Our Languages Matter—NAIDOC week 2-9 July 2017
2 July 2017

In recognition of the theme of this year’s NAIDOC Week, Our Languages Matter—which aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song— it is timely to highlight the valuable Indigenous language research the Australian Government supports through the Australian Research Council (ARC) National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP).

Image: ARC Future Fellow, Professor Michael Breadmore, in the lab. Image courtesy: Jason Purdie.
20 June 2017

ARC Future Fellow, Professor Michael Breadmore, who is based at the University of Tasmania, has spent his research career working to simplify and speed up the analysis of chemical and biological samples, with an increasing emphasis on miniaturisation.

Image: Distinguished Professor Dayong Jin, ARC Future Fellow, and Director of the IDEAL Hub, in the lab. Image courtesy: Professor Dayong Jin. Photographer: Anna Zhu.
20 June 2017

ARC Future Fellow, Professor Dayong Jin, is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and Director of the ARC Research Hub for Integrated Device for End-user Analysis at Low-levels (IDEAL Hub). Awarded over $3.7 million in funding by the ARC in 2016, the IDEAL Hub is the culmination of many years work by Professor Jin to put Australian biophotonics research into a world leading position, with strong industry partners.

Image: Professor Ann McGrath. Image courtesy: The Australian National University
20 June 2017

What do we know about Australia’s historical human past? Professor Ann McGrath, Director of the Australian Centre for Indigenous History at The Australian National University and one of our 17 newest Australian Laureate Fellows, is launching an innovative research initiative to expand our understanding of Australia’s deep hidden history.

Image: Associate Dean, Research; Senior Research Fellow, Dr Lee Berger. Image courtesy: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, James Cook University.
20 June 2017

As part of its commitment to promoting diversity and equity principles under the schemes of the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP), the ARC supports part-time opportunities for award and fellowship recipients under the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, Future Fellowships, and Discovery Indigenous schemes. Under current provisions, conversion to part-time arrangements may be granted for family and/or carer responsibilities or for exceptional research circumstances. Postdoctoral research and higher degree by research awards under the Australian Laureate Fellowships and Industrial Transformation Training Centres schemes may also be converted to part-time arrangements.

Image: ARC Executive Director, Dr Fiona Cameron, giving a presentation at the Forum.
20 June 2017

The ARC held its annual Centre Directors’ Forum on 26–27 April 2017 in Canberra. This two-day forum brought together around 120 Directors and business managers from ARC Centres of Excellence, Special Research Initiatives (SRI) and Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP) Research Hubs and Training Centres. The forum provided a great opportunity for networking with other academics and ARC staff, as well as exchanging ideas and sharing experiences about best practice on a range of topics relating to managing ARC large investments.

Image: Associate Professor Madhu Bhaskaran.  Image credit: Damien Sullivan, RMIT University
15 June 2017

Associate Professor Madhu Bhaskaran, co-leader of the Functional Materials and Microsystems Research Group at RMIT University, is a finalist for the Macquarie University Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher.

The IODP ship JOIDES Resolution which works in the Australian region. Image courtesy Takuya Sagawa.
10 March 2017

The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP)is a multimillion dollar international geoscience research collaboration, with a mission to progress our understanding of the significant proportion of the earth’s crust that underlies the oceans.

Image courtesy: ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics
10 March 2017

Researchers at The University of Adelaide have developed a breakthrough tool for use in brain surgery—a needle with a tiny camera inside, that enables surgeons to ‘see’ blood vessels. Blood vessels once spotted can then be avoided, to prevent the risk of dangerous bleeding during surgery.

University of Wollongong's SMART Railway Laboratory undergoing further modernisation.  Image courtesy: Cholachat Rujikiatkamjorn
10 March 2017

The Australian railway network is the world's seventh longest network, stretching more than 40,000km. It enables everything from commuter trains for workers through to heavy-haul trains for moving cargo, such as agricultural produce and mining materials.