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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Melbourne home to a new data governance institute

Data Governance Australia (DGA) is a newly founded institute launched in October this year and Club Melbourne Ambassador Professor Graeme Samuel AC has been appointed the role of Chairman.

The shift towards a digital economy has seen a substantial spike in the volume of data being created. It is believed that there has been more data generated in the last two years than in the entire history of the human race.

Despite this, fewer than 0.5% of all data is analysed and used, missing out on a significant amount of potential benefits. The DGA are hoping to guide Victoria and wider Australia into the new era of data collection.

Data Governance Australia (DGA) was launched early in October by Victorian Minister of Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Hon. Philip Dalidakis, who is extremely supportive of the new institute.
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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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23rd ITS World Congress was an outstanding success

Thanks to the efforts of many including Club Melbourne Ambassador Dean Zabrieszach, Melbourne’s innovation in the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) sector was on the world stage in October as the 23rd ITS World Congress moved into Melbourne.

Held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 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 attracted 11, 496 visitors, made up of over 4,200 international delegates from 73 countries.
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Ambassadors in the news

A number of Ambassadors have featured in the media recently and received honours or appointments, including Professor Susan Davis who was recently appointed President Elect of the International Menopause Society.

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Upcoming Ambassador conferences

View what is coming up in the Club Melbourne calendar, including events in 2017.

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December 2016