The Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science (ANZAAS) has been a long time collaborator with YSA Melbourne. Founded in 1888, ANZAAS has a long and accomplished history, and many specialist scientific societies in Australia and New Zealand have developed from what were sections at ANZAAS Congresses. YSA Melbourne holds a place on both the ANZAAS National and Victorian steering committees, in order for both organisations to offer support and expertise, and to enable collaborations.

YSA and ANZAAS together on an annual basis to organise the joint November Dinner with a Scientist Event: a three-course dinner event held at the prestigious Graduate House in Parkville, with a science talk from a distinguished keynote speaker. This event provides YSA members the opportunity to network with and learn from established members of ANZAAS working in various fields of science, mathematics and engineering.

Previous speakers have included:

  • 2014: Professor Jim Goding, Emeritus professor of experimental pathology at Monash University, speaking on the topic of the development of oral contraceptive pill
  • 2013: Professor Tony Burgess, presenting a tribute to Erwin Schrödinger and Charles Darwin, with a view of understanding life in the Universe and where “evolution” might take us
  • 2012: Professor Volkas, academic at the University of Melbourne Physics department, speaking on the topic of the search for the Higgs Boson
  • 2011: Dr. David Prescod, MBBS, FANZCA, speaking on the topic of revolutionising the education and practice of anaesthesia in Mongolia

ANZAAS also provides an opportunity for our members to be put in contact with working scientists and learn from their research, through the ANZAAS Monthly Science Talks, hosted by the Genes Technology Access Centre (GTAC) in Parkville. Each month, ANZAAS invites distinguished members of the scientific community to share their passion and their story with the public.

In 2014, YSA Melbourne was proud to play a critical role in the development and delivery of the 2014 Youth ANZAAA program, the ANZAAS flagship program and annual residential international forum for science students in Years 10 to 12. Every year, students from each State and Territory of Australia & New Zealand are selected to participate in science activities and experiences over a period of a week, including behind-the-scenes tours, lectures with leading scientists, hands-on research, and cutting edge technology. Youth ANZAAS receives financial support from the Federal Department of Education and Science.