Message from the Chief Executive—October 2018

October 29, 2018
Academy Chief Executive Anna-Maria Arabia introducing the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, at the Academy's breakfast following the Prime Minister's Prizes for Science event.

The Academy is delighted that former Academy President Emeritus Professor Kurt Lambeck AO FAA FRS has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science for ‘transforming our understanding of our living planet’. Professor Lambeck was elected to the Academy in 1984 and was President from 2006 to 2010. His work has spanned the globe and this high recognition of his achievements also demonstrates the value of investing in international collaborations between scientists, institutions and nations. 

The Academy has partnered with the Australian Department of Health to launch a series of videos, articles and images to dispel vaccination myths and to promote the benefits, safety and science of immunisation. This important series is designed to raise public awareness about the importance of immunisation and to keep immunisation rates on the rise.  The Federal Health Minister, the Hon Greg Hunt has spoken about record immunisation rates but there is still work to do, especially in regions that are below the national average for immunised children.

Over the last six weeks the Australian Academy of Science, together with the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, have held consultations in every state and territory, reaching some 400 people, to inform the development of the Decadal Plan for Women in STEM. The decadal plan will benefit from additional input via submissions, surveys, and further consultations. You can read more about it in this month’s newsletter.

Finally, it is not too late to help develop a national framework and strategy for reaping the benefits of big data. You can answer our ten questions but please do so by 31 October.

Enjoy reading the October newsletter.

Anna-Maria Arabia

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