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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 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:
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:
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.
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.
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:
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 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.
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 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.