Networking, science communications, public engagement and advocacy for convergence science

Oration

Symposium

Hear what Australian science luminaries have to say about convergence science and how it is being used by researchers to make a difference to people’s health.

View extended discussion from each of our luminaries and scientists below.

About the Convergence Science Network

Convergence means a broad rethinking of how all scientific research can be conducted, so that we can capitalise on a range of knowledge bases from microbiology to computer science to engineering design. In other words, the convergence revolution does not rest on a particular scientific advance, but
on a new integrated approach for achieving advances.

The Third Revolution: The Convergence of the Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering, MIT 2011

 

Medicine and health care are undergoing rapid and significant change

 

Soon, the human genome will be sequenced in a day and cost under $1,000, whereas the Human Genome Project took 13 years and $2.7 Billion to sequence.  Advances in technology now generate a vast amount of genetic information in a short period of time and advances in computing delivers speedy analysis of data to discover individual traits or possible causes of disease. This combination of biology and information technology is contributing to faster disease detection, accurate diagnosis, tailored treatments and extending life.

 

Human organs are being 3D printed, bionic eyes are being developed and implanted, people receive stem cells to address debilitating conditions, and miniature lab-on-chip diagnostic devices can screen for diseases at the point of care, and quickly.

 

This is the brave new world of next-generation medicine  

 

These changes are only possible through the application of convergence science, the coming together of the life, physical and engineering sciences to address a specific problem or issue.

At its essence, convergence science is a new model for collaborating differently. As knowledge in any field of science is changing at an accelerating rate, scientists and engineers must work together to address real world problems and issues.

The growing importance and understanding of convergence science is fuelling a surge of innovation that is transforming health care and creating efficiencies, disrupting existing businesses and creating new ones.

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.

The Convergence Science Network plays a fundamental role in communicating science and making scientists accessible to the community. This engagement assists in promoting an awareness and understanding of advances in science and technology, how they  are impacting our lives and how they make a valuable contribution  to society.

 

Established in 2008, the Convergence Science Network

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

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

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

 

The program of the Convergence Science Network is  made possible only through the support and generosity of its sponsors, each of whom makes a significant and important contribution  to the local science, technology and innovation ecosystem.

Our Patron

Professor Suzanne Cory AC, patron of the Convergence Science Network

 

We are living through the most exciting time for health and biomedical research.  Our understanding of biology and disease is quickly advancing. The prospects to progress human health and wellbeing have never been so positive.

These advances are in large part due to the application of a convergence approach to health and biomedical research.  It is now common to see biologists working in teams of researchers that include structural biologists, chemists, materials scientists, engineers, computing and data experts. This new paradigm in research and discovery is generating new knowledge and enabling new ideas to be explored that address complex health issues.  Common examples of convergence science in health and biomedical research include the bionic ear, genome sequencing, brain science, organs-on-a-chip, high-resolution imaging and 3D printing.

The rapid advances in health and medical research make it vitally important that the public is engaged to understand what scientists are doing, why, and how this might impact them in the future.

Since 2008, the Convergence Science Network has been playing a unique role by engaging the public in Melbourne with scientists at the cutting edge of convergence science in health and medical research. It regularly hosts free events for scientists and researchers to inform the public how convergence science is advancing areas of health and biomedicine. These events include the Network’s preeminent event, the Graeme Clark Oration, Australia’s most prestigious free public science event.

The Convergence Science Network is making a valuable contribution to the community’s understanding of research, thereby helping to counteract scepticism of science among some in the community.

 

 

 

Professor Suzanne Cory AC FAA FRS

Patron

The Convergence Science Network

 

Professor Suzanne Cory and Sir Paul Nurse at a CSN breakfast for early and mid-career researchers in 2015

Professor Suzanne Cory at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.

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.

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