[ASC-media] COSMOS applauds Australia's new laureate scheme

Wilson da Silva wdas at nasw.org
Wed Sep 3 10:23:07 CEST 2008

COSMOS applauds Australia's new laureate scheme

Luna Media, publisher of Australia's #1 science magazine COSMOS, today
applauded the Federal Government announcement of a new Australian Laureate
Fellowships scheme.

Editor-in-Chief, and leading science commentator, Wilson da Silva, said
today's National Press Club announcement by Minister for Innovation,
Industry, Science and Research Senator Kim Carr was a significant step in
the right direction to ensure that Australia was able to attract and retain
leading researchers.

"A very real hunger which exists in Australia for scientifically valid and
appropriately researched analysis of the issues facing our community, and
that's why we launched COSMOS in 2005, and subsequently G Magazine,
Australia's leading consumer sustainability publication."

"Over the past three years, we have also been working very closely with
Australian high schools and universities to ensure science is seen as a
viable career path. The need to ensure the Australian community addresses
the brain drain has become increasingly obvious."

"The commitment from the Federal Government to provide researchers at the
top of their game with the opportunity to pass on their experience and
knowledge to the next generation is a fundamental step in making sure we
continue to enjoy the benefits of Australian research and innovation."

Costing $239 million over five years, the program will be run by the
Australian Research Council alongside Labor's new Future Fellowships scheme
for mid-career researchers with up to 15 fellowships worth around $3 million
over five years.


COSMOS is a print magazine and an daily online news service that treats
science as natural part of culture. Published in Sydney and with a global
outlook, it has taken out 24 awards in three years, including the inaugural
Lord Mayor's Sustainability Award in 2008 and Magazine of the Year in 2006
at Australia's annual Bell Awards for Publishing Excellence. Its advisory
board includes Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and it was founded by the
successful Melbourne neuroscientist and entrepreneur, and now Chancellor of
Monash University, Dr Alan Finkel.


Luna Media is unique in its approach to publishing in print and online,
combining engaging but rigorous content with experts who know how to create
and sustain valuable brands and publications. It relies on an in-house team
of award-winning science and environment journalists to produce its two
flagship brands, COSMOS and G Magazine. Luna Media also has a stringent and
independent editorial approach focussed on accuracy as well easy
readability. It is Australia's first carbon neutral media company, uses 100%
GreenPower in its operations, and utilises an advisory board that includes
Dr Tim Flannery and Sir Richard Branson.
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