France-Australia Science Innovation Collaboration (FASIC) Program Early Career Fellowships in 2015

The FASIC program is a joint fund to support high calibre Australian and French early career researchers (ECRs) nominated by their institutions, to expand research and innovation activities and to initiate substantial research networks and linkages to support both countries’ research and innovation priorities.

Candidates should be research active in the fields of (1) Food and Agribusiness;
(2) Mining Equipment, Technology and Services; (3) Oil, Gas and Energy Resources; (4) Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals; and (5) Advanced Manufacturing.

Further information and the application form can be found here. Applications close 9am AEST Monday 27 April 2015


APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE) in 2015

The Australian Academy of Science invites applications from Australian researchers for the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE) for 2015.

Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:

•    Excellence in scientific research, as evidenced by scholarly publication;
•    Cooperation with scientists from other APEC member economies;
•    Contribution to this year’s theme “Disaster Risk Reduction: Understanding the Role of Climate change and Variability”. Relevant subjects may include (but are not limited to): sustainable development, environmental studies, ecology, disaster management, urban planning and engineering.

The selection panel will also take into consideration the extent to which the applicant uses science to solve real world problems and/or whether their scientific outputs have practical applications.
Relevance of the application to Australian Government priorities is not a requirement but will be highly regarded. Australian Government priority areas are:
•    advanced manufacturing
•    food and agribusiness
•    medical technologies and pharmaceuticals
•    mining equipment, technology and services
•    oil, gas and energy resources

Further information and the application form can be found here. Applications close 9am AEST Tuesday 28 April 2015.


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‘Investigating human cortical connectivity and plasticity using non invasive brain stimulation

A/Prof Michael Ridding obtained his PhD in neuroscience from the Institute of Neurology (University of London) and is now a Lloyd Cox Senior Research Fellowship in the Robinson Research Institute (School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health) at the University of Adelaide. Both the NHMRC and ARC currently support his work, and he has previously held an ARC Queen Elizabeth II Research fellowships and a NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship. His main research interest is focussed on using non-invasive brain stimulation techniques, including transcranial magnetic stimulation, to investigate human cortical network connectivity and plasticity and their potential contribution to the pathophysiology of conditions characterised by neurological and cognitive deficits (stroke, chronic pain, dementia and neurodevelopmental disorders). He has authored approximately >100 peer reviewed publications and 5 book chapters.

When?  Thursday 30 April 2015, 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Where?  Room 526, Hughes Building


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Mustafa Mian, who is currently enrolled in the concurrent Honours and Bachelor of Dental Surgery programs in the School of Dentistry, has recently won the prestigious 2015 ADA/Dentsply Student Clinician Research Competition held at the 36th Australian Dental Congress in Brisbane.

Mustafa’s presentation, based on his honours research project, was titled ‘Craniofacial deformities in premature suture fusion’.

The participants included one undergraduate dental student from each dental school in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. The format was a table-top demonstration aimed at encouraging direct interaction with the audience. The Student Clinician Competition was initiated as a joint venture between Dentsply and the American Dental Association in 1959, and it now includes 17 competitions worldwide involving 35 countries. The program has produced many leading dental academics internationally and continues to provide the opportunity for networking among colleagues with similar research experiences. Fourteen Student Clinician Research Competitions have been organised in Australia since 1982, and Mustafa is the second Adelaide student to win this competition, following John Cropley who secured first place at the 1985 Brisbane Congress.

The first prize provides Mustafa with an all-expenses paid trip to represent the Australasian region in a research competition at the forthcoming American Dental Association Congress in Washington DC in November 2015.

Mustafa has been awarded other research grants and scholarships from the Australian Dental Association Inc during his honours candidature under the supervision of Prof Peter Anderson, Prof Grant Townsend, Dr Sarbin Ranjitkar and A/Prof Toby Hughes.

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The Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme is a joint initiative of Universities Australia and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany’s national agency for the support of international academic co-operation. The scheme will support travel and living expenses for Australian researchers to spend time at partner institutions working on joint projects in Germany and for [...]

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Make the leap. The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) is pleased to invite all clinicians, from all health and allied health disciplines, to our Evidence-Based Clinical Fellowship Program . This is a six-month work-place evidence implementation program involving two intensive training weeks at The Joanna Briggs Institute and a work-place evidence implementation project in the intervening [...]

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Unlock your leadership potential. The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) is pleased to invite all clinical leaders or leaders-to-be, from all health and allied health disciplines, to our Clinical Leadership Program. Our transformative one day program is delivered by a specialist leadership facilitator using a mix of guided learning, practical exercises, self-reflection and group discussion to [...]

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The Tarrkarri Tirrka offers University staff the opportunity to partake in inter-cultural awareness workshops run by Wirltu Yarlu. The focus will be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; terminology & protocols; identifying resources and adaptation/application of understandings in professional practice. Wednesday 29 April 2015, 01:00 PM Ira Raymond Exhibition Room Available places : 30 Wednesday [...]

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To reduce the administrative burden on NHMRC funded researchers, NHMRC is introducing changes to the Scientific Reporting and establishing Grantee Variation policies. Key changes are: Chief Investigator A (CIA) will no longer be required to submit the current forms for Progress Reports of Midterm Reports Scholarship supervisor reports will no longer be required The Final [...]

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You’re invited to the community forum: Peri-conception planning to protect pregnancy and infant health Date:  Wednesday 6 May, 5.00 – 7.30pm (doors open from 5.00pm for registration and refreshments) Venue: Parkview Room, Adelaide Pavilion, corner of South Tce and Peacock Rd FREE admission Full program and registration can be found here Hosted by the Robinson [...]

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I am delighted to announce that five of our academic staff were recognised in Canberra on Wednesday for their outstanding contributions to medical research by being elected Fellows of the new Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. The Academy aims to promote health and medical research and its translation into practice, to enable a healthier community in [...]

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