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Director's Blog - 23 August 2019 - How collaborative culture fuels research success

Last week as part of the Faculty of Science’s ‘Science Festival’, I was invited to participate in a panel discussion: ‘Different perspectives, one solution. How can we cross the divide between the physical and life sciences, engineering and the humanities?’ The event showcased some wonderful examples of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research.

Deputy Director's Blog - 16 August 2019 - Gender Equity, Plastic & the Periodic Table

This year, the year I officially retired from the School of Chemistry (but not from the Bio21 Institute), has inadvertently become as busy as ever. It has coincided with a significant year for chemistry: the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements; and it has been wonderful and humbling to receive a Queen’s Birthday Honour, which I celebrated with the Bio21 leadership team over dinner last week. I also felt very privileged to have been chosen to introduce the World Chemistry Leaders meeting at the IUPAC 2019 Congress in Paris, France on 10 July.

Microscopy Blog - 12 July 2019 - What's so special about EM?

In the past week, the Bio21 Institute has received a cryo-electron microscope (EM) Glacios. The instrument belongs to the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS), but in exchange for housing the microscope we receive shared access to it.

Director's Blog - 21 June 2019 - The Art of Communication

Communication is as much about listening as it is about speaking or writing.

Director's Blog - 11 June 2019 - A Visionary Veterinary Research Institute and beyond

If you go to the second floor of the Nancy Millis building common area, you get a good view of the demolition of the 1950 additions of the old Veterinary Research Institute. 

Director's Blog - 17 May 2019 - (1855 - 1910) From horses to courses...

On lunchtime walks through Parkville, you may have noticed a replica of a horse head jutting out of the corner of the historic ‘North Market Wall’ enclosing the ‘Bio21 precinct’ on the corner of Park Drive and Storey Street.

Director's Blog - 5 April 2019 - Gender and diversity, an issue of fairness..

No one can deny that academic science is a very competitive industry. Having established a ‘Women of Bio21 Committee’, initially led Uta Wille and continued by Diana Stojanovski, as an Institute we recognise that there are challenges and that we need to take action.

Director's Blog - 11 March 2019 - Island life...

One wonderful thing about being an island, is that Australia has some fantastic coastline!

Director's Blog - 4 February 2019 - Power of platforms..

It’s deceptively quiet at the Institute at the moment, as many of us bunker down in our offices, intensely preparing research grant applications for government funding through the ARC and NHMRC.

Director's Blog - 20 December 2018 - So much to be grateful for...

As we have arrived at the end of the year and social gatherings fill our calendar, it is a time, to celebrate and reflect on the challenges and the achievements of the past year and to give and receive gifts, as tokens of our appreciation, strengthening our relationships. The biggest event and gift to us all in the Bio21 calendar for this year took place last Friday, 14 December, where Bio21 celebrated the long-awaited opening of the Nancy Millis building and the Margaret Sheil laboratories.

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