2005 AFAS FEAST-France Fellowships

Victoria Fellowships
The Victorian Government annually awards up to six Victoria Fellowships to emerging leaders in engineering, science or technology. Each Fellow receives a travel grant of up to $18,000 to undertake a short-term overseas study mission to assist in developing a commercial idea, in undertaking specialist training or in career development. The 2005 Victoria Fellows are more than just clever young scientists and engineers. They are innovators, applying cutting-edge research to tackle the challenges facing Victoria and the world in the twenty-first century. Today’s winners demonstrate a considerable and vibrant career options.

AFAS Feast- France Fellowships
In 2005, winners of the Victoria Fellowships who are planning a study mission in France will be eligible for a $5,000 AFAS Feast-France Fellowship as a supplement to their Victoria Fellowship.

This award from the Australian French Association for Science and Technology (AFAS) and the Embassy of France aims to facilitate science and technology to mutually benefit Victoria and France.
Congratulations to the three 2005 Fellows!
- Friday 12 August 2005 -

Ms Thanh Tam Chau is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne where she is investigating the behaviour of emulsions at nanoscale within the Particulate Fluid Processing Centre in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Emulsions are key components in the manufacture of many foods, paints resins, pharmaceuticals and even explosives. Ms Chau’s research is exploring the effect of stabilisers on the interaction between droplets in emulsions with a view to understanding the structure-function relationships between stabilisers and oils in emulsions.

Ms Hayley Newton is a PhD candidate with the Department of Microbiology, Monash University. She is investigating Legionella pneumophila, the bacteria that cause Legionnaire’s disease, a rare and often life-threatening form of pneumonia. L. pneumophilia is found in water ways, potting mix and artificial systems that use water for cooling, heating and industrial processes.

Through comparisons with other species of Legionella, Ms Newton has identified three genes that appear to be involved in L. pneumophilia’s ability to cause disease in human cells.

Mr John Papandriopoulos is a PhD candidate with the ARC Special Research Centre for Ultra-Broadband Information Networks (CUBIN), University of Melbourne. He is developing clever new ways to improve the performance of wireless sensor networks which will have a significant impact on many activities such as industrial automation, security monitoring and traffic control.

Physically tiny and cheap to deploy, sensors will soon find their way into a wide range of machines and devices. They communicate through a wireless network – a new kind of “internet" for machines – to create a system that is more powerful than individual parts.