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22 May, 2017

Welcome to the latest edition of the UQ Research Bulletin. This fortnightly newsletter circulates information on funding opportunities, upcoming research events, workshops and conferences, as well as information on research awards and prizes.

We hope you find this information useful.

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Upcoming Deadlines

Please see the new Grants Calendar on the UQR&I website for upcoming deadlines.

Events, Workshops and Conferences

National

WiT - Life Sciences Professional Development Event - Communicate your Impact in the Real World
Wednesday, 31 May

AIBN Seminar Room, Building 75, UQ St Lucia
5.30pm - 8.30pm

This event is open to everyone, both men and women, in the life sciences community interested in promoting their science in the real world. The event will be followed by drinks, canapes and some great networking opportunities.

Presenters: Jen Ramsey and Dr Lee Hickey from Hickey Lab
Jen has more than 23 yrs experience in branding, positioning and corporate communication and Dr Hickey's impactful science is generating strong community, government and industry interest and has received wide media coverage. He is an advocate of promoting and communicating science to the public.

For registration and further details on this event, please visit: http://wit.org.au/event-2509415

Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Fellowships and Scholarships Information Session
Wednesday, 7 June

Room 132, Sir Llew Edwards Building (#14), UQ St Lucia
1.00pm - 2.00pm

The Westpac Bicentennial Foundation is partnering with leading Australian research universities to provide Fellowships and Scholarships across a range of study and career levels. Funding opportunities are centered around three focus areas that are at the heart of Australia’s future growth and prosperity: Technology and innovation; Strengthening Australia-Asia ties; and Enabling positive social change.

The Foundation is running an information session at UQ to provide an overview of three of their programs:

  • Asian Exchange Scholarship: The Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship supports undergraduates eager to contribute to Australia’s success in Asia
  • Research Fellowship: The Westpac Research Fellowship supports early career researchers to undertake ground-breaking research, here in Australia
  • Future Leaders Scholarship: The Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship supports exceptional individuals to undertake postgraduate study at one of Australia’s leading universities

Applications for the 2017 Westpac Research Fellowship scheme for funding commencing in 2018 will open on 15 June 2017.

Enquiries on the Research Fellowship scheme can be directed to fellowshipgrants@research.uq.edu.au.

2017 Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Centenary Congress
Sunday, 23 July to Friday, 28 July

Melbourne, VIC

The Centenary Congress is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions that chemistry has made to Australia’s (and the world’s) social, economic and intellectual advancement over the past century as well as to look forward to the challenges and opportunities in the century ahead.

The Centenary Congress will bring together several thousand delegates from across the breadth of the chemical sciences and technologies. It will encompass the RACI National Centenary Conference and, as it is being held in collaboration with several partner conferences, will include the 17th Asian Chemical Congress (17ACC), Carbon 2017 (The World Carbon Conference), Chemeca (Australian and New Zealand Federation of Chemical Engineers Conference), AIMECS17 (The Asian Federation of Medicinal Chemists’ Conference), ACCC6 (The Asian Conference on Coordination Chemistry), GSC8 (8th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry), Elsevier's Tetrahedron – an Asian seminar, and the Asian Hub for e-Drug Discovery (AHeDD) conference.

For more information on the Congress itself or the partner conferences, please visit:
http://www.racicongress.com/welcome.php

2017 International Symposium on Energy Conversion and Storage Materials
Monday, 31 July to Thursday, 3 August

Brisbane, QLD

As a satellite meeting of the RACI National Centenary Conference, IChemE and Carbon Conference in late July in Melbourne, this symposium aims to bring together a number of top scientists to discuss the latest advances in functional materials for sustainable energy conversion and storage technologies. The main objective of the symposium is to promote international cooperation and partnership between world leaders in the fields of nanomaterials and nanotechnology for clean energy applications.

For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.nanomac.uq.edu.au/2017-international-symposium-on-energy-conversion

4th International Conference on BioNano Innovation (ICBNI 2017) - Call for Papers
Sunday, 24 September to Wednesday, 27 September

Advanced Engineering Building (#49), UQ St Lucia Campus

Hosted by The University of Queensland’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, the ICBNI 2017 will present the latest advances in the most exciting and commercially-promising area of science and engineering: the interface between the biological and physical sciences at the nanoscale.

A number of world-leading scientists have agreed to present at ICBNI 2017, including Prof Elizabeth Blackburn, 2009 Nobel laureate in physiology and medicine and 2017 Australian of the Year, Prof Alan Mackay-Sim.

A strong and diverse program is being assembled - accordingly submissions of an abstract for a talk or poster presentation to the program are invited - click here for more details.

Abstract submission closes 30 June 2017.

