Science at the Shine Dome

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Founded in 1954 by Australia’s top scientists, the Australian Academy of Science is an independent organisation dedicated to fostering a scientific culture and recognising excellence in science.

Science at the Shine Dome is a three-day event in May each year where Australia’s most influential scientists gather at the Shine Dome in Canberra to celebrate science and to honour outstanding achievements in science. This year, Science at the Shine Dome is on Tuesday 22 to Thursday 24 May and features a symposium titled Predict, Respond, Recover: science and natural disasters.

Science at the Shine Dome is an event for researchers from all disciplines and career levels to come together and share knowledge. This includes the admission of new Fellows to the Australian Academy of Science, national awards to honour excellence at all career levels, a networking Gala Dinner with industry and political representatives, and a high-powered symposium on an issue of national importance. A major focus at Science at the Shine Dome is giving early to mid career researchers professional development and the opportunity to engage with senior scientists.

Science at the Shine Dome attracts a national and international audience of over 400 people and boundless networking opportunities with Australian Academy Fellows, Chief Scientists, Nobel Prize winners, early and mid-career researchers, government representatives, politicians, media, science associated organisations, and the science interested general public. Online, Science at the Shine Dome reaches audiences of over 500,000 people on a range of social media and digital technology platforms to make the event truly global in every sense.

Join us in 2018 to celebrate the excellence of Australian science!

Day 1 | Tuesday 22 May

Annual Symposium – Predict, Respond, Recover: science and natural disasters

The 2018 symposium focuses on the role science plays in predicting, mitigating, responding to and recovering from natural hazards and weather events. The symposium aims to cover different types of significant weather events and perspectives from diverse scientific disciplines. Join us to hear from keynote speakers, Mark Crosweller (EMA) and Sue Barrell (BOM), along with a range of other leading scientists. For more information about this year's symposium, please refer to the Symposium Page.

New Fellows Admission Ceremony

Our newest Academy Fellows will be formally admitted to the Australian Academy of Science, followed by a cocktail reception. All are invited to join us to celebrate the significant achievements of the Academy's New Fellows.

Day 2 | Wednesday 23 May

New Fellows Seminars

Following their Admission on Tuesday evening, each new Fellow will present their work and achievements in the Ian Wark theatre. All talks are 10mins and pitched at a general science audience. This is a unique opportunity to hear from leading scientists from a wide range of disciplines at the one event, in the one room, as well as network extensively. 

Annual Gala Dinner

The 2018 Gala Dinner will be held at the grand Gandel Hall at the National Gallery of Australia. The dinner is an opportunity to celebrate and network, as well as hear from this year's political dinner guest speaker (TBC). The Macfarlane Burnet Medal will also be presented to Professor Geoffrey Burnstock at this special event.

Day 3 | Thursday 24 May

Awards Presentations

Each year, researchers receive highly sought-after honours for outstanding achievements in their scientific fields. These awardees will be presented with their medals and recognised for their work. 

EMCR Workshops

Four workshops will be available to EMCRs on a range of professional development topics, such as media, presentations skills and more. EMCRs are invited to join us for these workshops to develop important skills relevant to their careers.


The AGM is a closed session for Fellows of the Academy. This year at the AGM we will also officially welcome incoming President, Professor John Shine. 

Information on past Science at the Shine Dome events are available below.

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