International representation

The Academy is an active member of the global network of science academies, 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.

International Council for Science

More about the Academy’s links with the International Council for Science’.

The International Council for Science (ICSU) is a non-government organisation with a global membership of 48 international scientific unions (ISUs) and interdisciplinary science bodies, and 120 national scientific bodies representing 140 countries. These organisations convene scientists within and across the disciplines to coordinate research and address issues of global significance. The Academy is Australia’s adhering body for ICSU and 31 ICSU organisations (20 ISUs and 11 interdisciplinary bodies). Australian Professor David Black FAA is the current Secretary-General of ICSU.

The Academy meets responsibilities and obligations that arise from the ICSU memberships with the assistance of the National Committees for Science. These include nomination of Australian candidates for executive committee positions, appointment of voting delegates to general assemblies.

IAP: the global network of science academies

The IAP: global network of science academies (previously known as the InterAcademy Panel) was launched in 1993 and includes 111 academies. Its primary goal is to help member academies work together to advise citizens and public officials on scientific aspects of critical global issues. IAP programs involve interdisciplinary activities and studies on critical issues related to science and technology.

A priority for IAP is to find ways to improve the quality and relevance of science education in all countries and regions of the world. It does this through the IAP Science Education Programme (SEP).

The Academy was elected to the Executive Committee of the IAP in 2016 and will serve until 2019.


In November 2013, the IAP issued a statement on antimicrobial resistance with the InterAcademy Medical Panel. The Australian Academy of Science is a member of the IAP and endorses this statement.

In May 2014, the IAP released a statement on Synthetic Biology—a new field which constructs customised biological systems to perform new and improved functions, using principles from the world of engineering and chemistry.

InterAcademy Council (IAC)

The IAC was established by the IAP in 2000 to produce reports on scientific, technological and health issues related to the great global challenges of our time, providing knowledge and expert advice to international organisations such as the United Nations.

The IAC governing body includes 15 academies of science and equivalent organisations from developed and developing countries, and representatives from the IAP, the International Council for Science, the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences, the InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP) and the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World.

The Academy will serve on the IAC Board until 2017, having been elected in 2009.

Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia

The Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA) was launched in 2012, as a consequence of the merger of AASA (The Associations of Academies of Sciences in Asia) and FASAS (The Federation of Asian Scientific Academies and Societies). The objective of the merger was to establish a single Asian science grouping in order to be more visible and effective in the region, and to tackle the long-term challenges requiring science-based advice. It is a non-profit international organization with science and technology interests, made up of 34 scientific and technological academies and science societies in Asia and Australasia.

In October 2012 Past President of the Academy Professor Kurt Lambeck FAA and Secretary Education and Public Awareness Professor Jenny Graves FAA were elected to the positions of Immediate Past President and Member-at-Large of AASSA respectively for a period of two years.

Archived information on the Federation of Asian Scientific Academies and Societies is available.

Past activities

See some of the international events and activities the Academy has been involved with.

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