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Symposium Organisers

The Symposium is jointly organised by the Australian Academy of Science, the Indonesian Academy of Science, the Australian Early- and Mid-Career Researcher Forum, and the Indonesian Young Academy of Scientists with the support of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Knowledge Sector Initiative.

The Australian Academy of Science

The Australian Academy of Science is a not-for-profit organisation of individuals elected for their outstanding contributions to science and research. It was founded on 16 February 1954 by Australian Fellows of the Royal Society of London with the distinguished physicist Sir Mark Oliphant as founding President. It was granted a Royal Charter establishing the Academy as an independent body with government endorsement.

The Academy's Constitution was modelled on that of the Royal Society of London. It receives government grants towards some of its activities but has no statutory obligation to government.

The Academy strives to support and promote science through a range of programs and activities. It has four major program areas:

  • championing, celebrating and supporting excellence in Australian science;
  • promoting Australia's international scientific engagement;
  • building public awareness and understanding of science; and
  • providing independent, authoritative and influential scientific advice.
Akademi Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia (AIPI) The Indonesian Academy of Science

The Indonesian Academy of Science is an independent boy established in October 1990 by an Act of the Republic of Indonesia. Its mandate is to:

  • provide opinions, advice, and recommendations on matters relating to science and technology to the government and the public; and
  • encourage the development of scientific knowledge and excellence through scientific conferences and policy discussion forums, publications, and national and international connections.

AIPI’s membership comprises leading Indonesian scientists selected on the basis of a strong track record of scientific excellence. Membership of the Academy is the highest form of recognition in the field of science and technology in Indonesia. New members must have the approval of at least two-thirds of the members, and membership is ratified by the President. The Academy currently has 61 members, divided into five commissions: Fundamental Research, Medicine, Engineering, Social Sciences, and Culture.

Early- and Mid-Career Researcher Forum (EMCR Forum)

The Australian Early- and Mid-Career Researcher Forum is the national voice of Australia's emerging scientists, representing researchers who are up to 15 years post-PhD (or other research higher degree), irrespective of their professional appointment.

It examines critical issues including career structure, job security, funding, education, training and gender equity. The forum engages with early- and mid-career researchers (EMCRs) from around Australia and advises the Academy on issues relevant to EMCRs, to help inform its policy recommendations to government and develop its EMCR activities. It also liaises with other national organisations to positively contribute to both Australia's scientific research and the future careers of emerging research experts. The forum provides a vital connection between Australia's most eminent scientists and tomorrow's future scientific leaders.

The EMCR Forum's mission is to serve as the voice of Australia's early- and mid-career researchers, championing improvement in the national research environment through advocacy. We focus on sustainable and transparent career structures, gender equity, stable funding policies, career development opportunities, and raising awareness of issues facing the future of science.

Akademi Ilmuwan Muda Indonesia (ALMI) The Indonesian Young Academy of Scientists

The Indonesian Young Academy of Scientists is Indonesia’s foremost organisation of young scientists. It was established on 20 May 2015 as an autonomous body under the Indonesian Academy of Science. ALMI’s mission is to:

  • promote the role of young scientists in advancing scientific discovery and a culture of scientific excellence in Indonesia in order to improve Indonesia’s competitiveness;
  • encourage the advancement of science through interdisciplinary collaboration among young scientists;
  • foster the development of a scientific disposition and a culture of scientific excellence in the younger generation;
  • promote the use of scientific research in public policy; and
  • contribute to the worldwide movement of academies of young scientists in responding to global challenges.

ALMI currently has 40 members, divided into four interdisciplinary working groups: Frontiers of Science, Science and Society, Science and Policy, and Science and Education.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s purpose is to help make Australia stronger, safer and more prosperous by promoting and protecting our interests internationally and contributing to global stability and economic growth. The Department provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the government. We work with other government agencies to ensure that Australia’s pursuit of its global, regional and bilateral interests is coordinated effectively.

Kementerian PPN/Bappenas

Bappenas, the Ministry of National Development Planning, Republic of Indonesia, is an Indonesian central government institution which is responsible for formulating national development planning and budgeting (annual, five years and long term). Bappenas has also a responsibility to coordinate international development (bilateral, unilateral and multilateral) cooperation.

The Knowledge Sector Initiative

The Knowledge Sector Initiative is a joint program between Indonesia’s Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that seeks to improve the lives of the Indonesian people through better quality public policies that make better use of research, analysis and evidence. The program works with a range of government agencies to build their capability to source and use evidence to inform policy decisions, collaborates with Indonesian universities and think tanks to improve the quality and relevance of policy research, and supports better communication of research results to inform public debate on key policy issues. The program is supporting the Indonesian Academy of Science to strengthen its role in developing scientific excellence.


The Australia-Indonesia Science Symposium seeks to promote scientific collaboration and exchange, and strengthen people-to-people links between the two countries. The Symposium builds on existing links and partnerships between Australian and Indonesian scientists, universities and public research institutions.

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The Australian Academy of Science's Shine Dome was purpose-built in 1958–59 to house the Academy. The building was created to reflect the inquiring and innovative nature of science. It was the first Canberra building to be added to the National Heritage List, for its historical and architectural significance.

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