Academy maintains key science role in Asia

November 28, 2018

Australia will maintain a key role in the Asian region with Academy Fellow, Professor Cheryl Praeger, elected for a second three-year term to the Executive Board of the Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA).

Professor Prager also accepted an invitation from AASSA President, Professor Yoo Hang Kim, to continue as chair of the AASSA Special Committee for Women in Science and Engineering.

During its General Assembly in October, AASSA celebrated the launch of Profiles of women scientists in Asia: their inspirational stories, a publication that was led by Professor Praeger and the Special Committee for Women in Science and Engineering. The compilation celebrates the dedication, passion and resilience of women in science from 27 countries throughout the region, including Academy Fellow Professor Michelle Simmons and Dr Mahshid Firouzi from Australia. It highlights how important it is to encourage and support women in science we know, to uphold female scientists around the world, and to celebrate women scientists’ dedication and passion for using science to make the world a better place.

The Academy is Australia’s member organisation for AASSA, joining 29 other countries in the region. AASSA aims to achieve a society in Asia, Australia and New Zealand in which science and technology play a major role in the region’s development.

Participants in the development of the booklet celebrating women scientists in Asia included Professor Cheryl Praeger (centre).

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