April 19, 2010

Employment Opportunity: Director, eResearch SA

Posted in Adelaide, jobs, Research at 2:42 am by cminge

eResearch SA
University of Adelaide, South Australia
Salary: Level SM1/C6, $106,539 – $110, 929 per annum or salary commensurate with employee qualifications and experience (plus 17% superannuation and salary packaging options)

eResearch SA seeks to appoint a dynamic Director who has the vision to transform research practices in South Australia.

This fixed-term position is available from 1st July 2010 for a period of three years in the first instance. Based at the University of Adelaide, eResearch SA is a collaborative joint venture between the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the University of South Australia. It was established in 2007 to provide eResearch support, training, and infrastructure for South Australia’s vibrant research community.

The Director will have exceptional leadership and interpersonal skills, a strong record of innovative achievement as a leader, and a demonstrated knowledge and awareness of state and national eResearch agendas. Suitably qualified and experienced professionals with a demonstrated understanding of the underlying technologies, solutions and support required in this key leadership role should apply.

More information, including the position description and information package is available from www.adelaide.edu.au/jobs/current/15240/ or alternatively contact Mr James Tizard, telephone: +61 8 8303 5166, or email: james.tizard@eresearchsa.edu.au.

Email applications to director@eresearchsa.edu.au by the closing date, 14 May 2010.


April 15, 2010

ASELL Science Workshop

Posted in Adelaide, Podcasts, Research, schools, science, seminar tagged , , , , , at 1:00 am by cascius

The ASELL Science Workshop was held on the 6th-9th of April 2010 at the University of Adelaide. It involved the disciplines biology, chemistry and physics. Universities were invited to send 2-person teams (one academic and one student). Thes workshop included a mixture of discussions and laboratory-based activities. Each team showcased one experiment from its home institution. Up to 4 teams from each institution per discipline were allowed to attend. Institutions were encouraged to submit experiments they considered good or experiments that needed major improvement.

Listen to the podcast from the workshop.

April 7, 2010

ASMR SA Annual Scientific Meeting – First Call for Abstracts

Posted in Adelaide, Awards/Prizes, Research at 12:49 am by cminge

Conference date: Wednesday June 9, 2010

Researchers from all around Adelaide involved in medical and health related research are invited to submit their abstracts. Once again, the theme for this year’s meeting is ‘Celebrating Science in SA’. Last year’s meeting was an enormous success with over 200 registrants and more than 100 poster and oral presentations.

This year’s awards include:

  • The Annual Ross Wishart Memorial Award
  • Honours Student Awards
  • Early Career Researcher Awards
  • Best Oral and Best Poster presentations

Closing date for Abstracts: Friday April 30th, 2010

For online registration and abstract submission please visit http://www.asmr.org.au/MRWSA.html

For further information please contact the convenors: Stamatiki Kritas & Tina Bianco-Miotto

April 6, 2010

What’s a POGIL? Listen to this interview to find out

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 5:07 am by cascius

POGIL stands for ‘Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning’  and is  as an alternative instructional approach for  university instruction. While the focus will be on science instruction, the conceptual framework is applicable to all discipline areas.


Listen to this  interview by Alan Carrington to find out more about POGIL.

Fulbright Scholarships for study/research in the United States for 2011

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:02 am by cascius

The Fulbright Scholarship Program is one of the largest and most prestigious educational scholarship programs in the world. Established by the United States government in 1946, it now exists between the U.S. and 150 countries.
The Australian-American Fulbright Commission is supported by the Australian and U.S. governments and a variety of corporate sponsors.

Between 20-25 Fulbright Scholarships(A30,000-A$45,000) are annually granted to Australian Postgraduates, Senior Scholars, Postdoctoral and Professional Scholars and a similar number of Postgraduate and Senior Scholarships for Americans to study in Australia.

WHEN: Tuesday 20 April, 2.15-3.15pm

WHERE: Seminar Room, Adelaide Graduate Centre, Level 6, 115 Grenfell Street at the University of Adelaide.

PRESENTER: Dr Joe Hlubucek, Executive Director, Australian-American Fulbright Commission.

This presentation is for Australian citizens who are current honours and postgraduate students and academic staff, who are interested in study or research in the United States.  A focus of the presentation this year will be the Fulbright South Australia Scholarship.

Look here for further information on Fullbright.

For more information on the 2010 Australian Fulbright Scholars please go to the following link on the Fulbright website:

If you are interested in attending this information session,please advise Anne Witt by Friday 16 April 2010.

