Recognised achievements (Issue 17, 2009)


Dr Hawkins and her team

Federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr announced today that La Trobe University has won seven of the first round of 200 Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowships.

‘I am absolutely thrilled that our strategy of focusing on our key research strengths both in our recent La Trobe Institute for Molecular Sciences (LIMS) and Future Fellowship applications has proved successful,’ said Professor Tim Brown, Deputy Vice Chancellor Research.

The successful fellows are Dr Linda Benett, Dr Suzanne Cutts, Dr Christine Hawkins, Prof Dr Birgit Hellwig, Dr Hamsa Puthalak, Dr Colin Smith and Dr Kaye Truscott.

Professor Brown said a key part of our success was the focus La Trobe has on its key research strengths which are in line with Government research priorities. Five of the seven La Trobe fellows are in the two areas designated as areas of high priority, molecular sciences and studies of the past. 

The Australian Government announced the creation of ARC Future Fellowships, to promote research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia.

‘I am convinced that Minister Carr’s foresight in creating the Future Fellows scheme and focusing on key research strengths will be vindicated by results which will leave a rich legacy for Australia long into the future,’ said Professor Brown.

The aim of ARC Future Fellowships is to attract and retain the best and brightest mid-career researchers by providing them with adequate resources to fund their work and research over a four year period.