Find out about upcoming events for the ARC and events in the research sector supported by the ARC.

Here we promote current news, upcoming events, calls for nominations and opening of applications across the research sector. Please find below, events listed for the year 2017.

Please note, events that involve any of the ARC's Centres of Excellence are marked with this icon  An ARC Centre of Excellence Event icon

April 2017


Falling Walls Lab Australia—Applications open

The Australian Academy of Science invites applications from Australian researchers, postdocs and students, entrepreneurs, engineers and innovators from all areas to attend Australia’s Falling Walls Lab in 2017. Falling Walls Lab Australia will be held on 12 September 2017 at the Shine Dome in Canberra. Twenty Australian and five New Zealand/Pacific Island Forum Nations contestants will be invited to participate in the challenge, each giving a three-minute presentation on their research, business model or initiative based on the ‘Which walls will fall next?’ concept.

For more information visit the Falling Walls Lab or Australian Academy of Science webpages. Presentation templates and further instructions will be provided to successful applicants. The deadline for applications is 5.00pm (AEST) Monday, 12 June 2017.



International Ocean Discovery Program—applications open

The Australian membership of the International Ocean Discovery Program (receiving Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities funding support through the ARC) is offering exciting opportunities for two passionate, experienced teachers to sail aboard the research vessel JOIDES Resolution. Further details about these opportunities are available on the IODP website.

School of Rock 2017 offers an Australian-based teacher an intensive residential workshop from 10 to 24 July 2017 July aboard the JOIDES Resolution in transit from Subic Bay in The Philippines, to Townsville, Queensland, in advance of Expedition 371. Participants will include science educators and early career researchers led by experienced IODP scientists. The Australian IODP Office has positions available for one teacher and one early career researcher. Application deadline is 23 April 2017.

Expedition 371 has a position available for an Australian-based educator to sail as Education and Outreach Officer aboard its voyage to investigate the Tasman Frontier's subduction initiation and paleocene climate. The expedition will be at sea from late July to late September 2017. Application deadline is 7 April 2017.



Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

Closes 5.00pm on Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Nominations are open for the 2017 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science and close at 5.00pm on Wednesday, 12 April 2017.

Each year, the Australian Government honours Australia’s best scientists, innovators, and science teachers through the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science:

  • heroes of Australian science who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge through science—for the $250,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science
  • exceptional innovators from both industry and research who have translated scientific knowledge into substantial commercial impact—for the $250,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation
  • early to mid-career scientists whose research is already making, and will continue to have, an impact on our lives—for the $50,000 Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year and the $50,000 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year
  • promising early to mid-career innovators from science and industry who have enhanced our economy, translating scientific knowledge into a substantial commercial impact—for the $50,000 Prize for New Innovators.

The awards will be presented at a gala dinner in the Great Hall of Parliament House, Canberra, where the leaders of science, industry, education and government will have the chance to meet the recipients. It’s simple to nominate in the first (shortlisting) stage, with an online form. If a nomination is shortlisted, further material will be required in the final stage.

For eligibility, selection criteria, nomination guidelines and forms, visit the website.

To read more about past recipients and the awards dinner, visit the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science website.



Top 5 Under 40 initiative

Applications close 21 April 2017

"Science communicators aren't born, they’re trained. Practise your message, hone your technique and learn from the best.” That’s the message from Swinburne astrophysicist Associate Professor Alan Duffy, one of the Top 5 Under 40 ambassadors for 2017. Now in its third successful year, Top 5 Under 40 is a partnership between The University of New South Wales (UNSW) and ABC Radio National (RN). It involves a national callout to find the best early career researchers with a PhD under the age of 40, who work in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical research, and who have a flair and passion for communicating their vital work.

The five winners get a 10-day residency in Sydney at ideas network ABC RN. They will receive training in the craft of radio and TV interviews, get a rare ‘behind-the-scenes’ insight into the ABC and work with some of Australia’s best science journalists.

The initiative is supported by Top 5 Under 40 Ambassadors Alan Duffy,  Dr Alan Finkel, Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Emma Johnston, marine scientist and incoming Dean of Science at UNSW, and Natasha Mitchell, science journalist and broadcaster at RN.

Apply now on The University of New South Wales website.



5th International Conference on Biophotonics An ARC Centre of Excellence Event icon

Fremantle, WA—30 April to 1 May 2017

The International Conference on Biophotonics (ICOB) brings together opinion leaders to consider where the field is going and what opportunities there are to work together. Key in this goal is end users of biophotonics technologies and this year co-location and running back-to-back with Science on the Swan presents an exceptional opportunity to engage with medical researchers and translators.

ICOB will run a single-stream conference with break-out sessions and an emphasis on the participation of junior researchers, and poster-led discussions. There will be an associated exhibition, providing researchers with the chance to discuss the latest commercial technical developments. There will also be opportunities to consider entrepreneurship in Biophotonics.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale Biophotonics is a conference partner


May 2017




Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

Entries close 7.00pm AEST, 5 May 2017

The 2017 Eureka Prizes opens for nominations on 10 February 2017. Entries close 7.00pm AEST, 5 May 2017.

Known as the ‘Oscars of Australian science’, the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes celebrate research, science communication and journalism, leadership, and students.

Previous recipients have included ARC-funded researchers.

Finalists will be announced online on 28 July 2017, and winners at a gala dinner on 30 August 2017.

For more information about prize categories and how to enter, visit the Australian Museum website.


International workshop on government administrative data for policy-relevant research An ARC Centre of Excellence Event icon

Stanford University, California—1-2 May 2017

Administrative data regularly collected by government organisations for has provided opportunities for research in recent decades. Increased access to administrative records presents a number of advantages for research that addresses policy-relevant questions about socioeconomic disadvantage, and forges closer collaborations between research and government organisations. However, there is an enormous untapped potential in administrative data. Challenges that prevent wide and effective use of administrative data relate to existing regulatory frameworks, perceived risks by data custodians, and underdeveloped methodological and infrastructure capacities.

The workshop is designed for researchers who have experience or are interested in using government administrative data for research purposes. This first of its kind workshop will bring together authoritative international figures in the field to engage with workshop participants on relevant themes around government administrative data access and use.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course is a co-host of this international workshop, with the Stanford Centre for Poverty and Inequality and Children’s Data Network.



September 2017


Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS) Conference

Wellington, New Zealand—26–29 September 2017

The ARC is a Bronze level sponsor of the 19th annual national ARMS conference.

The ARMS Annual Conference is the principal research meeting for research managers and administrators in Australasia. The conference will feature internationally renowned key note speakers, oral and poster presentations, industry exhibitions, collaboration meetings, and professional development workshops of significance to this global profession. The conference’s theme Funding Research: Drawing on the Power of Collaboration will explore opportunities to bring together professionals in research organisations and funding bodies to create greater efficiencies in the wider management of research and its funding.

Call for abstracts is now open, and registrations open April 2017. For more information, please visit the ARMS2017 conference website.


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Reading and Spelling Workshop

Macquarie University, Sydney—27–28 September 2017

The workshop, hosted by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders in conjunction with the MQ Cognition Clinic for Reading, aims to bring together leading researchers from around the world to discuss reading and spelling development, disorders, remediation, and related policy. The workshop will therefore have two parts, one day focused on practice and policy and one day focused on research. Our intended audience includes teachers, school counsellors, clinicians, parents, and researchers.

For further details on workshop program, speakers and registration information please visit the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders website.