Vale Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Today, we woke to the news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

For 70 years, Queen Elizabeth II reigned as Australia’s Head of State. During her reign, The Queen visited Australia 16 times and saw more of this country than many locals, visiting every state and territory.

We acknowledge the links many of our institutions and organisations within the science and science communication sector had to Her Majesty.

From leading institutions like the Australian Academy of Science (formed under a Royal Charter signed in person by Her Majesty), to the RIAus and the many other institutions that carry the Royal title (both here and abroad), to programs like the National Youth Science Forum and National Science Week with their strong links to the Governor General, many of our science outreach programs have some connection to the crown.

While we know that there are different views on the role of the monarchy here in Australia, it is without question that Her Majesty’s impact on the globe has been monumental, especially in the not for profit and charity sector. The Queen’s position and role has been significant in providing support and public attention to these organisations.

We pay our respects and acknowledge the broad-reaching impact Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II made. Our condolences are with the Royal Family. May she rest in peace.

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet are coordinating condolence messages online.

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