New Opportunities2019 Clunies Ross Awards

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The Clunies Ross Awards have a proud 27-year tradition of recognising contributions by dedicated individuals who have shared their vision and knowledge with others to apply technology for the benefit of Australia.

The Awards provide a great opportunity for Flinders University to showcase, and be recognised for, its research-industry engagement and commercialisation impact.

The Clunies Ross Awards will be awarded in three categories, with a single winner in each category:

  • Entrepreneur of the Year award
  • Knowledge Commercialisation award
  • Innovation award

For more information the Clunies Ross Award Online Nomination Portal Information and Nomination Guidelines are available at Any additional queries please contact the Clunies Ross Awards coordinator via email

Nominations close by 2.00pm AEDT Friday 26 October 2018. The Flinders internal closing date is 12 October 2018, and for assistance in preparing a nomination, please contact Dr Marina Delpin, Researcher Professional Development.

New OpportunitiesAusBiotech and Johnson & Johnson Industry Excellence Awards


The AusBiotech and Johnson & Johnson Industry Excellence Awards are now open for the AusBiotech 2018 national conference, to be held from 31 October - 2 November.

AusBiotech 2018 will bring together Australian and international life science leaders and stakeholders in Brisbane to exchange ideas, strengthen partnerships across the sector and advance the industry’s standing both nationally and globally. 

Awards are presented at the AusBiotech national conference to recognise the highest achievers in the Australian life sciences. From researchers who successfully translate their discoveries to clinical practice, to companies who pioneer the developments of new treatments and reliable diagnostics, these prestigious Awards recognise the leading lights of Australia’s world-class biotechnology, medical technology and healthcare sectors. Nominations are open until Friday 28 September 2018.

Nominations for the AusBiotech and Johnson & Johnson 2018 Industry Excellence Awards are open on the following categories:

  • Industry Leadership Award
  • Australian Company of the Year
  • Australian Emerging Company of the Year

Nominations must outline why the individual or company should receive the Award and should not exceed 400 words. For more information, visit the Awards webpages.

For advice and support, please contact Marina Delpin, Research Development and Support. The Flinders internal closing date is 14 September 2018.

Research Engagement and ImpactEureka! Prize for blood test for bowel cancer recurrence

Professor Graham Young

At the 2017 Australian Museum Eureka Prize dinner, held 30 August 2017 at the Sydney Town Hall, the Colvera team from the CSIRO, Clinical Genomics Pty Ltd, and Flinders University were awarded the prestigious 2017 Johnson & Johnson Eureka Prize for Innovation in Medical Research.

From earlier research into bowel cancer by Professor Graham Young (right) at the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, the ColveraTM test was developed. The test is twice as sensitive at detecting recurrent tumors in patients who previously have been diagnosed with bowel cancer. Bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is one of the top five causes of premature death among Australian's aged 45-74. Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world, where 1 in 13 Australians will develop bowel cancer.

The Colvera Team developed the blood test that detects tumour DNA in the blood plasma of bowel cancer patients. With 50% of bowel cancer patients in Australia having a recurrence of the disease after being given the "all clear", the ability of the early detection of the ColveraTM test should improve the patients chances of being cured.

The test has undergone clinical testing in the United States where it is now commercially available. The test will be available in Australia soon.

The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research, innovation, leadership, science communication and school science.

The Colvera Team Eureka Prize for Innovation in Medical Research

2017 Johnson & Johnson Eureka Prize for Innovation in Medical Research The Colvera Team, CSIRO; Clinical Genomics Pty Ltd; and Flinders University The Colvera Team has developed a clinically validated blood test that sensitively and accurately detects cancer DNA in the blood plasma of colorectal cancer patients.

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Congrats to The Colvera Team! @JNJNews #Eureka17 #MedicalResearch

New OpportunitiesVice Chancellor's Awards for Early Career Researchers

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Applications for the Vice Chancellor's Awards for Early Career Researchers are now open. The award recognises and values the outstanding contributions to the University of individual Early Career Researchers, embarking on their research career. These awards will recognise, reward and encourage excellence in research across all Colleges.

Up to ten awards can be made each year. Each award is valued at $2,500, and should fund opportunities to broaden the recipient's networks and enhance their standing and recognition as a staff member of Flinders University.

