ICT meets life sciences in new jointly-sponsored forumIt is with great pleasure that NICTA, Australia’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Research Centre of Excellence, announces the launch of the ICT for Life Sciences Forum, an initiative to support ICT and life sciences research communities in Victoria.
Sponsored by NICTA and seven other institutions interested in promoting the connection between ICT and the life sciences, the Forum aims to link researchers in an innovative, cross-disciplinary network.
“The ICT for Life Sciences Forum is a wonderful opportunity for NICTA to help foster ICT research collaborations in the life sciences space,” said NICTA’s Victorian Research Laboratory Director Professor Rob Evans, “The application of engineering and computing knowledge to the life sciences will help build the innovative medical systems and services of the future.”
Gavin Jennings, Victoria’s Acting Minister for Information and Communications Technology, congratulated NICTA on the ICT for Life Sciences Forum initiative. “Life Sciences researchers increasingly rely on ICT to assist them to design, analyse and share their research. The ICT for Life Sciences Forum will promote new relationships and synergies between the two disciplines,” Mr Jennings said.
NICTA CEO Dr David Skellern welcomed the formation of the Forum. “NICTA is pleased to take part in this exciting opportunity to celebrate and promote the link between ICT and the life sciences,” he said, “We anticipate achieving some real research breakthroughs and delivering significant national benefit from current and emerging collaborations between life science and ICT researchers.”
The first Forum event will be the inaugural Graeme Clark Oration, to be delivered by Cochlear implant pioneer Professor Emeritus Graeme Clark AC next Monday evening at the University of Melbourne. The event will be jointly sponsored by NICTA, the Victorian Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development, the University of Melbourne and the Cochlear Foundation.
The Forum's foundation sponsors are: NICTA; the University of Melbourne’s School of Engineering and commercialisation company Melbourne Ventures Pty Ltd; the Bionic Ear Institute; Florey Neurosciences Institutes; Phillips Ormonde & Fitzpatrick; Austin Life Sciences and the Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing. The Forum will hold regular seminars and presentations.
Further information about the ICT for Life Sciences Forum can be found on the NICTA website at www.nicta.com.au.
Direct link to Forum website: http://ict4lifesciences.org.au/
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