Media Release

2018 Awards to Drive Science and Innovation in Victoria

 

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The Andrews Labor Government has announced the recipients of the prestigious Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation and Victoria Fellowships at an awards ceremony hosted by veski at the Investment Centre Victoria at 55 Collins Street, Melbourne.

The Labor Government has engaged veski since 2013 – an organisation dedicated to fostering an innovative economy – to administer and host these celebrated annual awards.

Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy Philip Dalidakis said that the Victoria Fellowships and Victoria Prize are key as they provide our leading scientists and innovators with the support they need to develop life changing treatments here in Victoria.

This year Professor Andrew Roberts from Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and Professor John Seymour from Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre were jointly awarded the $50,000 Victoria Prize for Life Sciences. Professors Roberts and Seymour have worked collaboratively to deliver a new anti-cancer drug for patients worldwide with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Professor Doug MacFarlane from Monash University was awarded the $50,000 Victoria Prize for Physical Sciences for his recent discoveries in renewable energy conversion using a new class of materials known as “ionic fluids”. His discoveries are poised to have a significant impact on renewable energy opportunities for Australia, both in the local energy market and for export.

Victoria Fellowships were awarded to 12 early career researchers valued at up to $18,000 each to assist them with an international study mission – six in life sciences and six in physical sciences – which help recipients take the next steps in their science and research discovery journeys.

Victoria’s world-class capabilities in scientific research, engineering and design, cyber security, life sciences and medical technologies industries are testament to the state’s high-quality universities and research institutions and the students they produce.

Also announced Professor Ben Marsland as the 2018 recipient of the prestigious three-year veski innovation fellowship.

The New Zealand born immunologist, who has been studying allergies in young children, has been lured to Melbourne from Switzerland to continue his ground-breaking research as a veski innovation fellow with Monash University.

"We’re proud to have Professor Ben Marsland here in Victoria as one of a growing number of renowned researchers who are helping us to bring cutting-edge new allergy treatments to young patients.” Minister Dalidakis said. 

Prof Marsland’s research is focused on trying to understand how to combat or prevent the development of allergies in infants which can progress into life threatening asthma. Australia has one of the highest levels of allergies in the world.

List of 12 Victoria Fellowship recipients:

2018 Victoria Fellowships [Life sciences] (in alphabetical order) 

  • Dr Cristina Giogha – Hudson Institute of Medical Research 
    Ms Claire Gorrie - Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity 
    Mr Aidan Kashyap - Hudson Institute of Medical Research 
    Dr Alistair Legione - The University of Melbourne 
    Dr Benjamin Mentiplay - La Trobe University 
    Dr Nicholas Welch - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

2018 Victoria Fellowships [Physical sciences] (in alphabetical order) 

  • Dr Sepideh Afshar - Monash University 
    Dr Nima Haghdadi - Deakin University 
    Dr Liam Hall – The University of Melbourne 
    Dr Bartlomiej Kolodziejczyk - H2SG Energy (Aus) Pty. Ltd. 
    Dr Flora Salim - RMIT University 
    Dr Sumeet Walia – RMIT University

 

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