Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia - 50th Anniversary Symposium: The Social Future of Australia

The Social Future of Australia hosted by the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

About this event

In this 50th Anniversary Year of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, there is no shortage of challenges to which the disciplines of the social sciences can and does contribute evidence and expertise. International relationships, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic are major challenges, as are reconciliation with First Nation peoples, violence toward women, and changes in the way we work and interact with technology.

The research and policy contributions of the social sciences to these and other challenges are addressed in the 50thAnniversary Symposium, The Social Future of Australia.  Also addressed are the challenges that our disciplines face in terms of the reception of social science evidence and expertise by government, the media, and the general public. With six presentation sessions, three roundtable sessions, around 60 participants, the Symposium will focus on the ways forward for the challenges, the social sciences, and Australian society.

This online event is open to academics, policy-makers, tertiary students and the public. Attendees can register for the entire two-day symposium, a single day or individual sessions.

Event speakers

Life Course Centre Director Professor Janeen Baxter will be participating in the session ‘Can Dealing Better With Crisis Lead to a More Just and Diverse Society?’ on Tuesday 23 November 1:30-2:50pm AEDT

Former Life Course Centre Chief Investigator and Director of the Institute for Social Science Research at UQ Professor Mark Western will deliver an opening address on ‘The Social Sciences in Australia – Stepping Up: Are we ready to deliver meaningful impact in a changing world? On Monday 22 November 11:20am – 11:35 AEDT

Registration is free, but essential.

For the full program click here 

Date & Time

Mon, 22 – Tue, 23 November 2021

9:00 am – 5:00 pm (AEDT)




Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia