VLS Announcements 100 - 12 August 2016

Dear Colleagues,

We have reached our 100th announcement milestone.  Just looking back on our first ever announcement and saw that we shared the exciting news of a number of new Postgraduate courses and the undergraduate major in Clinical Laboratory Science.  Some of the other exciting news shared in Announcement 1 was the introduction of coffee, tea and sugar being made available in the VLS common rooms, something that many of us have enjoyed.

In more recent news, I would like to congratulate Associate Professor James Speers for delivering a keynote speech on "Application of Forensic Science in Conflict Zones" at the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Biology Specialist Advisory Group meeting in Perth on Wednesday.

The fantastic wheat breakthrough from Adjunct Professor Ian Edwards has been all over the news in the past week; Ian has appeared on ABC, regional radio and WA Business News, well done Ian.

Just a reminder that the staff games are fast approaching, sign-ups are now open on the Staff Games website and there is a link in the most recent VLS announcements. We are looking for team members for all games and we always have space for extra cheerleaders.  There is more information provided below.

Kind regards

David Hampson
Dean, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences.

Submissions for the announcements can be made by emailing Mhairi Finlayson COB each Tuesday for publication Thursday

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Teaching and Research News [Expand All] | [Collapse All]

  • Irrigation Innovation Centre

    Dr Debra Pearce from Kimberley Boab Consulting and the Department of Agriculture and Food WA are evaluating opportunities for development of an Irrigation Innovation Centre, using, as a physical base, the Frank Wise Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Kununurra. As part of the research she is looking to meet with researchers with an interest in agriculture in a tropical environment to gauge the level of interest in utilising the research station infrastructure and resources and/or partnering with DAFWA to develop a commercially viable R&D facility

    Dr Debora Pearce will be available for initial scoping discussions between 17th and 23rd August. At this stage, all opportunities are open for consideration, and Debra encourages further discussion on any concepts for utilising the research facilities to advance tropical and irrigated agriculture.

    Dr Debra Pearce's contact details are as follows
    Phone: 0411 717 570

  • Global Innovation Linkages (GIL) Programme Launched

    Yesterday, the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon Greg Hunt MP announced the launch of the $18 million Global Innovation Linkages (GIL) programme, an initiative under the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA).

    There will be an information session in Perth on the 30th August.

    Grants of up to AU$1 million (exclusive of GST) per project will be provided over a maximum of four years. The programme will support a small number of projects to assist Australian businesses and researchers to collaborate with global partners on projects with a strategic focus and leading-edge research and development. Applications are open from 8 August 2016 to 20 October 2016. Your project must be in one of the following priority areas:

    Information session about the Global Innovation Linkages programme. Places are limited so booking is essential:
    When: 30 August 2016 Start time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Where: Where: Curtin University, Building 401 Hollis Lecture Theatre, Kent St, Bentley, Perth, WA, 6102

    Please register for an information session online (link expired). Once you have registered, an electronic pack of pertinent documents will be provided to you ahead of your chosen information session.

    The GIL Factsheet is attached for your information. The programme guidelines and the online application form are available on

  • Murdoch Three Minute Thesis Competition

    The Graduate Research Office is holding the annual Murdoch Three Minute Thesis (3MT) event on the 2nd September 2016 and would like to encourage members of the University community to attend to support the presenters from your schools

    When: Afternoon of Friday 2 September 2016 (time to be confirmed). This will depend on how many students register.
    Where: Hill Lecture Theatre

    Background for those of you who are not familiar with the 3MT competition.

    The first 3MT competition was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 Research Higher Degree students competing. In 2009 and 2010 the 3MT competition was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand universities and enthusiasm for the concept grew. Due to its adoption in numerous universities, a multi-national event was developed, and the Inaugural Trans-Tasman 3MT competition was held at UQ in 2010. Since 2011, the popularity of the competition has increased and 3MT competitions are now held in over 350 universities across more than 18 countries worldwide.

    Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research conducted by PhD students. The exercise cultivates students' academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience

    Active PhD and Professional Doctorate (Research) candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation milestone (including candidates whose thesis is under submission) by the date of their first presentation are eligible to participate in 3MT competition. Graduates are not eligible.

  • Short Workshop: Research Professional - A Data Base for Current Funding Opportunities

    Research Professional Staff will be visiting Murdoch to deliver half hour training sessions to get you started using Research Professional. This is open to all Murdoch staff and students.