For further information on the conference and to register, please visit: https://icbni.com.au/

German Science and Innovation Day
Wednesday, 4 October

Griffith University’s Nathan Campus

The German Science and Innovation Day is a joint initiative of the Honorary Consul for Germany in South-East Queensland, Griffith University, The University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology. It targets German academics and students, researchers working with German research institutions, corporate representatives engaged in related initiatives, policy makers and university representatives involved in nurturing relations with German Universities.

During the day, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation will highlight how their organisations can support academics and students in further benefiting from the increasingly close relationship between Germany and Australia.

A call for presentations is currently open, closing on 25 August 2017.

For more details about this event, please click here. Enquiries: Dr Thomas Haselhorst, t.haselhorst@griffith.edu.au

Progress in MS Research Conference
Wednesday, 11 October to Friday, 13 October

Sydney, NSW

The Progress in MS Research Conference organised by MS Research Australia is a biennial event held to bring Australian clinicians and medical researchers together, to present their latest findings and form research collaborations. This year's conference will focus on the following four themes: Progressive MS; B -Cell Biology; Autologous Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (AHSCT); and Cognition.

The call for abstracts is now open, closing on 31 July 2017. Abstracts are encouraged from all fields of MS research.

For further details regarding registration, abstract submissions and keynote please visit:
http://www.msra.org.au/Progress_in_MS_Research_Conference_2017

TropAg2017 - International Tropical Agriculture Conference
Monday, 20 November to Wednesday, 22 November

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, QLD

This event is hosted by the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) and the University of Queensland (UQ).

The TropAg2017 program comprises a multitude of concurrent symposia, specialising in scientific advances in agriculture, animal, horticulture, crop and food research, and will feature a number of world-leading keynote speakers, with many opportunities for sponsors. The conference theme is High impact science to nourish the world.

The TropAg2017 Committee is now inviting abstract submissions for the six themes of the Conference. Abstract submission closes 14 June 2017.

For more information, please visit: http://tropagconference.org/

International

Singapore Health and Biomedical Congress 2017
Thursday, 12 October to Saturday, 14 October

Singapore

Organised by the National Healthcare Group (NHG), the Singapore Health & Biomedical Congress (SHBC) is the largest and most iconic healthcare & scientific congress in Singapore.

SHBC 2017 provides a comprehensive and unrivalled platform for healthcare community professionals consisting of doctors, clinicians, nurses, allied health professionals, specialists, medical industry experts, research scientists, and academics.

SHBC Organiser Committee have open the call for abstracts - please see more details here

For more information and to register, please visit: https://shbc.com.sg/

Research Awards and Prizes

For assistance with UQ nominations and applications for research awards and prizes, and fellowship of the learned academies, please email ResearchAwards@research.uq.edu.au or phone UQR&I on 336 54009.

National

Women in Technology Awards (WiT)

The WiT Awards celebrate Queensland Women in Technology with multiple awards available under categories: ICT Awards, Life Sciences Awards, and Entrepreneurial Awards. Whilst you do not need to be a Queensland resident to apply, you do need to demonstrate significant contribution to Queensland technology industries for your application to be considered. Please note that there is a two stage process: nominations must be made and accepted by 28 May 2017, and full applications close on 25 June 2017 – see more details at: http://www.wit.org.au/page-1860596

Science & Technology Australia - Superstars of STEM

This program strives to support 30 women employed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to become highly visible public role models and aims to equip participants with advanced communication skills and provide them with the opportunities to use them - in the media, on the stage, and in speaking with decision-makers.
A PhD or above in a STEM discipline is a requirement of the program. Participants also need to be Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents and be employed in STEM in Australia, and have the support of their employer to participate in the program. Nominations close at 5.00pm on 23 May 2017 – see more details here: https://scienceandtechnologyaustralia.org.au/what-we-do/superstars-of-stem/. Please contact the Research Management Office at fellowshipgrants@research.uq.edu.au with any enquiries.

The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) - Outstanding Service to TASA Award

This honour is accorded to a TASA member who has demonstrated an outstanding level of participation in and promotion of TASA over a number of years. Nominations close 31 May 2017 – see more details at: https://www.tasa.org.au/tasa-awards-prizes/honour-roll-for-meritorious-service/

The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) - Early Career Researcher – Best Paper Prize

The Prize was established in 2016 to provide more opportunities for early career sociologists to gain recognition for the quality of their scholarship and enhance their reputations, especially within interdisciplinary teams. Nominations close 30 June 2017 – see more details at: https://www.tasa.org.au/tasa-awards-prizes/early-career-researcher-best-paper-prize/

