[ASC-media] Top expat scientists return to work in Victoria through VESKI Fellowships (media release)

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Friday 23 March 2012

Top expat scientists return to work in Victoria through VESKI Fellowships


Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher today
announced three outstanding scientists working overseas have accepted the
offer of Victorian Endowment for Science, Knowledge and Innovation
Fellowships, each worth $450,000 over three years.


The Victorian Endowment for Science, Knowledge and Innovation (VESKI)
Fellowships are a Victorian Government initiative to return to Victoria
successful Australian expatriates with outstanding skills in the fields of
science, innovative technology and design.


The fellowships comprise a $150,000 contribution from the Victorian
Coalition Government, a $150,000 contribution from the host organisation
and $150,000 worth of in-kind support from the host organisation.


The three Victorian experts working at prestigious overseas universities,
Dr Seth Masters, Professor Cameron Simmons and Associate Professor Tiffany
Walsh,  will be returning to Victoria to continue their ground-breaking
research here.


Ms Asher said the VESKI Fellowships helped Victoria counter the brain
drain.


“We encourage our scientists to gain valuable experience overseas; when
they return home to Victoria they bring new knowledge and insights,
expertise and collaborations because of their time overseas. They boost our
capacity to be innovative,” Ms Asher said.


“Victoria has world-class universities and research institutes that
continue to attract highly skilled researchers who want to work in
Victoria.


“I’d like to thank VESKI for supporting the Coalition Government’s efforts
to ensure our best and brightest scientists remain in Victoria.”


Dr Seth Masters has returned to continue research at the Walter & Eliza
Hall Institute on inflammation and the immune system, specifically the
body's natural defence mechanisms against disease.


Professor Cameron Simmons will return from the Oxford University Clinical
Research Unit, Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
He will study dengue, a serious virus infection carried by mosquitoes in
tropical countries, at the Nossal Institute for Global Health at the
University of Melbourne.


Associate Professor Tiffany Walsh has returned to regional Victoria from
Warwick University, UK, to pursue research at Deakin University’s Institute
for Technology Research and Innovation at Waurn Ponds, Geelong. She is an
expert in the field of computational materials science, particularly
bio-nano materials modelling. She will also take advantage of the Victorian
Life Sciences Computation Initiative.


VESKI is a not-for-profit institution working to enhance Victoria’s
intellectual capital through a program of fellowships, awards, and
international networks.


For more information visit www.veski.com.au

Media contact:	Bronwyn Perry 0408 221 963



(See attached file: 120323 Asher - Top expat scientists return to work in
Victoria through VESKI Fellowships.pdf)

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