The Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) combines the strengths of the four Australian Learned Academies: Australian Academy of the Humanities, Australian Academy of Science, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australiaand 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 Education.

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Media Release - Missing opportunities in Australian Innovation

27 November 2015

The Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) has reported that innovation in Australia is suffering from a lack of direction, short-termism and a haphazard approach.

Translating research for economic and social benefit examined innovation initiatives in 14 nations and found a clear link between national policy and performance. The 14 were: Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, United Kingdom, Israel, United States, Canada, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, China, Brazil and Chile.

(access report here)

Media Release: Securing Australia's comparative advantage

16 November 2015

Reforms across Australian institutions and investments for the future could add more than 20 per cent to living standards by 2030, according to a new report from the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA). 

Professor John Hewson AM will speak at the Canberra launch of the report today at the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, preceding the Academy’s annual symposium and general meeting. The President of ACOLA and Chancellor of Monash University, Dr Alan Finkel, will preside and introduce Dr Hewson. 

(access report here)

Media Release - Grinding to a halt: rethink needed on Australian urban transport

06 October 2015

Cars and trucks are choking Australian cities costing billions of dollars in traffic congestion, harming human health and adding to greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report from the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA).

The report, Delivering Sustainable Urban Mobility, warns that Australia is heading down the wrong path and a new approach to urban transport is needed that prioritises people rather than one particular mode of transport.

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