In an era where “truth isn’t truth” and “fake news” has become a concept of influence, and when leading political figures claim that “the people of this country have had enough of experts”, the contribution of a Learned Academy becomes even more important than before. In 2017-18 this Academy has sought to even more strongly […]
The Learned Academies of Australia are a great national resource. They recognise the skills and achievements of the nation’s top researchers, and seek to promote those talents for the public good. The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia is the vehicle for affirming and encouraging the understanding and advancement of our society – the […]
The core of the Academy’s purpose is the recognition, enhancement and communication of excellence in research and scholarship in the social sciences. The Academy does this through a process of election to Fellowship for outstanding achievement in the social sciences – and through deploying the skills of those so recognised to share and interrogate ideas […]
The Academy is an effective and vital organisation with a proud history, a membership with remarkable talents, and strong networks and relationships for realising its strategic goals. The Academy has a proven record of continual improvement and achieving a great deal with modest resources and this past year was no exception. This year has seen […]
This year has seen the Academy expand its activities and influence, overcome challenges, and continue to promote its strengths and raise its profile to government and the wider community. Importantly, we continued to engage effectively with the other Learned Academies, the Office of the Chief Scientist and the Department of Education, as well as fostering […]
Coming to the end of the first year of my term as ASSA President I am pleased to say that our Academy is continuing to promote its strengths and raise its profile to government and the wider community. Our place as one of the four learned academies in the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) […]
It has been a good year for the Academy, due to actions taken by the Academy and to new opportunities offered by others that the Academy has been able to grasp. The final outcome of the government’s recent five-yearly review of the four Academies was very good, much better than the prospect seemed to be […]
The Annual Report documents the important activities with which the Academy is engaged and the productivity of its committees in bringing a multidisciplinary perspective to significant research questions and policy issues. Public Forums The Annual Symposium is the major public forum conducted by the Academy each year. The theme for the 2010 Forum was ‘Family […]
The reports on the work of the Academy’s Committees in this Annual Report, which I will only touch on as they are dealt with in detail elsewhere, reveal a vibrant level of activity. The Academy has an important capacity to take a cross-disciplinary perspective and, in its program, does so to contribute to scholarship and […]
The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia is a learned society that advances the social sciences. Through a range of activities it promotes research and teaching, provides expert advice, fosters greater appreciation of the social sciences and represents them in national and international settings. The Academy is also an autonomous, non- governmental organisation. While […]
The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia is a learned society that seeks to advance the social sciences. Through a range of activities it promotes research and teaching, provides expert advice, fosters greater appreciation of the social sciences and represents them in national and international settings. The Academy is also an autonomous, non-governmental organisation. […]
The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia is a learned society that seeks to advance the social sciences. Through a range of activities it promotes research and teaching, provides expert advice, fosters greater appreciation of the social sciences and represents them in national and international settings. The Academy is also an autonomous, nongovernmental organisation. […]
The Academy is a robust and vital organisation with a proud history, a membership with remarkable talents, and effective processes professionally administered by its small staff. It has a record of achieving a great deal with modest resources and 2006 was no exception. The Review of the Learned Academies that reported early in 2006, summed […]
In September 2005 this Academy, along with the other Learned Academies, was reviewed by the Commonwealth Government. The purpose of the Review was to assess our performance over the past five years, and to recommend the appropriate level of funding for our Grant-in-Aid for the coming five years. This review provided the occasion for us […]
The Academy has had a full and satisfying program of activities this year, including several innovations. It has appreciated the particularly enjoyable challenge of managing increased resources. As a result of the effective case made to the Government in 2003, the Academy received an additional grant of $115,000 pa for three years. We have been […]
The General Report prepared by John Beaton, Executive Director, covers the principal activities and initiatives of a very busy and successful year for the Academy. I will concentrate on several matters regarding the social sciences and ASSA in the present climate of change and reform in Australia’s higher education and research systems. Additional resources and […]
Review of the structure, systems and processes of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
The Palmer review was set up by The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) in order to conduct an internal review of its structures, systems and processes. This review has been undertaken by Professor Ian Palmer, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor of Business Research and Dean of the School of Graduate Research at RMIT.
The methodology of The Palmer review involved extensive interviews with Secretariat staff, documentary analysis, discussions with presidents and ex-presidents, focus groups with Fellows in Melbourne and Sydney, and a short online survey of the Fellows.
The Palmer review is now complete, and is available by downloading the PDF on this page.
A huge thank you to all those Fellows who have taken part in the review process, your input has been greatly appreciated.
The Academy’s commitment to outreach and partnership, noted in my 2001 Report, has continued this year. Two major roles of the Academy – stated in the Academy’s set of objectives – are to act as consultant and adviser in regard to the social sciences; and to comment on national needs and priorities in the area […]
In April members of the Executive Committee assembled in Canberra for the year’s first meeting and talked informally about their personal ‘wish list’ for the Academy. Some expressed the hope that the Academy would achieve greater influence and impact on government and policy makers. Others hoped that the Academy would achieve a higher profile in […]
The review of the four Learned Academies has been one of the major events of 2000. As reported in Dialogue 2/2000, the Academy Secretariat, aided by Fellows on our various committees, put considerable time and thought into preparing our submission to the review. The terms of reference for the review were wideranging: Examine the role […]