The Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) combines the strengths of the four Australian Learned Academies: Australian Academy of Science, Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, Australian Academy of the Humanities and Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

By providing a forum that brings together great minds, broad perspectives and knowledge, ACOLA is the nexus for true interdisciplinary cooperation to develop integrated problem solving and cutting edge thinking on key issues for the benefit of Australia.

ACOLA receives Australian Government funding from the Australian Research Council and the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

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Assistive Health Technologies for Independent Living - Report Launch and Panel Discussion

09 September 2014

The Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) and the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) are pleased to invite you to the launch of a new interdisciplinary report - Assistive Health Technologies for Independent Living.

The launch, on 30 September 2014, will feature an interactive discussion with leading experts around the establishment of an Australian user-centred network for health technologies. Please join report authors and special guest speakers including:

Mr Simon McKeon AO, CSIRO Board Chairman and Chair, Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research

Professor Robert Shepherd, Director, Bionics Institute

Dr Erol Harvey FTSE, Co-Chair Expert Working Group, Assistive Health Technologies for Independent Living

For more information and to RSVP please register: 

Eventbrite - Assistive Health Technologies for Independent Living - Report Launch and Panel Discussion

Position Available - Research Assistant (fixed-term, part-time, contractor), Canberra based.

08 September 2014

Securing Australia's Future project five: New technologies and their role in our security, cultural, democratic, social and economic systems is recruiting a fixed-term contract research assistant to help with development of the the final report. Read more and find out how to apply here.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: Australia's Future

03 September 2014

On 2 September 2014 the Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, released a new strategy Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: Australia’s Future.   The strategy focuses on four areas:

Australian competitiveness

STEM underpins a differentiated and readily adaptable economy that is globally competitive and will enable all Australians to benefit from the opportunities that follow

Education and training

Australian education—formal and informal—will prepare a skilled and dynamic STEM workforce and lay the foundations for lifelong STEM literacy in the community.


Australian STEM research will contribute knowledge to a world that relies on a continuous flow of new ideas and their application.

International engagement

Australian STEM will position Australia as a respected, important and able partner in a changing world, for both domestic and global benefit.

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