October newsletter from the Academy featuring opportunities, events, policy updates and more.
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In September we marked Social Sciences Week 2022. It was the biggest year yet with thousands of participants, 87 events across the country, 12 partner universities, five supporter organisations and our first sponsor, RMIT University. It is wonderful to see SSW grow and expand each year, helping showcase the social sciences to audiences from school students to universities and the general public. Save the date for SSW 2023, from 4-10 September.

In a similar spirit, we also launched the Academy's 'Social sciences are everywhere' campaign. I encourage you to check out this wonderful video that showcases a number of our disciplines, the broad range of topics we address, and the impact that we as social scientists can have.

The SHAPE Futures Network launched in late September. This is an import initiative to strengthen the social sciences, humanities, and arts in Australia by fostering a peer network for early and mid-career researchers. And a reminder that our annual symposium will take place on 28-9 November. The Academy's marquee event is a time for us to meet, discuss, and debate some of the big issues in social science. This year's topic Democracy: Risk | Relevance | Revival is no exception. I look forward to seeing many of you in person in Melbourne and to others joining us online. You can find out more and register here.

Annual Symposium | 28 - 29 November | Melbourne & Online


We are excited to announce that registrations are now open for our 2022 symposium.

This hybrid symposium will explore developments and challenges to democracy in Australia and abroad, and the ways in which new thinking, social trends, geopolitics and technology are changing how society engages with its leadership and its future.

With sessions on democracy in the digital era, academic freedom, rising distrust in politics, constitutional change, and the role of social movements, this two-day symposium is sure to be an engaging and conversation-provoking event.

Registrations are also open for the 2022 New Fellows Presentations, Cunningham Lecture and Annual Dinner, taking place in Melbourne and online as part of the Symposium program. 

Register Now!

Social sciences are everywhere: Campaign launch

Be part of this exciting campaign to promote and deepen understanding of the social sciences by clicking and sharing our new video Social sciences are everywhere.

Launched last month in Social Sciences Week 2022 to secondary school students, the short video shows the impact of the social sciences on everyday life and the role of social scientists in shaping Australia's institutions and solving society's most compelling challenges. The campaign aims to increase public awareness and understanding of the social sciences, with a focus on high-school students contemplating study and career options.

As well as the main campaign video, the first discipline to be promoted in the campaign is Politics and International Relations, proudly produced in partnership with the Australian Political Studies Association.

ARC Review Working Group

The Academy welcomes Minister Jason Clare's announcement of a review of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Act 2001, with the Terms of Reference now available.

The Academy has established an ARC Review Working Group, chaired by Professor Amanda Barnier, to develop a submission to the Review Panel.

To assist that Working Group, the Academy invites Fellows with particular views on the role and purpose of the ARC to send a summary of key points to Policy Manager Andrea Verdich ( by 21 October 2022.

Data Availability and Transparency Act 2022:
What's in it for the social sciences?

The Data Availability and Transparency Act (2022) establishes a new mechanism for Australian university researchers to access Government data. This post explains what it means for the social sciences and how to get ready.

Social Sciences Week On Demand

If you found it impossible to get to everything during Social Sciences Week 2022, you can catch up on recordings, videos and downloadable papers on the website. Revisit favourites, discover hidden gems and share with friends, students and colleagues.

ICYMI: Grants available

A friendly reminder that two Academy research funding programs are now open for applications.

Our collaborative research grants with the French Embassy Academy offer up to $5,000 AUD in seed funding to foster larger research projects of interest to both countries. Early and mid-career researchers are particularly encouraged to apply.

Details here.

Looking to China, as part of the Australia-China Joint Action Program the Academy and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) will award four grants of $7,000 AUD and ¥35,000 RMB in 2022 to teams of social scientists from Australia and CASS. Priority topics include urban development, environmental protection, regional security and more. Learn more here.

Last chance to apply for workshop funding

The Academy Workshops Program offers Australian social scientists financial assistance to host multidisciplinary workshops which aim to advance research and policy agendas on nationally important issues. Applications for funding (up to $9000 per workshop) close on Friday 14 October so get in quick. More information here.

Academy Fellows take on International Roles

Congratulations to Academy Fellows The Hon. Mr Robert French AC FASSA and Emeritus Professor Roy MacLeod OAM FASSA FAHA who were successful in their nominations by the Academy to the International Science Council (ISC) Committee for Freedom and Responsibility in Science for 2022-2025.  The Committee monitors individual and generic cases of scientists whose freedoms and rights are restricted as a result of carrying out their scientific research, and provides assistance in such cases where its intervention can provide relief and support activities of other relevant actors. The Committee advises the ISC Governing Board on key aspects of its mission to be the global voice for science.