CHASS Australia Prizes

The Australia Prizes honour distinguished achievements by Australians working, studying, or training in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) sectors, including academics, practitioners, philanthropists, policy makers, and students. Nominations close 30 June 2017 – see more details at: http://www.chass.org.au/2017-australia-prizes/

International

Society for Neuroscience Outstanding Research and Career Awards

Donald B. Lindsley Prize in Behavioral Neuroscience, Young Investigator Award, Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award, Nemko Prize in Cellular or Molecular Neuroscience – Nominations close 19 May 2017; Award for Education in Neuroscience, Science Educator Award, Next Generation Award – Nominations close 26 May 2017; Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience, Ralph W. Gerard Prize in Neuroscience, Jacob P. Waletzky Award, Julius Axelrod Prize – Nominations close 2 June 2017; Trainee Professional Development Award – Nominations close 4 June 2017; Bernice Grafstein Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Mentoring, Patricia Goldman-Rakic Hall of Honor, Louise Hanson Marshall Special Recognition Award, Mika Salpeter Lifetime Achievement Award – Nominations close 9 June 2017. See more details at: http://www.sfn.org/awards-and-funding/individual-prizes-and-fellowships/list-of-all-awards

The 2017 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health

This international award recognizes individuals, groups, or organizations for outstanding achievement in improving mental health and is accompanied by a medal and $20,000. Nominations close 23 May 2017 – see more details at: https://nam.edu/about-the-nam/the-rhoda-and-bernard-sarnat-international-prize-in-mental-health/

Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science

The Franklin Institute seeks nominations for the 2018 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science of individuals who have made significant contributions to our understanding or the development of genome editing and/or its applications. Nominations may recognize contributions including, but not limited to, the discovery/elucidation of genome editing mechanisms such as those involving CRISPR, TALENs, or zinc finger nucleases; genome editing tool development; or genome editing for basic research or applied outcomes in a variety of systems (e.g. for crop improvement or medical therapeutics). Nominations must clearly indicate the scientific impact of the nominee’s work, whether conceptual, technical, or integrative. Nominations close 31 May 2017 – see more details at: https://www.fi.edu/bower-award-prize-achievement-science

Regional Studies Association (RSA) Awards

Nominations (both self-nominations and third party nominations) are being sought for the RSA Awards, as follows:
- Nathaniel Lichfield/ Recent Master Student Award: Applicants need to have graduated with a master's degree in regional studies and related fields in 2016.
- PhD Student Award: Applicants need to be registered PhD students who have not yet received their PhD certificate.
- Routledge Early Career Award: Applicants need to be early career researchers within five years of the date on their PhD certificate or equivalent.
Nominations close 31 May 2017 – see more details at: http://www.regionalstudies.org/funding/page/rsa-awards-2017

Templeton Prize

While not intended to celebrate any particular faith tradition or notion of God, the Prize seeks to recognize new understandings in the quest for progress in humanity's efforts to comprehend the many and diverse manifestations of the Divine. Nominations close 1 June 2017 – see more details at: http://www.templetonprize.org/nomination.html

The International Cytokine & Interferon Society (ICIS) Awards

These prestigious awards recognised by ICIS for outstanding achievements furthering research on interferon, cytokines and chemokines. Nominations for the seven awards will close 1 June 2017 – see more details at: http://cytokinesociety.org/call-for-nominations/

American Society for Microbiology Awards

Dupont Industrial Biosciences Award in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Promega Biotechnology Research Award and the USFCC/J. Roger Porter Award – nominations close 9 June 2017. See more details at: https://www.asm.org/index.php/awards/research

Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology

The international Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology is awarded annually to one young scientist for the most outstanding neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology conducted by him/her during the past three years. Deadline for entries: 15 June 2017 – see more details at: http://corporate.eppendorf.com/de/unternehmen/wissenschaftliche-awards/global-award/

IEEE Medals and Recognitions

IEEE Medals embrace significant and broad IEEE interests and purposes. Nominations close 15 June 2017 – see more details at: http://www.ieee.org/about/awards/medals/index_%20medals.html

Materials Research Society Awards

The Materials Research Society (MRS) Awards Program strives to acknowledge outstanding contributors to the progress of materials research and to recognize their exciting and profound accomplishments. Various awards are available. Nominations close 1 April, 1 August and 4 November 2017 – see more details at: http://www.mrs.org/awards/

Benjamin Franklin Medals

The Franklin Institute seeks nominations from the following seven disciplines of science: chemistry; civil and mechanical engineering; computer and cognitive science; earth and environmental science; electrical engineering; life science; and physics. Nominations for the Benjamin Franklin Medals are accepted at any time – see more details at:
https://www.fi.edu/call-for-nominations

 
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