Since 1885, the Indiana Academy of Science has supported the scientific research and science education of our state's scientists and science students. It is one of the oldest scientific professional membership organizations in the United States, the only multidisciplinary scientific organization in the state of Indiana, and is dedicated to promoting scientific research, diffusing scientific information, improving education in the sciences, and encouraging communication and cooperation among scientists.

The  Indiana Academy of Science accomplishes its mission by bringing together Indiana, Midwest, and National leading and emerging scientists, and Indiana science graduate and undergraduate students, at its Annual Academy Meeting, engages the Indiana lay and professional community in the annual Science and Society Fall Forum, awards Indiana Academy of Science Research Grants, has an active Youth Activities Program, conducts annual BioBlitz field studies, offers for purchase Books and Special Publications, publishes the celebrated Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science, and produces a quarterly newsletter.

The Academy accomplishes the above missions with a Council consisting of elected members, an Exective Director, Elected Committees, Appointed Committees, and Sections representing physical and life sciences.  To learn more, click on one of the organizational entities and also read about our extensive history.

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Anti-Racism Policy Statement:(adopted by the Council of the Indiana Academy of Science; June 5, 2020.). The Indiana Academy of Science strongly condemns all specific and systemic instances of racism.
 
 
STATEMENT BY THE INDIANA ACADEMY OF SCIENCE REGARDING THE MURDER OF MR. GEORGE FLOYD AND OTHER AFRICAN AMERICAN VICTIMS OF SYSTEMIC RACISM
INDIANAPOLIS, IN. (JUNE 4, 2020)
 
In recent weeks, we have, once again, witnessed violence against African Americans, a deplorable stain that has soiled the fabric of our country for hundreds of years. Mr. George Floyd in Minnesota and Ms. Breonna Taylor in Kentucky are but two of the many African Americans who have been killed by police, law enforcement officers who have taken an oath to support the Constitution and the laws of our country and to safeguard the communities they serve.
 
Beyond these specific acts of unspeakable aggression, we should all be concerned when the mere mention of race was used by a white woman to attempt to weaponize a police force against Christian Cooper (who was just birdwatching in Central Park in New York) as an imminent threat to her life. Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed while jogging on a Georgia Street. While white neighbors have often passed through a local construction site, it was Arbery’s race that led to his being stopped, and ultimately to his death.
 
To our African American Academy members, please know that the Indiana Academy of Science recognizes how anguish and exhaustion could prevail in having to deal with the ugliness of racism and discrimination. And to all of our Academy members, it is understandable how these reprehensible events could give rise to feelings of injustice and anger. The Indiana Academy of Science shares the frustration of such repugnant and unconscionable acts.
 
As Academy members, we must commit ourselves to opposing racism in all its forms. We must not remain silent as our African American colleagues, friends, students, and mentors experience aggressions that threaten life, and are subjected to the day-to-day micro-aggressions that suppress the ability of African Americans to live freely and prosper. The Indiana Academy of Science strongly condemns all specific and systemic instances of racism. 
 
Indiana Academy of Science members are encouraged to actively search for ways that we can identify, confront, and end systemic racism. The burden is on us all to do the work. You may find helpful resources that are a good place to start at websites such as this one.

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