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DST Scientist honoured with Minister’s Award

DMTC congratulates Defence scientist, Ms Zenka Mathys, PSM, who has won the 2017 Minister’s Award for Achievement in Defence Science for improving fire safety for Navy ships, submarines and crew.

Ms Mathys is also a member of the DMTC Project 9.14 team, looking to advance blast and shock testing methodologies.

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, congratulated Ms Mathys (from Defence Science and Technology’s Maritime Division) for her outstanding scientific achievement in developing fire protection systems which have contributed significantly to the survivability of Navy platforms.

“Ms Mathys is a very deserving winner of this important defence science award,” Minister Payne said.

The annual Minister’s Award for Achievement in Defence Science recognises original and outstanding contributions capable of enhancing Australia’s defence effectiveness and efficiency.

More information is available here.

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Pictured (l-r) Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Ms Zenka Mathys, Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC. Image courtesy of the Department of Defence

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Round Two getting underway

DMTC’s Medical Countermeasures Program is growing with Round 2 projects announced by the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP.

Medical countermeasures (MCMs) are vaccines, therapeutics and/or diagnostics against chemical, biological and radiological threat, emerging infectious disease and pandemics.

The new projects follow on from the first round of DMTC’s MCM Program that has been underway for around 15 months.

With its priorities set by Defence, seed funding for the DMTC MCM program has been provided by CSIRO and the Defence Science & Technology Group through its Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF). The aim of the MCM program is to accelerate the advanced development and deployment of countermeasures, with technical expertise from industry and research partners.

Under DMTC’s proven co-investment model, funding provided by Government customer agencies is leveraged by contributions of cash and resources from industry and research partners.

The Minister’s press release is available here and more details will be available on our website as soon as contract negotiations and project agreements are complete.

 

 

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Successful Student Conference

DMTC has held another successful Student Conference, with scholarship recipients gathering in Melbourne on 2 November.

Our annual student conference is conducted in partnership with the Research Training Centre for Naval Design and Manufacturing (RTCNDM) and the Defence Science Institute. The focus of the conference is to give PhD and Masters candidates the opportunity to professionally present on the progress and conclusions of their research work to their peers and to continue to develop their presentation and communication skills. This year’s conference topics were wide-ranging, with everything from inspection robotics to immunology to additive manufacturing of cutting tools, and more.

More information about the 2017 Conference including presentation abstracts is available here.

 

Some of the presenters from this year’s Conference (l-r) Panneer Ponnusamy (Swinburne), Rowan Pivetta (Flinders) and Emily Kibble (UWA Murdoch).

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Partnering in technology development

DMTC team members participated in DST Group’s Partnerships Week for 2017. The event provided opportunities for DST Group partners and industry to understand the best ways to engage with DST Group in the rollout of new policy and program initiatives, particularly the Next Generation Technologies Fund.

Our Supply Chain Engagement manager, Charlotte Morris, was interviewed as part of the post-event video compile.

See the clip here.

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