3 mins read 12 May 2021

Science at the Shine Dome 2021

12 May 2021 - 3 November 2021
Online and In-Person (Canberra)

Science at the Shine Dome by the Australian Academy of Science is back with the opportunity for students to participate, as well as the general public - catching some great lectures and awards for the achievements our scientists have made. Find out how you can get involved. 

Credit: Australian Academy of Science.


Registration is now open for Science at the Shine Dome, the Academy’s premier annual event. Traditionally, Science at the Shine Dome is an annual three-day event in May where Australia’s science community gathers to celebrate the best of science from around the country.

The Academy will deliver Science at the Shine Dome in a new format in 2021 to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions while engaging new audiences online. Science at the Shine Dome will include online presentations by award recipients, a hybrid-style symposium exploring the theme Science and the Public Good, and a prestigious ceremonies celebrating the admission of the 2020 and 2021 new Fellows to the Academy.

Attendees are welcome to register for individual events or purchase a season pass for all events. 

Premier medal lecture series

Science at the Shine Dome will kick off with the inaugural Ruby Payne-Scott Lecture, delivered online by this year's medal recipient, Emeritus Professor Cheryl Praeger AC FAA.

Professor Praeger will speak about her career, the challenges she faced, and her personal connection to Ruby Payne-Scott.

“I felt I had this responsibility to maintain my research at the forefront in permutation groups and in understanding more about the finite simple groups. But I also felt a responsibility as professor to ensure that the teaching of mathematics remained at the cutting edge.”

Professor Praeger’s lecture is the first of several given by medal recipients, which will occur throughout the year:

Career award presentations

Each year, researchers receive highly sought-after honours for outstanding achievements in their scientific fields. Join the Academy for two online events on September 7 and 14 featuring 10-minute presentations by our 2020 and 2021 awardees, followed by live audience Q&As.

New Fellows

Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science are among the Nation’s most distinguished scientists, elected by their peers for ground-breaking research and contributions that have had clear impact.

The 2020 Fellows and yet-to-be-announced 2021 new Academy Fellows will be formally admitted to the Australian Academy of Science during online events on November 2 and 3. Each new Fellow will present their work and achievements.

The new Fellows for 2021 will be announced in late May.

Symposium: Science and the Public Good

The annual symposium will be held in August 2021 as we explore the value of science to society. Speakers will help us to explore the critical importance of studying mathematics, chemistry, biology and physics, and how this fundamental knowledge is essential to scientific advances and our everyday lives.

Join us for Science and the Public Good via livestream. If you're from a school, university, organisation or government department, or are simply interested in science, you can watch this thought-provoking event live online and have the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers.

Content above sourced from Acadamy of Science website.

Registrations for Science at the Shine Dome 2021 are now open.