VLS Announcements 102 - 26 August 2016

Dear Colleagues,

We have had another great week of media coverage with one of Professor Lynnath Beckley and Professor Halina Kobryn's honours student research being published in Plos One and on the ABC News website.  Dr Ellen Kelly's findings that catfish in the Pilbara region have been eating mice have attracted media coverage.

I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who took part in activities for National Science Week.  VLS had a great presence at a range of Science Week activities and inspired many young minds to pursue their scientific interests.

Congratulations to Emeritus Professor David Macey who will receive his 2016 Senate Medal award from Vice Chancellor Eeva Leinonen today.  The Senate Medal award recognises outstanding service to the University.

We have a big week coming up next week with the start of OSCE exams, staff games and the Agricultural Research Symposium.  I wish all students undertaking OSCEs the best of luck.  I would also like to remind staff that there is still time to register for staff games or RSVP your attendance at the Agricultural Research Symposium, more information is available 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]

  • Australia-India Strategic Research Fund Priorities Announced

    Today the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon Greg Hunt MP announced the launch of Round 10 of the Collaborative Research Projects under the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) , which supports the objectives of the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

    Grants of AU$500,000 to $1 million (exclusive of GST) per project will be provided over a maximum of three years. The programme supports a small number of projects to assist Australian researchers to collaborate with Indian research partners on projects with a strategic focus and leading-edge scientific research and technology in priority areas.

    Priority Areas
    Applicants can apply for a Project to undertake collaborative research in the following priority areas under the Science and Technology Fund and the Biotechnology Fund components in Round 10.

    Indo-Australian Science and Technology Fund
    Advanced manufacturing and innovative technologies

    • Material sciences and nanotechnology, including smart materials, energy materials, composites, alloys and polymers
    • Smart cities and infrastructure technologies (including urban design, sensor technologies, real time data and spatial analysis, transport systems, cold chain logistics and storage, and waste management)
    Survey, exploration and mining of natural resources (land and marine)
    • Mine safety, environmental impact mitigation and waste management
    • Mining technology development, survey and exploration techniques

    Indo-Australian Biotechnology Fund
    Disease control – tropical, lifestyle and emerging diseases

    • Countering antimicrobial resistance
    • Drugs, vaccines, immunomodulators and immunotherapeutics
    Medical technologies
    • Biomedical devices and implants
    • Diagnostics

    Applications are open from 24 August 2016 to 19 October 2016.

    A series of information sessions for Australian researchers will be held between 19 – 30 September 2016. Registration for information sessions in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne is open now. Further sessions in Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart are being finalised and will be open for registration in the coming days. Places are limited so bookings are essential. If you are interested, please register for an information session online (registration expired).

    Once you have registered, an electronic pack of pertinent documents will be provided to you ahead of your chosen information session.

    Some frequently asked questions are attached for your information. The programme guidelines and further information on Round 10 of the AISRF are available at

    Please see the attached AISRF Found 10 FAQ document.

  • Honours Information Session for 2017 Projects

    Honours Supervisors are invited to attend the Honours Information Session on Tuesday 6th of September 12pm -2pm in ECL 2.031 Postgraduate Suite Level 2. Feel free to bring along one poster to display in the venue and print outs of information on available projects to distribute to students. You may use the honours template for research projects from the VLS webpage:
    RSVP to

  • Call for Applications: Medical and Health Research Infrastructure Fund

    The Department of Health invites applications from Western Australian medical and health researchers for infrastructure support through the Medical and Health Research Infrastructure Fund (MHRIF).

    Applicants must have received a minimum of $490,000 in medical or health research grant income from nationally and internationally competitive, peer-reviewed funding sources during the previous three consecutive calendar years (2013-2015).

    The application form and guidelines for applicants are available on the Research Development Unit MHIRF website:

    Applications close 1.00pm Wednesday 12 October 2016.

    For further information please email the Research Development Unit or phone 9222 2069.

    Information on other funding programs administered by the Research Development Unit can be found on the Research Funding Programs website:

  • 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

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  • ARO Weekly Newsletter #33 - 22nd August

    Please find attached, the ARO newsletter for the week beginning 22nd August.  Please see the attached Acupunture Flyer along with the Monday Booking Form and Friday Booking Form.

