Australian Institute of Policy and Science

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The Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS) is an Australian non-partisan and non-profit organisation that aims to further public understanding of Australia's public policy and science in Australia. Founded in 1932 as the Australian Institute of Political Science during the Great Depression, the organisation's initial aim was focused on economic matters. In 2006 the organisation changed its name to the AIPS to better reflect its objectives and activities. AIPS receives funding from the Australian Government and state governments, universities and the corporate sector. AIPS currently has offices in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

The Tall Poppy Campaign[edit]

The Tall Poppy Campaign was initiated by AIPS in 1998 to recognise and celebrate Australian scientific and intellectual excellence. Annual Young Tall Poppy Science Awards are made to outstanding young Australian researchers across science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for their excellence in research as well as capacity and demonstrated commitment to communicate it to the broader community. Since 2010 the awards have been made across all states and territories including the ACT, New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and Victoria. These 'Young Tall Poppies' go on to participate in a program of school visits and online interactions, educational seminars, policy workshops and community activities to foster a stronger interest in and understanding of science.[1]

AQ: Australian Quarterly[edit]

AQ: Australian Quarterly has been in publication since 1929 and is Australia's oldest continuous print current affairs journal. It focuses on where science can contribute to relevant contemporary political, social and economic matters relevant to Australia and its global context. The journal is published four times per year and targets a general informed readership. It is available in online archived format through JSTOR (back issues from three years before publication) and current issues online through RMIT. Subscriptions can be made directly to the publishing organisation or through agencies including EBSCO.

Contributions are unpaid, but the publication has thrived on this basis for more than the last 80 years. While the publisher seeks contributions, unsolicited contributions are welcome, in line with planned themed editions and guidelines Link label. Authors may request peer review and retain most copyright.

CSL Florey Medal[edit]

The CSL Florey Medal is an initiative of the Australian Institute of Policy & Science. Named after Australian Nobel Prize winner Howard Florey, the medal is awarded biennially to an Australian biomedical researcher for a milestone achievement in biomedical science and human health advancement.[2] The most recent winner was Professor John Hopwood (2009) Professor John Hopwood and immediate past winner was Professor Ian Frazer.

Current Objectives[edit]

Today, the Australian Institute of Policy and Science is dedicated to partnering with others in the not-for-profit, community, industry, education, research, government and other sectors to:[3]

  • Increase public engagement in science and ensure people have a voice in decisions that affect them
  • Promote excellence in research, innovation and the promotion and communication of science
  • Inform and influence policy and policy-making through expert comment and input
  • Invest in a scientifically inspired, literate and skilled Australia that contributes to local and global challenges


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-12. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  2. ^ The Australian
  3. ^ AIPS homepage

External links[edit]

  1. Australian Institute of Policy and Science website
  2. Tall Poppy Campaign website