    The University subscribes to Research Professional, providing you with access to a comprehensive database of funding opportunities in all disciplines from a wide range of funders in Australia and overseas. Once you have customised your account, you need never hunt for funding again! The system is easy to use, flexible and new funding alerts can be automated.
    Date: 23rd August 2016
    Location: LB3.032
    Available 30 minute sessions:

    1. Tuesday 23rd August 2016 1.00 - 1.30pm
    2. Tuesday 23rd August 2016 1.40 - 2.10pm
    3. Tuesday 23rd August 2016 2.20 - 2.50pm
    4. Tuesday 23rd August 2016 3.00 - 3.30pm
    Registration: To register for a session please use the doodle poll link below and select your preferred session time:

    Please read more about the Research Professional system by following this link:

  • ACICIS Study Indonesia Applications Now Open: 20146 Public Health Study Tour

    ACICIS Study Indonesia is now receiving applications for the inaugural November 2016 intake for our two-week Public Health Study Tour (PHST) to Jakarta and Yogyakarta.

    The application deadline for the 2016 PHST is Thursday, 1 September 2016. Students can apply for PHST by downloading an application package from the ACICIS website.

    Undergraduate students from all of ACICIS' Australian member universities will likely be eligible to receive a $3,000 New Colombo Plan mobility grant to support their participation in the 2016 PHST. If you have any queries on how your students may be able to take up these available grants, please do not hesitate to contact the ACICIS Secretariat.

Staff News and Events [Expand All] | [Collapse All]

  • ARO Weekly Newsletter #31 - 8th August

    Please find attached, the ARO newsletter for the week beginning 1st August. Please find the Acupuncture flyer mentioned in the Newsletter attached here.

  • Animal House ULT Freezers- Urgent Action Required for action

    Located in Animal House B170 Room 1.025, three of the ULT freezers (Minus 80 degrees) are unidentified. Please secure contact details of the responsible person/group on the freezers.

  • Security

    Just a friendly reminder to always be vigilant when walking back to your vehicles late at night. If you see anything suspicious, or feel uncomfortable in any way, don’t hesitate to contact University Security on 6262, so they can investigate further.

    If at any time you require a security escort back to your vehicle, don’t hesitate to contact security staff, who will be more than happy to assist.

  • Murdoch Staff Games

    Registrations for the Staff Games 2016 are now open, register at This year VLS are teaming up with the School of Law on the Ninja Turtles team. More information s available at

  • Dog N Jog – Sunday 18th September 2016

    The Dog N Jog is on again! It’s an 8km run or 4km walk or run around our South Street Campus with energetic pooches and friends. Registrations are now open! Go to - Hope to see you there!

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  • Murdoch Agricultural Research Symposium

    It is exciting to be able to finally present the attached program and flyer for the Murdoch University Agricultural Research Symposium on Friday the 2nd September. Please send this through to your contacts that could be interested in attending. The target audience is Consultants, Primary Producers, Agribusiness, Government agencies and departments, Advisors, Research & Extension providers, Tertiary and Secondary Students interested in animal production, pastures and cropping.

    We would love to see as many of you there as possible so if you would like to attend, please don’t hesitate to RSVP to

  • WA Summit: Women of Science and Innovation

    What will be the science gender distribution in Western Australia in 2030? Is WA's half population well represented on WA's innovation scene? What impact on WA's innovation ecosystem would an increasing number of women in STEM have in the next 15 years? Is this number really increasing? If you are interested in those questions and even more interested in possible answers, come and join us for another instalment of WA - STATE OF INNOVATION Summit: Women of Science and Innovation.

    Date: Friday 19th August 2016
    Time: 12pm till 3pm
    Where: Auditorium (ground floor), Tower 2, Brookfield Place, 123 St Georges Tce, Perth, WA 6000
    Register: EventBite

    Moderator: Senator Linda Reynolds, CSC, Senator for Western Australia 
    Panel of presenters:

    • Dr Carolyn McIntyre, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Exercise Medicine Research Institute, Edith Cowan University
    • Daniela Mattheys, Director – edoCEO futures, Executive Committee member WitWA (Women in Technology WA)
    • Zara Fisher, General Manager Rail Operations for Rio Tinto Iron ore in Western Australia
    • Siobhan Stuart, LEUT, Royal Australian Navy, Submarine Certification Manager
    • Marnie Giroud, River Guardians Program Manager – Dolphin Watch Program, Department of Parks and Wildlife

    The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session and a general discussion moderated by Senator Linda Reynolds.

  • Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) WA Annual Committee Meeting

    The ASMR would like to invite you to participate in their Annual Committee meeting to be help on Thursday 1st September at 4.30pm. More information is available on the attached flyer.

  • Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority Seminars

    Tuesday 16th August 2016
    Presenter: Dr Ellen Jorgensen, from New York, USA, co-founder of Genspace – the world’s first community laboratory dedicated to promoting citizen science and biotechnology.
    Topic: Are plant barcodes the future of conservation? (for this seminar, please rsvp to

    Thursday 18th August 2016 Presenter: Ryan Tangney, PhD candidate with Curtin University.
    Topic: Spatially and temporally extensive measurement of soil temperatures during prescription burns using Distributed Temperature Sensing and Raman scattering

    Where (both seminars): Biodiversity Conservation Centre, Kings Park
    Venue Map: