Theo Murphy Initiative (Australia)

The Theo Murphy (Australia) Fund was established with the purpose of furthering scientific discovery in the fields of medicine, science, technology and engineering. The fund is made available by the Royal Society of London.

The Theo Murphy (Australia) Fund will support 3–6 activities annually, that aim to provide tangible benefits to Australia’s early- and mid-career researcher (EMCR) community and further scientific discovery.

The activities that will be supported during the 2019/20 round of the Theo Murphy Initiative (Australia) have been recently announced and will include:


Launch on 5 July 2019 in Melbourne, with ongoing activities throughout the year

This activity aims to establish the first National LGBTQIA+ STEMM Network. The network will advocate for and champion inclusion of LGBTQIA+ individuals working within STEMM organisations

Kick-starting the Australian bioeconomy with synthetic biology

14-17 October 2019, Brisbane

This activity will deliver EMCR specific components as part of the Synthetic Biology Australasia 2019 conference in Brisbane. The EMCR events will include a panel of experts, a workshop to improve EMCRs ability to translate and pitch their research to achieve commercial outputs, and networking opportunities.

Genomes and biodiversity in the era of big data

November 2019, Sydney

This is an event for EMCRs in the life sciences to receive training in analysis of ‘big data’ from genomics and biodiversity experts. The event will involve a series of lectures, tutorials, hands-on practical classes, and a public talk at the National Museum of Australia. The content of the sessions will be made available online after the event.

Re:produce – kick-off meeting of reproducible research network

December 2019, Brisbane

This activity will enable EMCRs to learn the tools and concepts to become emerging leaders of reproducible science in their fields of expertise. The two-day event will include presentations from experts and participants, hands-on training and a networking opportunity. 

‘Empowering Regional Research’ EMCR development workshop

Early 2020, Armidale

This event aims to provide professional development opportunities to early and mid-career researchers living and working in regional and remote areas of Australia.

Watch this space for updates on the activities and find out how you can participate

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