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Club Melbourne Fellowship winner Associate Professor Sarah Spencer

Associate Professor Sarah Spencer of RMIT University becomes first recipient of Club Melbourne Fellowship.

When Sarah Spencer found out she won the Club Melbourne fellowship, she said it came as a surprise.

“It was definitely a surprise. The funding situation in Australia is very competitive for any type of grant or fellowship, so I was excited just to be shortlisted.”

2016 marked the first time a Club Melbourne Fellowship was awarded. The program was launched in celebration of Club Melbourne’s 10th anniversary and aims to support the next generation of Melbourne’s research leaders and potential Club Melbourne Ambassadors.

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New Lead Scientist for the Victorian Government

Dr Amanda Caples BSc Hons PhD AICD was appointed Lead Scientist for the Victorian Government in July 2016.

Dr Caples was an ideal candidate, for what is now a full-time executive appointment in the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, due to her extensive experience across private industry, research-academia and public service.

“The role is a natural extension of what I have been doing over the past 15 years and specifically the last 18 months with the Future Industries sector strategies, the establishment of LaunchVic and AutoTransition Plan implementation.”

This rare dichotomy of experience makes her effective in bringing the different sectors together to develop solutions for challenges facing both the Victorian and Australian communities, evidenced by the following commendation from Club Melbourne Ambassador, Professor Doug Hilton of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.
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Western Bulldogs sport science partnership with ISEAL

When Bob Murphy and Easton Wood held up the AFL premiership cup this year, it was nothing short of miraculous as the Western Bulldogs ended a 62-year premiership drought and created what is arguably one of the most iconic events in the history of the code.

The victory over the Swans was the pinnacle of a Finals season that saw the Bulldogs upset a number of heavyweight clubs. While there has been much conjecture about how a team, who were 15-1 odd favourites to win at the start of the year, have managed to take out some of the most formidable clubs in the game and secure the top spot, there’s no denying that it was nothing short of well deserved.

There are many elements that contribute to a team winning a premiership, but perhaps one aspect that is overlooked by many outside of the AFL, is the role of sport science.

The Institute of Sport, Exercise, and Active Living (ISEAL) at Victoria University has had a long-standing partnership with the Western Bulldogs. According to the Bulldogs’ General Manager, Football, Graham Lowe, it is an important one for the club.
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Melbourne hosts largest international association conference in Australia this year

November 2016

Melbourne's innovation in the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) sector was on show to the world as the 23rd Intelligent Transport System World Congress (ITS 2016) moved into Melbourne last month.

Held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), ITS 2016 was the largest international association conference held in Australia this year, and the second largest international association conference ever held in Melbourne.

The event held from 10 - 14 October attracted 11,496 visitors, made up of over 4,200 international delegates from 73 countries.

Secured for the city by Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) and ITS Australia, lead by Club Melbourne Ambassador, Professor Dean Zabrieszach, with support from the State Government of Victoria, this was the first time the congress had been held in Melbourne.
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Ambassador to lead new data governance industry association

October 2016

A new independent data governance industry association, Data Governance Australia (DGA) was launched this month to establish best practice industry standards and benchmarks around the collection, use and management of data in Australia. 

The new non-for-profit association will be chaired by Club Melbourne Ambassador, Professor Graeme Samuel AC, former ACCC Chair and currently a professor at Monash Business School. 

DGA will provide education, thought leadership and advocacy services to its members to promote and foster understanding of how data can be used responsibly to drive innovation and competitive advantage whilst complying with all regulatory requirements. 

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