April 1, 2010

Women In Science Fellowships (2010) – L’Oréal Australia

Posted in Adelaide, Awards/Prizes, news, Research, science tagged , , , , at 5:59 am by cascius

L’Oreal Australia is offering three (3)  $20,000 Fellowships. The  Fellowships are intended to help early-career women scientists to consolidate their careers and rise to leadership positions in science.


  • The Fellowships are awarded to women who have shown scientific excellence in their career to date and who have an appropriate research plan that will be assisted by the one-year Fellowship.
  • L’Oréal Australia are looking for women who have completed their PhD in the last five years (allowance is made for maternity leave).

Full criteria for eligibility, application instructions and profiles of past Fellows are online at http://www.scienceinpublic.com.au/loreal.

The L’Oréal Australia For Women In Science Fellowships are now in their fourth year and are supported by the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian National Commission for UNESCO.

The Fellowships are highly competitive and potential nominees are encouraged to read the brief profiles of past recipients before applying.

Applications are open until midnight Monday 3 May, 2010.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications  will only be accepted via the online form.

What are you waiting for? Apply now!

March 9, 2010

Genetics & Epigenetics of Flowering-Inaugural Keith W Finlay Lecture

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , at 10:52 pm by cascius

Date/Time: Monday, 22 March 2010, 4:00 pm

Location: Plant Research Centre Auditorium, Waite Campus

School of Agriculture, Food & Wine Named Lecture Series: The Keith W Finlay Lecture 2010

Genetics and Epigenetics of Flowering

Speaker: Dr Liz Dennis, CSIRO Fellow, CSIRO Plant Industry

Dr Dennis is internationally recognised as a leading plant molecular biologist. Her contributions include defining the molecular pathway for low oxygen response in plants, studying cotton fibre development and unlocking the secrets of the regulation of flowering. Flowering is one of the most critical stages in the life of a plant. Genes controlling flowering time have been identified in both Arabidopsis and cereals and their regulation in response to environmental cues studied. Epigenetic regulation of genes is emerging as a major player in controlling development and response to environmental conditions. One of the best studied examples of epigenetic regulation occurs during vernalisation – the promotion of flowering by cold. Research by Dr Dennis and her team in both Arabidopsis and cereals, has shown that epigenetic regulation of genes prevents vernalisation responsive plants from being triggered to flower by the long days of autumn and flowering. In recognition of her contribution to plant molecular biology, Dr Dennis has been asked to deliver the inaugural Keith W Finlay Lecture.

Keith Warren Finlay was employed as the Senior Plant Breeder and Crop Geneticist at the Waite Campus of the University of Adelaide in 1955. During his time at the Waite (1955-1969), Finlay was responsible for building the reputation and scale of the Waite’s cereal breeding programs through his mechanical innovations and collection of large numbers of barley and wheat cultivars. After leaving the University, Finlay was the Deputy-Director General of the International Centre for the Improvement of Wheat and Maize influencing the development of plant breeding internationally. He died in 1980.

Contact: Dr Amanda Able (email), School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, University of Adelaide, Business: +61 8 8303 7245

February 10, 2010

Paying their way

Posted in Adelaide, news, Research, science, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 6:00 am by cascius

David Sly recently interviewed Dr Bob Hill about the Faculty of Sciences’ commercial partnerships. These partnerships have yeilded millions of dollars in research funding for the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Adelaide and this in turn has allowed the Faculty to recruit the best of the best from around the world. A few examples include Professor Andy Lowe from the UK who heads up the Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology & Biodiversity which focuses on plant change biology; Professor Corey Bradshaw, Research Director of Ecological Modelling who is conducting joint research with South Australian Research and Development Institute at West Beach; Professor Barry Brook, director of the Research Institute for Climate Change & Sustainability, whose blog BraveNewPlanet has attracted more than 500,000 hits.

Read the Adelaide Review article for more details.

Please note the following important fact corrections for the article:

  • The Faculty of Science attracted approximately $60 million, not $160 million through research grants in 2009
  • The correct title and spelling of Professor Tanya Monro’s surname (not Dr Munro). Dr Monro heads up the Institute for Photonics & Advanced Sensing (IPAS)

January 28, 2010

Science pre-enrolment podcasts

Posted in Podcasts, science, seminar, study tagged , , , at 5:14 am by cascius

If you missed the pre enrolment session for Science, fear not. You can download the podcasts here:

January 20, 2010

Study Science at The University Adelaide

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:21 am by cascius

Watch and listen to a 2009 Honours Graduate about studying Science at The University of Adelaide!

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