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Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tanks

The Academy’s Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tanks bring together early- and mid-career researchers (EMCRs) from a broad range of relevant disciplines to:

  • Engage in thinking about novel applications of existing science (including social science) and technology to issues of national significance
  • Identify issues and gaps in current knowledge, and
  • Propose solutions.

Enabling participants to experience the challenges and benefits of working in diverse cross-disciplinary teams is another primary aim of the events. The Think Tanks are unique opportunities for career development and network creation among the nation’s next generation of research leaders and their institutions. Previous Think Tanks have culminated in reports offering recommendations for action that have been timely, well received and instrumental in influencing policy development.

Since 2009, these Think Tanks have been supported by the Theo Murphy (Australia) Fund, courtesy of the Royal Society of London.

The stem cell revolution: Lessons and imperatives for Australia

Sydney, 22-24 July 2015

Climate change challenges to health: risks and opportunities

Brisbane, 23-25 July 2014

Inspiring smarter brain research in Australia

Melbourne, 24-26 July 2013


Australia’s population: shaping a vision for our future

Adelaide, 26-27 July 2012

Stressed ecosystems: better decisions for Australia’s future

Brisbane, 29-30 September 2011

Searching the deep earth: the future of Australian resource discovery and utilisation

Canberra, 19-20 August 2010

Agricultural productivity and climate change

Melbourne, 22-23 October 2009