Explore critical issues surrounding our current and future digital world at the 2023 Annual Symposium, Digital Society: Social science perspectives for a better future.

Engage with experts from diverse social science fields as we explore lessons learned from past experiences with technology and AI and apply these to today’s rapidly changing landscape. Dive into conversations on digital inclusion, accessibility, equity, and the risks associated with the transition to a global digital society. Join us to consider the future opportunities, challenges, and risks that arise as human and digital society become more integrated.

This symposium will tackle the pivotal policy and social questions that demand our attention as we navigate the path forward. Be a part of shaping a better future by joining us at this thought-provoking event.

Who should attend?

This is a must-attend event for anyone wanting to understand and shape the digital landscape of tomorrow. Whether you’re an academic, researcher, policymaker, industry professional or work at the intersection of technology and society, this symposium offers a unique platform to delve into critical issues surrounding our evolving digital world.

Registrations have now closed. Please contact events@socialsciences.org.au with any questions.


Digital Society: Social Science Perspectives for a Better Future is part of the Academy’s 2023 Annual Events program.

Thursday 23 November:
New Fellows Presentations | 2 – 4pm | Hyatt Hotel Canberra
Cunningham Lecture | 4.30 – 5.30pm | Hyatt Hotel Canberra
Annual Dinner | 7 – 10pm | The Marion

Friday 24 November:
2023 Symposium | 9am – 4pm | National Library of Australia

View our annual events program for further information.

View program

Symposium Sessions

Sessions cover digital inclusion, accessibility and equity, the risks associated with the transition to a global digital society, and future opportunities and challenges that may arise.

See the program here


Speakers include Professor Toby Walsh, Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell, Professor Joy Damousi, Professor Lisa Given, Professor Nicole Gillespie, Professor Jo Barraket, Emeritus Professor Robert Holton, and many more.

Annual events

Each year, in conjunction with the annual Symposium, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia hosts several events welcoming our New Fellows, highlighting distinguished social science research, and celebrating our award winners.

Learn more about the annual events here.


Jo Barraket

Genevieve Bell

Joy Damousi

Nicole Gillespie

Lisa Given

Robert Holton


Heather Horst

Dirk Hovorka

Eva Kyndt

Carmen Leong

Peter Lewis

Minna Ruckenstein

Yolande Strengers


Juliana Sutanto

Toby Walsh

Symposium Committee

Anthony Elliott

Sharon Parker

Andrew Burton-Jones

Sarah Pink

Alan Petersen