  • Legislation Updates for Veterinary Legislation

    There have been some changes to Veterinarry Legislation

    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Instrument No. 4 (MRL Standard) 2012
    This instrument makes the APVMA’s MRL Standard, as it existed when it was last amended on 4 December 2012, as a legislative instrument. Item was amended

    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Instrument No. 4 (MRL Standard) Amendment Instrument 2016 (No. 10)
    This instrument amends the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Instrument No. 4 (MRL Standard) 2012 to set new and varied maximum residue limits and make other changes to the tables with respect to certain residue definitions, commodities and substances. Item was published

    List of Exempt Native Specimens (29/11/2001)
    List establishing List of Exempt Native Specimens pursuant to subsection 303DB(1) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Item was amended

  • The 2016 Inaugural School of Veterinary Life Sciences Ball - a note from Martin Ratcliff and Tamsyn Wilson

    On the evening of Friday, 19 August, one-hundred and fifty students and staff from our School converged on Perth’s Parmelia Hilton for the Inaugural School Ball, Shine Like a Diamond.

    And shine they all did, in colourful, elegant dresses and chic dinner suits ─ testament to everyone’s respect and appreciation for the gala night. The ballroom shone too, with black and white balloons, glittering chandeliers and table arrangements.

    Ball attendees enjoyed a lovely three-course meal and beverages for the taking, door prizes, an absolutely hilarious catwalk competition for the staff to choose the best dressed student table, lots of photo opportunities courtesy of the very energetic photographer, and dancing all night to the DJ’s excellent beats; the dance floor was jam-packed.

    Shine Like a Diamond was a truly impressive affair, collectively conceived, organised and hosted by our student associations the Molecular and Biomedical Students (MABS), the Murdoch University Environmental Science Association (MUEnSA) and the Murdoch Animal Science Students Association (MASSA). As the VLS Ball Committee, the students spent a great deal of time and energy coordinating the occasion. On the evening, from registration and pre-dinner drinks until the end, the hosts were extremely well-organised and gracious.

    Well done to the VLS student associations! What a feat to have an inaugural event come together as well as this one did. How wonderful it would be for the VLS Ball to become a tradition …

    Martin Ratcliff and Tamsyn Wilson
    Student Advisors │ School of Veterinary and Life Sciences

  • Welcome Michelle Rouffignac as new Blood Bank Coordinator - message from Claire Sharp

    I just wanted to take a moment to welcome Michelle Rouffignac to her new role as our Blood Bank Coordinator. Many of you will have worked with Michelle in her role as a casual nurse, or at the zoo (for our zoo team), and Michelle will continue in both of these roles at least in the short-term as the Blood Bank Coordinator position is 0.5FTE. Michelle brings a wealth of nursing and organisational experience to this position and we are very excited to have her on board.

    For the remainder of August Michelle will be here between ~ 9am and 4pm Monday-Wednesday, although these times/days will likely change moving forward. Please welcome Michelle to her new role when you see her and don’t hesitate to ask for her help with any blood bank related issues. When Michelle is here during the day please also feel free to call on her to perform blood typing and cross-matching if you need help.

  • 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!

Seminars, Conferences and Scholarships [Expand All] | [Collapse All

  • Murdoch Agricultural Research Symposium

    Next week the Agricultural Sciences team will be hosting the Agricultural Research Symposium (see the attached program and flyer). There is still time for RSVPs so 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

  • ARC Seminar

    The ARC National Competitive Grants Programme: Current Directions seminar will be presented by Prof Clive Baldock, Executive Director Physical Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics and Information Sciences. This is an open event for all research and research support staff from Universities in Western Australia. Prof Baldock will present an overview of ARC grant opportunities and provide up to date information recent developments within the ARC.

    Date: Wednesday 31st August 2016
    Time: 10:15am to 11:30AM
    Location: Building 32, Edith Cowan Unicersity, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup WA 6027 (view map) 
    RSVP: Online

  • Boosting Woment in STEM Forum - Agenda and Early Bird Discount

    The Boosting Women in STEM Forum is being held on the 28th-30th September at Sir Stamford Circular Quay Hotel, Sydney. Please see attached flyer for the full agenda for the event

    There will be leaders like:

    • Deborah Urbansko, Director of Equal Opportunity , NASA, USA
    • Roslyn Prinsley , National Adviser, Office of the Chief Scientist
    • Libby Lyons, Director, Workplace Gender Equality Agency

    They have strived to deliver an innovative program and are pleased to put forward a panel of thought leaders who have a proven track record of delivery and success. You will definitely find the event take-aways valuable for your own strategy development and execution, making it completely worthwhile of your investment.

