Current projects

The humanities in the Asia region

This Australian Research Council-funded project aims to map the humanities in the Asia region and identify opportunities for strengthening collaboration between researchers in Australia and Asia. It will inform us about the range of collaborative work underway in the humanities and how this contributes to wider efforts in research diplomacy and multidisciplinary collaboration, with implications for future policy and program design. Countries/regions profiled include: China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Project team: Professor Antonia Finnane FAHA (Lead Chief Investigator), Professor Helen Creese FAHA, Emeritus Professor Robin Jeffrey FAHA, Emeritus Professor Lesley Johnson AM FAHA, and Professor Kam Louie FHKAH FAHA, Brigid Freeman, Dr Kylie Brass and Dr Emily Dunn.

Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) joint projects

The Academy is collaborating with the other three Learned Academies through ACOLA on a series of projects for the Office of the Chief Scientist and Commonwealth Science Council. The third of these, Synthetic Biology in Australia: An outlook to 2030, is underway with Professor Paul Griffiths FRSN FAHA involved as the Academy’s representative. Synthetic biology involves the design and construction of new biological parts, devices, and systems for useful purposes. The project will examine the expectations, opportunities and issues that synthetic biology will be likely to exert in Australia in the coming decade.