Australia's Chief Scientist

Horizon scanning

The ACOLA (Australian Council of Learned Academies) Horizon Scanning projects inform policy makers about significant scientific and technological developments that will impact Australia in the coming decade.

Horizon scanning projects are in-depth, multidisciplinary analyses of emerging global issues in science and technology. They focus on developments that demand a considered public policy response to minimise risk and maximise significant economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits in Australia.

The current horizon scanning topics approved by the Commonwealth Science Council are:

  • Electrical Energy Storage Technologies  (Delivered 20 November 2017 – available on the ACOLA website)
  • Precision Medicine (Delivered 31 January 2018 – available on the ACOLA website)
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Internet of Things
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Next Generation Agriculture.