FACULTY OF VETERINARY SCIENCE

APRIL 2015

Research Newsletter 

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EVENTS

From the Desk of the ADR

A relatively quiet month this month. Grants are in. ERA is in. I’ve received 141 applications for compacts and bequests funding,  we are still in the process of setting up a series of selection committees to review the applications while avoiding conflicts. I am hoping to get outcomes to you in the next couple of weeks. Sorry for the delays.




A relatively quiet month this month. Grants are in. ERA is in. I’ve received 141 applications for compacts and bequests funding,  we are still in the process of setting up a series of selection committees to review the applications while avoiding conflicts. I am hoping to get outcomes to you in the next couple of weeks. Sorry for the delays.

On a positive note – the compacts are clearly achieving their aims. 50 of our 235 peer reviewed papers in 2014 were written by compact recipients!

If you missed the Faculty meeting last week, you should know that I have called for examples of research carried out in the Faculty that has had social benefits. Thanks to those of you who have already sent examples through. If you haven’t had a chance yet, please send it to vetsci.adr@sydney.edu.au



 MEDIA  | Who's has been creating news............

Colleagues who have featured in the media

The Inner West Courier published a column by Dr Anne Fawcett from the Faculty of Veterinary Science on the warning signs of pets increasing their water intake. 

Stock & Land mentioned University research on the return on investment provided by a typical working dog. Dr Elizabeth Arnott from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was quote in the article.

Associate Professor Kendra Kerrisk from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was quoted in The Land in relation to FutureDairy research from the University of Sydney.

ABC (105.7 Darwin, Alice Springs)
interviewed Dr Sally Isberg from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about the 2015 NT Rural Woman of the Year award which she recently won for her research on crocodiles.

Dr David Phalen from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was interviewed on 2CS FM about the need to quarantine the Bellinger River after a pathogen killed almost 300 turtles.

Dr Lydia Tong from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was interviewed on ABC (PM Online), 2GB Sydney, ABC Online and The Australian about comparing the thickness of horse to human skin and how this may impact the use of whips in horseracing. Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was also interviewed on 3AW Melbourne about a new campaign to stop horse whipping in the industry.

Dr Lydia Tong from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was quoted in articles in the Herald Sun and Gold Coast Bulletin about research which compares the thickness of horse and human skin

Associate Professor Kendra Kerrisk from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was interviewed for stories in The Land and Stock & Land about how widespread the use of robotic technology on dairy farms is in Australia.

Elizabeth Arnott from the Faculty of Veterinary Science appeared on SBS Sydney’s Insight for a panel discussion on how dogs’ brains function.

The 38 influential University of Sydney people you should follow on Twitter.
Do you want to fill your Twitter feed with intelligent, inspiring and interesting content? Here are 38 of our most influential people you should follow on Twitter.  http://sydney.edu.au/news/84.html?newsstoryid=14686 to read the full story. 

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Opportunites closing in April / May 2015

The following opportunities are some of the listed granting opportunities you can find on Research Professional. 
researchprofessional.com/0/rr/home


Australia supports APEC scholarships portal
Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb and Minister for Education and Training Christopher Pyne have welcomed the launch of a new APEC scholarships and internships online portal.

The portal provides information on scholarships, internships and job training in the Asia-Pacific region and will improve access to these opportunities for students and professionals.

“Greater student mobility promotes economic growth and improved productivity through knowledge and skills transfer; and supports professional networking and potential business partnerships. Student mobility also strengthens cultural understanding and people-to-people connections of enduring value,” said Mr Robb.

The portal will help increase the mobility of students in the Asia-Pacific, and reach the APEC goal of one million university-level student exchanges annually by 2020.

In support of the scholarships portal, the Australian Government has established the Australia APEC Women in Research Fellowships.

High-achieving female researchers from APEC economies will be supported to pursue research opportunities in partnership with Australian education and research institutions for a period of one to four months. Up to ten fellowships of up to $18,500 each will be awarded each year to female researchers at the forefront of their research discipline.

“These new fellowships will support women’s economic empowerment in the region and will also address an important priority of APEC to raise the profile of female role models in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Mr Pyne.

“We are also better preparing Australian students to engage internationally. Australia has also boosted its outward student mobility through the New Colombo Plan which supports Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the Indo-Pacific,” he said.  
 
