We are a national scientific non-profit organisation with a mission of
‘Bringing science to people and people to science’
We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.
Carl Sagan, Astronomer
Our vision is that science should become recognised as pivotal in everyday life. RiAus will make science accessible and inspiring for Australians, the Asia-Pacific Region and the rest of the world.
We will inform and shape scientific debate in response to local issues and the big challenges facing the globe.
We aim to:
- broaden the appreciation of science and technology as a part of the culture of Australia;
- create sustained interest in science including encouraging career pathways for scientists;
- engage the public, decision-makers and opinion-leaders in dialogue and policy debate around science; and
- help develop inquiring minds that can appreciate the process, constraints and potential of science.
- be leaders in best practice science engagement.
Who are we?
Science and technology is as much a part of our cultural fabric as art, music, theatre and literature. They play a significant role in our daily lives, yet, in a world dependent on science, we often take them for granted. RiAus believes every citizen has a right, and a responsibility, to be informed, and our mission is to create programs to bring that about.
Based in Adelaide, but with a reach around the country and throughout the world, RiAus is Australia’s unique, national science hub. RiAus is housed in the converted heritage-listed former Adelaide Stock Exchange building, which has been turned into a contemporary Science Exchange, trading in ideas and knowledge. RiAus brings together people – scientists, researchers, technologists and engineers, with families, educators, media, government and industry.
Foundation support from the Government of South Australia, the Commonwealth Government and Santos has enabled us to carry on the tradition of the Royal Institution of Great Britain as an independent, not for profit organisation and to develop a powerful online presence that interacts with, and engages, a national and global audience.
Science and technology are central to many policy decisions at local, state and national levels. RiAus encourages the use of evidence-based science to inform these decisions and works to facilitate the interaction between policy-makers and scientists through formal and informal means such as open forums and exclusive briefings.
By sharing sound scientific knowledge with leaders in government and industry, RiAus seeks to promote more informed policy-making and to improve community confidence and ability in addressing science-related issues.