Information on eligibility and criteria for the award, as well as the nomination form are available on the Vice Chancellor's Awards for Early Career Researchers policy page.

Nominations should be forwarded to or to by the closing date of Tuesday 29 August 2017.

Research Engagement and ImpactPeer Prize up for grabs

The Sun Foundation Peer Prize for Women in Science is now open for voting. After a successful first Prize being awarded in 2016, where, instead of a small panel of hidden peers who vote on the winners, an open call for peers across the world to select who they thought should be worthy of the prize was run via Thinkable. This allows not just the winners research to be showcased, but all the nominees. This year's nominees includes Flinders' Dr Rachel Popelka-Filcoff, and her research on X-ray Fluorescence Microscopic Vision Into Our Cultural Past.

The Inaugural prize engaged with over 100,000 people and 1,400 peers voted in the two areas of research focus: Life Sciences; and Earth, Environmental and Space Sciences. Each category has a prize amount of $20,000.

So, who can vote? Any researcher who has been verified by Thinkable. Verification entails registering as a researcher, and then authenticating your current organisation email, select your field/s of study, and provide details of at least one recently published peer-reviewed article. Once you are registered, take a look at the submissions and click 'Vote' on the ones that you find most engaging. Verified peers can vote on multiple entries, but only once on each. Thinkable strongly encourage peers to engage and vote on entries beyond their own specialist field.

Thinkable asks research peers to choose the most impactful piece of research, or important new discovery. This will help drive multi-disciplinary collaboration that is critical to accelerate scientific discovery and solve some of humanity's most complex future challenges in health and the environment.

Verification can take up to 24 hours depending on the influx of registrations so please make sure you register well in advance of the Voting Closed date. Voting opened on Monday 5 June 2017 and will close on Friday 16 June 2017.

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsWant to be recognised for your research excellence?

Where: Flinders University Function Centre, Humanities Road
When: Thursday 9 March 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Professor Claude Fischler

South Australia’s Science Excellence Awards and the Tall Poppy Awards both work to increase public engagement and promote excellence in research. Getting your work recognised through these awards programs can help inform and influence policy and investment in scientific research and development. The Science Excellence Awards and Tall Poppy Awards are holding a series of joint sessions to ensure you have all the information you need to successfully participate in their programs. 

Sarah Treasure from the Department of State Development will tell you everything you need to know about recent changes to the Science Excellence Awards and Dr Sarah Bray from the Australian Institute of Policy and Science will help you learn more about how the Tall Poppy Awards are recognising young scientists.

To RSVP for this session, click here - Science Excellence Awards & Tall Poppy Awards Information Session - Flinders University

Research Engagement and ImpactVice-Chancellor Awards for Research Excellence

VC Award winners
Vice-Chancellor Professor Stirling, centre, and Deputy Vice-Chanceller (Research) Professor Robert Saint with the Early-Career Research Award recipients (from left) Dr Joshua Newman, Dr Lucinda Bell, Dr Cameron Shearer, Dr Christèle Maizonniaux, Dr Harriet Whiley, Dr Michael O’Callaghan, Dr Renee Smith, Dr Lucy Lewis.
Absent: Dr Sonja Vivienne and Dr Nikki McCaffrey.


Ten early-career researchers have been acknowledged by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Stirling. The awards recognise the outstanding contributions of individual staff members to reward and encourage excellence in their research efforts.

This year’s award recipients were:

Dr Lucinda Bell, School of Health Sciences (research focus – early childhood nutrition); Dr Lucy Lewis, School of Health Sciences (physiotherapy); Dr Michael O’Callaghan, School of Medicine (epidemiology); Dr Nikki McCaffrey, School of Medicine (palliative care).

Dr Cameron Shearer, School of Chemical and Physical Sciences (nanotechnology): Dr Harriet Whiley, School of the Environment (environmental health); Dr Renee Smith, School of Biological Sciences (microbiology).

Dr Christèle Maizonniaux, School of Humanities and Creative Arts (French); Dr Sonja Vivienne, School of Humanities and Creative Arts (digital media).

Dr Joshua Newman, School of Social and Policy Studies (political science).

Up to ten awards can be made each year to PhDs to help fund opportunities for them to broaden networks and enhance their standing and recognition.

Article sourced from the Office of Communication and Engagement.

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