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The Science and Ethics of Genome Editing Survey Results

We took the opportunity of holding The Science and Ethics of Genome Editing event on 13 February 2018 to conduct a short survey to canvass the public’s views about the topic.  The survey was launched on Monday, 5th February and closed on Friday, 9th February.  491 responses were completed.

We wish to thank all those who participated and appreciate their interest.  We have collated the responses and the results are published in their entirety in this document.


The future is CRISPR

The CRISPR genome editing system has been hailed as a transformative technology in biology. While scientists have been editing genomes of organisms for decades, CRISPR has garnered such great attention due to its ability to manipulate genes with a level of accuracy, efficiency and scalability that has been unprecedented. With this new and relatively inexpensive technology, researchers from around the world have capitalised on its wide-range of applications, from modifying mosquitoes to decrease the spread of malaria to changing the genetic makeup of human embryos.

Award for Science Innovation in Schools

The Graeme Clark Award for Science Innovation in Schools was inaugurated at last year’s event.  The Award was established to celebrate and acknowledge science innovation in Victorian schools that has added value to the school community by raising the profile of science through innovative practices, partnerships and programs.

The Award is the initiative of the Graeme Clark Foundation, and we thank the Foundation for making this award possible.


Scientific Convergence and Innovation in Schools Cluster Announced

The Convergence Science Network is pleased to announced a partnership with the John Monash Science School to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subject and career pathways in schools throughout regional Victoria.

The Scientific Convergence and Innovation in Schools Cluster (SCISC) will combine the innovative use of technology and a virtual classroom environment with scientists and entrepreneurs to share cutting-edge knowledge to teachers and students throughout Victoria.ᅠ The program will focus on STEM education and Women in STEM.


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.


Medibio sponsors the CSN Digital Tech seminar

Medibio Limited (ASX:MEB) is an Australian listed company providing a Digital Mental Health Platform. Medibio’s patented biomarker is based on the circadian heart rate architecture and has been developed over 15 years of research involving more than 5000 patients. The company is currently conducting trials to support FDA approvals.

Sean Mathieson Chief Operating Officer will be part of our discussion panel. Sean has many years of experience in the strategic positioning and the operational management of business technology solutions including deep knowledge and understanding of both the current and future technology landscape. Prior to Medibio, Sean has held local and global senior executive roles at UXC, Siebel Systems, Ariba and SAP.


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.


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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.

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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.

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.