What is ANZAAS?
The Association aims are:
- to promote communication and interaction between scientists in different disciplines
- to foster public interest in science and technology, and awareness of their role in every day life
- to encourage the curiosity of children about the natural and man-made world around them.
Founded in 1888, ANZAAS has a long history and many specialist scientific societies in Australia and New Zealand have developed from what were sections at ANZAAS Congresses. The last ANZAAS Congress was held in Adelaide in September 1997.
While ANZAAS can be justly proud of its achievements, it cannot live in the past. The ANZAAS Council is convinced that the objects and role of ANZAAS are as important today as they ever were, believing that the advancement of science is essential for the well-being and advancement of society as a whole.
The ANZAAS Council intends to retain the best elements of the old ANZAAS, notably the emphasis on youth and education through Youth ANZAAS and the award of the ANZAAS and Mueller Medals, which give recognition to outstanding achievement in Australian science.