Highlights from Science at the Shine Dome 2022

November 23, 2022

Welcome to our highlights from Science at the Shine Dome. 2022 is a special year, as we come together in person at the Shine Dome for this event for the first time since 2019. The event is a hybrid format, so audiences can join us in person in Canberra or from anywhere in the world, online.

Day 1: Tuesday 22 November

The first day of Science at the Shine Dome was a major celebration of Australian science as more than 60 leading scientists, covering fields from Antarctic life to the evolution of our galaxy, were formally admitted to the Academy.

Also celebrated were the recipients of the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, with a breakfast in Canberra’s iconic Shine Dome. The breakfast followed the official prize ceremony at Parliament House on Monday night, where Academy Fellow Professor Trevor McDougall took home the 2022 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science for his research on the role the ocean plays in transferring heat around the globe.

Three years of new Fellows formally admitted to the Academy

In addition to our new Fellow admission ceremonies, there are plenty of fascinating live interviews throughout the event with our new Fellows. Highly recommended watching—catch them on the livestream recording below.

Science at the Shine Dome was opened with a Welcome to Country by Ngunnawal Elder Aunty Violet Sheridan. During the day we saw 60 Fellows elected in 2020, 2021 and 2022 sign the Charter Book, signifying their formal admission to the Academy. Two 2019 Fellows were also able to sign the book. A video was shown for each new Fellow to as an introduction to their science.

Highly recommended!

For the very first time, the Academy is enriching the experience of those watching online by broadcasting live interviews with scientists and other attendees from the grounds of the Dome. These fascinating discussions are revealing more about each person’s research, what drives them to discover new things, and their interests outside of science. Highly recommended watching!

Watch the day’s admission ceremonies and live interviews

2020 Fellows

The work of the 2020 Fellows includes pioneering research into the colour vision of animals that’s improved the performance of digital cameras, identifying the cause of mass frog extinctions across the globe, and the first commercialisation of quantum communication.

See photos and videos for the 2020 Fellows.

Professor Robyn Owens (centre) has supervised dozens of researchers. In a wonderful coincidence, she was admitted to the Academy on Tuesday alongside two of those researchers, Professor Svetha Venkatesh and Professor Ian Reid.
Fellow and Academy Council member, Professor Lyn Beazley enjoying meeting others in the break.

2021 Fellows

The achievements of the Fellows elected in 2021 have myriad benefits to science and society—from helping to mitigate the worst impacts of regional climate extremes to improving weather forecasting.

See the photos and videos for the 2021 Fellows.

During a short break in proceedings, the Fellows proved they weren’t put off by the unseasonally cool weather, taking time to mingle and enjoy a scoop of gelato.

2022 Fellows

The final admissions were the 2022 Fellows, including Professor Tom Calma, a descendant of the Kungarakan and Iwaidja tribal groups and the first Fellow elected to the Academy who identifies as an Aboriginal person.

See the photos and videos for the 2022 Fellows.

Professor Jiang Lei, a chemist and materials scientist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, was also at the Shine Dome to be admitted as a Corresponding Member.

The 2022 cohort marks the first time gender parity was achieved in the Academy’s annual election of new Fellows.

The day concluded with a cocktail soiree held in a marquee near the Academy’s other historic building, Ian Potter House.


See the livestream schedule

Download the event program (PDF 4.3MB)

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