Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
The Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science (ANZAAS) is an organisation that was founded in 1888 by Archibald Liversidge as the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science to promote science. It was modelled on the British Association for the Advancement of Science. For many years, its annual meetings were a popular and influential way of promoting science in Australia and New Zealand. The current name has been used since 1930.
In the 1990s, membership and attendance at the annual meetings decreased as specialised scientific societies increased in popularity. Proposals to close the Association were discussed, but it continued after closing its office in Adelaide. It now operates on a smaller scale but is beginning to grow. The Annual Meetings are no longer held.
It holds lectures, for the medals and for other named lectures, both nationally and at state level.
Each year it organises Youth ANZAAS, an annual residential scientific forum attended by senior secondary students from Australian schools.
The Association awards two important medals; the Mueller medal, named in honour of Ferdinand von Mueller, botanist and pioneer environmentalist, and the ANZAAS medal.
The ANZAAS medal is awarded annually for services in the advancement of science or administration and organisation of scientific activities, or the teaching of science throughout Australia and New Zealand and in contributions to science which lie beyond normal professional activities.
Sculptor Andor Meszaros designed the Medal, which was first awarded in 1965.
The Medal is awarded annually to a scientist who is the author of important contributions to anthropological, botanical, geological or zoological science, preferably with special reference to Australia. It was initiated in 1902 and was designed by Baldwin Spencer.
Each year ANZAAS organises Youth ANZAAS, an annual residential scientific forum for senior Australasian secondary school students from Years 9, 10, 11 and 12.
Recent forums have been:
- Youth ANZAAS 2010 - Sydney, New South Wales.
- Youth ANZAAS 2009 - Melbourne, Victoria.
- Youth ANZAAS 2008 - Dunedin, New Zealand.
- Youth ANZAAS 2007 - Perth, Western Australia.
- Youth ANZAAS 2006 - Adelaide, South Australia.
- Youth ANZAAS 2005 - Sydney, New South Wales.
- Youth ANZAAS 2004 - Sydney, New South Wales.
- Youth ANZAAS 2003 - Melbourne, Victoria.
- Youth ANZAAS 2002 - Adelaide, South Australia.
- Youth ANZAAS 2001 - Adelaide, South Australia.
ANZAAS – Australian Synchrotron Inaugural Winter School
The ANZAAS – Australian Synchrotron Inaugural Winter School was launched in July 2009.
The four-day program aims to give young researchers – Honours, Masters and early PhD students – an understanding of synchrotron techniques and operation for research purposes. Participants attend lectures, tour the facility and perform beamline experiments that complement their lectures.
- Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science (1888 - 1930) at Australian Science at Work, accessed 28 February 2007