Jack Dale, ‘History painting’, 2003
27 May 2020

Dr Shino Konishi, a Yawuru woman and researcher at The University of Western Australia is leading a project with Dr Malcolm Allbrook and Professor Tom Griffiths—both from the Australian National University—under the Discovery Indigenous scheme to double the number of Indigenous biographies, adding 190 new entries, within the online Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB) as well as producing a standalone published volume of Indigenous short biographies in the ADB.

Please note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this article contains an image and the names of deceased persons.

Associate Professor Yasmina Sultanbawa with green plum in East Arnhem Land © UQ
21 April 2020

Australia is home to a diverse array of ‘bush foods’ which have nourished Indigenous people for millennia but, with a few exceptions like the macadamia nut, these native Indigenous foods have not made it into our supermarket trollies.

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Uniquely Australian Foods, based at The University of Queensland, aims to transform Australia’s bush foods industry, by bringing a new variety of Australian-grown foods to our tables. The Training Centre is leading the way to change the way Australians—and the world—think about Australia’s cuisine and food products.

Map of Australia
23 March 2020

On 27 February 2020, a new ARC grant opportunity opened—the Special Research Initiative (SRI) for Australian Society, History and Culture.

This SRI supports excellent research into all aspects of Australian society, history and culture from our ancient Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander beginnings to modern-day Australia.

The Australian bush regrowing after a fire. Credit: Dr David Blair.
19 March 2020

In response to the unprecedented and tragic 2019-20 Australian bushfire season, many researchers have had a significant public role to play in explaining the science behind bushfires, their control and their aftermath. One of these researchers is Professor David Lindenmayer, from The Australian National University’s Fenner School of Environment and Society.

Professor David Lindenmayer is one of Australia’s leading ecologists—an expert in landscape ecology, conservation and biodiversity—who has had significant ARC funding support including an Australian Laureate Fellowship in 2012 and as a Chief Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions from 2012-2018. He is currently leading two Linkage Projects grants examining woodland biota and the effects of animals on bushfire risk, building on 37 years of empirical longitudinal research on bushfires in south-eastern Australia.

Image: Professor Lisa Kewley. Credit: ASTRO 3D.
11 February 2020

Professor Lisa Kewley, an ARC Laureate Fellow based at The Australian National University, and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3D (ASTRO 3D), is one of the world’s leading astronomers, whose research has focussed on the formation and evolution of star-forming galaxies.

Professor Marilyn Fleer
24 January 2020

Early childhood is a time of intense learning, at time when the framework is set in place for the learning that will follow—and because of that it is perhaps the most important period in a child’s education.

The Conceptual PlayLab, based at Monash University, is a five-year research project investigating the best way to teach and support young children to form concepts in science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM). 

Wordcloud simplifying grants management
18 December 2019

As part of our transition to the whole-of-government grant agreement template, the ARC has simplified its grant management processes around start dates, parental leave and ethics clearances.

Speaker at Research Administrators Seminar
18 December 2019

Research Office staff from around Australia attended an annual Research Administrators’ Seminar, held in Canberra on 29 October 2019. This event is targeted at Research Office staff who are relatively new to ARC processes.

This year around 140 research office staff—from 37 universities and representatives from other organisations including the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), Telethon Kids Institute and The Garvan Institute—attended day one of the seminar.

As in previous years, the seminar was organised in association with the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)— with ARMS hosting a reception at the conclusion of the day and the NHMRC hosting their day on 30 October 2019.

Attendees at 2019 Induction forum
18 December 2019

The ARC recently hosted a number of induction forums for new College of Experts members, directors of major ARC-funded investments, and its newest awarded ARC Australian Laureate Fellows. 

These forums provide a unique opportunity for the ARC to share information about the administration of grants, as well as opportunities for networking with peers and meeting key ARC staff.

Photo of 2019 Australian Laureate Fellows with Dr Katie Allen MP
18 December 2019

The 2019 Australian Laureate Fellowships pin ceremony was held on 28 November 2019 at Old Parliament House in Canberra.

The ARC’s Chief Executive Officer, Professor Sue Thomas, presided over the evening and Dr Katie Allen MP represented the Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan, presenting pins to the 2019 Australian Laureate Fellows who attended the ceremony.