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.

Read more about ACOLA here.

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Media Release-Industry placements, transferable skills development, better data the key to Australia’s research future: national training review

14 April 2016

Industry placements for PhD students and flexibility for graduate training are two key recommendations of a comprehensive review of Australia’s research training system launched today by Federal Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham.

Established by the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) as part of the Securing Australia’s Future program, the review’s recommendations focus on creating incentives for increased industry involvement in Higher Degree by Research (HDR) training, developing an industry placement scheme for HDR candidates, providing prospective candidates with better information on career outcomes, developing new entry pathways to HDR programs, and creating more opportunities for Indigenous participation in HDR training.

(access report here)

ACOLA Secretariat searching for a new General Manager

13 April 2016

After five and half years of managing ACOLA Secretariat and making a significant contribution, Dr Jacques de Vos Malan has resigned as General Manager.

This now vacant position will be recruited via Seek: 


10 February 2016

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