VLS Announcements 126 - 24 February 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Campus is once again buzzing with activity as Orientation comes to a close. I would like to welcome all of our new students and look forward to meeting our returning students next week.

I would like to congratulate Associate Professor Treena Burgess who steps into the role of Cluster Leader of Environmental and Conservation Sciences as of the 1st of March. I would also like to thank Professor Neil Loneragan for his sterling service to the School as Cluster Leader for the past four years.

We are seeking nominations for an equity and diversity champion to represent the school at an upcoming Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) lunch on the theme “Gender diversity and inclusion targets: CEOs leading the way”. The lunch will be hosted on the 9th of March, from 12pm till 2pm at Fraser’s Kings Park. If you would like to be our representative and attend this lunch please contact me by 12pm Monday.

Congratulations to Dr Julie Ardley whose paper “Biogeography of nodulated legumes and their nitrogen-fixing" has been published in the New Phytologist. I would also like to congratulate our PhD students Rowena Burch, Krista Nicholson and Diana Prata. Rowena has been awarded the inaugural PhD Scholarship by WABSI: her research will look at native mammals and reptiles in the Jarrah forests and South West to determine how they respond to prescribed burns, timber harvesting and programs aimed at controlling predators such as cats and foxes. Krista’s research on the swimming habits of bottlenose dolphins and Diana’s research on microbats has received media coverage this week.

Planning for Open Day has started. This year Open Day will be held on 30th July 9am – 3pm, if you are considering offering a hotspot activity or tour this year please contact Mhairi Finlayson with details.

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]

  • New Colombo Plan – Apply for funding for overseas student experiences in 2018

    The opening of the 2018 New Colombo Plan Mobility Program round is fast approaching. If you’re interested in sending your students to the Asia-Pacific Region, funded by the Australian Government, this is your chance to receive mobility grants towards your program. While students can receive up to $3,000 for a short-term program and $7,000 for a semester abroad, your School will be able to receive 10% of the approved funding to assist with administrative costs.

    We expect applications to open on 20 March 2017 and to close on 12 May 2017.

    Your point of contact at Murdoch University is Jeannette Geesmann, Student Mobility Officer Outbound, who will take your enquiries at or extension #7836.

    Why should your School participate?

    • Overseas study opportunities are a key driver for students to choose a University. Use your international programs as a recruitment tool.
    • Create relationships with international universities and other stakeholders for future collaboration and, in particular, two-way flow of students, research, articulations. Again, use these programs and convert overseas students to study with us, short- or long-term.
    • Increase the number of Murdoch students with an international study experience, and make them more employable.
    • Reach and exceed the average of other Australian and International Universities, who are sending a greater number of students abroad.

    What’s new in 2018?

    • The minimum project duration is now two weeks.
    • 30% of students on a program can be 29 years of age and over. If you want to take more students over the age of 29, the Government will now assess this on a case-by-cases basis.

    What’s next?

    • Attached is the checklist for any Academic interested in organising a short-term program
    • Jeannette will also announce the date and time for the application workshop.

    If you have any questions, please contact Jeannette Geesmann directly at or #7836.

  • Funding Industry Partnerships - Workshops 27th to 31st March

    Through the National Innovation and Science Agenda, the government has focused on industrial (in its broadest research discipline context) research funding to further increase innovation in the country.

    This has meant major changes to some programs such as the ARC Linkage Projects scheme, and the introduction of new funding programs in areas supported by the Department of Industry. Attached is an overview on the range of schemes and opportunities available.

    The Research and Innovation Office is holding a series of workshops during the week March 27th to 31st 2017 to provide information that will assist Murdoch staff (and partners) to be competitive in these new research programs.

    Professor Alan Johnson AM, a previous member of the ARC College of Experts and previous ARC Executive Director will be facilitating the workshops. Professor Giles Hardy, a previous College of Experts member and highly successful Linkage Projects applicant will be participating in the workshop on ARC Linkage Projects.

