Note from the
From the entire SIEF Team, best wishes for a wonderful
holiday season and a very happy and safe New Year. We look forward to your
continued interest in SIEF in 2016.
Dr Melissa Straffon
(03) 9545 7952 or 0408 134 581
Minister's Prize for Science
Professor Graham Farquhar from ANU has won the 2015 Prime
Minister’s Prize for Science for his work photosynthesis. His research in
the area has led to the creation of more water-efficient crops, and his
models of plant biophysics have enhanced the understanding of plant cells.
Professor Farquhar leads the SIEF Research Project Forests
for the Future, a
collaboration between The Australian National University, University of
Western Sydney and CSIRO. This project proposes a novel strategy that
rapidly identifies tree species that exhibit a strong, positive growth
response to elevated CO2, and the genetic attributes underlying
these responses. The outcomes of the work will help provide an alternative
to the currently very expensive and labour-intensive procedures that have
limited commercial application of the technology.
to Professor Farquhar on receiving this top prize. His acceptance
speech can be viewed online.
SIEF Promotion of
SIEF will soon be
notifying the University Research Offices about the outcomes of the 2016
John Stocker Postdoctoral Fellowships. On behalf of the Trustee,
thank you to all applicants for the time and effort put into preparing the
applications and your interest in the program. If you have any
queries please contact your Research Office in the first instance.
for all Promotion of Science activities (Fellowships & Scholarships)
are due by 1 April 2016. The reporting templates are available on the
SIEF webpage. Please note that late reports may result
in a delay in payment of SIEF funding.
Having recently started as the Trustee to SIEF, Dr Larry Marshall has
been very impressed with the array of research in which the fund has
invested since the fund was rejuvenated by a Gift from CSIRO, as a result
of the fast WLAN patent litigation in 2009.
Over the last year, SIEF-funded programs have included
research into sustainable resource use, research that fast-tracks solutions
to national challenges and scholarships that create and sustain young
researchers to solve our country’s greatest challenges. Further information
can be read in the SIEF Annual Report.
SIEF has developed
a series of short (1 page) documents to provide snapshots describing
SIEF-funded activities and their progress towards impact. There are
17 fliers which can be viewed on the SIEF webpage.