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Highlighting and rewarding the innovative research that goes on in the Geelong region has never been more important according to Sue De Gilio, chair of the Smart Geelong Network.
“Our region is going through a major transition,” she said.
“Old industries are disappearing, along with the traditional jobs that went with them.
“The challenge we are all responding to as a community is finding new, smart industries that can employ both current and future generations.
“For a lot of young children in school today, the industries that will employ them are yet to be created.
“They will come as a result of research and innovation of the type we already have in Geelong, and which we would like to see a lot more of.
“It is not just about fostering our own local talent but encouraging others to come to Geelong to work and undertake research to boost up employment, recruitment and retention in the region as well as promoting the excellence we already have in our city and environs.”
Sue de Gilio was speaking at the launch of the Smart Geelong Network’s 9th Research and Learning Expo, to be held in November. Deakin University is a major sponsor of the Awards.
The Expo features a number of events to highlight research activities in the Geelong region, culminating with the Researcher of the Year Awards on November 15th, with $40,000 in prize money up for grabs.
“The time for entries to be lodged has opened,” Sue de Gilio said.
Prizes of $5000 are awarded to the best researcher in the following categories:
In 2013, there will be five Early Researcher awards work $1000 each.
The overall Smart Geelong Network Researcher of the Year also receives $5000.
Entries close on August 30th.
Smart Geelong Network represents over 16 organisations providing education and research resources locally, nationally and internationally including Barwon Health, CSIRO, Deakin University, Geelong Chamber of Commerce, The Gordon Institute, Department of Education and Training and the City of Greater Geelong.