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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Latest News

Media Release -ACOLA Responds to Innovation Agenda and Science Council

17 October 2014

ACOLA today has issued a media release welcoming the launch of the Australian Government’s new Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda including the Commonwealth Science Council.  ACOLA is pleased that findings from Securing Australia's Future reports are reflected in the Agenda. ACOLA is committed to continuing to bring the HASS and STEM disciplines together to provide evidence based findings on matters of national significance for the Science Council. Read the full media release here.

New Commonwealth Science Council Announced

14 October 2014

The Government today released its long awaited Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda. The Agenda is a central part of the Government’s Economic Action Strategy which aims at building a strong, prosperous economy for a safe, secure Australia. Lifting Australia's competitiveness through science is one of the themes of the statement and includes the establishment of the new Commonwealth Science Council which replaces the the Prime Ministers Science Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC).

New approach to drive uptake of assistive health technologies - finds new ACOLA report

30 September 2014

ACOLA today launches a new report, Assistive Health Technologies for Independent Living,  which finds that Australia needs to take action to drive the uptake of assistive healthcare technologies to allow people to stay at home longer and live more independently.

The report makes key findings across five areas and outlines the need to establish a national multidisciplinary network to connect research with service delivery and grow innovation.  

Assistive Health Technologies for Independent Living and the accompanying evaluation report mark the final phase the a multi year project Making Interdisciplinary Research Work.

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