“With the New Colombo Plan and Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships and Mobility Grants, there are now more opportunities than ever before to study and work abroad. We have also announced a comprehensive strategy to rejuvenate language study in schools and universities, which will equip the next generation with skills that will help make them more employable,” Mr Pyne said.

“Improved student mobility will help young Australians to become more conversant in the issues facing our region, which is critical given the importance of the Indo-Pacific to Australia’s future economic prospects,” said Mr Robb.

“Since coming into office, we have made significant progress. We have encouraged a return to growth. The number of overseas students studying in Australia has begun to climb after several years of decline. Export income from international education has also increased by over $1 billion to $16.3 billion in 2013-14,” Mr Pyne said.              
 
More information on the scholarships portal and the Australia APEC Women in Research Fellowships is available at http://education.apec.org/.

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Graduate student fellowships for alternatives to the use of animals in science
The International Foundation for Ethical Research invites proposals for its graduate student fellowships for alternatives to the use of animals in science. These support candidates whose proposals show the greatest potential to replace the use of animals in science. Proposals should advance the development of alternatives to the use of animals in research, testing or education, and provide training that integrates innovation and discovery with ethics and respect for animals.
ifer.org/fellowships-availability-announcments.php
Closing Date: 20 April, 2015

Industrial partnership awards
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council invites applications for its industrial partnership awards. These support science-led research projects that address any topic within the council’s remit, and where industrial partners contribute in cash funding.

Applications should be made to the following committees according to the research topic:

•research committee A evaluates proposals related to animal disease, health and welfare;

•research committee B evaluates proposals related to plants, microbes, food and sustainability;

•research committee C evaluates proposals related to genes, development, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics approaches to biology;

•research committee D evaluates proposals related to molecules, cells and industrial biotechnology.

Principal applicants must be resident in the UK and hold an academic staff appointment, at the lecturer level or equivalent, at a higher education institution, research council institute or a BBSRC approved research organisation. Company partners should be registered in the UK or have a UK research and development or manufacturing site. Where a suitable company cannot be found in the UK, an overseas company may be used.

Industrial partners must contribute in cash at least 10 per cent of the full economic cost of projects. Awards are tenable for up to five years

Closing Date: 28 April, 2015

2015 Australian Pet Welfare Foundation Research Grant Application
Applications are now being sought for APWF research grants (up to $10,000), for research aimed at decreasing the number of treatable and adoptable dogs and cats euthanased in shelters and government pounds.

Applications for funds should be made using the attached application forms and submitted via email by the closing date of Thursday the 30th of April 2015.


All applications should be emailed to: info@petwelfare.org.au

Subject heading: 2015 Australian Pet Welfare Foundation Grant Application

Enquiries to: info@petwelfare.org.au

Application forms are available contact marie.wildridge@sydney.edu.au

Australian Museum Eureka Prizes
Research & Innovation
NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Eureka Prize for Environmental Research

  • UNSW Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research
  • Scopus Eureka Prize for Excellence in International Scientific Collaboration **NEW**
  • Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research
  • ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology
  • Defence Science and Technology Organisation Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science for Safeguarding Australia
  • Macquarie University Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher
  • UNSW Eureka Prize for Scientific Research
  • Rural Research and Development Corporations Eureka Prize for Rural Innovation **NEW**
 Leadership

  • 3M Eureka Prize for Emerging Leader in Science
  • CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science
  • University of Technology, Sydney Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers
 Science Communication & Journalism

  • Department of Industry and Science Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Australian Science Research 
  • Department of Industry and Science Eureka Prize for Science Journalism
  • New Scientist Eureka Prize for Science Photography
 School Science

  • University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize (Primary and Secondary Schools)
 Key dates:
7 pm AEST Friday 1 May – entries close
24 July – finalists announced
26 August – winners announced

The process is simple and we are available to assist you.  Contact us on 02 9320 6483 or at eureka@austmus.gov.au if you have any questions

World food prize
The World Food Prize Foundation invites nominations for its world food prize. This is awarded for a specific, exceptionally significant, individual achievement at any point along the full range of food production and distribution chain. Fields of achievement include:

•soil and land;

•plant and animal science;

•food science and technology;

•nutrition;

•rural development;

•marketing;

•food processing and packaging;

•water and the environment;

•natural resource conservation;

•physical infrastructure;

•transportation and distribution;

•special or extraordinary feeding programmes;

•social organisation and poverty elimination;

•economics and finance;

•policy analysis;

•public advocacy.

