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Growing Green Guide wins Premier's Sustainability Award
Friday, October 30, 2015

On October 29 the University of Melbourne was awarded the Premier’s Sustainability Award for Education 2015 for the Growing Green Guide, a guide...

Jane Elith named Life Scientist of the Year
Thursday, October 22, 2015

Dr Jane Elith has been awarded the 2015 Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year, one of the six awards in the annual Prime Minister’s...

Physics and chemistry PhD students jointly awarded Royal Society of Victoria prize
Friday, October 16, 2015

Since 1854, a heritage-listed building in Melbourne’s La Trobe St has housed the oldest learned society in Victoria, and become an integral part...

Karen Day wins Advance Award
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Professor Karen Day, Dean of Science at the University of Melbourne, has won the 2015 Advance Global Australian Award in recognition of her...

PhD student wins award at environmental toxicology conference
Monday, September 14, 2015

PhD student Clare Death has won the prize for “Best Student Presentation” at the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)...

Conference award for credit card study
Thursday, September 10, 2015

PhD Student Jonathan Budd and Professor Peter Taylor, from the School of Mathematics and Statistics and the Australian Research Council Centre of...

Humpty Dumpty program wins iAward
Monday, September 7, 2015

MSc (Bioinformatics) student Ryan Wick was named the 2015 National Winner at the...

Faculty of Science researchers win Eureka prizes for ‘Outstanding Mentor’ and ‘Future Leader’
Thursday, August 27, 2015

Professor Marilyn Renfree AO and Dr Phillip Urquijo from the Faculty of Science were awarded prestigious Australian Museum Eureka Prizes at a...

David Karoly awarded prestigious Royal Society Victoria medal
Friday, August 14, 2015

Professor David Karoly is the 2015 winner of the Royal Society of Victoria’s Medal for Scientific Excellence in the Earth Sciences.


Victorian Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship for Luke Kelly
Friday, August 7, 2015

Dr Luke Kelly from the School of BioSciences has been awarded a Victorian Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship from Veski to collaborate with...

Scientists look five million years into the past to predict Australia’s climate future
Friday, July 31, 2015

Has Australia’s climate always been so dry? Have the tropical reefs around Australia always been there? What will happen to Australia’s climate...

Eureka Prize finalists announced
Friday, July 24, 2015

Dr Phillip Urquijo and Professor Marilyn Renfree AO have been named as finalists in the prestigious Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.


Faculty of Science successful in latest round of government grants
Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Australian Research Council (ARC) has awarded researchers from the Faculty of Science $4.7 million in new research funding under its industry...

Botany and physics researchers receive Thomson Reuters awards
Monday, July 6, 2015

Professor Jane Elith from the School of BioSciences, and Professors Rachel Webster and Stuart Wyithe from the School of Physics and the ARC Centre...

Philip Batterham honoured for a lifetime of genetics research
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Professor Philip Batterham, a global research leader in the genetics of insecticide resistance, has been awarded the 2015 MJD White Medal from the...

Queen's Birthday honours for service to bushfire management and chemistry
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Two Faculty of Science academics have received AMs in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours.

Associate Professor Kevin Tolhurst, from the...

Prof. Roger Powell awarded Royal Society Fellowship
Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A University of Melbourne geology professor has joined the ranks of the world’s finest scientific minds after being awarded the prestigious Royal...

$22m program to recruit girls to maths launched
Monday, May 4, 2015

The Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) and the BHP Billiton Foundation have launched Choose Maths, a five-year national program...

Mark McDonnell appointed Journal of Urban Ecology Editor-in-Chief
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Honorary Associate Professor Mark McDonnell has been appointed the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the new Journal of Urban Ecology, published by...

Science contributes $145 billion/yr to Australian economy
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Chief Scientist Ian Chubb has released a report highlighting the magnitude of the contribution made by research and science to economic growth...

Kat Holt named L’Oréal Women in Science Rising Talent
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

In a ceremony held in Paris, biochemist and molecular biologist, Dr Kathryn Holt was named one of 15 Rising Talents for L’Oréal Women in Science...

Horticulture students triumphant at international garden show
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Congratulations to two of our Burnley students for taking out design prizes in the Achievable Garden category at this year’s Melbourne...

