Rapid Research Information Forum

The Rapid Research Information Forum (RRIF) is a forum for rapid information sharing and collaboration within the Australian research and innovation sector. It is convened by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO FTSE FAA FAHMS, and its operations are led by the Australian Academy of Science.

RRIF provides a mechanism to rapidly bring together relevant multidisciplinary research expertise to address pressing questions about Australia’s response to COVID-19, as they emerge.

RRIF enables timely responses to be provided to governments based on the best available evidence. RRIF also informs the Chief Scientist’s interactions and collaboration with other national chief scientific advisers. It demonstrates the critical value of research and innovation in driving societal as well as economic progress now and into the future.

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Latest reports

Question 12
Morbidity, mortality and sex-specific impacts of COVID-19 31 August 2020
Question 9
The most promising therapeutics for COVID-19 recently updated: 6 July 2020
Question 6
The most promising vaccines for COVID-19 recently updated: 17 June 2020
Question 3
The predictive value of serological testing during the COVID-19 pandemic recently updated: 4 June 2020
Question 11
Motivators for use of the COVIDSafe app 17 May 2020
Question 10
Viability of SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces 27 May 2020
Question 8
The impact of COVID-19 on women in the STEM workforce 17 May 2020
Question 7
Seasonality of COVID-19: Impact on the spread and severity 15 May 2020
Question 5
Impact of the pandemic on Australia’s research workforce 8 May 2020
Question 4
Learning outcomes for online versus in-class education 1 May 2020
Question 2
Monitoring wastewater to detect COVID-19 21 April 2020
Question 1
Re-infection with SARS-CoV-2 19 April 2020
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COVID-19: The facts

To help people understand the changing situation and make decisions, the Australian Academy of Science is producing articles and videos based on the latest available knowledge. It is important that directives from the Department of Health and other jurisdictions such as state and territory governments are followed.

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COVID-19 Expert database

The COVID-19 Expert Database is a collaboration between Australia’s leading learned academies and is championed by Australia’s Chief Scientist. It provides a searchable database of experts to help governments, the business sector, the research sector and other decision-makers to easily access the expertise they need across many fields.

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Academy school education programs

The impact of COVID-19 on Australian schools and schooling is significant. The Academy is offering support, advice and resources to systems, schools and teachers currently delivering alternative methods of education. Our Australian Curriculum linked Foundation to Year 10 science and mathematics education programs are available online and remain free of charge.

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Science for Australians feature articles

The Science for Australians series of feature articles highlights how science benefits all Australians and how it can be used to inform policy that makes science thrive in Australia, including during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Early- and mid-career researchers

The Academy’s EMCR Forum is keeping the EMCR community connected during COVID-19. It is offering a series of online opportunities to address the needs of EMCRs in Australia and support their careers.

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