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The Academy has announced the recipients of the France and Europe early- and mid-career (EMCR) mobility grants for 2019, who have been awarded a share of the total $71,785 in funding. These grants are intended to strengthen international research networks, providing support of up to $5000 for Australian researchers to travel to France and Europe and work with leading researchers at major science and technology organisations for a period of between 14 and 28 days. The Rod Rickards Fellowship, which supports researchers to travel to Europe for collaborative research in chemistry or biology, has been awarded to 11 Australian early- and mid-career researchers. The recipients are: Dr Jessica Allen, University of Newcastle Dr Ryan Burrows, Griffith University Dr Xiaoying Cui, University of Queensland Dr Tim Gould, Griffith University Dr Meiling Han, Monash University Dr Clarissa House, Western Sydney University Dr Jennifer Macleod, Queensland University of Technology Associate Professor Alister Page, University of Newcastle Dr Onisha Patel, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research Dr Mohammad Pourkheirandish, University of Melbourne Dr Christian Rinke, Australian Centre for Ecogenomics. Additionally, four Bede Morris Memorial Fund grants have been awarded to support researchers to travel to France for research in any field of natural sciences. The 2019 recipients of the Bede Morris grants are: Professor Igor Aharonovich, UTS Dr Kirill Glavatskiy, University of Sydney Dr Margaux Le Vaillant, CSIRO Dr Peta Neale, Griffith University. These mobility grants are possible due to the generous support of the Rod Morris and Bede Morris memorial funds respectively, which continue the legacy of two outstanding scientists, Professor Bede Morris FAA (1927–1988) and Professor Rod Rickards FAA (1934–2007). More information on the France and Europe EMCR Mobility Grants
The Australian Academy of Science welcomes Louise Moes to the role of Manager – Diversity and Inclusion and the appointment of Paul Richards as the Director of Communications and Outreach. Louise Moes brings significant experience having developed diversity and social inclusion strategies, policy and solutions across not for profit, government and education sectors in Australia and the UK. Louise has undertaken work in relation to Indigenous and gender national policy, health and domestic and family violence as well as led strategies focusing on economic development, education and the future of work. Academy Chief Executive Anna-Maria Arabia said Louise has a strong track record of effecting change at a national level and has much experience in engaging with a wide range of stakeholders. “Louise will play a key leadership role as the Academy aims to be a national leader in diversity and inclusion in the science sector,” Anna-Maria Arabia said. Paul Richards steps into his new role from July, having previously managed the Academy’s digital strategy and video production capability. He replaces Dr Melanie Bagg who will commence as CEO of the National Youth Science Forum in July. Paul joined the Academy two years ago after a seventeen-year journalism career including ten years at Channel Seven’s Sunrise program, which remained Australia’s number one breakfast TV program while Paul was in the role. Academy Chief Executive Anna-Maria Arabia said Paul has played an integral role in the success of the Academy’s communications and outreach initiatives since joining the organisation. “Our online audience has exploded in the past two years from 9,000 followers on Facebook to over 1.5 million. Paul has seamlessly meshed his deep experience in journalism with scientific excellence and will lead the further growth of the Academy’s outreach activities”. “The Academy extends its gratitude to Melanie Bagg for her outstanding contribution and wishes her every success in her next chapter”, Anna-Maria Arabia concluded.
Queen’s Birthday honours for seven Academy Fellows
Future Earth Australia and the Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure together with Climate-KIC are hosting a two-day forum and workshop on the Gold Coast on Monday 19 August and Tuesday 20 August.
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