Appointments & Acheivements (26 June)

The Australian Research Council announces 13 new industrial research projects,

Industrial Transformation Training Centres (starting this year)

  • Matthew Barnett: resource-efficient alloys in circular economy (Deakin U)
  • Stephen Bartlett: future leaders in quantum computing, (Uni Sydney)
  • Oula Ghannoum: “smart and sustainable” horticulture (Western Sydney U)
  • Glenn Solomon: current and emergent quantum technologies (Uni Adelaide) 
  • Mahdi Jalili: electrifying Australia for net-zero future (RMIT)  
  • Vivian Tam: digital net-zero building ecosystem lifecycle: (Western Sydney U)

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs (also commencing in ’24)

  • Tony Bacic: protected cropping (La Trobe U)
  • Wenhui Duan: infrastructure net zero (Monash U)
  • Conor Hogan: molecular biosensors at point-of-use (La Trobe U)
  • Dikai Liu: Human robot teaming for construction
  • Yang Liu: Internet of Things for Water (QUT)
  • Tiany Ma: intelligent energy efficiency in future-protected cropping
  • Yansong Shen: photovoltaic solar panel recycling/sustainability (UNSW)


The Astronomical Society of Australia announces its 2024 awards. * Matthew Colless (ANU) – research * Christoph Federrath (ANU) – MCR *  Katherine Harborne (UWA) – software development * Shyam Menon (ANU, now at Rutgers U) – PhD thesis * Aaron Robotham (UWA) –  MCR*  Sara Webb (Swinburne U) – astronomy comms * Sophie Young (U Tasmania) – research by hons/masters student * Andrew Zic (CSIRO)-postdoc


Robin Creyke (ANU emeritus) is appointed to a review of Comcare, the workers compensation scheme for the Commonwealth and ACT governments.


 Leanne McLean will move to Uni Tasmania’s Peter Underwood Centre, “supporting young people through learning,” becoming director in October. She will move from state commissioner for children and young people, where she is eight months into a second five year term.


Jennifer May (Uni Newcastle) becomes National Rural Health Commissioner.


Jane Mills ( La Trobe U) is the new chair of the Australian College of Nursing Rural and Remote Faculty.


Linguist Ingrid Piller (Macquarie U) has a €3.5m ($5.62m) Humboldt Foundation professorship at Universität Hamburg.



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