    Four themed workshops will be held, with duplicate sessions on offer, during 27th and 31st March:

    1. ARC Linkage Projects
    2. ARC Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP)
    3. Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) and Projects
    4. National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) & Opportunities

    Please register below –


    First offer

    Second Offer

    Third Offer

    ARC Linkage

    27th March 2017

    08:00 to 10:30

    McCusker Conference Room


    29th March 2017

    14:00 to 16:30



    31st March 2017

    08:00 to 10:30

    McCusker Conference Room



    28th March 2017

    08:00 to 09:30

    McCusker Conference Room


    29th March 2017

    11:30 to 13:00




    CRC and Projects

    28th March 2017

    10:00 to 11:30

    McCusker Conference Room


    30th March 2017

    15:00 to 16:30

    McCusker Conference Room



    NISA and Opportunities

    28th March 2017

    15:00 to 16:30

    ECL 1.031


    31st March 2017

    15:00 to 16:30

    McCusker Conference Room



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

  • EBA Staff Information Sessions

    Following Provost Andrew Taggart’s message on 8 February, we are now conducting a series of 15 minute staff information sessions to keep staff up to date and provide key information on the Enterprise Bargaining progress.

    The sessions will commence from Wednesday, 22 February, places are limited to 10 people per session and staff can register their interest as follows:-

    1. How Staff can Register – Expression of Interest
    2. Staff should go to the TCMS link: 
    3. Read about the session - Find the session name:- Staff Engagement Session - EB Update
    4. Send an email stating the dates and times you are available to attend to
    5. You will then receive an email confirmation of which session you are booked on.
  • NEW School Operational Support Team - message from Fiona Feist

    From Monday, 27 February the Operations Team and Student, Teaching and Research Team will be amalgamated to form the School Operational Support Team. The newly formed School Operational Support Team will report to Katherine Cresey. With the formation of the new team we will be farewelling Ryan Liang on Friday, 24 February. I am sure you will join me in thanking Ryan for his service to the School and wish him the best of luck for the future.

    Contact details for job requests will remain the same ie and

  • Academic Registrar's Office (ARO) Weekly Newsletter #5 - 20 February

    Please find attached, the ARO newsletter for week beginning 20 February. Please also see the attached Undergraduate Major Combinations information mentioned

  • Friday After Work Drinks

    Friday after work drinks on 24/02/2017, see attached flyer

  • Veterinary and Life Sciences Award Ceremony 2017

    As the year comes to a close it is time to look to 2017 and a date for the School’s Award Ceremony at South Street. It has been a problem to have all scholarship recipients selected in time for early April ceremonies, so in 2017 the ceremonies will be held a couple of weeks later. This will allow us to include all scholarship recipients for the School at the Award Ceremony. The tentative date is: Veterinary and Life Sciences Award Ceremony, Wed 24 May from 6pm

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

  • Less than 2 weeks until IMC Call for Abstracts closes

    The IMC12 Organising Committee is currently inviting submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the Congress. The Congress will take place between 9th and 14th July 2017, in Perth, Western Australia and will follow the successful open session model used at IMC11 in Belfast.

    To have your abstract considered for acceptance, you must submit before the abstract deadline of 28th February 2017.

    All abstracts submitted will be reviewed and considered for acceptance. The organising committee will notify contributors regarding acceptance. Accepted abstracts will be included in the conference program.

    Contributors for oral presentations will be given the opportunity to nominate a symposium that they consider appropriate for their talk, although inclusion will not be guaranteed. Open sessions will also be available.

    Please familiarise yourself with the abstract submission guidelines before submitting your abstract online.

    Proposals need to be submitted online via the following link:

  • How safe are your herbal medicines? - FREE Public Lecture

    Presenter: Dr Garth Maker
    Date: Monday 27th February
    Time: 6pm - 7pm
    RSVP: here

  • Crimes, Critters and Clues - FREE Public Lecture

    Presenter: Dr Paola Magni
    Date: Monday 20th March
    Time: 6pm - 7pm
    RSVP: here

  • Solving whale mysteries using tags and drones - FREE Public Lecture

    Presenter: Professor Lars Bejder
    Date: Monday 27th March
    Time: 6pm - 7pm
    RSVP: here

  • Growing old collecting the data required to predict ecological impacts of climate change

    Presenter: Dr Rachel Standish
    Date: Thursday 9th March
    Time: 4pm
    Venue: Kings Park
    For more information please visit