EMCR update—November 2017

November 09, 2017

Exploring the Antarctic Frontier

Two women and a man in animated conversation
Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC, Governor of Tasmania (right) meeting keynote speaker Professor Anne-Marie Brady and Academy Fellow Professor Ian Allison at the Frontiers of Science symposium.

The Academy’s most recent Theo Murphy Australian Frontiers of Science Symposium brought together 70 early- and mid-career researchers (EMCRs) with an interest in the Antarctic region. The researchers travelled from around Australia to meet in Hobart with a view of the Aurora Australis, Australia’s flagship Antarctic icebreaker and research vessel. Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC, Governor of Tasmania, opened the event and was delighted to meet a selection of Academy Fellows, senior Antarctic researchers and emerging research leaders at the opening night function.

Over the following two days the EMCRs explored the breadth of research occurring in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, touching on everything from volcanoes to the effects of wastewater, the impact of plate tectonics on ocean currents, and understanding how best to manage threats to biodiversity. The symposium gave participants excellent opportunities to find out about other fields and develop networks for future collaborations.

The Academy thanks the generous sponsors who contributed to the success of this event, from the Theo Murphy (Australia) Fund, the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania, the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC, ARC Special Research Initiative for Antarctic Gateway Partnership, and CSIRO.

Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) grants program

Businesses, not-for-profits, education and research organisations are encouraged to apply for grants to inspire more girls and women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) and entrepreneurship.

Applications for round two of the WISE program close on 15 November 2017, and the successful projects will be announced in early 2018. The Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship program is part of the ‘Inspiring all Australians in Digital Literacy and STEM’ component of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda.

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