The Australian Academy of Science is an independent authority of scientific advice, promoting international collaboration and public engagement. With its recent announcement of elected Fellows for 2022, it continues to champion and celebrate diversity in Australian science.
Professor Tom Calma AO, chancellor of the University of Canberra, has been elected for his 45-year contribution to Indigenous peoples’ health, education and justice. Professor Calma is the first elected Fellow who identifies as an Aboriginal person. He is a descendant of the Kungarakan and Iwaidja people, whose traditional lands are south-west of Darwin and on the Cobourg Peninsula in the Northern Territory, respectively.
The newly elected President of the Academy, Professor Chennupati Jagadish AC, is the first Australian of Indian heritage to take the reins. Professor Jagadish is a pioneering physicist, acknowledged as a world leader in the research field of semiconductor optoelectronics.
“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,” says Jagadish. “We reflect a diverse and inclusive science community that recognises the widest range of talents, backgrounds, perspectives and experiences, and we are united by our contribution and commitment to scientific excellence.”
Among the other newly elected fellows is Professor Naomi McClure-Griffiths, who has been recognised for advancing our understanding of our own and neighbouring galaxies, including proving the existence of a new spiral arm of the Milky Way. Professor McClure-Griffiths has helped design multiple radio telescope facilities, including CSIRO’s ASKAP, and the planned globe-spanning Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.
This year is also the first-time that gender parity has been achieved in the annual election of Fellows.
“The Academy’s actions to improve gender diversity among our Fellowship are succeeding,” says Jagadish. “This year’s Fellows include 50% women and 50% men. This has been achieved by adopting a range of measures to improve our nomination process and increase opportunities to recognise all scientists. Our work to improve diversity among our Fellowship continues.”
They are joined by 20 other outstanding Australian science researchers, taking the Fellowship now to 590 outstanding members.
The Academy’s new Fellows for 2022 are:
Thomas Calma – Chancellor, University of Canberra
Naomi McClure-Griffiths – Astronomer, Australian National University
Ute Roessner – Plant scientist, Australian National University
Katherine Belov – Biologist, University of Sydney
Marcela Bilek – Physicist, University of Sydney
John Cannon – Pure mathematician, University of Sydney
Catherine Greenhill – Pure mathematician, UNSW Sydney
Michelle Haber – Childhood cancer scientist, UNSW Sydney
Emma Johnston – Marine ecologist, UNSW Sydney
Albert Zomaya – Computer scientist, University of Sydney
Stuart Bunn – Freshwater ecologist, Griffith University
Janice Lough – Climate scientist, Australian Institute of Marine Science
Sarah Medland – Statistical geneticist, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
Huijun Zhao – Chemist, Griffith University
Matthew Bailes – Astrophysicist, Swinburne University of Technology
Kate Smith-Miles – Applied mathematician, University of Melbourne
Peter Høj – Vice-Chancellor, University of Adelaide
Timothy Hughes – Haematologist, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
Peter Langridge – Agricultural researcher, University of Adelaide
Craig Simmons – Groundwater scientist, Flinders University
Elizabeth Fulton – Ecosystem modeller, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere
Jonathan Carapetis – Paediatric physician, Telethon Kids Institute
The newly elected Fellows of 2022 will present their work and achievements at the Science at the Shine Dome on 23 November, the Academy’s annual flagship event to celebrate and honour Australia’s most influential scientists and their achievements.