Australian Academy of Science Newsletter 149

Australian Academy of Science Newsletter May 2021 Number 149

Message from the President

I have the pleasure of warmly welcoming our 2021 Fellows, newly elected to the Academy.

Twenty-two Australians recognised among our nation’s most distinguished scientists

The Australian inventor of 3D-printed bone substitutes is among a group of scientists being acknowledged for their outstanding contributions to science.

The science of immunisation—common questions answered

The Academy has launched a new guide about the science of immunisation to help counter misinformation and uncertainty surrounding vaccines for COVID-19 and other diseases.

Academy reports COVID-19 response and other achievements of 2020

National leadership and collaboration in support of Australia’s response to COVID-19 are among the achievements highlighted in the Academy’s annual report for 2020.

How did science feature in the Budget? Australia's leading scientists respond

The 2021–22 Federal Budget contains mixed news for science.

Two Academy Fellows elected to Royal Society

Professor Marilyn Renfree and Professor David Craik have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society, the world’s oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.

Digitisation of the Academy archives

Digitisation at the Academy is opening new pathways into the historic archive and library collections donated by Fellows of the Academy, other scientists and scientific organisations.

Academy hosts international education conference

The Academy recently hosted the regional sessions of an international conference focusing on the design and development of educational materials.

Support Science at the Shine Dome

The Academy is delivering a dynamic new format in 2021 to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions while engaging new audiences online. Drawing on the Academy’s Fellowship, 2.4 million social media followers along with its networks within the sector and mainstream media, exposure and reach associated with Science at the Shine Dome for event partners is anticipated to be greater than ever before. To find out how you can become an Event Partner, email Academy Partnerships Manager Tracey Murray to reserve your place.

In brief

The Academy has provided a submission to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) on the NHMRC’s draft Open Access Policy and Open Access Policy—Further Guidance documents.

Opportunities for scientists

Find out about current opportunities for scientists:

  • Resilient Australia Award
  • VinFuture Prize
  • RACI National Awards
  • John Maddox Prize
  • ​Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology
  • BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards
  • Andy Thomas Space Foundation EOS Space Systems Research Awards
  • PhD opportunities: SmartSat Research Centre
  • Order of Australia Honours

Fellows update

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

  • Honours and awards to Fellows
  • Obituary for Emeritus Professor Ross Taylor 

Science at the Shine Dome—2021 Matthew Flinders Lecture

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 on 28 July 2021.

Find out more and register for this and other events in this series now.

Food for Thought

The Academy has plenty of tasty science this year with the Food for Thought speaker series. During this International Year of Fruit and Vegetables, these events are exploring the hidden world of the human gut’s microbiome, the future of food and nutrition, and more. Events are in-person (Canberra) and online.

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


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