Minister announces Australian Laureate Fellowships worth around $2.7 million each

21 June

Media Release from Senator the Hon Kim Carr

22 Jun 2009

WORLD-LEADING ‘LAUREATE’ FELLOWSHIPS ANNOUNCED

The Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr, today announced that 15 world-leading scholars will be awarded Australian Laureate Fellowships worth around $2.7 million each.

Announced in a ceremony at Parliament House the inaugural round of fellowships will also support the work of up to 60 postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers, who will work with the internationally renowned Laureates in high-powered teams.

“I created the Australian Laureate Fellowships to give researchers at the peak of their careers the opportunity to develop and mentor strong teams of emerging talent,” Senator Carr said.

“Through the Australian Laureate Fellowships the Australian Government is creating viable career paths for Australian researchers to build the necessary skills and capacity for a strong national innovation system.

“The scheme takes the best elements of the previous Federation Fellowships scheme and adds a focus on team work, career paths and leadership.

“As part of the Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme, successful fellows will lead and mentor the next generation of research leaders, helping to build Australia's international competitive research capacity.

“The work will focus on areas of national economic, environmental, cultural and social benefit, including:

  • high- profile discoveries in Astronomy;
  • a revolutionary new approach to combating super bugs and antibiotic resistant bacteria; and
  • research into laws to protect the community from terrorism whilst balancing democratic and human rights values.

"International collaboration is the key to stimulating Australian innovation and Laureate Fellowships promote collaboration, movement and networking between Australia-based and overseas researchers.

“The 15 Australian Laureate Fellows I have announced are from both national and international institutions and were selected from a highly competitive field of 148 researchers.

“I congratulate the successful fellows. Their high-quality research and exemplary mentoring ability will help them address issues of national importance, providing benefits for all Australians.”

The Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme is part of the Australian Research Council’s National Competitive Grants Program.

A summary of the 2009 Australian Laureate Fellows is at www.arc.gov.au

Source: Office of Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science & Research

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