Australian Academy of Science Newsletter 155

Australian Academy of Science Newsletter September 2021 Number 153

Anna-Maria Arabia

Message from the President

This month, I have the pleasure of warmly welcoming the Academy’s recently elected incoming President.

From humble beginnings to Australian science leader

Nanotechnology pioneer Professor Chennupati Jagadish will become the next President of the Academy.

Climate change will drive future pandemics, says PM Science prize recipient

Australian virologist and Academy Fellow, Professor Eddie Holmes, has won the 2021 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science.

From rhetoric to action – academies release joint statement on COP26

The presidents of Australia’s five learned academies have issued a joint statement on COP26 and Australia's path to net-zero emissions.

Science leader awarded one of Italy’s highest civilian honours

The Chief Executive of the Academy, Anna-Maria Arabia, has been awarded the Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy.

Academy manuscript collection of ‘immense research significance’

The archives of the Australian Academy of Science are ‘a natural starting point for any research into Australian science and scientists’.

Max Day awardees aim to safeguard culture and change behaviours

Two early-career researchers have each been awarded a 2022 Max Day Environmental Science Fellowship for their highly interdisciplinary research work.

Margaret Middleton Fund recipients to protect penguins, koalas and arid food webs

Three early-career researchers have been awarded funding for ecology projects in 2022 thanks to the Margaret Middleton Fund.

Thomas Davies grants to study octopus brains, Antarctic krill and more

The fund offers annual research grants of up to $20,000 each to early- and mid-career researchers in the fields of marine, soil and plant biology.

Anna-Maria Arabia

Travelling fellowship and conference awardees announced

The Academy has recently announced the recipients of three travelling fellowship and conference awards for the 2022 and 2022–23 rounds.

2021 scienceXart winners announced

Congratulations to the five fantastic winners of the Academy’s ‘scienceXart: food for thought’ competition.

Shine Dome lights up as ACT hits 95 per cent

The Shine Dome joined many other Canberra icons with aqua-blue lighting in November in celebration of vaccinating 95 per cent of Canberrans.

A new Historical Records of Australian Science virtual issue

The articles in the 2021 virtual issue of Historical Records of Australian Science explore the history of archaeology in Australasia and the Pacific and have diverse origins.

Academy’s international project receives grant from the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations

The Science Beyond Borders project will support and highlight mutually beneficial Australia–China scientific research collaboration.

New videos

Emissions tracker: How Australia stands

World leaders joined in November 2021 to discuss how they are each reducing emissions to fight climate change. This video explains where Australia's emissions are at, and what was promised at COP26.



Four important questions about COVID-19 with Professor Brendan Crabb

While COVID-19 vaccines are new, the research behind them has been around for decades and every COVID-19 vaccine has been tested thoroughly for safety. Here’s what you need to know.

Four important questions about COVID-19 with Professor Sharon Lewin

Do you have questions about COVID-19? Professor Sharon Lewin of the Doherty Institute answers four of the most important.

The sunflower dance

The process of plants tracking the course of the sun is known as heliotropism and can be observed most famously in the sunflower. Dr Mike Haydon from the University of Melbourne explains this magnificent feat of flora. 

Why whales sing

Have you ever heard the haunting and musical sounds of whales singing and wondered why they do it?

Opportunities for scientists

Find out more about coming opportunities for scientists:

  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science fellowships
  • A.M. Turing Award
  • Gruber Prizes
  • Volvo Environment Prize
  • Lefoulon-Delalande Grand Prize
  • AOGS Axford Medal
  • Lasker Award

Fellows update

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

  • Honours and awards to Fellows
  • Obituary for Professor Tony Klein
Food for Thought

Food for Thought: The Future of Food and Nutrition

14 December

How is it that a blob of slime instinctively knows what and how much to eat, yet humans can’t seem to figure it out? Join us to explore the big questions in the final instalment of Food for Thought 2021.

More about this event

Watch videos of all our Food for Thought events in 2021


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


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