VLS Announcements 105 - 16 September 2016

Dear Colleagues,

The Veterinary and Life Sciences School Board met on the 6th September and ratified the name changes of the Molecular and Biomedical Sciences cluster to Medical and Molecular Sciences as well as the Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital to The Animal Hospital at Murdoch University.

We have an exciting week ahead with the Veterinary Trust Dog'n'Jog event happening on Sunday and environmental scientist Josh Byrne holding a free lecture on how urban design can help address Perth's water challenges (RSVPs open till 16 September at

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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  • VLS researchers attend European Society of Nematologists (ESN) Meeting at Braga, Portugal

    Two PhD students in the Plant Biotechnology Research Group, Ms Fareeha Naz and Ms Farhana Begum supported by VLS travel grants, together with Prof Mike Jones, attended the 32nd Symposium of the European Society of Nematologists, held at the University of Minho in Braga, Portugal. They were selected for two oral and one poster presentation. With over 400 attendees, this biennial meeting provides the only top level international forum for researchers studying plant parasitic nematodes. Plant nematode genomics has advanced rapidly, driven both by international research on the free-living model nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, and on new sequencing technologies. The Murdoch group is a recognised world leader on the molecular interactions of root lesion nematodes and host plants, having been invited to write a review on this subject for the Annual Reviews of Phytopathology in 2016 (Fosu-Nyarko, J and Jones MGK). Braga is an historic city in northern Portugal and, apart from the science, we can also recommend a visit there for anyone who visits Portugal.

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  • Research Seminar invitation. Making the Most of Your Research

    The School of Arts invites you to the second cross campus HASS/Arts research network event for 2016. The Seminar will take place at Murdoch University in the Brian Hill Lecture Theatre on October 21 from 1.30-5.30.

    Please RSVP by October 14 to

    Topics and speakers (in summary) below, more details in the attached flyer:

    • The Question of Value: Making a case for ‘value’ in ARC Grant applications
      Professor Helena Grehan, School of Arts, Murdoch University
    • Industry linked research and the Humanities
      Professor Peter Veth, University of Western Australia
    • “Culture Counts”: A tool for measuring value in creative work
      Mr Colin Walker, Department of Culture and the Arts
    • Contributing to the Public Sphere and Satisfying States and Employers
      Professor Toby Miller, Murdoch University
  • Grains R&D Postgraduate Scholarships and Development Program

    PhD Scholarships available for grains projects from DAFWA, see attached flyer for more information.

  • 2016 Keith Roby Memorial Lecture

    The Keith Roby Memorial Trust invites you to attend the 2016 Keith Roby Memorial Lecture presented by renowned co-originator of the permaculture concept, David Holmgren.

    Permaculture is the harmonious integration of the landscape with people, providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.

    It is 40 years since the permaculture concept was first articulated during the energy crisis of the 1970s. In this free lecture, David Holmgren will trace the evolution of the concept and movement that emerged from the Permaculture Design Course process, which his co-originator Bill Mollison started in 1981.

    He will discuss the evolution of permaculture from environmental design, to the social and psychological design of the “inner landscape”, and address the question about the relationship between permaculture and spirituality.

    About David Holmgren
    Within the growing and international permaculture movement, David is respected for his commitment to presenting ideas through practical projects and teaching by personal example, that a permaculture lifestyle is a realistic, attractive and powerful alternative to dependant consumerism.

    As well as constant involvement in the practical side of permaculture, David is passionate about the philosophical and conceptual foundations for sustainability and resilience that are highlighted in his book, “Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability”. It has become the text that is expanding permaculture beyond the garden and farm to redesigning our lives in ways that reflect ecological realities. His more recent work “Future Scenarios: How Communities Can Adapt to Peak Oil and Climate Change” outlines energy descent futures that could emerge over the next few decades.

    His latest work “RetroSuburbia; A downshifters guide to a resilient future” shows how the residential landscapes of our cities and towns can be transformed for the better by their residents. David Holmgren provides leadership with his refreshing and unorthodox approach to the environmental issues of our time. He and his partner Su Dennett live at Melliodora in Hepburn, Victoria, one of the best known permaculture demonstration sites in Australia.

    The Keith Roby Memorial Lecture Series
    The Keith Roby Memorial Lecture in Community Science is a lecture funded by Murdoch University Foundation and the Keith Roby Trust, established in memory of Dr Roby, a foundation member of Murdoch University.

    Dr Roby believed science could make a major contribution towards resolving contemporary issues such as the dilemmas surrounding the environment, energy, resources and genetic engineering.

    Dr Roby’s work, his life and the way he lived, are an inspiration to many, and the vision he illuminated continues through the Keith Roby Memorial Lecture Series.

    Event Details
    Date: Tuesday 11 October 2016
    Time: 6.00pm - 7.30pm
    Venue: Kim Beazley Lecture Theatre, South Street Campus
    RSVP: Essential by Wednesday 5th October 2016 to

  • Report Launch Innovation- From Paddock to Plate: WA's Potential in Agriculture and Agribusiness

    The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre invites you to the launch of the first report in the Focus on Industry report series - a new research program that focuses on specific Industry Insights. This report will address a key economic issue facing Western Australia - agriculture and agribusiness in WA.

    When: Friday 23 September 2016, 7.15am - 9.00am
    Where: The Hyatt, Grand Ballroom, 99 Adelaide Terrace, Perth, WA 6000
    Registration: Online Registration
    RSVP: COB Monday 19 September 2016

    Agribusiness has historically been an important industry for the Australian and WA economies. As businesses, investors and the government look for new sources of growth and prosperity in the midst of a declining mining sector, even greater attention is now being placed on the industry.

    In this report, we explore if WA is positioned to take advantage of the unique opportunity presented by the increasing global demand for high quality, secure food produce. In doing so, we analyse the contribution of agribusiness to the WA economy, and assess our natural endowments, and innovative and productivity capabilities to meet increased global demand. The report highlights the key challenges, risks and policy issues requiring attention to ensure that WA agribusiness secures its place at the global dinner table.

  • 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 22 September 2016
    Time: 4.00pm - 4.45pm
    Topic: Plant hunting in the Kimberley
    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

    Date: Thursday 29 September 2016
    Time: 4.00pm - 4.45pm
    Presenter: Dr Joe Fontaine, Murdoch University
    more information coming soon...

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  • City of Cockburn Fun Run

    The City of Cockburn are looking for 2 volunteers for their annual Fun Run in Manning Park, Spearwood to perform free vet checks. They would ideally be looking for 1 student and 1 lecturer. The City of Cockburn will supply the marquee and are willing to pay $500 (to be split between volunteers).

    When: Sunday 18th September
    Time: 9am - 12pm
    See attached flyer for more information.