US–Indonesia Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium


The call for applications to participate in the 2016 US–Indonesia Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium has now closed. 


The annual Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium brings together some of the best young scientists to explore exciting advances and opportunities in their fields. This highly interdisciplinary symposium emphasises communication of a wide range of contemporary science topics across the traditional disciplines.

The symposium enables emerging young scientific leaders to become acquainted with their counterparts in other nations in a broad range of disciplines, to stimulate long-term relationships with their peers, and build an international network of scientific communication and cooperation. The symposium also informs these young scientists about the challenges and opportunities being addressed at the frontiers of other scientific disciplines.

The symposium is jointly sponsored by the US National Academy of Sciences and The Kavli Foundation.


The Australian Academy of Science invites applications from Australian early- and mid-career researchers (EMCRs) to participate in the 2016 US–Indonesia Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium. The topics to be discussed this year include:

  • big data and marine conservation
  • green chemistry
  • mass extinction and citizen science
  • non-communicable disease and ageing
  • robotics and information systems/innovation
  • social decision making/behavioural economics.

The event will be held in Malang, East Java, Indonesia from 1-4 August 2016 and will include a three-day symposium as well as relevant cultural site visits and social networking opportunities. Approximately 70 young scientists from the US and Indonesia—including leading researchers from the academic, industry and government sectors—will also take part.

The Australian delegation will comprise up to 10 EMCRs. One member of the delegation, an expert in big data and marine conservation, may be invited to deliver a presentation at the symposium. The remaining members of the delegation will be encouraged to present posters during the poster presentation session. Note that the event format encourages informal collective and one-on-one discussions among participants.

Fields of research

Candidates should be research active in any of the six topics listed above.

There are no break-out sessions at this symposium; all presentations are delivered in a plenary setting, therefore it is encouraged that nominating EMCRs have a general interest across all six topics.


The candidate must:

  • be an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident and must be living in Australia at the time of the event
  • be 45 years or younger at the time of the meeting
  • hold a PhD degree or equivalent
  • be able to travel to Indonesia on 30 July 2016 to join the US and Indonesian scientists at the symposium and attend the full program of events, returning to Australia on 5 August 2016
  • hold a passport valid until at least 31 January 2017.

Terms of award

Up to 10 successful applicants from Australia will be selected to participate in the US–Indonesia Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium. Participation costs will be covered and include:

  • A return economy flight from Sydney, Australia to Malang, East Java, Indonesia
  • Domestic flights from home city in Australia to Sydney (if required)
  • Five nights’ accommodation in Malang
  • All meals and ground transportation
  • Visa application fee

Reporting requirements

Participants will be required to submit a report providing comprehensive details of all collaborative research activities and findings undertaken following the symposium.

Notification of outcome: late June 2016

Important notices

Applications are considered carefully by a selection committee with diverse expertise convened by the Academy. The decisions of the committee are based on the assessed competitiveness of the proposal. The Academy is not able to enter into discussion or correspondence regarding the reasons why an application is successful or not.

For further information contact

International Programs
Australian Academy of Science
GPO Box 783
Canberra ACT 2601

Phone: 02 6201 9412

This program is supported by funding from the Department of Education and Training.

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