The prize is intended for one person. Any academic institution, private or public organisation, or governmental unit may nominate. The prize is worth US$250,000.
Closing Date: 1 May, 2015 (Forecast)

Morris Animal Foundation
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS ADDRESSING

Coronavirus (Feline Infectious Peritonitis/FIP) in Domestic Cats

The Morris Animal Foundation Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) Cure Initiative is a challenge to co-join innovative basic and clinical research to accelerate progress toward developing effective diagnostics, prevention and/or therapeutics for feline coronavirus infection, specifically FIP, in domestic cats. Morris Animal Foundation is a nonprofit organization that invests in science to advance animal health. The Foundation is a global leader in funding scientific studies for companion animals, horses and wildlife. Since its founding in 1948, Morris Animal Foundation has invested more than $92 million toward 2,300 studies that have led to significant breakthroughs in diagnostics, treatments, preventions and cures for animals. In addition to those studies funded through our traditional grant process, we occasionally receive funds from individual donors, foundations or corporations to address specific issues of unmet medical needs for animal health.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Morris Animal Foundation is now calling for proposals addressing coronavirus in domestic cats, specifically feline infectious peritonitis (FIP).

All funded proposals must meet Morris Animal Foundation’s Health Study Policy for Animals Involved in Research.

Closing Date: May 20, 2015, by 11:59 p.m. EST

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OPPORTUNITES CLOSING IN JUNE/JULY 2015

Opportunites closing in June/July 2015

Humanimal One Health Innovation Challenge

During the International One Health Congress 2015 in Amsterdam the second Humanimal One Health Innovation Challenge was launched by Humanimal. Humanimal is part of the Flevoland Development Agency which is funded by the province Flevoland. There are three categories for which ideas or draft business plans can be submitted and there will be a winner in each category, being:

  • Best professionally detailed idea – (Inter)National (prize money €50,000)
  • Best professionally detailed idea – Flevoland (prize money €50,000)
  • Best nascent idea (prize money €20,000)


Further information can be found on their website.

Brain Foundation Annual Research Gifts
The 2015 Research Gifts Program is now open to all applicants. Applications will be accepted until Friday 26 June 2015. The link below takes you directly to the application guidelines, application form and membership form:

www.brainfoundation.org.au


Morris Animal Foundation - Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research
Morris Animal Foundation

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)

MORRIS ANIMAL FOUNDATION - BLUE BUFFALO FOUNDATION FOR CANCER RESEARCH
Veterinary Fellowship for Small Companion Animal Nutrition

DEADLINE: July 1, 2015, 11:59 p.m. EST

Background: Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) was founded in 1948 by Mark L. Morris Sr., a veterinary nutritionist who envisioned a world in which scientific discoveries would transform the health of animals. MAF is currently funding approximately 300 health studies that benefit companion animals and wildlife around the world. Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research (BBFCR) was established in 2003 to provide a source of funds for programs dedicated to gaining a greater understanding of the causes, treatments and prevention of dog and cat cancer. Both MAF and BBFCR recognize the need to train future researchers to advance the science critical to improving animal health. Together, they have created this unique training award in veterinary nutrition.

Program Description: The MAF/BBFCR Fellowship in Small Companion Animal Nutrition is a two year award made to an institutional training program that will provide salary support for a post-DVM or post-PhD student pursuing post-doctoral research training in companion animal nutrition. Up to $118,000 is available for salary support of this fellowship. This includes $50,000 per year plus a maximum of 8% indirect costs. Additionally, $3,000-$5,000 per year will be available for scientific travel including presentation of research findings at relevant meetings, and visits to BBFCR headquarters in Connecticut and MAF in Colorado.

All funded proposals must meet Morris Animal Foundation’s Health Study Policy for Animals involved in Research

For more information: http://www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/researchers/small-animal/
Gardiner Foundation



Gardiner Foundation is offering $1.5 million over 3 years to an excellent, cohesive and collaborative program of research, development and / or extension that meets the challenge of:
Improving home grown forage utilisation through the use of novel and innovative practice change
models to increase the number of dairy farms that achieve three goals collectively:

•  home grown forage consumption greater than 1tDM per hectare per 100mm of rainfall and
irrigation.
•  1 kg milk solids production per kg of cow live weight.
•  total feed costs less than 40% of total farm income.