Australian Academy of Science Awards and Grants
Friday, March 13, 2015

Nominations for the Australian Academy of Science awards and travel grants for 2016 are now open.

These include...

Prime Minister's Science Awards: Nominations open
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Prime Minister's Science Awards highlight achievements in science research. This year, the contribution of science to our economy will be...

Business and Consulting Fair
Monday, March 9, 2015

The Business and Consulting Fair on 4 March was buzzing with employers interested in meeting students to discuss graduate employment. This was a great opportunity for students to come face to face with potential employers, ask questions and get a feel for particular firms before applying for graduate positions.

International Women’s Day: Celebrating our Science alumnae
Friday, March 6, 2015

Sunday 8 March marks the 106th observance of International Women’s Day. The United Nations theme for the day this year is ‘Make It Happen’.


Think, Eat, Talk, Grow at UoM Farmers Market
Friday, March 6, 2015

Staff from the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences Burnley Campus have spent months growing an amazing array of edible plants that were on...

University of Melbourne students lead American-Australian Fellowships
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Five University of Melbourne students have been awarded American Australian Association Education Fund Fellowships for up to US$40,000 to...

Professor Frances Separovic elected as Secretary of American Biophysical Society
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Congratulations to Professor Frances Separovic who has been elected as Secretary of the prestigious United States Biophysical Society.


Chemistry pioneer appointed president of the Australian Academy of Science
Friday, May 30, 2014

Professor Andrew Holmes, a pioneer in organic electronics, has today become the Australian Academy of Science’s new President.


Fibrotech acquisition paves the way for better fibrosis treatments
Friday, May 9, 2014

Better treatments for fibrosis sufferers are on the horizon, following the $75m acquisition of University of Melbourne-affiliated biopharmaceutical startup Fibrotech Therapeutics by global drugmaker Shire.

Discovery provides insight into role of copper and APP function in brain cells
Monday, May 5, 2014

A team of scientists, made up of researchers from the partners of the Melbourne Brain Centre, has made a discovery that is of potential significance to traumatic brain injury and other pathological conditions like Alzheimer’s disease.

Faculty welcomes veski innovation fellow Kenneth Crozier
Thursday, March 27, 2014

Optical technology expert and Melbourne alumnus Professor Kenneth Crozier has returned to the University through a veski innovation fellowship worth $150,000 over three years.

Prof Barbara Howlett elected Australian Academy of Science Fellow
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Professor Barbara Howlett from the School of Botany has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.

Faculty awards prestigious science prize to Andrea Morello
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Faculty of Science has awarded the 2013 David Syme Research Prize to Associate Professor Andrea Morello, for his pioneering work on silicon-based quantum computers.

Bird song - it's not just a male gig
Thursday, March 6, 2014

An international study led by the University of Maryland including researchers from the University of Melbourne has upturned this notion of sexual selection and found that female song has also been an important part of the evolution of songbirds.

Kerry Landman recognised for contribution to applied mathematics
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Professor Kerry Landman has been awarded the 2014 Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ANZIAM) medal in recognition of her significant contribution to the field.

Melbourne researchers part of NHMRC’s ten best research projects for 2013
Monday, January 6, 2014

The NHMRC has released Ten of the Best Research Projects 2013, featuring groundbreaking medical research being undertaken in Australia.

Melbourne to lead new $20m ARC Centre of Excellence
Thursday, December 19, 2013

The University of Melbourne will lead the establishment of a new, $20m research centre that will create innovative mathematical and statistical models for analysing big data sets.

New PhD scholarship program launched in India
Monday, November 18, 2013

A new multimillion-dollar scholarship program will be launched in India today to provide the next generation of researchers, innovators and...

Prime Ministers Prize for Science
Monday, November 4, 2013

Professor Terry Speed from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) has won the Prime Ministers...

University enters agreement with US start-up to develop therapy for Parkinson’s disease
Friday, October 11, 2013

The University has entered an agreement with US start-up company Procypra Therapeutics LLC to develop a class of drugs for treating neurological diseases like Parkinson’s disease.

