Launch of ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology

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The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Plant Energy Biology 2014-2020 will be launched at The University of Western Australia next Monday evening. 

The ARC CoE in Plant Energy Biology is a collaborative research centre focused on understanding and enhancing plant energy systems for greater yield in the face of harsh and changing environments.  Research outcomes from the centre will lead to economic and social benefits for Australia in many areas including agriculture and biotechnology.

The Centre is made up of more than 100 staff and students conducting research under the direction of 10 chief investigators across four Australian university nodes: UWA, The University of Adelaide, The Australian National University and La Trobe University.  It has a number of valuable academic and industry partnerships in place nationally and internationally.

Centre Director Professor Harvey Millar was recently listed by Thomson-Reuters as one of the world's most highly cited and influential researchers.  Chief investigator Professor Ian Small, also named on the highly cited researchers list, was recently announced as a finalist for the title of Scientist of the Year in the Western Australian Premier's Science Awards.

The Centre, which has been awarded ARC funding to continue its cutting edge research and community engagement through till the year 2020, conducts an education, training and outreach program to engage Australians with plant energy research and was awarded the Chevron Science Engagement Initiative of the Year Award at the 2013 Western Australian Science Awards.

WA Senator Chris Back will officially open the Centre.

WHAT:          Launch of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology.

WHEN:          Monday 4 August 2014, 5.00 till 6.30pm.

WHERE:       The Bayliss Building foyer, The University of Western Australia.

Note:               Please contact Ms Geetha Shute to express an interest in attending.

Media references

Ms Geetha Shute (ARC CoE in Plant Energy Biology Chief Operations Officer)  (+61 8) 6488 4436
David Stacey (UWA Media Manager)  (+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 32 637 716

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