The Australian Standard for Public Comment

Posted by on 29 April 2015

Draft Number:  AS 4276.17.2

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ISC Travel Grants and Awards

Posted by on 29 April 2015

The ISC is offering our Member Societies a number of Travel Grants for our next Congress.  Young scientists (age 35 years and under) can apply for up to 4 individual grants and successful applicants will be fully funded to attend ICAAC / ICC, San Diego, 17-21 September 2015.

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Molecular Microbiology News - Issue 3

Posted by ASM on 10 April 2015

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Amanda Young Foundation Top-Up Scholarship

Posted by on 7 April 2015

Amanda Young Foundation PhD Scholarship Top Up
The Amanda Young Foundation is committed to advance research that reduces the burden of meningococcal disease experienced by children in WA and around the world by improving prevention, diagnosis, treatment and disease management.

The Top-up scholarship will be used to support a PhD research project at The University of Western Australia to be conducted on meningococcal disease under the supervision of Dr Charlene Kahler.
For more details about Dr Kahler and her work please visit:
https://www.socrates.uwa.edu.au/Staff/StaffProfile.aspx?Person=CharleneKahler
 
Scholarship description
The Amanda Young Foundation PhD Top Up Scholarship is awarded to students of exceptional research potential undertaking a full-time Doctoral degree by research at the University of Western Australia.

What it covers
Successful applications for full-time research will receive a top-up of $ 5,000 per annum tax free for three years full-time study. The successful applicant for this award will be sponsored by Dr Kahler for Australian Postgraduate Research Award (http://www.scholarships.uwa.edu.au/search?sc_view=1&id=341).
Available in the 2015 Mid-Year Domestic Australian Postgraduate Award Round. - Domestic applications open 01 June 2015 and close 10 July 2015.

Eligibility guidelines and selection process
Successful applicants must:
- Have an Australian bachelor’s degree with 1st class Honours or equivalent; or completed a degree and have an outstanding record of professional and/or research achievements since graduation.
- Have a full-time 3-year scholarship to cover their living costs. The successful applicant will be sponsored by Dr Kahler to apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship in August 2015.
- Will enrol for full-time Doctoral degree by research studies at the University of Western Australia
The Top-up scholarship will be granted on a competitive basis to an outstanding candidate. Selection will be based on academic merit, research experience, out-of-curriculum interests and activities, and fit with the current research group.

Application process
1. The applications will be ranked by committee after the 1st May 2015.
2. The top 3-5 applicants will be asked to interview in May 2015.
3. Successful applicant will be announced 1st June 2015.

Selection criteria
The application must contain the following headings and a written explanation as to how the candidate fits the criteria.

ESSENTIAL
1. Completed a Bachelor of Science degree in a relevant Discipline (Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Genetics). Describe the subjects and attach an official copy of your transcript.
2. Completed a First Class Honours Degree or equivalent in a relevant Discipline (Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Genetics). Describe your honours project and attach a copy of the Abstract from the thesis.
3. Evidence of skills in microbiology, molecular biology, and genetics. Describe the skills you obtained during your Honours year. Your referee will be asked to comment on your competency in these methods. You may like to attach relevant results sections from your Honours thesis which display your competency.
4. Evidence of personal organisational skills such as teamwork and laboratory organisation including the requirement to keep clear and concise notes.
5. Knowledge regarding research ethics and safety requirements.

DESIRABLE
6. Details of any other scientific activities (eg. Publication of your work, attendance at a conference, society membership or awards)

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ICAAC ICC Registration Discounts

Posted by on 13 March 2015

How to Register Online for ICC / ICAAC 2015

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Applications for ASM Communication Ambassador Program now open

Posted by ASM on 10 March 2015

The ASM is looking for student and ECR members to volunteer as part of a rotating roster of Communication Ambassadors within the society, who will:

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Millis-Colwell Award Winner Announced

Posted by ASM on 10 March 2015

The ASM is pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 Millis- Colwell Award - Jennifer Moffett, University of Melbourne

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ACTION ON THREAT TO RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE

Posted by ASM on 5 March 2015

Dear STA members and Friends, 

As many of you are aware, a number of the public research facilities funded under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) are in dire straits, because of continued uncertainty over operational funding.

More than $2 billion of taxpayer money has been committed to NCRIS since it was established in 2004. Its 27 facilities employ 1,700 skilled scientists and support staff, and enable 35,000 scientists in universities, industry and research organisations to do the work underpinning many aspects of Australia’s scientific research, innovation and development.

Many of these facilities are preparing to shut down in the next two months if the situation does not change. 

STA has been working on your behalf behind the scenes to try and have the Federal Government release the promised operation funds, as have others of the Research Alliance. To date we have not succeeded, and have thus joined with Australia’s 15 major research and science bodies to call on the Prime Minster to step in and avert the crisis.  

Attached you will find a copy of the open letter to the Prime Minister. We will keep you up to date with the media stories over coming days via our web page (www.sta.org.au) and urge you to keep abreast of developments via our page and to take part in the media and social media conversation on this critical issue.  

Regards, 

STA President Dr Ross Smith 

STA CEO Catriona Jackson

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Burnet-Hayes Award Winner Announced

Posted by ASM on 29 January 2015

The ASM is pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 Burnet-Hayes Award - Matthew Johnson, Monash University

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Attention early-career researchers…

Posted by ASM on 28 January 2015

FameLab, Australia’s international science communication competition, returns in 2015 for another round of ‘talking science’.

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