Entering an Era of Team Science: AHMRC 2014

The Australian Health and Medical Research Congress (AHMRC) will be held in Melbourne, from 16 – 19 November.  The theme of this meeting is ‘Transdiciplinary Research’ and the program features some of the medical research world’s best and brightest.

Transdisciplinary research is much more than a buzz word.  Around the world, government and non-government funding bodies are steering their resources towards larger, collaborative team grants.  Funding agencies see the enormous potential in transdisciplinary research (or team science) to maximise their investment in health and medical research, and facilitate translation into policy and practice.

To remain competitive in today’s research environment, scientists must be able to work with investigators from diverse disciplines, and develop boundary-crossing innovative methodologies.  And that’s the crux of AHMRC 2014 – it’s about skilling up scientists so that they have the confidence to write the ‘big picture’ grants and collaborate with researchers from completely different fields.

Whilst most of our successful, senior researchers have already developed broad, transdisciplinary networks, emerging scientists may not have had the opportunity to do so.  AHMRC 2014 will provide early career scientists and PhD student with insights and skills that will give them an edge in an increasingly competitive research environment.   The Congress organisers have shown great foresight in offering a complimentary student registration when laboratory heads or group leaders register for the meeting.

I look forward to seeing many of you in Melbourne in a few weeks time.

Professor Ian Frazer AC

Photograph of Prof Ian Frazer

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