Proposals are due by

3 July 2015, and will be competitively assessed against the criteria of:

 Significance

 Globally excellent RD & E

 Team quality and capability

 Collaboration

For Application Guidelines, visit

www.gardinerfoundation.com.au/funding_programs

or contact Aaron Gosling, Innovation Program Manager, at

aaron.gosling@gardinerfoundation.com.au

Completed application forms must be sent to

challenge@gardinerfoundation.com.au.

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PUBLICATIONS

IRMA January/February Journals

Publications as listed on IRMA.
Remember to send your publications to:- kim.heasman@sydney.edu.au

Feature Publication:-

http://aciar.gov.au/aifsc/news/recognising-role-women-strengthening-food-and-nutrition-security

 

 

Alanazi, Abdullah D., et al. "Quantitative PCR detection of Theileria equi using laboratory workflows to detect asymptomatic persistently infected horses." Veterinary parasitology 206.3 (2014): 138-145.

Barker, J. Stuart F., and Peter C. Thomson. "Selection at the Esterase-2 Locus of Drosophila buzzatii? Perturbation-Reperturbation Experiments." PloS one 9.9 (2014): e108147.

Bhardwaj, Vidya, et al. "Investigation of immunity in sheep following footrot infection and vaccination." Vaccine 32.51 (2014): 6979-6985.

Bush, R. D., et al. "Target feeding for improved smallholder beef production in the Mekong region: lessons from Cambodia and Lao PDR." Animal Production Science 54.9 (2014): 1219-1223.

Chong, Amanda Y., et al. "Evolution and gene capture in ancient endogenous retroviruses-insights from the crocodilian genomes." Retrovirology 11.1 (2014): 71-71.

Clark, Cameron EF, et al. "Phosphorus content of the soil influences the growth and productivity of Themeda triandra Forssk. and Microlaena stipoides (Labill.) R. Br." The Rangeland Journal 36.3 (2014): 233-237.

Dracatos, Peter M., et al. "Genetic mapping of a new race specific resistance allele effective to Puccinia hordei at the Rph9/Rph12 locus on chromosome 5HL in barley." BMC plant biology 14.1 (2014): 382.

Dürr, Salome, and Michael P. Ward. "Roaming behaviour and home range estimation of domestic dogs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in northern Australia using four different methods." Preventive veterinary medicine 117.2 (2014): 340-357.

Finger, John W., et al. "Reference levels for corticosterone and immune function in farmed saltwater crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) hatchlings using current Code of Practice guidelines." General and comparative endocrinology 212 (2015): 63-72.

Foo, Shawna A., et al. "Increased temperature, but not acidification, enhances fertilization and development in a tropical urchin: potential for adaptation to a tropicalized eastern Australia." Evolutionary applications 7.10 (2014): 1226-1237.

Grueber, Catherine E., et al. "Toll-like receptor diversity in 10 threatened bird species: relationship with microsatellite heterozygosity." Conservation Genetics: 1-17.

Grupen, Christopher G., and David T. Armstrong. "Relationship between cumulus cell apoptosis, progesterone production and porcine oocyte developmental competence: temporal effects of follicular fluid during IVM." Reproduction, Fertility and Development 22.7 (2010): 1100-1109.

Gurung, Ratna B., et al. "Lymphoproliferative and gamma interferon responses to stress-regulated Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis recombinant proteins." Clinical and Vaccine Immunology 21.6 (2014): 831-837.

Jaratlerdsiri, Weerachai, et al. "Comparative genome analyses reveal distinct structure in the saltwater crocodile MHC." PloS one 9.12 (2014): e114631.

Johinke, D., S. P. de Graaf, and R. Bathgate. "Quercetin reduces the in vitro production of H 2 O 2 during chilled storage of rabbit spermatozoa." Animal reproduction science 151.3 (2014): 208-219.

Jonas, Elisabeth, et al. "Mapping quantitative trait loci (QTL) in sheep. IV. Analysis of lactation persistency and extended lactation traits in sheep." Genetics Selection Evolution 43.1 (2011): 22.

Koepfli, Klaus-Peter, Benedict Paten, and Stephen J. O’Brien. "The Genome 10K Project: A Way Forward." Annu. Rev. Anim. Biosci. 3.1 (2015): 57-111.

Kusrini, Mirza D., et al. "The Reproductive Biology and Larvae of the First Tadpole-Bearing Frog, Limnonectes larvaepartus." PloS one 10.1 (2015): e116154.

McCurdy, Paul, et al. "ACUTE LYMPHOBLASTIC LEUKEMIA IN A PYGMY HIPPOPOTAMUS (HEXAPROTODON LIBERIENSIS)." Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 45.4 (2014): 906-910.

