Elizabeth and Frederick White research conferences

Status

The next call for applications will open in February 2018

Details

With the generous support of the late Lady White MBBS and the late Sir Frederick White FAA FRS, the Academy has established a series of research conferences in the physical and mathematical sciences related to the solid Earth, the terrestrial oceans, Earth's atmosphere, solar-terrestrial science, space sciences and astronomy.

The purpose of the conferences is to advance at the most fundamental level of the understanding of the subject, to introduce to Australian research new aspects or directions, and to encourage participation of overseas scientists.

One conference is funded annually. Conferences are usually of about two days duration. A sum of up to $10,000 is provided. The supplementation of this sum is encouraged.

The Academy's Shine Dome is available free of charge for up to 2 days, although caretaking charges apply for weekends and on weekdays from 5.00pm, and there is a preference for holding the conference in the Shine Dome unless the location proves unsuitable.

Organisers are asked to make an undertaking on acceptance of an offer of funding from the Academy to call their conference an Elizabeth and Frederick White Conference and to advertise it as such.

The organisers of approved conferences are responsible for the organisation of the conference, and the sponsoring scientific organisation(s) are responsible for the funding allocated to the conference.

Submit an expression of intent

Research conference applications are in two stages. Expressions of Intent to hold a conference should reach the Academy by 1 June 2017.

Organisers are invited to submit a one page expression of intent (EOI), which should indicate:

  • the aims, value and timelines of the conference, including an indication of support from the local scientific community and the importance for Australian science
  • provisional dates and venue
  • names of the organisers
  • a tentative program, including expected number of attendee and any known or invited speakers
  • a brief outline of anticipated budget

Note that conferences that are one of a continuing series are less likely to gain support unless they specifically address a newly emerging theme or topic within the broader area of the series.

E-mail: awards@science.org.au or send to:
Awards
Australian Academy of Science
GPO Box 783, CANBERRA ACT 2601

An electronic copy sent by email is preferred. Receipt of the EOI will be acknowledged.

Expressions of intent are short-listed by the awards committees in June and the organisers of short-listed proposals are asked to provide a detailed application by 1 August 2017. The final decision is announced in early November 2017.

For more information about the application process, contact the Awards Officer, at awards@science.org.au or call +61 (0)2 6201 9407.

Past topics

  • 2017/18: The sensitivity of the Antarctic Ice Sheet to marine climate change: perspectives from the past
  • 2016/17: Galactic archaeology and stellar physics: understanding the origins of the galaxy and its stellar content
  • 2015/16: Mining data for detection & prediction of failure in geomaterials
  • 2014/15: Quantum astronomy and stellar interferometry: celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Narrabri Stellar Intensity Interferometer
  • 2013/14: Mathematics of planet Earth
  • 2012/13: Exploring the radio continuum universe with SKA Pathfinders
  • 2011/12: The evolution of photosynthesis and oxygenation of the Earth
  • 2010/11: Minerals at extreme conditions—integrating theory and experiment

For more details on these and other Elizabeth and Frederick White Research conferences, see the event list.

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