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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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.

Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and the Public Good - 2014 CHASS National Forum

05 August 2014

8-9 October 2014, The University of Melbourne

Over the course of two days, academics, researchers, political leaders, policy makers and arts practitioners will explore, debate and develop future strategies for the humanities, arts and social sciences to contribute to public good.

Confirmed speakers include Hugh Mackay, David Malouf, renowned sociologist and author Frank Furedi, Professor Ian Chubb AC (Chief Scientist), Emma Bennison (Arts Access Australia), Professor Denise Meredyth (Australian Research Council), Tim Wilson (Australian Human Rights Commissioner), The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, and Professor David Christian FAAH (Big History), and others. More details are available on the CHASS website.

Debate: We are becoming enslaved by our technology?

05 August 2014

IQ2 Debate, 12 August 2014 - Sydney

Human curiosity, ingenuity and creativity have combined over the centuries to produce ever more powerful technologies - wonderments that even the poorest of the world can now afford. At their best, these technologies are great enablers. However, what if we are losing our grip on these inventions? Might the harnessing of Big Data by corporations and governments erode personal autonomy and remove the whimsy of life as our every want is predicted and served? Will we become so dependent on technology that we lose ourselves - even our humanity - in the things we have made?

See experts such as Peter Singer, Katina Michael, Antony Loewenstein and others put the for and against arguments at 6.45pm at the city Recital Hall Angel Place. Get tickets online

The ACOLA project New technologies and their role in our security, cultural, democratic, social and economic systems is also looking at these issues and will report in mid 2015.

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