VLS Announcements 101 - 19 August 2016

Dear Colleagues,

First of all I would like to congratulate Dr Stephen Beatty and Dr David Morgan whose "football sized goldfish" story has gone viral. Stephen has appeared on The Project and had his story mentioned in United Press International, Mashable, BBC Newsbeat and even appeared on the homepage of Twitter.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Eeva Leinonen has invited all staff to her next Open Forum, on 26th August, which will give a general University update and then focus on research. More information is available at

The staff games are approaching, we are still short on team members for many of the games, especially males for our mixed netball team and poker players. I would encourage everyone to register for a fun day.  Registrations are open on the staff games website

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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  • Recruit A DVM Student Onto Your Project Team

    The College of Vet Medicine has launched into a new BSc/DVM program which includes the requirement for a substantial, independent project. We are inviting all VLS academics to take the opportunity of recruiting one or more students into your program by putting forward project proposals which you would be willing to supervise or co-supervise. Assistance in identifying opportunities for projects with external parties would also be welcome.

    The projects are housed within the VET616 unit, which runs for the first time in 2017. This is a 9-point unit over 2 academic years.

    The timeline is as follows:

    • Project proposal submission by supervisors: End Aug 2016
    • Student selection of projects, prepare concept note: Oct 2016
    • Research methodology training: T1 2017
    • Project proposals day, proposal and budget approval: March 2017
    • Project work: T1, T2 and T3 2017 utilising lecture-free Wednesdays and during breaks as per requirements of each project, through to T1 2018
    • Project reporting, including the inaugural DVM project conference: Mid-late 2018

    Benefits of supervision include the outputs generated through the projects (including a submission-ready manuscript in the journal of the supervisor's choice), workload points (28), funding for your research, evidence of research activity, and the opportunity to collaborate with CVM staff and students. Expectations of the supervisor (& co-supervisor) are to meet regularly with the student, provide or facilitate academic guidance and technical support as required, assist with assessment of their students, and attend proposal presentations and the conference.

    Support which is available to supervisors and students, as well as more detailed information can be obtained by attending a briefing session or by contacting the unit coordinator, Pete Irons.

    The next briefing session: 25 August 12.30pm Notre Dame suite VCS1.064

  • Student Advisors End-of-Semester Report

    Please find attached the S2 2016 end-of-semester report, which offers an overview of the student advisors work guided by the principles of the SAN's overarching strategy.

  • Work Integrated Learning Internship Workshops

    Work Integrated Learning has internship student information sessions on the 19th and 21st September. Please see the attached Power Point slide to promote this to students.

  • 2017 ARC and NHMC Schemes- Call for Expressions of Interest

    Murdoch University runs an internal Expression of Interest (EOI) process for applications to the ARC and NHMRC schemes. The Office of Research and Innovation is now calling for EOIs from researchers who are intending to submit to the ARC Discovery Programme (Discovery Project, Discovery Indigenous, DECRA and Future Fellowships) and to the NHMRC schemes (including Projects and Fellowships).

    PLEASE READ: the attached document “Guidelines for submissions to the ARC and NHMRC Major Grant Rounds” for important information about this process, when to submit an EOI or IRMA coversheet, deadlines, requirements and the assessment of EOIs.

    Applicants required to submit an EOI must do so by the 9th September 2016 using the appropriate EOI scheme form to EOIs submitted after this deadline will only be accepted with DVC R&I approval.

    Applicants should discuss their intention to submit with their Associate Dean of Research in the first instance. Applicants who are uncertain whether they are required to submit an EOI or an IRMA coversheet as per the attached guidelines should discuss this with the Grants team.

    Please see the ARC and NHMRC 2016 and 2017 deadlines and the Submission Guidelines and Deadlines for ARC and NHMRC.

  • 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

  • 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:

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  • ARO Weekly Newsletter #32 - 15th August

    Please find attached, the ARO newsletter for the week beginning 15th August.  Please see the attached Uniedge Workshop Flyer as mentioned in the ARE newsletter.

  • Second hand microscopes available from deceased estate

    Two second hand microscopes are available for purchase from the executor of a deceased estate:
    Leitz Dialux 20 compound microscope (brochure at
    Olympus dissecting microscope (model uncertain, but a fairly basic microscope)

    The executor is giving the Murdoch community an opportunity to make an offer before putting them on eBay. If you might be interested, email Mike Calver in the first instance and he will put you in touch with the executor.

  • VLS is on Yammer

    Come and join us in the VLS group on Yammar!  Please share any research you are working on, any on-campus events or anything else you think may be of interest to the rest of the team. 

  • 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 is available at  The team is particularly short of males in the mixed netball team, tunnel ball players and poker players, but need a few more for all teams.

  • 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

  • InterDrought-V Scholarship

    The 5th InterDrought conference will be held in Hyderabad, India from 21-25 February 2017. Funding to attend the conference is available for a limited number of PhD students working on drought resistance at an Australian University, more information is available on the attached flyer.

  • Morris Animal Foundation Announces Call for Wildlife/Exotic Proposals

    Morris Animal Foundation is now accepting proposals for Established Investigator, First Award, Fellowship Training and Pilot Study grants on topics relevant to wildlife/exotics health and welfare. Proposals are due Wednesday, November 16, 2016, by 11:59 p.m. EST. Learn more about each of these grant types and the application process for each.

    Please note that this call for proposals is only for Established Investigator, First Award, Fellowship Training and Pilot Studies relating to wildlife/exotics. Click here to access the online application form directions.

  • CSIRO Vacation Scholarship Program

    Each year CSIRO operates a program of vacation scholarships that is aimed mainly at third-year undergraduates. The scholarships provide students with the opportunity to carry out a real piece of scientific research over a 10-week period. Please see the attached flyer which covers the agriculture-related part of the scholarship scheme, including topics in plant and animal molecular biology, physiology, genetics and food science plus “digital agriculture”.

  • 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.

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