Minister announces 2011 veski innovation fellows

13 July
Professor Snow Barlow, Dr Christopher McNeill, The Hon Louise Asher and Dr Matthew Call
Professor Snow Barlow, Dr Christopher McNeill, The Hon Louise Asher and Dr Matthew Call at the 2011 veski innovation fellowship announcement

On Thursday, 9 June 2011, the Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business, the Hon Louise Asher announced the 2011 veski innovation fellows, Dr Matthew Call and Dr Christopher McNeill.

Friends and family of the new veski innovation fellows joined members of the extended veski family and senior leaders from government, education, business and science sectors at the Victorian Government’s Sir Redmond Barry Room for the announcement.

Ms Asher used her speech to demonstrate her Government’s support for the organisation and outline the Victorian Government’s plans for innovation. She was also delighted to officially welcome the two new scientists to Victoria.

“The veski innovation fellowships are awarded to leading researchers from a range of fields to conduct vital research at Victoria’s top research institutions,” Ms Asher said.

“The fellowships attract highly successful candidates and bring considerable benefits to the research community, through the sharing of knowledge, fostering an innovative culture and promoting commercialisation.”

 

Drs Melissa & Matthew Call, Mrs Wanda Call and Rev John Call 


The first recipient to receive his 
veski pin from the Minister was Dr Matthew Call, formerly of Harvard Medical School, now working at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. 

Dr Call will carry out landmark research into chemical signaling in diseased cells. He will study the structure and function of the molecular sensors used by cells of the immune system that detect signs of infection or cancer to initiate an appropriate immune response.

Dr Christopher McNeill, an expatriate Australian working at Cambridge University, was the second recipient to receive a veski pin on the night. 

 


Mrs Katherine McNeill, Dr Christopher McNeill & Mrs Leonie McNeill
 
 
He is now working as a lecturer and researcher at Monash University. His research will explore new approaches to pattern organic solar cells on the nanoscale, to realise improved efficiencies and understanding of semi-conductor device operation. 
 

“The benefits to the community of luring these scientists and innovators to Victoria are enormous, as they bring with them valuable professional experience, and access to global networks,” Ms Asher said.

Both fellows and their laboratories will use key Victorian science facilities such as the Australian Synchrotron, as well as NMR, protein production and high throughput screening facilities to advance their research. Also collaborating with the many other first-class researchers already located here in Victoria.

veski chairman Professor Snow Barlow said veski was delighted to welcome these two bright scientists to Victoria and the veski family. He thanked the Minister for her support of veski and said the announcement was a significant milestone for the organisation. 

“With this announcement veski has used the endowment funds from the Victorian Government to relocate 12 veski innovation fellows to Australia, to grant more than 25 veski awards in design and science, and to hold as many as 30 events to raise community awareness across Victoria in the fields of science, design and innovative technology,” Professor Barlow said.

As well as welcoming the two new veski innovation fellows, Professor Snow Barlow thanked the entire veski family, particularly the board of directors for their dedication and continued support for the organisation.

Professor Barlow concluded the event by reminding the science and innovation communities of Melbourne that applications for the next round of veski innovation fellowships close mid July.

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