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Julia L Page, veski ceoSince 2004, veski has supported a range of programs and activities to inspire the next generation of scientists and researchers. In the next few weeks, we will be announcing details of our new inspiring students (and teachers) program, including the three regional Victorian schools we will be working with over the next three years.

For the third consecutive year, veski innovation fellows and board members will host students and their teachers at the Graeme Clark Oration and Dinner on Monday, 29 April 2013. This is a very special event in Victoria’s science calendar and I encourage everyone to attend and hear from Mr Geoffrey Lamb from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on the topic of Global Health, Economic Growth and the End of Absolute Poverty.
Join veski at the 2013 Graeme Clark Oration by Geoffrey Lamb    in conversation with our fellows - read online now
Another exciting program we have launched is a new in conversation series where we speak to our veski innovation fellows about how they got started in science, what their labs look like today (and tomorrow) and their research.

Ms Julia L Page
veski chief executive officer
veski briefings available for innovation fellowships


Following our first call in 2013, we have received a number of high quality applications and will be announcing several new fellows later this year.

Ahead of our second call for applications in 2013, we are offering special briefings for host organisations across Victoria. Register your interest in a briefing about the application process and criteria via fellowships@veski.org.au
Industry, academia and Harvard topics of conversations for 2013

Our next veski conversation will feature leading immunologist Professor Kai Wucherpfennig from Harvard Medical School. He will visit Victoria with the support of a veski award in science to discuss a student exchange pilot between WEHI and Harvard Medical School being driven by veski innovation fellow Dr Matthew Call.

veski conversations bring our innovation fellows together with leaders in government, business and academia to discuss a range of topics. Already this year we have held a veski conversation on industry and academic partnerships with Leonie Walsh from the Australasian Industrial Research Group.
Dr Jane Ryan joins the veski board
Board welcomes new industry colleague

Dr Jane Ryan, Vice President, Product Development and Strategic Marketing at Biota, has been appointed to the veski board. She brings many years of international experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries including 10 years experience working overseas. She has worked at Roche and Columbia University in the USA and with Peptech and Cambridge Antibody Technology in the UK. 
in conversation with our fellows
Find out more in conversation with our fellows

Discover our new series of online conversations with our veski innovation fellows. Each month, we will talk to a different member of our veski family to find out about their beginnings in science, their careers and their achievements. Read our interviews with Tiffany Walsh from Deakin University and Seth Masters from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.
Christopher McNeill, Andrew Holmes and Cameron Simmons
Busy start to 2013 for our innovation fellows

Our innovation fellows have had a busy start to 2013, including:
  • New funding for Professor Cameron Simmons and his wife Dr Sarah Dunstan. Cameron is currently involved in the first field releases of Wolbachia in Vietnam to control dengue transmission.
  • Professor Andrew Holmes AM is part of a research group awarded $4 million from 2013-2016 as part of the US-Australia Institute for Advanced Photovoltaics (led by UNSW) from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). Andrew has also been elected a Fellow of the Materials Research Society and an Honorary Fellow of the Chemical Research Society of India.
  • Dr Christopher McNeill has been awarded an Australian Research Council grant worth $330,000 over three years. He has also had two papers published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
What's On in 2013
Monday, 29 April - Graeme Clark Oration by Geoffrey Lamb from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

13-17 May - Visit by Professor Kai Wucherpfennig from Harvard Medical School including:
  • 14 May - veski conversation about exchange programs
  • 15 May - Science seminar at WEHI
  • 16 May - Student lecture
For more events and activities, visit the veski website.
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