2023 Annual Events

Anna Dennis
Events Manager

Date & Time

November 23, 2023


Canberra, Autralia

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The Academy’s 2023 Annual Events will be held from 23 – 24 November 2023 in Canberra, Australia.

The annual events include:

  • 2023 Symposium: Digital society: linked in or locked out?
  • Annual Dinner
  • New Fellows Presentations
  • Cunningham Lecture
  • Annual General Meeting (to be held online 15 Nov 2023)
  • Panel meetings (to be held online, dates TBC)

Further information about each event is available below.

New Fellows Presentations | Thursday 23 November | 2.00 – 4.00pm
Centenary Ballroom, Hyatt Hotel Canberra

Free event

Each year, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia elects the most distinguished social scientists in Australia as Fellows. These New Fellows will join the ranks of over 700 of Australia’s leading researchers and professionals across the social science disciplines.

This event will provide an opportunity to welcome the 2023 New Fellows and to recognise their outstanding contributions to the social sciences. Each New Fellow will have three minutes to discuss their research in an engaging and informative presentation.

2023 Cunningham Lecture | Thursday 23 November | 4.30 – 5.30pm
Centenary Ballroom, Hyatt Hotel Canberra
Free event

The Cunningham Lecture is the Academy’s flagship annual public lecture. It is named after Dr Kenneth Stewart Cunningham, the first chairman of the Social Science Research Committee (the Academy’s predecessor organisation). The Cunningham Lecture is presented each year by an eminent social scientist.

The 2023 Cunningham Lecture will be delivered by Professor Susan Danby FASSA. Professor Danby is recognised internationally as one of Australia’s leading experts in early years language and social interaction, childhood studies, and young children’s engagement with digital technologies.

2023 Annual Dinner | Thursday 23 November | 7.00 – 10.00pm
The Marion, Canberra
Tickets: $150pp

The Academy’s Annual Dinner is an opportunity to celebrate the work of the Academy across the year, recognise the achievements of the 2023 Paul Bourke Award Winners, and welcome the 2023 New Fellows.

2023 Symposium – Digital Society: Social science perspectives for a better future | Friday 24 November | 9.00am – 4.00pm
National Library of Australia, Canberra
Tickets: from $100 – 300

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.

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