Five passionate early-career geoscientists from Australia and New Zealand will share a total travel grant funding pool of over $22,000 to support their world-class research overseas.
Almost 50 applications were received for the five substantial travel grants, with applicants requesting funds to conduct geoscientific research and attend conferences in places such as Greenland, New Zealand, Switzerland, Chile, Canada, Croatia and Japan. Applications were received from geoscientists within Australia and New Zealand who are members of the geoscience organisations that form the Australian Geoscience Council (AGC).
AGC President Dr Bill Shaw said, “This is the second year of the 34th IGC Travel Grant Scheme and the Australian Geoscience Council and the Australian Academy of Science are pleased to be stimulating exciting research and offering opportunities for young people to extend networks, knowledge and experience as well as collecting good scientific data in the field and in international laboratories. We will be sending these researchers on trips to Canada, the UK, the USA and Italy, and bringing one from New Zealand to Australia.”
Professor Sue O’Reilly, who represents the Academy of Science, said, “The applications for this round of the travel grant scheme were inspirational and included requests for support to do ground-breaking research. It is important to provide support for early-career researchers, allowing them to have the opportunity to study rocks in diverse environments and encourage them to make important contributions to the advancement of geoscientific knowledge.”
The winners will be travelling the world this year collecting data and doing experiments in state-of-the art laboratories. At various conferences, they will be informing international attendees about their progress and about the exciting new discoveries they have made in their current research, while developing opportunities for future collaboration.
The Travel Grants have been made possible through a trust fund, administered by AGC and the Academy, set up after the 34th International Geological Congress in Brisbane in August 2012.
Read about the successful grant recipients and their amazing range of exciting projects here.
CONTACT: AGC President Bill Shaw on 0438 010 851