[ASC-media] Media alert: Minister Carr to launch EMBL Australia, Mon 29 March 2010
rachel.taylor at armi.monash.edu.au
Thu Mar 25 04:03:09 CET 2010
*Media alert: EMBL Australia Launch** 29 March 2010*
Embargo until 11am Monday 29 March 2010
On Monday 29 March 2010 the Federal Minister for Innovation, Industry,
Science and Research will officially launch EMBL Australia in the
presence of the Governor of Victoria, Prof David de Kretser.
Guest speakers will include:
* Prof Richard Larkins, Chaiman, EMBL Australia
* Prof Marianne Bronner, eminent scientist from Caltech
* Prof Iain Mattaj, Director General, EMBL
EMBL Australia is Australia's link to the renowned European Molecular
Biology Laboratory. It is a joint initiative of CSIRO, Monash
University, The University of Sydney, The University of Queensland, and
The University of Western Australia.
*1. Appointee: EMBL Australia Scientific Head*
This position is responsible for the leadership and development of the
research direction of EMBL Australia and building scientific excellence,
increased collaboration, innovation and services to Australian life
science community. The appointee is an internationally renowned
scientist who specialises in regenerative medicine and has strong ties
to Australia, Europe and the US.
*2. Launch of the EMBL Australia International PhD program*
This program is designed to rapidly-accelerate the career of our best
and brightest young scientists. It will enable Australian students to
undertake a PhD in Europe that will be jointly-awarded by the EMBL and
their Australian university.
*3. Appointee: Partner Laboratory Network Group Leader*
The appointee is currently based at Harvard Medical School and is an
Australian. They will be returning home to lead a research group at the
Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University and to
participate in the active development of a new network of laboratories
throughout Australia modelled on the EMBL.
4. New EMBL Australia facility in bioinformatics*
This facility is being created to place Australia at the centre of the
international bioinformatics community. It will enable new services in
data-crunching for international life science research. A particular
focus will be agricultural biotechnology, which is under-served by the
*5. Launch of the EMBL Australia National Bioinformatics Network*
An initiative to improve interaction and career opportunities in
*Event:* Launch of EMBL Australia
*Date: *Monday 29 March 2010
*Venue: *G19, Building 75, Monash University, Clayton campus
*Expected audience:* Life scientists, scientific leaders, European
representatives, senior university personnel
*Expected number of attendees:* 100 -- 150
EMBL Australia aims to foster and enhance Australian research quality
through the development of world-class scientific leaders. Its primary
* First-class scientific training and collaboration
* Establishing an EMBL Australia Partner Laboratory Network (PLN)
* Exchanging infrastructure, services, resources, and expertise
between Europe and Australia
* Pursuing new opportunities in co-funding research
In March 2008 Australia accepted an invitation to partner with Europe's
pre-eminent research institute, the European Molecular Biology
Laboratory (EMBL). This partnership saw Australia granted Associate
Member status (the first ever offered) for a period of seven years and
created EMBL Australia. This invitation was extended to Australia due to
our scientific strengths in cell biology, clinical research, stem cells
and regenerative medicine, chemical biology and genetic epidemiology.
*Richard LARKINS, Chairman, EMBL Australia*
Professor Richard Larkins, AO is the Chairman of EMBL Australia. He has
had a distinguished career in medicine, scientific research and academic
management. He was President and Vice Chancellor of Monash University
from 2003 - 2009. In 2002 Professor Larkins was made an Officer of the
Order of Australia (AO) for service to medicine and health. His medical
research and clinical work was in diabetes and endocrinology.
During his career, he has served as a member of the Prime Minister's
Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, chair of the National
Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, President of the Royal
Australasian College of Physicians, and Chair of Universities Australia.
He a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
*Professor Iain MATTAJ, Director General, European Molecular Biology
Prof Mattaj joined the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in
Heidelberg as a Group Leader in 1985. He became Coordinator of the Gene
Expression Unit at EMBL in 1990 before being promoted to the position of
Scientific Director in 1999. Prof Mattaj has been Director General of
EMBL since 2005.
Prof Mattaj's research achievements are considerable and varied. Most
notably, his mechanistic studies of macromolecular transport between the
nucleus and cytoplasm were significant and heavily cited. His most
recent work is focused on aspects of the regulation of processes that
occur during cell division, specifically mitotic spindle formation and
the breakdown and reformation of the nuclear envelope and nuclear pore
Prof Mattaj is a Fellow of the Royal Society (London), Fellow of the
Royal Society of Edinburgh, Member of Academia Europea and Foreign
Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Science. He is a
member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) and helped
make The EMBO Journal a highly successful international scientific
journal, acting as Executive Editor from 1990 to 2004.
*Professor Marianne BRONNER, Albert Billings Ruddock Professor of
Biology, California Institute of Technology*
Marianne Bronner is an international expert in the early formation of
the vertebrate nervous system and how vertebrates evolve, using a cell
type called the neural crest.
Her laboratory focuses on how neural crest cells and placodes arose both
in a developmental and evolutionary context. She made major
contributions at unraveling the molecular and cellular signals by which
neural crest and placode cells form and evolve using a combination of
embryological, molecular and genomic approaches.
She has published more than 250 scientific papers and reviews, many of
which are in the most prestigious journals.
Communications and Development Officer---EMBL Australia
Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, Monash University
Ph: +61 3 9902 9607
Mob: 0411 288 672
Fax: +61 3 9902 9729
rachel.taylor at armi.monash.edu.au
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