Want a guest editor gig?

Put your hand up to steer a special 2024 issue of Health Sociology Review (HSR). Each year HSR publishes a special issue put together by guest editors. Start thinking now about the sociology of health and illness and submit your proposal by 18 October. You could be at the helm of the February 2024 issue of HSR. More details here.

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Read, Watch, Listen

Fellow and Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury Andrew Leigh has published a new book Fair Game. Leigh argues that sport can provide the necessary inspiration for a shared national story about the kind of economy we want to build and the kind of society we want to live in. Specifically, he tells us that sport is about more than winning, it's about how we play the game.

We are also pleased to share some reflections on the international work and legacy of Fellow Bruce Chapman, authored by one of his colleagues in Thiland. Read here

Fellow Marcia Langton, who launched our Reconciliation Action Plan in 2021, features in a new and ground-breaking series, The Australian Wars, alongside Fellows Bruce Scates and Henry Reynolds. The three-part documentary series gives voice to the largely unacknowledged battles fought on home soil, as the colonial frontier pushed forward and First Nations peoples resisted. Now available to view at SBS On Demand, it's a chance to watch, listen and reconsider.

Would you go greener now for a greener and less costly retirement? Are you asking the right questions of your super fund? Listen to Fellow and Academy Treasurer Wai Fong Chua and Professor Jacqueline Peel turn over the questions you should be asking now, on Seriously Social’s latest podcast, How much will climate change cost you?.

We're back: in-person events sprouting

Victorian Fellows Special Event | 12 October

Victorian Fellows will soon have the opportunity to meet again in person and hear from Academy President, Richard Holden, on the topic 'Assessing the Jobs and Skills Summit'. Fellows in Victoria are welcome to join for a thought-provoking presentation and stay for canapes and refreshments. Register here before Friday 7 October.

AAHMS2022 | 13-14 October 

In another 'first in three years' moment, our friends at the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS) will hold their annual meeting in-person exploring Future health and transformative technologies. This flagship event will bring together Fellows and Associate Members in Melbourne along with the wider health, research and innovation community. A rich program open to all, it offers a mix of in-person and online options. Find the program here.

Drug Policy Symposium | 18 October

The Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Law are holding a joing symposium on drugs and the law, in person in Canberra (5:30-7pm) and online. A panel of Judges and scholars, including Professor Carla Treloar FASSA will discuss the history of drug criminalisation and the social impact of legal responses. Register here. You can also catch up on our wonderful Seriously Social podcast episode on this issue here.

Get activated | 25-27 October
The ACTIVATE 2022 STEM Symposium by our friends at the Academy of Technology, Science and Engineering brings together a tech-powered human-driven future. Explore how Australia can position itself as a technological powerhouse driven by a clean and sustainable economy, skilled workforce and world-class research activity and commercialisation.

Who controls the digitised future of work? | 26 October
Explore latest findings on employer digital management practices and potential impacts of digitisation on the future of work at the Joe Isaac Symposium Digital management practices at work, 26 October. Hosted by Monash Business School and presented by Professor Mark Stuart from Leeds University, this symposium is named for former Academy President, the late Joe Isaac. Capacity is limited, so register early here to secure your online place.

Age-Friendly Universities Workshop | Monday 31 October

This exciting workshop, Sponsored by the Western Sydney University's Social Justice Network, the University of Queensland Ageing Mind Initiative and the Academy, will feature presentations addressing key areas of concern facing the ageing population.

RSNSW and Learned Academies Forum 2022 | 3 November
The Royal Society of NSW in partnership with Australia's Learned Academies will explore the theme Reshaping Australia: Communities in Action and and canvass some of the latest research on the factors shaping disparities in social, economic and well-being outcomes for Australians and address four key areas of health, education, infrastructure, and the environment. Register now (online and in-person).


Emeritus Professor Gavin Jones
Professor Jones was a leading figure in Asian demography and was widely respected and admired throughout the international demographic community. He was with the Demography and Sociology Program at the Australian National University for 28 years, and with the National University of Singapore for 11 years before retiring in 2014. Professor Jones was elected t the Academy in 1983, and during his illustrious career, spanning over 50 years, he published about 30 books and monographs and 170 refereed journal articles and book chapters.

Emeritus Professor F. Kenneth Wright
Professor Wright was a leading accounting theorist with an extensive publication record in areas of depreciation, capital investment, financial management and asset valuation. He was elceted to the Academy in 1977 and shared his reflections as a Jubilee Fellow in 2017. Professor Write passed away peacefully on 1 October, a week before his 97th birthday.

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