30 July 2012

SENATOR THE HON CHRIS EVANS
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research
MEDIA RELEASE


Australia’s newest elite Laureates announced


Transforming Australian industry through technology, protecting the economy from unforeseen shocks and safeguarding coral reefs will be among the projects for Australia’s newest Laureates.

Announcing the 2012 Australian Laureate Fellows in Canberra today, Minister for Science and Research Senator Chris Evans said the 17 fellowships would allow some of the world’s most distinguished researchers to tackle the big issues the world faces in the 21st Century.

“Ensuring Australia maintains a world-class research reputation is vital if we are to drive innovation and remain internationally competitive,” Senator Evans said.

“The Laureate Fellowships give some of our best researchers the ability to tackle complex problems and undertake groundbreaking research—research that will deliver real benefits to Australians.”

The Gillard Government will invest more than $46 million over five years in the 2012 Laureate Fellowships, Australia’s most prestigious fellowships awards.

“The fellowships are about boosting our research workforce by providing new opportunities in Australia for the world’s best researchers,” Senator Evans said.

“The Laureate Fellowships allow us to attract some of the best international researchers and forge strong international links —a growing priority as we head further into the Asian Century.

“We also get to keep hold of our best and brightest researchers by giving them access to world-class facilities and allowing them to deliver world-class research right here at home.

“These Laureates will also help foster the next generation of researchers by giving them the opportunity to join their fellowship teams and benefit from training and mentoring.”

Last year, two fellowships were established specifically for women. These fellows receive additional funding on top of their fellowship to mentor female researchers and promote research career paths for women.

Biographies and images of all 17 fellows and more information about the Australian Laureate Fellowship scheme visit the ARC website.

Senator Evans’ Media Contact:
Rhys Davies 0411 138 572