9 July 2013

ANNA BURKE MP
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Federal Member for Chisholm

MEDIA RELEASE


$47 MILLION IN AUSTRALIAN LAUREATE FELLOWSHIPS FOR 2013


Seventeen of Australia’s most outstanding researchers have been awarded a total of $47 million in research funding with the announcement today of the 2013 Australian Laureate Fellowships.

Researchers will use the fellowships to tackle topics ranging from improved child health, language learning, harvesting energy from seabed soils, to gaining a better understanding of bacteria.

The Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme, administered by the Australian Research Council (ARC), supports outstanding Australian and international researchers to build Australia’s ability to make new discoveries, pursue innovative studies as well as mentoring early career researchers.

Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr, said the Labor Government was committed to research excellence.

“This scheme is specifically designed to attract world-class researchers and research leaders who can build and strengthen our ability as a nation to make ground-breaking new discoveries," Senator Kim Carr said.

Two of the Australian Laureate Fellows announced today are exceptional female researchers who will also undertake a mentoring role encouraging women to take up and continue with a career in research.

“I congratulate Professor Glenda Sluga from the University of Sydney who will receive the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship and Professor Tanya Monro from the University of Adelaide who will be awarded the Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowship,” Senator Carr said.

“All of the 2013 Australian Laureate Fellows have distinguished research careers and these fellowships will help them extend their research efforts and contribute even further to improving the lives of all Australians."
Member for Chisholm Anna Burke MP congratulated the two new Laureate Fellows from Monash University in her electorate—Professor Trevor Lithgow, and Professor Arthur Lowery.

“These two outstanding professors are a testament to the strength of Monash’s research program,” Ms Burke said.

A list of the successful Australian Laureate Fellows projects is attached. More information on the Fellows and the scheme is available in the Media Announcement Kit on the ARC website.

Media contact: 
Fiona Scott (Carr) – 0407 294 620 
Alastair Gowing (Burke) – (03) 9802 0566

ARC Media contact:
ARC Stakeholder Relations
0412 623 056 or communications@arc.gov.au