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Australia’s High Court finds isolated genetic material not patent-eligible

This opinion piece is republished with the approval of Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick, a proud and Foundation Sponsor of the Convergence Science Network.

Posted October 8, 2015 by Mark Wickham

The Australian High Court has unanimously allowed Ms D’Arcy’s appeal from the Full Federal Court decision in D’Arcy v Myriad Genetics Inc (2014) 224 FCR 479, holding that Myriad’s claims to isolated nucleic acids were not patentable subject matter.


Australia's Bionic Ear Pioneer Recognised with Major Bioengineering Award

Australia's bionic ear pioneer, Laureate Professor Emeritus Graeme Clark AC, is a joint recipient of the prestigious 2015 Russ Prize. The biennial Russ Prize recognises a bioengineering achievement in widespread use that significantly improves the human condition.


Why come to the genome party?

Assoc. Professor, Andrew Lonie, Head, VLSCI’s Life Sciences Computation Centre and Interim Director, EMBL Australia’s Bioinformatics Resource

Publishing a new genome is like sending out a party invitation to your research colleagues all over the world; it’s just that a lot of the action takes place online. Somewhere, someone will be interested in seeing your data and comparing it with theirs. The more unique the species whose genome has been sequenced, the more interest it creates.


Event Highlight

The Development of the Monash University Bionic Vision Device
Thursday, 29 October  2015


Sir Paul Nurse addresses EMCR’s

During the visit of Sir Paul Nurse in March to deliver the 2015 Graeme Clark Oration, the Convergence Science Network arranged a breakfast with Early and Mid-Career Researchers to discuss issues of concern to them.  Sir Paul was joined by Professor Suanne Cory, Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research in opening the discussion.  EMCR’s also engaged in a Q&A session with Sir Paul.

In addressing many of the issues confronting today’s Early and mid-Career researchers  - funding for research, the pressure to publish, dealing with senior and junior colleagues, and more – Sir Paul drew from his own experience.  Many important messages reflected great wisdom and were delivered with sincerity and honesty.  This talk is a resource that should be of great value to EMC researchers, their supervisors and lab heads and other research leaders.


“Next Big Thing Series”

The Convergence Science Network engages the community through outreach events to share knowledge and inform the public on advances in convergence science.

From mid-2015, the Network will introduce a new presentation series, The Next Big Things. This initiative is designed to provide Early and Mid-Career Researcher’s in Victoria the opportunity to share their research with the broader community. It also invites the community to learn about the research being undertaken by some of our leading next-generation science leaders.

If you are a Early and Mid-Career Researcher and wish to be considered for participation in the series then watch this website for more details


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Our Philosophy

We engage with the community to share the rapidly moving developments in convergence science.

In a period when science and technology is undergoing exciting and rapid change, it is important for the community to understand the work of scientists by engaging with them and for scientists to communicate their research and discuss the issues they may raise.

This two-way engagement builds an understanding and trust in the value of science.

What we do

We Engage with the community to share advances in convergence science

We Inspire researchers, businesses, governments and others to respond to the opportunities offered by convergence science for innovation to deliver better health.  We work with schools to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

We Create the opportunities for the community to come together and create a bright future.




Join our community

The convergence Science Network invites organisations to join this unique science communication and engagement initiative.

Contact us to find out the exclusive benefits available to Network sponsors. We also offer an Individual Membership package of benefits.

Since October 2008, over 16,000 people have attended our events.


Our Initiatives

Community Support Program

We are proud to provide opportunities for the community to engage with thought leaders in science and technology, and get to know others with similar interests. The generosity of our wonderful sponsors allows us to provide refreshment for our attendees before each event, it is the least we could do for those who make the commitment to support our events program at the end of the day.  We have taken the opportunity to also support the community though our Community Support Program.



We are proud to support this amazing Australian initiative and we thank YOU in advance for your support. We encourage more people to assist OzHarvest in anyway they can.

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About the Convergence Forum

The Convergence Science Network will announce a series of events in early 2015.  Our program will include presentations from science thought leaders and practitioners, events where we explore topical issues in more depth and we¹ll be presenting some of our brightest scientists who will share their exciting work in convergence science.

Graeme Clark Oration

The Graeme Clark Oration is delivered by global leaders in science in honour of Prof. Graeme Clark’s pioneering work in developing the bionic ear in Melbourne in the 1970’s.  It is recognised as Australia’s most prestigious free public science event and is attended by secondary school students.

Convergence Science Symposium

The Convergence Science Network is an initiative that promotes an understanding of convergence science to the community, why it is important and how it is helping researchers and businesses realise their visions in delivering improved health and well-being.

Join our community

The Convergence Science Network is excited about its networking activities and is inviting organisations to join this unique science communication and engagement initiative.

Contact us to find out the exclusive benefits available to Network sponsors.  We also offer an  Individual Membership package of benefits.

We Engage with the community to share developments in convergence science and how these advances impact medicine and health care.

We Inspire the research community, start-ups, existing businesses,  government agencies and schools to take advantage of the opportunities offered by convergence science.

We Create the environment and opportunities for new ideas, knowledge and resources across different science disciplines to come together to improve health.