    The investment for the forum is shown on the final page. Please note that we offer the following Group Discounts:

    • Register 3 delegates and receive a 15% discount off the Standard Rate
    • Register 4 delegates and receive the 5th pass FREE off the Standard Rate

    Email to book and to ensure you get the best price. Please quote the VIP code TM-AN

  • Using SciVal to Benchmark Performance

    In March this year we ran some workshops for SciVal, but have been lucky enough that Elsevier is returning to Murdoch again this September.  SciVal can be used to benchmark your research performance against Australian and Global standards, and prepare statements about your research portfolio for grant applications.
    You can find out more about using Scopus and SciVal here:

    Tuesday 20th September 2016, 9:30am to 12:30am (2.5 hours + 0.5 hour for extra question time). How does your research compare? SciVal can help you find the answers!

    • Elsevier's SciVal offers quick, easy access to the research performance of 4,600 research institutions and 220 countries worldwide.
    • SciVal helps you assess your institution's research performance from a variety of perspectives in order to establish, execute and evaluate strategies based on reliable evidence. Using advanced data analytics supercomputer technology, SciVal allows you to instantly process an enormous amount of data, 35 million publication records from 21,915 journals of 5,000 publishers worldwide, and provides access to more than 110 trillion metric values to generate powerful data visualizations on-demand, in seconds.
    SciVal allows you to:
    • Visualize research performance
    • Access comprehensive research performance summaries of any desired research entities, identify their unique research strengths and multidisciplinary Research Areas
    • Benchmark your progress
    • Compare the performance of any institutions, countries, and pre-defined groups, or create your own research area and monitor progress over time

    This hands-on session will showcase all aspects of SciVal and provide a detailed overview of the functionality and metrics found within the platform.

    To sign up to this workshop please email Dr Rebecca Hancock.

  • Kings Park Seminars

    Date: Thursday 8 September 2016
    Time: 4.00pm - 4.45pm
    Topic: Seaweeds of North Western Australia
    Presenter: Dr John Hulsman, Curator at the Western Australian Herbarium, Department of Parks and Wildlife
    Venue: Biodiversity Conservation Centre - Kings Park

    Date: Thursday 15 September 2016
    Time: 4.00pm - 4.45pm
    Topic: Exploring the material secrets of Banksia follicles: Features of serotiny and fire sensitivity
    Presenter: Jessica Huss, doctoral candidate in the Department of Biomaterials at the Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (MPIKG) in Potsdam, Germany
    Venue: Biodiversity Conservation Centre - Kings Park, for more information please visit

    Date: Thursday 22 September 2016
    Time: 4.00pm - 4.45pm
    Topic: Plant hunting in the Kimberley y
    Presenter: Dr Matt Barrett, scientist at Kings Park and The University of Western Australia
    Venue: Biodiversity Conservation Centre - Kings Park, for more information please visit

  • 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.

  • 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.

Jobs and Volunteering Opportunities [Expand All] | [Collapse All

  • Care For Hedland Turtle Volunteers Wanted - Perth Talk

    Interested in Turtle Conservation? Interested In Being A Volunteer For The Upcoming Turtle Monitoring Season In Port Hedland? You are invited to attend a Perth volunteer information session for people interested in being involved in the 2016/2017 monitoring season. Learn how you can make a difference, get involved, what volunteers are needed for and how you can help monitoring Flatback Turtles in Port Hedland. Hear first hand from current coordinators and past volunteers. Monday 12th September and Thursday 22nd September 6.00pm-7.30pm at Earthwise at 315 Bagot Rd Subiaco (behind the old pink church). For further information please see our website:

  • Discover Dirt 2016 Volunteers Required

    The Royal Agricultural Society is calling out for Discover Dirt volunteers at the Perth Royal Show, please see the attached Volunteer Registration of Interest Form and the Volunteer Timetable Preference Form.