Transforming carbon dioxide into sustainable fuels, exploring how marine animals see for application in machines and developing custom-design plant proteins are some of the innovative projects to be undertaken by the 2014 Australian Laureate Fellows.
The Australian Research Council (ARC) Australian Laureate Fellowships have been announced today by Minister for Education, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, at a ceremony in Adelaide.
Minster Pyne said the 16 Fellowships were an important investment in the nation’s future.
“This funding scheme supports researchers of international repute and these Fellowships will play an important role in meeting the Australian Government’s commitment to ensure Australia successfully competes on the international research stage,” Mr Pyne said.
“The outcomes of these Fellowships will make a valuable contribution to Australia’s knowledge base and prosperity. Fellows will also mentor our young researchers, which is vital if we are to continue to produce world-class research.”
Professor Rose Amal from The University of New South Wales (UNSW) will use her fellowship to develop technology to transform carbon dioxide into sustainable fuels.
Professor Justin Marshall from The University of Queensland will explore visual systems in marine animals to inform future camera design and other machine-vision solutions.
Professor Ian Small from The University of Western Australia will develop custom-designed plant proteins to aid future growth in the agricultural and health sectors.
Of the 16 Fellowships announced today, three will specifically undertake an ambassadorial role to promote women in research in addition to their research project.
This year, two Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowships have been awarded – Professor Veena Sahajwalla from UNSW and Professor Kate Smith-Miles from Monash University.
Meanwhile, the recipient of the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship is Professor Joy Damousi from The University of Melbourne.