Australia — New scholarship to attract top American researchers in science

The Min­is­ter for Defence Sci­ence and Per­son­nel, War­ren Snow­don, today announced the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment is fund­ing a new schol­ar­ship for an out­stand­ing Amer­i­can pro­fes­sor to work with world-lead­ing sci­en­tists from Aus­tralia.
The new posi­tion, the Ful­bright Dis­tin­guished Chair in Advanced Sci­ence and Tech­nol­o­gy, is the result of a part­ner­ship between the Defence Sci­ence and Tech­nol­o­gy Organ­i­sa­tion (DSTO) and the Aus­tralian Amer­i­can Ful­bright Com­mis­sion.

The Aus­tralian Amer­i­can Ful­bright Com­mis­sion estab­lished an Aus­tralian pro­gram in 1949 to pro­vide schol­ar­ships for study between the US and Aus­tralia. It has since award­ed schol­ar­ships to more than 2,700 Aus­tralians and 2,000 Amer­i­cans.

“I’m pleased to announce this is the first Ful­bright Dis­tin­guished Chair to be estab­lished in sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy in Aus­tralia and joins the Ful­bright Flinders Uni­ver­si­ty Dis­tin­guished Chair in Amer­i­can Polit­i­cal Sci­ence,” Mr Snow­don said.

“These two are among the most pres­ti­gious of Ful­bright schol­ar­ships inter­na­tion­al­ly. World­wide, there are only approx­i­mate­ly 40 Ful­bright Dis­tin­guished Chairs. “The Dis­tin­guished Chair will share knowl­edge and skills with coun­ter­parts in the Defence Sci­ence and Tech­nol­o­gy Organ­i­sa­tion and build net­works that will under­pin future col­lab­o­ra­tion.

“This may include work in DSTO’s cur­rent pri­or­i­ty areas such as advanced sens­ing, advanced aero­dy­nam­ics and hydro­dy­nam­ics, biotech­nol­o­gy and bio­log­i­cal sci­ences, health and nutri­tion sci­ences, hyper­son­ics, autonomous sys­tems, robot­ics and smart mate­ri­als.

“We know that shar­ing knowl­edge among sci­en­tists and inter­na­tion­al col­lab­o­ra­tion on projects of mutu­al inter­est under­pins suc­cess in apply­ing sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy solu­tions to our nation­al secu­ri­ty,” Mr Snow­don said.

Mr Snow­don said some 43 Ful­bright schol­ars world­wide have been award­ed the Nobel Prize. Promi­nent Aus­tralian sci­ence alum­ni include med­ical researcher Basil Het­zel, bio­chemist Dr Kei­th Board­man, math­e­mat­ics pro­fes­sor Ter­ence Tao, micro­bi­ol­o­gist Pro­fes­sor Nan­cy Mil­lis, and chem­i­cal physi­cist Sir Alan Walsh whose work rev­o­lu­tionised quan­ti­ta­tive analy­sis. The Ful­bright Dis­tin­guished Chair in Advanced Sci­ence and Tech­nol­o­gy has been fund­ed for an ini­tial three years, with appli­ca­tions open­ing in Feb­ru­ary 2012 and the first chair expect­ed to start in 2012–13.

The Chair is a four to five-month appoint­ment at DSTO or anoth­er research insti­tu­tion in Aus­tralia linked to DSTO.

Dur­ing the appoint­ment, the Chair will work on a spe­cif­ic research project in a pri­or­i­ty area for DSTO and share knowl­edge through guest lec­tures, sem­i­nars and oth­er oppor­tu­ni­ties. Media Con­tacts:
Alice Plate (Min­is­ter Snow­don): 0400 045 999
Karen Pol­glaze (DSTO) 02 6128 6384
Defence Media Oper­a­tions: 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Aus­tralia

More news and arti­cles can be found on Face­book and Twit­ter.

Fol­low GlobalDefence.net on Face­book and/or on Twit­ter

Team GlobDef

Team GlobDef

Seit 2001 ist GlobalDefence.net im Internet unterwegs, um mit eigenen Analysen, interessanten Kooperationen und umfassenden Informationen für einen spannenden Überblick der Weltlage zu sorgen. GlobalDefenc.net war dabei die erste deutschsprachige Internetseite, die mit dem Schwerpunkt Sicherheitspolitik außerhalb von Hochschulen oder Instituten aufgetreten ist.

Alle Beiträge ansehen von Team GlobDef →