Our National Partners

At ATSE, it’s our job to influence Australia’s public policy – providing sound evidence-based advice on technology issues to governments across the country. But it’s a job that can’t be done alone.

That’s why the Academy works with a wide spectrum of organisations including Federal departments and agencies like the Office of the Chief Scientist, the Australian Research Council, and ACOLA – the body that links the four Australian Learned Academies.

More broadly, we work with a variety of publicly funded research organisations such as CSIRO, the universities and the Cooperative Research Centres. As well as many other professional bodies that hold similar views to ATSE.

Lastly, we work with our subsidiary body, the Crawford Fund which helps us link Australian agricultural research with developing countries in Asia, and right across the globe.

The Crawford Fund

In June of 1987, the ATSE established the Crawford Fund in honour of the late Sir John Crawford. The fund is a non-profit, non-government organisation and, much like the body of Sir John Crawford’s work, it’s dedicated to outstanding international agricultural research.

Like most non-profit organisations, the Crawford Fund operates on government grants and donations from companies, corporations, charitable trusts and generous Australians alike.

As a whole, the Fund promotes international R & D activities involving many Australian research organisations and companies. 

You'll find further information on The Crawford Fund here.


We’re proud to say that ATSE, as one of Australia’s four Learned Academies, is a member of ACOLA (Australian Council of Learned Academies). Recognising that multidisciplinary efforts are needed for innovation, the Academy combines the nation’s leading experts in Science, Technology, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Together we have the wealth of knowledge needed to better address the societal issues that face Australia, today and tomorrow.

What’s more, ATSE along with the other Learned Academies works to provide research-based evidence for the Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council via The Office of the Chief Scientist. It’s this research that supports policy development for a brighter future for all Australians.

You’ll find further information on ACOLA here.

Government Agencies

At the Academy, we work closely with many Federal Government departments and agencies. Our research allows us to spot key technology issues but it’s our experience that turns them into policy recommendations.

The degree of assistance is highly dependent on the topic. However our work on energy issues allows us to have a continuous relationship with the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism. And our work on industry, innovation and science policy matters allows us to work equally close with the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE). And the office of the Chief Scientist.

You’ll find further information on various Federal Government agencies via the link below.

Publicly Funded Research Agencies

Working with Publicly Funded Research Agencies allows us to develop proposals and recommendations for both government and industry. Some of these agencies include elements of CSIRO, Cooperative Research Centres and many universities right across the country.

You’ll find further information about the various PFRA’s via the links below.

Other Professional and Research Agencies

In addition to the organisations listed above, The Academy also works with a variety of other professional bodies and research agencies.

You’ll find further information about these agencies via the links below.

Research Alliance

Research Alliance calls for long-term vision to lock in prosperity (April 2014)

The nation’s top scientists and researchers have called on the Abbott Government to honour its election commitments and to provide a stable, long-term vision for science and research, as the release of the National Commission of Audit and the Federal Budget approach. View the media release.

Building a smart, productive future: Science, research and innovation needs steady and purposeful support

The nation’s top scientists and researchers have issued a call to policy makers for a strategic and stable plan for science and research that will stop us falling behind in our region and in the world. View the media release.

Inspiring Australia

Inspiring Australia is a national strategy for engagement with the sciences. It recognises that Australia aspires to be an inventive society with a technologically skilled workforce, a scientifically literate community and scientifically well- informed decision makers. The Inspiring Australia strategy aims to build a strong, open relationship between science and society, underpinned by effective communication of science and its uses.

ATSE is a partner in the Inspiring Australia strategy. The Academy is a member of the Science Sector Group which provides national leadership and coherent action across non-government science sector organisations and aims to enable collaboration, information sharing and united action across the sector to support the development and implementation of a coordinated approach to the sciences. 

An important objective is to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, quantity and quality of Australian public science engagement.


The Women in Science Enquiry Network (WiSENet) was established to increase women’s participation in the sciences and to link people in different branches of science and those working towards a more participatory and socially useful science. Its objectives are:

  1. To build a supportive and active network of people interested in the objectives of WiSENet and to liaise with other interested groups;
  2. To increase women’s participation at all levels in the sciences where they are now under-represented;
  3. To provide comment and to examine the education, training and employment structures which currently restrict women’s opportunities in the sciences;
  4. To gather and disseminate data on women in science – the sciences here including the physical, social and life sciences, mathematics, computing, medicine, engineering and associated technologies;
  5. To explore linkages between the different disciplines and promote communication between scientists and the community on science related social and environmental issues;
  6. To promote research and technologies for the benefit of communities;
  7. To explore programs for change in the sciences and support more democratic and participatory systems as an alternative to the traditional models; and
  8. To support appropriate action to achieve these objectives.

WiSENet Bursary

ATSE will sponsor the WiSENet Bursary 2015-2017 for students preparing to teach science and maths.

The recipient will be linked to the Academy’s STELR program aimed at enhancing science and maths learning through a context of relevant and enquiry-based learning. STELR operates in 400 schools across Australia and is also taught in a number of pre-service training universities.

The $2500 annual bursary supports the STELR program and also ATSE’s gender equity policy.

The WiSENet Bursary for Diploma of Education students was established in 2012. The bursary is part of the extensive scholarship scheme run by Graduate Women of Victoria and is intended to support a female university student studying to teach science and/or maths in Victoria.