News for academic and professional staff in the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics.

Faculty New Students Welcome 2010

Thursday, 18 February 2010

A huge thank you to all Faculty staff who so very enthusiastically volunteered their time to assist at our Faculty Welcome on Wednesday 17th February. The welcome was a great success and the initial feedback from students indicates they had a really great time and feel a lot more confident about starting their life as ECM students! This would not have been possible without the support of our fantastic staff helpers! 

CATL and OSDS workshops for teachers and researchers

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Organisational and Staff Development Services (OSDS) and the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning are offering the following workshops for teachers and researchers:

Call for proposals: French-Australian Science and Technology Program

Thursday, 18 February 2010

The Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research together with the French Government has opened 2010 round of the French-Australian Science and Technology Program (FAST) program. 

Call for applications: NHMRC Partnerships and NHMRC Australia Fellowships

Thursday, 18 February 2010

The National Health and Medical Research Council is calling for applications under the Partnerships and Australia Fellowship schemes.

Australian Synchrotron - call for proposals

Thursday, 18 February 2010

The Australian Synchrotron is now accepting proposals for the second round of  2010 (June - September).  

The Learning Space

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Founding an engineering degree

What does an engineering student really need to know and be able to do? If you met a graduate from UWA what would you be embarrassed that they hadn't mastered? What are the tricky troublesome areas which always catch some students out whilst others sail through? Which are the questions students always mess up in exams no matter how much we go over the topic in lectures? These are some of the very obvious but critically important issues we are currently trying to think about in building our new Foundation program.

Call for nominations: Fresh Science 2010

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Nominations are now open for Fresh Science 2010.

This national event brings together scientists, the media and the public to:  

  • enhance reporting of Australian science;
  • highlight and encourage debate on the role of science in Australian society;
  • provide role models for the next generation of Australian scientists. 

UWA's ocean glider fit for a prince

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales KG took a keen interest in a high-tech marine ocean glider owned by The UWA when he visited CSIRO aboard the Marine National Facility Research Vessel Southern Surveyor in Sydney last month.

Winthrop Professor Chari Pattiaratchi said the glider had helped revolutionise ocean observations and climate science, playing a vital role in understanding climate change, rising sea levels and ocean acidification.

Texting the human voice in hostile conditions

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

An advanced system that will allow speech recognition in spaces filled with other voices, noise and echoes is being developed by an international team led by Associate Professor Roberto Togneri.

Faculty New Student Welcome 2010

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

The Faculty will be welcoming all of our new students (up to 1000 of them!) on Wednesday, 17th February 2010. This will be the perfect opportunity to personally welcome our new recruits, including local and international, undergraduates and postgraduates and help to confirm they have made the absolute best choice in university and course.

All staff are invited to join us at our ice-breaker activities on the morning of Wednesday 17th February on Riley Oval, prior to the formal welcome at 10am. 

Future Framework Update

Friday, 5 February 2010

As Faculty members will know from previous circulars, the Faculty's Phase I proposals for majors were endorsed by the Interim Boards of Studies at their recent January meetings, and we are now entering Phase II of the Future Framework process

Reminder: UWA guidelines, assistance and feedback on ARC Discovery Projects

Thursday, 4 February 2010

UWA Internal Guidelines with information, handy hints on completing applications, a budget costing template, guidelines on using the ARC's RMS application system and links to relevant ARC documentation are available on the UWA website.

Future Framework - Phase I

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Phase I of the Future Framework implementation is now complete. The Expressions of Interest and a summary of the deliberations of the Steering Committee are available on the ECM Future Framework website. To access the Future Framework website you will require your staff number and Pheme password.

National Youth Science Forum

Thursday, 4 February 2010

On January 15 and 21, SESE played host to 30 of Australia's brightest young Scientists as part of the 2010 National Youth Science Forum.

Future Framework - Phase II

Thursday, 4 February 2010

The Interim Board of Studies of Science strongly endorsed the Faculty's EOI for Majors. Their responses are available on the ECM Future Framework website. The first deadlines for Phase II are for the submission of expressions of interest for Unattached Units and End-on Honours by 22nd of February for Masters by 1st March.

One Faculty, One Future – Formal Governance, Discipline and Research Themes Working Parties

Thursday, 4 February 2010

The Formal Governance, Disciplines and Research Themes Working Parties proposals are available at

All staff are strongly encouraged to provide feedback on the proposals which will be considered by the working parties before they issue their final recommendations.

One Faculty, One Future – Professional Staff Structure update

Thursday, 4 February 2010

The new Professional Staff Structure is in place thanks to the efforts of all involved. We would particularly like to welcome all professional staff who have recently joined the Faculty.

UWA Safety and Health Office (SHO) monthly newsletter

Thursday, 4 February 2010

UWA Safety and Health Office (SHO) distributes a monthly safety newsletter to all safety personnel and managers, but is mindful that wider distribution may be regarded as unsolicited or unwanted mail by some individuals. 

Call for applications: Science Academies Scientific Visits Fellowships

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

The Australian Academy of Science invites applications from professional scientists to visit Europe, North America (Canada, USA and Mexico) and North East Asia (China, Korea and Taiwan) between 1 July 2010 and 31 March 2011 to collaborate with researchers in those countries.

Proposals in any field of natural science, basic and applied, including mathematics and engineering science, will be considered. The duration of the visits must be between 14 and 40 days.

Reminder: Preparation of ARC Future Fellowship applications for funding in 2010

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowships Funding Rules for 2010 are now available on the ARC website. These fellowships are open to both Australian and overseas applicants and provide an opportunity to attract exceptional mid-career researchers to UWA as well as retaining those already here.