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24 APRIL 2014
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World Malaria Day on April 25 and volunteers needed in the Open Source Malaria consortium
The Open Source Malaria (OSM) consortium, founded by A/Prof Matthew Todd in the School of Chemistry, is aimed at discovering new medicines to treat malaria using open source principles: all data and ideas are shared online, anyone may take part and there will be no patents.
The Open Source Malaria (OSM) consortium, founded by A/Prof Matthew Todd in the School of Chemistry, is aimed at discovering new medicines to treat malaria using open source principles: all data and ideas are shared online, anyone may take part and there will be no patents. The project is looking for volunteers to help in 3 ways:

1) Making molecules in the lab - if you are a science student with some lab experience, talk to Mat Todd about volunteering to help make new drug candidates.

2) If you like science writing, there are lots of ways to help maintain the project wiki, by folding in the latest experimental developments and helping to write research papers.

3) If you like science popularization, the consortium is looking for people to help with spreading the word about the project through social media, and to write popular articles about what the consortium has discovered.

 

For more information visit the OSM website   and to get involved contact Mat Todd
If you are on Twitter follow @MatToddChem and be part of the World Malaria Day campaign.

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Upcoming Seminar Cell Culture 2014: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Cell culture has been around for more than a century and is a technique that is easily taken for granted. Although commonly used, cell culture has common problems that many scientists are not aware of. This seminar aims to answer some important questions in regard to cell culture. 

 Cell culture has been around for more than a century and is a technique that is easily taken for granted. Although commonly used, cell culture has common problems that many scientists are not aware of. This seminar aims to answer some important questions in regard to cell culture. Is cell culture reliable? Is cell culture safe? In practical terms, the seminar focuses on:

  • Implementing Good Cell Culture Practice guidelines (“the Good”)
  • Detecting Mycoplasma contamination (“the Bad”)
  • Avoiding misidentified cell lines (“the Ugly”)

Amanda Capes-Davis was the Founding Manager of the CellBank Australia facility and currently works as a technical writer and cell culture consultant. Amanda chairs the International Cell Line Authentication Committee (ICLAC) which aims to increase awareness of cross-contaminated or misidentified cell lines and the need for authentication testing.

Seminar Details
When: Monday, 28 April 2014, 11am-12pm
Where: Anderson Stuart Building, Room N248
For more information contact Donna Lai

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Applications Now Open for the G08-DAAD cooperation Scheme 2015/2016
The 'Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme' is a joint initiative of the Group of Eight (Go8) universities and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The DAAD is Germany's national agency for the support of international academic cooperation.   The scheme aims to foster research collaboration of the highest quality between Australian and German researchers  and will support exchanges for Australian researchers to spend time at partner institutions in Germany and for collaborating German researchers to spend time at Go8 universities. 
The 'Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme' is a joint initiative of the Group of Eight (Go8) universities and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The DAAD is Germany's national agency for the support of international academic cooperation.   The scheme aims to foster research collaboration of the highest quality between Australian and German researchers  and will support exchanges for Australian researchers to spend time at partner institutions in Germany and for collaborating German researchers to spend time at Go8 universities.

For more information visit the GO8-Germany joint research co-operation scheme

Key Dates

Internal Due Date: 13th June 2014 (applications will be assessed and ranked by an internal committee)
External Due Date: 27th June 2014
USydney Contact: Sherridan Blackman


Entries for the 2014 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes close Friday 2 May
Presented annually by the Australian Museum, the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research & innovation, leadership & commercialisation, school science and science journalism & communication.

Now is the time to take the opportunity to consider nominating colleagues or students from our university for a number of the 15 prizes on offer this year .

For a full listing of prizes please click here.

Presented annually by the Australian Museum, the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research & innovation, leadership & commercialisation, school science and science journalism & communication.

Now is the time to take the opportunity to consider nominating colleagues or students from our university for a number of the 15 prizes on offer this year .

For a full listing of prizes please click here.

A unique partnership between government organisations, institutions, companies and individuals committed to Australian science.

Presented annually by the Australian Museum, the prizes reward excellence in the fields of:

  • research & innovation
  • leadership
  • school science
  • science communication & journalism
 
Other important dates for your team could include:

8 August: Finalists announced online
10 September: Winners announced at the Award Dinner in Sydney

 
Thank you for helping us reward great Australian science.

For more information visit the Australian Museum Website.

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ISSC Transformations to Sustainability Programme call for proposals
The first call, issued on 31 March 2014, is for proposals for seed funding – a possible 30 grants of €30,000 each – to help researchers prepare for the full call. The second call in October 2014 will be for full proposals for Transformative Knowledge Networks of which a possible 3 grants of €300,000/year over 3 years will be made.

See first full details of the first call and programme description here.

The first call, issued on 31 March 2014, is for proposals for seed funding – a possible 30 grants of €30,000 each – to help researchers prepare for the full call. The second call in October 2014 will be for full proposals for Transformative Knowledge Networks of which a possible 3 grants of €300,000/year over 3 years will be made.

See first full details of the first call and programme description here.

Preparatory call for seed funding
The first call will be implemented by the ISSC and is intended to enable social science researchers and their knowledge partners to respond meaningfully to the call in October for Transformative Knowledge Network proposals. Up to 30 successful proposals for seed funding will be supported (receiving up to €30,000 each over 6.5 months). The deadline is 31 May 2014.

The seed funding will allow successful applicants to build partnerships with colleagues in other disciplines, fields and countries, to identify and establish contact with relevant communities of practice and stakeholders, and to engage with them as knowledge partners to co-design full proposals to develop Transformative Knowledge Networks. 

The call for seed funding is open to social science researchers from academic and other organisations with a strong focus on research, from any part of the world. The second call, in October 2014, will be an open call, i.e. not restricted to the recipients of seed funding.

Key dates
Deadline for submissions — 31 May 2014
Funding decision — 30 June 2014
For more information visit the ISSC website.


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