Welcome to the ANZAAS Website

Almost every aspect of our life is touched by science. Without science our way of life would be almost unimaginable and sustainability of life in the future will be impossible. Despite this there is great public suspicion of science. Much of this is based on lack of understanding, but past failures of science to recognise public concerns about the nature and direction of progress contribute to distrust. The future is too important for such attitudes to continue. ANZAAS exists to promote dialogue and understanding between the public, science and government and to advance science and its utilisation for maximum benefit.

next ANZAAS Science Talk, Melbourne

Wednesday 17th July 2024, 6:30 pm

All welcome, free, tell your friends!

Free refreshments after the talk

Now at Bio21 Institute, 30 Flemington Rd, near corner with Park Drive, Parkville


Professor Peter Cowan

St Vincents Hospital

“Xenotransplantation: Custom-Designing Pig Parts for People”

Organ transplantation is a life-saving and life-changing medical solution for many human diseases. However, not everyone who would benefit from a transplant will receive one, because the availability of suitable human organs is limited. The use of pig organs (xenotransplantation) offers a solution to this problem, but only if the powerful human immune response to porcine tissue can be controlled. This presentation will describe how gene editing has transformed xenotransplantation by making pig organs more human-like and therefore less susceptible to rejection, leading to the first pig-to-human heart and kidney transplants in 2022 and 2024 respectively.
Professor Peter Cowan is Scientist Director of the Immunology Research Centre, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, and a Past President of the International Xenotransplantation Association. He is a leader of a long-standing national collaborative group that generates knockout and transgenic pigs and uses them in a large animal model of pancreatic islet xenotransplantation.


Following talk:     Wednesday 21st August    TBA


We are pleased to acknowledge the support by CSL and Bio21 for the ANZAAS Melbourne science talks series
Further Info: David Vaux   davidlaurencevaux@gmail.com



 Click HERE to see past ANZAAS Science Talks

Richard Olive May 2024
The West Gate Bridge Disaster – A Failure at the Engineering, Organisational and Personal Levels

Greg Moore November April 2024
Urban trees are vital for sustainable, liveable cities

Rachelle Buchbinder March 2024
Hippocrasy, how doctors are betraying their oath

Daniel Mathews November 2023
Topology and the shape of space

Beth Ebert October 2023
Improving early warnings of epidemic thunderstorm asthma

David Komander September 2023
Playing Tag with Ubiquitin

David Vaux August 2023
A short history of cancer genes

Chris Greening May 2023
The atmosphere as a hidden energy source for life

Jim Goding March 2023
Transistors, the Microchip & the Second Industrial Revolution

Paul Lasky November 2022
A new window on the Universe

Peter Currie October 2022
Regeneration: Myths and monsters and modern medicine

Heather Mack September 2022
Injecting eyes with antibodies to treat problems of the retina

Helen Green August 2022
Dating Australia’s Rock Art

Mahdi Jalali July 2022
Transport electrification and integration of EVs within the electricity grid

Grant McArthur June 2022
Science led inroads into melanoma – Australia and New Zealand’s disease

Alan Duffy May 2022
Darkness visible down-under

Timothy Clark April 2022
The importance of reproducibility and integrity in science: a fishy perspective

Tilman Ruff March 2022
Ending the nuclear weapons era evidence, challenges and pathways

Brian Abbey November 2021
The colour of cancer: could ‘smart’ microscope slides transform tissue diagnostics?

Cameron Simmons October 2021
Creating stop signs in mosquitoes; is this the end-game for Dengue?

Madhu Bhaskaran September 2021
Unbreakable sensors the future is here

Anne Marie Tosolini August 2021
Fossil Leaves from Cretaceous and Paleogene Polar Environments

Geoff Brooks July 2021
Green Steel: Can we decarburise steel production?


Message from Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall

I would like to congratulate ANZAAS on its reinvigoration and an exciting new website.  ANZAAS was born to help launch scientific endeavour in Australia and New Zealand in the late 19th century and has since maintained a powerful advocate for public engagement with science. The new ANZAAS seeks to support and enliven a new phase of public involvement in science – we might call it mobilisation – in support of a sustainable culture for scientific literacy and a solid foundation for international competitiveness. The new path of action for ANZAAS is to stir the community at large into motivating more of our youth to explore the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. There are many issues facing our society as we move into the 21st century – new challenges and exciting opportunities in medicine and health, critical decisions to be made with respect to the planet and engineering innovations of which we can only dream in the present. ANZAAS seeks to engage you in vibrant and productive exchanges as together we tackle these future challenges.

I urge you all to join me in actively supporting ANZAAS in its new endeavours.


From the Archives

Douglas Mawson ANZAAS has a long, proud and prestigious history with many eminent scientists as its President. Here from the archives is the 1935 Presidential Address by the great Antarctic explorer Sir Douglas Mawson.

We invite you to wonder at Mawson’s suggestions for Prospects for Economic Development on pages 36-37 – from whaling and fur-farming to “As a winter sports ground for diversion in summer, Antarctica would be a thrill to Australians… I see no reason to delay the despatch from our ports of modern liners for summer pleasure cruises amongst the pack-ice.” View PDF

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