McDonagh, Phillip, Paul A. Sheehy, and Jacqueline M. Norris. "Identification and characterisation of small molecule inhibitors of feline coronavirus replication." Veterinary microbiology 174.3 (2014): 438-447.

McGill, D. M., et al. "Selecting an appropriate genetic evaluation model for selection in a developing dairy sector." Animal: an international journal of animal bioscience 8.10 (2014): 1577-1585.

McGill, David M., et al. "Strategic test-day recording regimes to estimate lactation yield in tropical dairy animals." Genetics Selection Evolution 46.1 (2014): 78.

McGreevy, Paul D., et al. "Do vendors value safety in Thoroughbred horses in the Australian recreational riding horse market?." Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research (2014).

Meale, S. J., et al. "BOARD-INVITED REVIEW: Opportunities and challenges in using exogenous enzymes to improve ruminant production." Journal of animal science 92.2 (2014): 427-442.

Meale, S. J., et al. "Effect of Propionibacterium freudenreichii on ruminal fermentation patterns, methane production and lipid biohydrogenation of beef finishing diets containing flaxseed oil in a rumen simulation technique." Canadian Journal of Animal Science 94.4 (2014): 685-695.

Ranade, Rujuta, et al. "Assessment of oxidative stress biomarkers in exhaled breath condensate and blood of dairy heifer calves from birth to weaning." The Veterinary Journal 202.3 (2014): 583-587.

Rickard, Jessica Paige, et al. "Seminal plasma aids the survival and cervical transit of epididymal ram spermatozoa." Reproduction 148.5 (2014): 469-478.

Robertson, Colin, et al. "A hidden markov model for analysis of frontline veterinary data for emerging zoonotic disease surveillance." PloS one 6.9 (2011): e24833.

Saggese, Miguel D., et al. "Evaluation of Multidrug Therapy With Azithromycin, Rifampin, and Ethambutol for the Treatment of Mycobacterium avium subsp avium in Ring-neck Doves (Streptopelia risoria): An Uncontrolled Clinical Study." Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 28.4 (2014): 280-289.

Seminal plasma aids the survival and cervical transit of epididymal ram spermatozoa

Smyth, Anita K., et al. "The use of body condition and haematology to detect widespread threatening processes in sleepy lizards (Tiliqua rugosa) in two agricultural environments." Royal Society Open Science 1.4 (2014): 140257.

Taylor, Amanda, et al. "Disseminated Scedosporium prolificans infection in a Labrador retriever with immune mediated haemolytic anaemia." Medical mycology case reports 6 (2014): 66-69.

Truong, H. H., et al. "Phytase supplementation of maize-, sorghum-and wheat-based broiler diets with identified starch pasting properties influences phytate (IP 6) and sodium jejunal and ileal digestibility." Animal Feed Science and Technology 198 (2014): 248-256.

Ujvari, Beata, et al. "Invasive toxic prey may imperil the survival of an iconic giant lizard, the Komodo dragon." Pacific Conservation Biology 20.4 (2015): 363-365.

Velie, B. D., et al. "Heritability of epistaxis in the Australian Thoroughbred racehorse population." The Veterinary Journal 202.2 (2014): 274-278.

Walker, Leila K., et al. "Foraging for carotenoids: do colorful male hihi target carotenoid-rich foods in the wild?." Behavioral Ecology (2014): aru076.

Whan, Vicki, et al. "Bovine proteins containing poly-glutamine repeats are often polymorphic and enriched for components of transcriptional regulatory complexes." BMC genomics 11.1 (2010): 654.

Whittington, Camilla M., et al. "Novel venom gene discovery in the platypus." Genome Biol 11.9 (2010): R95.

Whittington, Richard J., et al. "Protection of Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) spat from mortality due to ostreid herpesvirus 1 (OsHV-1 μVar) using simple treatments of incoming seawater in land-based upwellers." Aquaculture 437 (2015): 10-20.

Willet, Cali E., et al. "Canine Disorder Mirrors Human Disease: Exonic Deletion in HES7 Causes Autosomal Recessive Spondylocostal Dysostosis in Miniature Schnauzer Dogs." PloS one 10.2 (2015): e0117055.

 

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CONGRATULATIONS

Honorary Professor John James honoured on his 80th birthday

A special issue of the Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics has just been published to mark the many significant contributions made by Honorary Professor John James in quantitative genetics and related fields throughout his long, productive career.