Melbourne still Australia’s top university
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The University of Melbourne has retained its position as Australia’s top university in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2013. This is the third successive year that Melbourne has been ranked No.1 in Australia.

FREO2 - oxygen for newborns to save tiny lives
Monday, August 12, 2013

Dr Bryn Sobott and Professor Roger Rassool from the School of Physics, and Associate Professor Jim Black from the Nossal Institute, have been awarded a USAID grant for their work on addressing pneumonia in Papua New Guinea.

Prof Rachel Webster awarded 2013 Robert Ellery Lectureship
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Physics professor and Vice-President of the University Academic Board Rachel Webster has been awarded the 2013 Robert Ellery Lectureship.

The war against superbugs
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The evolution of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or ‘superbugs’ as they are often called, is one of the biggest global health concerns of the 21st century.

Faculty researchers awarded ARC Laureate Fellowships
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Professor Peter Taylor (Mathematics and Statistics) and Professor Lloyd Hollenberg (Physics) have received Australian Laureate Fellowships.

The human influence in Australia’s “angry” hot summer
Friday, June 28, 2013

New research has found that human influences on the world’s climate are very likely to have played a role in the extreme weather experienced last summer, and that those influences have increased the likelihood of Australia experiencing record hot summers like this by more than five times.

Melbourne amongst world's best in latest QS rankings
Friday, May 24, 2013

Science at Melbourne is amongst the top in the world in a range of scientific disciplines, according to the latest QS Rankings.

Faculty researchers elected Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Professor Geoffrey Taylor and Professor Mike Sandiford have been elected Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science.

Melbourne tops reputation rankings again in Australia
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The University of Melbourne has again been declared No.1 in Australia in the latest Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings.

US to Australia Fellowship brings bright researchers to Australia
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Master of Science (Earth Sciences) student Sam Boone has received a Sir Keith Murdoch Fellowship to pursue his studies here in Australia.

Science staff and alumni receive Australia Day honours
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Science staff and alumni were among those from the University Community who received Australia Day honours this year.

Faculty researchers win Australian Academy of Science excellence awards
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Professor Roger Powell FAA and Dr Aurore Delaigle have received honours from the Australian Academy of Science for their contributions to scientific excellence.

Gaining research experience over summer
Friday, January 11, 2013

Two Bachelor of Science students and one Bachelor of Biomedicine student have won a scholarship to study in an American research lab at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee.

Journey to Antarctica: Final
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

In this third and final blog post of her journey to Antarctica, Caitlin gives us a taste of what it’s really like to work nine weeks on an icebreaker doing science and then return to civilisation.

Andrew Gleadow elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Professor Andrew Gleadow was elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union at the Fall Meeting of AGU held in San Francisco each year.

Grand plan for the future of Australian physics
Thursday, December 6, 2012

A bold plan that aims to support and inspire the next generation of physicists, among other goals, will steer physics education and research in Australia for the next 10 years.

University's mathematical scientists named Fellows of American Mathematical Society
Monday, November 5, 2012

Professor J Hyam Rubinstein, Professor Arun Ram and Emeritus Professor Charles Miller named to the initial class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for 2013.

Assoc Prof Kevin Walsh talks about Hurricane Sandy
Thursday, November 1, 2012

Associate Professor Kevin Walsh from the School of Earth Sciences spoke to ABC News about Hurricane Sandy (also known as Superstorm Sandy), which has caused much destruction to parts of the Carribean as well as the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States.

Journey to Antarctica: Part 2
Thursday, November 1, 2012

When you’ve been living on a ship floating in the pack ice just off the continent of Antarctica, at times it feels like you’re living in a giant snow globe.

Journey to Antarctica
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

On a crisp Tasmanian spring evening we set sail from Hobart aboard the Aurora Australis, the Australian Antarctic Division’s.

New surface can prevent liquid explosions or even frost
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Explosions caused by boiling liquid could be reduced by suppressing the liquid from bubbling, according to a new University of Melbourne study.

Sea Ice Physics and Ecosystem eXperiment
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Over 50 scientists from eight countries, including a University of Melbourne researcher, will be setting sail to the sea-ice zone aboard the Aurora Australis.