The Year of the Snake
Deakin University has celebrated two major events: the coming together of the University with CSIRO and VCAMM (The Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing) to create the Australian Future Fibres Research and Innovation Centre, and also Chinese new year - the Year of the Snake.
The combined event took place on the Waurn Ponds Campus, home of AFFRIC, and also many Chinese researchers and the families, who also joined in the celebrations.
Professor Xungai Wang, the head of AFFRIC reminded everyone that Chinese New Year is about the "F" word.
"It is about food, it is about family, it is about fun, and now it is about fibre," he said.
The dual celebrations were attended by Deakin staff and many of their new colleagues from CSIRO.
Dr Cathy Foley, Chief, CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering flew from Sydney for the events.
"It has been a great day," she said.
"I am very excited about this partnership.
"I am sure we can get much from Deakin, and Deakin can also get much from working with CSIRO.
Deakin's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander, welcomed CSIRO staff to their new home.
"You are now part of the Deakin family," she said.
CSIRO staff have shifted from their former premises in the Geelong suburb of Belmont to a new specially constructed building on Deakin's Waurn Ponds.
The festivities included traditional Chinese music, including research students singing to the music of the Beijing Opera.
"We have people from 40 countries here in the Institute of Frontier Materials," said Professor Peter Hodgson, IFM's Director.
"So we have many different events to celebrate each year."