The Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science (ANZAAS) is an organisation that was founded in 1888 by Archibald Liversidge as the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science to promote science. It was modelled on the British Association for the Advancement of Science. For many years, its annual meetings were a popular and influential way of promoting science in Australia and New Zealand. The current name has been used since 1930.
In the 1990s, membership and attendance at the annual meetings decreased as specialised scientific societies increased in popularity. Proposals to close the Association were discussed, but it continued after closing its office in Adelaide. It now operates on a smaller scale but is beginning to grow. The Annual Meetings are no longer held.
It holds lectures, for the medals and for other named lectures, both nationally and at state level.
Each year it organises Youth ANZAAS which is an annual residential scientific forum attended by students from Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 in Australian schools. Recent ones have been:-
- Youth ANZAAS 2010 - Sydney, New South Wales.
- Youth ANZAAS 2009 - Melbourne, Victoria.
- Youth ANZAAS 2008 - Dunedin, New Zealand.
- Youth ANZAAS 2007 - Perth, Western Australia.
- Youth ANZAAS 2006 - Adelaide, South Australia.
- Youth ANZAAS 2005 - Sydney, New South Wales.
- Youth ANZAAS 2004 - Sydney, New South Wales.
- Youth ANZAAS 2003 - Melbourne, Victoria.
- Youth ANZAAS 2002 - Adelaide, South Australia.
- Youth ANZAAS 2001 - Adelaide, South Australia.
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