Having “retired” after 35 years as geneticist and statistician in the School of Wool and Animal Science at the University of New South Wales, for the last 15 years John has been spending two days each week in the genetics section of our faculty, mentoring and collaborating with staff and students. Among other things, his contribution to the faculty’s research output during this time has been invaluable.

The special issue contains an introduction summarising John’s many contributions, and reviews and research papers from colleagues around the world. The entire special issue is freely available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291439-0388 until the end of April.
FameLab

Well done Barbara Padalino (PhD Student) awarded "People's Choice" at the recent FameLab Competition

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DATES TO NOTE

 JUNE 8, 2015 - JUNE 9, 2015  | IOM workshop: Role of Clinical Studies for Pets with Naturally Occurring Tumors in Translational Cancer Research

“The Role of Clinical Studies for Pets with Naturally Occurring Tumors in Translational Cancer Research”

http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Disease/NCPF/2015-JUN-08.aspx 

When: June 8, 2015 - June 9, 2015

Where: Keck Center of the National Academy of Sciences, 500 Fifth St. NW, Washington, DC

Topics: Biomedical and Health Research, Diseases, Health Care Workforce, Health Services, Coverage, and Access, Quality and Patient Safety

Activity: National Cancer Policy Forum

Board: Board on Health Care Services

 15TH AND 16TH SEPTEMBER 2015  | National Students for Sustainability professional conference

The University of Western Sydney (UWS) will be hosting a national Students for Sustainability (S4S) professional conference on the 15th and 16th September 2015. The conference theme "HOPE for the future" will explore the social and environmental impacts of our society and focus on empowering our youth with knowledge and skills to lead into an uncertain future. The S4S conference will provide students with the opportunities to network with like-minded peers and industry professionals, to professionally present and share their game changing solutions or stories of success, whilst advancing their own knowledge of current and emerging sustainability issues outside of their discipline areas. The conference streams will focus on food, ethics and environment with the underpinning notions of sustainability, design and innovation.

 

The University of Western Sydney (UWS) will be hosting a national Students for Sustainability (S4S) professional conference on the 15th and 16th September 2015. The conference theme "HOPE for the future" will explore the social and environmental impacts of our society and focus on empowering our youth with knowledge and skills to lead into an uncertain future. The S4S conference will provide students with the opportunities to network with like-minded peers and industry professionals, to professionally present and share their game changing solutions or stories of success, whilst advancing their own knowledge of current and emerging sustainability issues outside of their discipline areas. The conference streams will focus on food, ethics and environment with the underpinning notions of sustainability, design and innovation.

 

S4S differs from other student-led conference as it is a professional styled, multi-disciplinary  conference for students, with the aim to provide and improve their communication and presentation skills in a professional and supportive environment. Presenting at S4S will assist with their speaking skills and confidence, whilst developing sustainability literate graduates. The conference will provide assistance, training and mentoring to presenting students through a series of free online webinars.Anyone can attend the S4S conference, however only presentations and poster presentations are open to current undergraduate and honours students from any university degree, regionally and internationally. Student presentation and posters must showcase innovative, game changing ideas and solutions or stories of success within their institutions or community, addressing the solution to one or more of our conference streams. Students can present as individuals or in a small team. To present students must submit a short 500-1,000 word proposal before the 1st June 2015. All submissions will be judged by an independent UWS panel.

 

As additional support, current domestic undergraduate or honours students who are presenting (excludes poster presentation) have the opportunity to apply for financial conference assistance packages. This financial assistance will help cover domestic air fares and on campus accommodation, as well as the waiving of the full conference fee. UWS is sponsoring 10 x $500 conference assistant packages which students must apply before the 5th of June. All submissions are judged by an independent UWS panel.

 

To assist with the success of the S4S conference we ask that you please consider the information provided and send it to the relevant parties within your institution or organisation and encourage your students to get involved.

 

For more information on the conference please visit our website:  http://www.uws.edu.au/s4s/students_for_sustainability_conference

 

"I want to empower HOPE for my generation and students alike about the future concerns of a sustainable, just and ecologically resilient world. These issues are a growing concern for me and I want to start advocating innovative solutions against our futures greatest threats. I want all students to be leaders and be the voice of change. Join me at S4S to get your solutions heard and to take action!"

Justin Whittle
Student Coordinator, S4S Conference

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