Australian Academy of Science Newsletter 143

Australian Academy of Science Newsletter August 2020 Number 141

Message from the President

Congratulations to all those recognised this month for their lifetime achievements in science.

Australian researchers’ achievements recognised with Prime Minister’s Prizes

Four Academy Fellows have been recognised for their achievements in science and innovation.

Federal Budget a significant response to the pandemic science crisis

The 2020–21 Federal Budget is a significant response to the crisis facing Australia’s scientists as a result of the pandemic.

Fellows awarded NSW Premier’s Prizes

Three Academy Fellows have taken out NSW Premier’s Prizes with virologist Professor Edward Holmes named the 2020 NSW Scientist of the Year.

Leading academies say science is more important than ever in solving global challenges

The world’s leading science academies have made recommendations to G20 leaders on how to find solutions to global challenges.

Academy Fellows say it’s time to establish an independent biodiversity agency

Now is the time to establish a new independent agency to manage our nation’s biodiversity data.

Regional Collaborations Programme grants to support COVID-19 research projects in the Asia–Pacific

Grants are available to support digital collaborative research projects with regional partner economies.

Academy Fellows elected to the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences

Carola Vinuesa, Naomi Wray and Susan Clark have been elected to the fellowship of AAHMS.

Academy encourages nominations for Order of Australia

The Academy is working with the Office of the Governor-General to raise awareness of the Order of Australia and improve its diversity.

National Committees update

We've received nearly 1000 submissions for the scienceXart: spot the maths photo competition—find out more about the competition.

The National Committee for Space and Radio Science is currently writing its latest strategic plan, Australia’s Future in Space. In the coming months, keep an eye on our website or subscribe to the Space and Radio Science Newsletter to be informed of coming opportunities to provide comments on the draft plan, attend consultation sessions to provide feedback on the recommendations, or submit photos for use in the final document.

Education update

Academy education program Primary Connections is collaborating with DATTA Vic, Deakin University and Home Economics Victoria for a professional learning webinar series. It will take place over three sessions from 12 to 26 November, and aims to build capacity in primary teachers to deliver engaging STEM programs. 

Opportunities for scientists

Find out about current opportunities for scientists:

  • Regional Collaborations Programme COVID-19 Digital Grants
  • Dan David Award
  • 2021 IUPAC distinguished women in chemistry or chemical engineering award
  • Gruber Prizes
  • Mahathir Science Award

Fellows update

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

  • Honours and awards to Fellows

NAIDOC Week 2020, 8–15 November

We have two fascinating online NAIDOC week events planned focusing on the science of a continuous culture. They are:

  • Land, water and fire—5.30pm, Monday 9 November
  • Sky and stars—5.30pm, Thursday 12 November

We'll be publishing the details very soon—keep an eye on our events page or subscribe to receive emails about our events.

The theme for NAIDOC Week 2020 is ‘Always Was, Always Will Be.’ We encourage everyone to find out more about NAIDOC Week and the activities in which you could be involved.

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


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