This time it's goodbye forever

 作者:盛筛     |      日期:2019-02-26 13:12:00
By Ian Anderson AFTER 108 years and 66 annual congresses, the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science has decided to call it a day. At its meeting last week, the ANZAAS council recommended dissolving the organisation next March. The suggestion is likely to be accepted by the organisation’s 500 members at a meeting in December. Since the halcyon days of the 1960s when the number of delegates at the annual meetings nudged 4000, attendance has declined steadily. This year in Adelaide only 220 people registered for the three-day conference and 80 of those were either speakers or from the media. Bruce McKellar, dean of science at the University of Melbourne and chairman of ANZAAS, says that the organisation, dependent on voluntary support, is facing bankruptcy. “We have nothing like the financial support from government that the British Association enjoys,” he says. McKellar says that the ANZAAS congress was finding it hard to attract scientists, who prefer meetings in their own field attended by their peers. But he hopes that a new type of forum might emerge to bring science to the public,