ACDS Annual General Meeting and Conference The Annual General Meeting and Conference of the ACDS will be held in person on October Monday 24 and Tuesday 25, 2022 in Canberra. It will be great to catch up with colleagues in person for the first time in 3 years, and to swap stories about the extraordinary changes that have had to be dealt with during the pandemic. We have an exciting program for the AGM, including:Day one morning Catriona Jackson, Chief Executive, Universities AustraliaMargaret Sheil, VC of QUT and Deputy President of Universities Australia on the outlook for Australian university science.Caroline McMillen, Chief Scientist for South Australia and former VC of the University of Newcastle, on advocacy for basic research,Misha Schubert from STA on STA’s lobbying for science. Day two morning Claire Field, a nationally recognised expert on VET, on Australia’s skills shortages and how university science might contribute to their solution.Judith Zielke, CEO of the ARC on the ARC’s programs Day two afternoon Ian Chubb, former Chief Scientist and VC of ANU, Secretary for Policy at the Australian Academy of ScienceLiz Visher, Director, Major Investments, ARC on the ARC Industrial Transformation Research ProgramJohn Howard MD Howard Partners and visiting Prof, UTS Business School on matching the US in new public R&D investment The program also includes sessions for deans to explore with each other the key issues in their own institutions, and also to debate what issues the ACDS should be pursuing on their behalf. The Conference dinner will be held at Canberra Rex Hotel.