12 May – 4 November
Online, and in-person at the Shine Dome, Australian Academy of Science, Canberra
Registration is now open for Science at the Shine Dome, the Academy’s premiere annual event. Traditionally, Science at the Shine Dome is an annual three-day event in May where Australia’s science community gathers to celebrate the best of science from around the country.
The Academy will deliver Science at the Shine Dome in a new format in 2021 to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions while engaging new audiences online. Science at the Shine Dome will include online presentations by award recipients, a hybrid-style symposium exploring the theme Science and the Public Good, and a prestigious ceremonies celebrating the admission of the 2020 and 2021 new Fellows to the Academy.
Attendees are welcome to register for individual events, or purchase a season pass for all events.
Premier medal lecture series
Science at the Shine Dome will kick off with the inaugural Ruby Payne-Scott Lecture, delivered online by this year’s medal recipient, Emeritus Professor Cheryl Praeger AC FAA.
Professor Praeger will speak about her career, the challenges she faced, and her personal connection to Ruby Payne-Scott.
“I felt I had this responsibility to maintain my research at the forefront in permutation groups and in understanding more about the finite simple groups. But I also felt a responsibility as professor to ensure that the teaching of mathematics remained at the cutting edge.”
I felt I had this responsibility to maintain my research at the forefront in permutation groups and in understanding more about the finite simple groups. But I also felt a responsibility as professor to ensure that the teaching of mathematics remained at the cutting edge.
Professor Praeger’s lecture is the first of several given by medal recipients, which will occur throughout the year:
- May 12: 2021 Inaugural Ruby Payne-Scott Medallist Lecture-Emeritus Professor Cheryl Praeger AC FAA
- July 28: 2021 Matthew Flinders Medallist Lecture-Professor Andrew Holmes AC FAA FTSE FRS
- 3 November: 2020 Macfarlane Burnet Medallist Lecture (as part of the 2020 New Fellows presentations)-Professor Marilyn Renfree AO FAA.
Career award presentations
Each year, researchers receive highly sought-after honours for outstanding achievements in their scientific fields. Join the Academy for two online events on September 7 and 14 featuring 10-minute presentations by our 2020 and 2021 awardees, followed by live audience Q&As.
Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science are among the Nation’s most distinguished scientists, elected by their peers for ground-breaking research and contributions that have had clear impact.
The 2020 and 2021 new Academy Fellows will be formally admitted to the Australian Academy of Science during online events on November 2 and 3. Each new Fellow will present their work and achievements.
The list of new Fellows for 2021 will be announced in late May.
Symposium: Science and the Public Good
The annual symposium will be held in August 2021 as we explore the value of science to society. Speakers will help us to explore the critical importance of studying mathematics, chemistry, biology and physics, and how this fundamental knowledge is essential to scientific advances and our everyday lives.
Join us for Science and the Public Good via livestream. If you’re from a school, university, organisation or government department, or are simply interested in science, you can watch this thought-provoking event live online and have the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers.
Opportunities to partner
The Academy is delivering a dynamic new format in 2021 to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions while engaging new audiences online. Drawing on the Academy’s Fellowship, 2.4 million social media followers along with its networks within the sector and mainstream media, exposure and reach associated with Science at the Shine Dome for event partners is anticipated to be greater than ever before. To find out how you can become an Event Partner, email Academy Partnerships Manager Tracey Murray to reserve your place.