find out how we could better incorporate science into the legal system.

Opportunities for scientists

Find out about current opportunities for scientists:

  • Academy awards and funding opportunities
  • 2021 APEC ASPIRE Prize
  • Australian Science Policy Fellowship Program
  • Tall Poppy Science Awards
  • International Prize for Biology
  • Jian Zhou Medal
  • Order of Australia Honours

Fellows update

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

  • Honours and awards to Fellows
  • Obituary for Dr Roy Woodall

Food for thought

The Academy has some tasty science this year with the Food for Thought speaker series. During this International Year of Fruit and Vegetables, these events will explore the hidden world of your gut’s microbiome, discover the truth and promise of genetic modification, explore the future of food and nutrition, and more!

Series dates

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


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