Governor-General officially reopens Australia’s home of science

The iconic Shine Dome, home of the Australian Academy of Science, was officially reopened on Monday night by the Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency General the Hon David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) and the Hon Ed Husic MP, Minister for Industry and Science, in the presence of the President of the Academy, Professor Chennupati Jagadish AC PresAA FTSE.

The national heritage-listed Shine Dome was damaged in a severe hailstorm in January 2020, with massive damage to the copper-clad roof and skylights, exposing the building’s nationally significant scientific archives to the hail and rain. Significant works, including recladding of the copper roof, have restored the building and improved its longevity and energy efficiency.

The Shine Dome in December 2021, mid-way through the recladding of the copper roof. The original roof remains underneath and the air-gap between improves the insulation of the building. Photo: Australian Academy of Science.

Two years and five months after the hailstorm, Fellows of the Academy were invited to witness the official ceremony.

Addressing guests, General Hurley said the Shine Dome is “an iconic building – its architecture and design inspires and befits those who make a unique and valuable contribution to humanity”.

“Yet its real power comes from within – from its people. As elected Fellows of the Academy, you are amongst Australia’s best and brightest,” said General Hurley.

“Our nation relies on you, believes in you and is willing you to succeed.”

Read General Hurley’s full speech [PDF, 82KB]

Professor Jagadish said that the Academy is proud of the Shine Dome, “not only because it is the meeting place for Fellows, but because it is the home of science for all Australians”.

“As scientists, our efforts to make new discoveries, to share our knowledge and to see the never seen, is driven by a relentless quest to better your lives and to sustain this planet we all call home.”

Read Professor Jagadish’s full speech [PDF, 232KB]

(L-R) Governor-General His Excellency General the Hon David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley, Academy Chief Executive Ms Anna-Maria Arabia, and Professor Chennupati Jagadish AC PresAA FTSE, standing in front of the foundation stone of the Shine Dome, placed by Prime Minister Robert Menzies in 1958. Photo: Bradley Cummings for the Australian Academy of Science.
Minister for Industry and Science, the Hon Ed Husic MP, speaking to Fellows of the Academy and invited guests in the Ian Wark Theatre at the reopening of the Shine Dome. Photo: Bradley Cummings for the Australian Academy of Science.

Celebrate science

Celebrate Science

The new copper roof of the Shine Dome contains 1888 custom-made tiles. To mark this historic event, the Academy has established the Celebrate Science Campaign.

Anyone can dedicate a virtual copper roof tile to an Australian scientist who has made a significant contribution to science, to a team of scientists who have contributed significantly to science, or to a school teacher who has made an impact on a scientist’s career.

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