Entries by Rochelle Gunn

$3 million research boost to support ideas and innovation in WA

The Forrest Research Foundation has today announced a new $3 million Prospect Fellowship Program to bring Australia and New Zealand’s brightest recent PhD graduates to Western Australia to continue their ground-breaking research. The program supports the research and innovation Australia needs to prosper in a post-COVID-19 world, when funding for early career research is increasingly […]

How a childhood passion led Forrest Scholar Ana from Argentina to London to ground-breaking research among the Kimberley’s world-famous rock art

By Liz McGrath Growing up in Buenos Aires with its seductive but omnipresent noise and energy is about as far from the breathtaking wilderness of Western Australia’s remote Kimberley Region as you can get. But for Ana Paula Motta her childhood in the birthplace of the tango, coloured by a lifelong love of animals, set […]

Forrest Scholar Liam’s electron-molecule collision modelling ‘great step forward’ in largest nuclear fusion experiment the world has ever seen

By Liz McGrath Put Liam Scarlett to the ‘pub test’ and ask him to summarise his area of research in 30 seconds and no problem. That’s despite his field of theoretical physics being one of the most intellectually demanding in science. “I use supercomputers and quantum mechanics to study atomic and molecular collisions,” the 28-year-old […]

Forrest Scholar involved in unique discovery at a 12,000 year old swamp

Frederik Seersholm, a Forrest Scholar completing his PhD at Curtin University, is part of an international team who have uncovered a large number of bones of extinct Mauritian animals, including the well-known Dodo. A group of local and international researchers re-discovered a swamp near Mare la Chaux in September 2015 after being inspired by an […]

2020 Forrest Fellows Announced

Four post-doctoral researchers from around the world have been named recipients of the prestigious 2020 Forrest Fellowships. Forrest Fellowships are provided to outstanding early career researchers to undertake high quality research at any of the five universities in Western Australia. Dr Jessica Buck who is the first Indigenous Forrest Fellow and was the first Aboriginal […]

Robotic fish helps protect native species from invasive pests

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have developed a robotic fish that behaves like a bodyguard for native species and safeguards them against the aggressive attitudes of invasive pests. Lead researcher Dr Giovanni Polverino, from UWA’s Centre for Evolutionary Biology, was awarded one of the inaugural Forrest Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in 2017. Dr Polverino’s […]

First Forrest Scholar part of WA ‘brain gain’

Tim Hammer, the very first of the Forrest Scholars to commence his PhD in 2015, was also this week the first to submit his doctoral thesis. Tim came to UWA from the US to undertake research in plant taxonomy, investigating the evolution and characteristics of the iconic plant genus Ptilotus, more commonly known as mulla […]

Announcement of 2019 Scholars

The Forrest Research Foundation has announced its 2019 scholars. Since the program began in 2015, 26 scholars from 17 countries around the world have commenced their studies through the program in Western Australia. The annual scholarship program is quickly becoming recognised on a global scale, which is reflected in the diversity of the 2019 recipients; […]