The annual Business/Higher Education Round Table (B/HERT) Awards showcase the benefits of collaboration and improve links between industry and universities.  Each year the winners are announced at a gala dinner where outstanding collaborative projects are celebrated by business, industry and tertiary educators. Project winners are listed on the B/HERT website along with pictures of the 2015 dinner event.

The 2016 round of the B/HERT Awards has just opened and this year, for the first time, we have introduced the Research Translation Award. This Award recognises successful translation processes that follow on from research activity leading ultimately to commercialisation. It is to be distinguished from the Research & Development Award because of its focus on progress of the research outcomes to a potential investment or licence.  A Research Translation Award application requires a commercial relationship to exist between the parties following the research activity. The criteria refer to the invention (products, processes or services), the translation process and impact.  Any stakeholder involved in the translation process, including intermediary organisations that facilitate the translation of research to commercial uptake are encouraged to submit an application via the online portal. Applications close 9 September 2016.

For further information on applying for the B/HERT Research Translation Award, please visit:

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The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Australia are offering the opportunity to undertake interdisciplinary, postgraduate research for a PhD degree at Australia’s top life sciences laboratories in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Canberra. Successful applicants will receive generous scholarships and travel grants.

This is a great opportunity for prospective PhD students, who can be enrolled through the University of Adelaide, to undertake their research in an EMBL aligned laboratory. Projects are available in a variety of research areas, including cell signalling and differentiation, computational biology & modelling, bioinformatics, neurobiology, tissue morphogenesis, cell polarity and migration, and more.

Applications are open now, and close 1 July 2016.

Read more here or visit the EMBL website.

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Dr Verco with his wife Ms Mary Lou Bishop.

Prominent dentist and graduate of the University of Adelaide, Dr Joseph (“Joe”) Verco has made a major gift of $250,000 to the University’s new Health and Medical Sciences building.

Dr Verco, pictured with his wife Ms MaryLou Bishop has had a long association with dental education and research throughout his career and he will have a lecture theatre named after him in the University’s new $246 million building, currently being constructed in Adelaide’s West End biomedical precinct.

He is a past President of the Australian Dental Association (SA Branch), the Australian Society of Dentistry for Children (Federal and SA branch), the Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry (SA branch), and a past President of the Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry. He has held roles with the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry and is currently on the editorial board of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, an international honours organisation.

The Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Warren Bebbington, paid tribute to Dr Verco’s generosity and said that the Verco name was a fitting one for such a prominent teaching space within the new building.

Joe’s great-uncle was Sir Joseph Verco, co-founder of the University’s Medical School back in 1885 and also of the Dental School in 1920,” Professor Bebbington said.

Dr Joe Verco said: “On a personal level I have a strong sense of pride that the Verco name will have its own special place of honour in the University of Adelaide’s new medical sciences building.”

I’ve been very grateful to the University for the study opportunities and the career path I’ve chosen, and I have always been happy to give back to the community that has given so much to me,” he said.

The new Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building is the biggest capital works project in the history of the University of Adelaide. The $246 million, 14-storey building will house teaching and learning facilities for 1600 students and more than 400 researchers adjacent to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital at the city’s West End.

The vision of having medicine, dentistry, nursing and other health disciplines all positioned together in the one building – and co-located with the new Royal Adelaide Hospital – is an exciting one for the future of medical and health sciences education in this state, and I commend the University for taking this approach,” Dr Verco said.

Read more about the Health and Medical Sciences Building Appeal

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The construction of the Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building (AHMS) is on schedule and construction is now at a stage where it is possible to take regular groups of people on a tour of the site. Tours will be run from 3:30-4:30pm each weekday throughout the month of May and each tour will be […]

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Construction of the Adelaide Health and Medical School building is steadily progressing and is almost at its highest point! View the live webcam to watch the construction unfold.

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The Menzies Foundation is looking for outstanding researchers with potential to be the next generation of leaders in Allied Health. The tax-free scholarship is offered over one or two years at $40,000 per year with a total value of up to $80,000.  It is open to outstanding Allied Health researchers studying at an Australian university […]

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Nominations are now open for the 2017 Northern Communities Health Foundation (NCHF) Visiting Professor.   You are invited to nominate an internationally eminent researcher or clinician to visit Adelaide in 2017. The Foundation provides up to $12,000 for travel and accommodation.  The closing date for nominations is Friday 27 May 2016.  The NCHF Visiting Professor is […]

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The Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building Appeal is seeking donors to contribute to the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that is the AHMS development. To mark the launch of the next phase of the Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building Appeal, a breakfast meeting with keynote speaker Associate Professor John Greenwood AM will be held on Wednesday 18 May. To […]

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Hannah Wardill has won the prestigious The University of Adelaide Faculty of Sciences, Science and Technology Award in the 2016 Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards. Hannah won the Award from a strong field of nominees and was one of 11 category winners announced on Saturday 12th March at the Hilton Adelaide. Over 400 guests were […]

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Presented by Professor Alexander Robling We know that bone gets stronger when it is loaded, and weaker when it is not, but how does this work? Professor Alexander Robling will present a talk and unlock some of the secret ways that bone senses and responds to loading. Professor Robling is an Associate Professor of Anatomy […]

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