Australian Academy of Science Newsletter 158

Australian Academy of Science Newsletter February 2022 Number 157

Anna-Maria Arabia

Message from the Chief Executive

March has been a huge month for championing science and celebrating diversity.

Australian Academy of Science statement on current conflict in Ukraine

The Australian Academy of Science condemns in the harshest possible terms the military aggression by Russia on Ukraine.

One year on and still no answer from the NSW Attorney General

In the face of an alternative explanation for the deaths of Ms Folbigg’s children, her continued incarceration is untenable.

Academy welcomes mitochondrial donation law reform

The legislation allows important research to proceed and is expected to enable impacted families to increase their likelihood of having a child unaffected by mitochondrial DNA disease.

Australian scientists’ leading research recognised with Academy awards

Twenty researchers from around Australia have received prestigious honorific awards for their contributions to the advancement of science at the early, mid and career level.

Nominations open for 2023 honorific awards and funding

Nominate now for the Academy’s 2023 honorific awards, research conferences, research awards and travelling fellowships.

The IPCC Working Group II report and what it means for you

What impact is our changing climate having on our lives, jobs and homes?

Eleven young researchers heading to Lindau Nobel Laureates meeting

The 71st annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, dedicated to chemistry, will bring together around 30 Nobel Laureates and 600 young scientists from across the world.

International Women's Day 2022

‘Changing Climates: Equality today for a sustainable tomorrow’ recognises the contributions of women and girls around the world, and calls for climate action for women, by women.

A milestone for championing the vision for women in STEM

The Academy is delighted to welcome Nokia as the 40th Champion of the Women in STEM Decadal Plan.

New educational website to help teachers promote equitable learning

Science by Doing builds on the Academy’s strong educational foundations with a focus on teachers.

Celebrating cultural diversity

Harmony Week celebrates Australian cultural diversity and also aims to increase awareness of the mistreatment and lack of representation of culturally diverse people, particularly in workplaces.

Academy Fellow honoured for international scientific collaborations

Professor Sue O’Reilly has been honoured with one of China’s most prestigious awards.

New articles and videos


How climate change will change our lives


The story behind the IPCC Working Group II report on the impacts of, adaptation to and vulnerability due to climate change.

The science of lifesaving sunscreen

Skin cancer is a deadly disease, killing about 2,000 Australians every year. But here’s the good news: it’s almost entirely preventable.

What causes deadly heatwaves?

Heatwaves are getting deadlier. We asked Dr Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick to explain the causes of this growing emergency, how heatwaves differ from a single hot day, and the impact of these events on native animals.


Kids and COVID-19 vaccines: everything you need to know

The COVID-19 vaccine roll-out has extended to children: parents and caregivers now have the opportunity to protect their children aged 5–11 years with a COVID-19 vaccine designed for kids. We’ve collated information from trusted sources to help you make an informed decision.

The next steps: COVID-19 vaccine boosters

When it comes to COVID-19 vaccines, staying up-to-date with your vaccination is an effective way to provide an extra layer of longer lasting protection from the worst effects of COVID-19. These can come in the form of boosters.

In brief


Submission to government

Opportunities for scientists

Find out more about coming opportunities for scientists:

  • Academy honorific awards and funding opportunities
  • Breakthrough Prizes 
  • International Prize for Biology
  • TÜBA Academy Prizes
  • Tall Poppy Science Awards
  • The Jian Zhou Medal
  • Le Grand Prix de la Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie
  • NSW Physical Sciences Fund 
  • Australian Museum Eureka Prize
  • TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize
  • Premi Ramon Margalef d'Ecologia
  • Prince Mahidol Award

Fellows update

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

  • Honours and awards to Fellows

Lloyd Rees Lecture

6 April

Delayed from 2020, Academy President-Elect Professor Chennupati Jagadish AC FAA FTSE will give his Lloyd Rees Lecture, ‘Semiconductor Nanowires for Optoelectronics Applications’, at the Shine Dome in Canberra. Guests who can join us in person are invited to stay for morning tea after the lecture. The lecture will also be livestreamed for those wishing to view from elsewhere.

More about this event

Science for the public good

11–12 April, for EMCRs

Many frameworks and definitions of research impact have been put forward in international science policy debates but navigating these can be challenging. We lack a shared understanding of what public good means, and of how research excellence and impact might be connected. Early- and mid-career researchers have had few opportunities to date to collectively shape the impact agenda in Australia.

The ‘Science for the public good’ workshop invites EMCRs from all disciplines to explore how concepts of ‘science for the public good’ and ‘impact’ can inform and influence STEM research, policy and communication.

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Surprising science: prawns and pipes

12 April

What do prawns and pipes have in common? How could one inspire the other? To find out and for an intriguing look at prawns and pipes, join us at the second event in Surprising Science: borrowed ideas leading to unimagined consequences.

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Getting ahead of the game: athlete data in professional sport

13 April

This event will launch a discussion paper, ‘Getting ahead of the game: Athlete data in professional sport’, which reveals that Australian professional sports are collecting more personal information about athletes than they can meaningfully deal with. What are the stakes of exponential and unregulated growth in human monitoring for the workplace of professional sport, and beyond? What are the challenges, the opportunities and the imperatives to act?

Experts in professional sport, sport science, artificial intelligence, law and governance will discuss the issues raised in the paper, with renowned sports broadcaster Tracey Holmes chairing the panel.

More about this event

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


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