The Academy has 22 National Committees for Science that are widely representative of its disciplines. The broad aims of the committees are to foster a designated branch or theme of natural science in Australia and to serve as links between Australian and overseas scientists in the same field.
The Academy is an active member of the InterAcademy Panel, the InterAcademy Council, and the Association of Academies and Societies of Science in Asia. It is also responsible for Australia’s representation on the International Council for Science, as well as relevant international scientific unions and interdisciplinary bodies that convene scientists across disciplinary boundaries to coordinate research to address issues of global significance.
The Academy brings together world-leading Australian experts from universities, research institutes and government research agencies to consider and advise the nation on scientific issues. It provides authoritative information and advice on current science, technology and emerging research to inform discussion and assist evidence based policy development and decision-making.
The Academy publishes reports and strategies to build the information base about the whole science sector, specific disciplines, or that are about the importance of science to all Australians. Included in this section are decadal plans, which are 10-year strategic plans for scientific disciplines.
Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) is an initiative of the Australian Academy of Science in partnership with the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering that addresses gender equity in the STEMM sector.
The Academy provides career development and network building opportunities for early- and mid-career researchers (EMCRs) through a range of events, awards, and collaborations.
Future Earth is the largest ever international research and development collaboration focused on long term sustainability solutions for the planet and human societies, supported by a range of leading global institutions. Future Earth Australia, a node of the global sustainability initiative, is hosted by the Australian Academy of Science, and was launched in Australia on 22nd November, 2016.
Other initiatives we are currently engaged with include Australian Brain Initiative and UNCOVER.
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