Image: Australian War Memorial—Stock image Image courtesy: © Ng
22 April 2015

What is the significance of the Anzac experience at Gallipoli—a story now a century old and one with no living participants—to what it means to be Australian in contemporary Australia? How is it relevant to Australians today, or to new Australians?

A current research project, supported by an ARC-funded Discovery Project grant (DP130101258), is exploring how the Anzac story—as interpreted at commemorative sites and museums in particular—helps to develop and define our sense of national identity and allows reflection on what it means to be Australian in our modern multicultural society.

L–R: Laura James (PhD Candidate), Professor Bruce Scates (Director, National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University) and Rebecca Wheatley (PhD Candidate) standing in front of a Gallipoli landing boat at the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne
21 April 2015

On 14 April 2015, a new memorial was dedicated in the grounds of Melbourne’s Domain. It stands immediately opposite the Shrine of Remembrance built in the 1920s to commemorate Victoria’s loss in the Great War.

This new memorial is also dedicated to remembering 1915 but it takes a very different form to the great granite structure raised several generations ago. Whereas the Shrine, to some, celebrated the conquest of the Ottoman Empire, this new monument, a crescent of woven steel, celebrates the peace between Australia and Turkey. It is styled a ‘Friendship Memorial’ and according to Professor Bruce Scates, author of the Cambridge History of the Shrine of Remembrance and an expert on memorials and commemoration, it signals a new way of remembering the loss of war.

Image: WWI Trench—Stock image Image courtesy: ©
20 April 2015

When a lone bugler stands this Anzac Day to play the simplest of brass instruments large crowds will stand and pause to listen thoughtfully and remember.

In our contemporary world the sound of the Last Post is transporting and powerful—the sounds of the bugle and the silence that follow have different meanings for us all.

Image: Young scientists brainstorming at the science communication workshop. Image courtesy: ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science
21 January 2015

What do you get when you put 30 talented young scientists in a room together with a handful of the country’s best science communicators?

Potato cannons, a lot of laughs, and a whole bunch of skills-sharing.

Image: Students in the class room. Photo credit: Professor Lyn English.
23 December 2014

Improving the nation’s skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) is the focus of a new ARC Discovery Project funded in the most recent ARC major grants funding round (for 2015).

Professor Lyn English, from the Queensland University of Technology, is the lead Chief Investigator on the new $603 900 project. Professor English will collaborate with colleagues at the University of Tasmania to introduce a new approach to promoting learning across grades 3–6 through modelling with data.

Image: Dr Linda Ford. Photo credit: Mark Ford 2013.
23 December 2014

Indigenous ceremonial performance is a key process for integrating indigenous knowledge from many different domains, and it is a socially powerful means of exchange, transmission and transformation of relationship to country and kin.

A new research project, funded through an ARC Discovery Indigenous grant, aims to examine and compare old ceremonies with contemporary ceremonial practices.

Image: Hexapod Robot for Biomechanics developed by researchers at Flinders University and The University of Adelaide. (L-R) Ben Cazzolato (UofA), Boyin Ding (UofA), John Costi (Flinders) and  Richard Stanley (Flinders).  Photo credit: Brooke Whatnall.
23 December 2014

The creation of a unique and world-class facility that will allow researchers to study vibrations and their impact, is one step closer following the award of a $400 000 ARC grant.

Associate Professor Benjamin Cazzolato, from The University of Adelaide, is the lead Chief Investigator on a new Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities scheme grant, funded in the 2015 ARC major grants round.

Image: Dr Margaret Shanafield.  Photo credit: Dr Margaret Shanafield, The Flinders University of South Australia.
23 December 2014

Australia is the world’s driest continent and reliance on groundwater for survival and livelihood is critical now and in the future, however our current understanding of how groundwater is replenished is limited.

Dr Margaret Shanafield, a researcher at The Flinders University of South Australia and the National Centre for Groundwater Research Training (NCGRT), recently received an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) to generate a clearer understanding of groundwater recharge.

Image: Professor Veena Sahajwalla Photo credit: Professor Veena Sahajwalla.
23 December 2014

Professor Veena Sahajwalla is a passionate and dedicated researcher in what can often be classified as a male domain—that of science and technology.

In August this year Professor Sahajwalla was awarded an ARC Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowship. This Fellowship will allow Professor Sahajwalla to undertake a dedicated research programme looking at how to transform toxic electronic waste into value-added metal and alloys.

Image: At the 2015 ARC Major Grants Announcement
23 December 2014

The ARC’s major grants ceremony was held on 5 November at a ceremony at Flinders at Victoria Square in Adelaide.

The Minister for Education, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, announced the successful grant recipients for funding commencing in 2015.