Jury

The Fellowships are awarded each year by our distinguished jury. Current members of the jury are:



Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble


Margaret Brimble is the Director of Medicinal Chemistry and a Distinguished Professor at the University of Auckland where her research program focuses on the synthesis of bioactive natural products, antimicrobial peptides and peptidomimetics. She has published 390 papers, 50 reviews, holds 26 patents, won the 2012 RSNZ Rutherford Medal, the 2010 RSC Natural Products Award, the 2007 L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science laureate in Materials Science for Asia-Pacific and conferred the Queen’s Honour CNZM. She is President of IUPAC Organic and Biomolecular Division III, Chair of the Rutherford Foundation RSNZ, an Associate Editor for Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry and Past-President of the International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry.




Professor John Carroll


Professor Carroll's research focus is on the cell biology of the mammalian oocyte with a view to understanding its role in establishing a healthy pregnancy. His current work is directed toward understanding why eggs become less fertile as maternal age increases. John has spent most of his academic career at University College London (UCL) where he was Head of Department of Physiology before being appointed Associate Dean and Director of the UCL Division of Biosciences. Professor Carroll joined Monash University in September 2012 where he is Director of the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute and Dean of Biomedical and Psychological Sciences. John was inaugural Chair of the Faculty Gender Equity Committee and now Chairs the Athena SWAN gender equity team at Monash University.




Dr Cathy Foley


Dr. Cathy Foley is the Deputy Director and Science Director of CSIRO Manufacturing. Previous to her current appointment, Cathy was Chief of the Division of Materials Science and Engineering. Her research is in superconducting devices and their application. Cathy has been involved in developing superconducting systems for mineral exploration, detection of metal for quality assurance in manufacturing, terahertz imaging, UXO detection and low noise wide bandwidth receivers. The most successful application has been LANDTEM™ which has assisted in unearthing over $6B in mineral worldwide.


Cathy was awarded a Public Service Medal on Australia Day in 2003. In the same year, Cathy won the Eureka Prize for the promotion of science. In 2009 Cathy was the NSW and National winner of the Telstra Women’s Business Award for Innovation. Cathy was also the recipient of the AUSIMM MIOTA award for LANDTEM™ as a mineral exploration tool. In 2013 she was awarded the NSW Premier's Award for Woman of the Year and in 2014 she was awarded the IEEE Council on Superconductivity Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions to the Field of Applied Superconductivity. Cathy and her team were awarded the prestigious Clunies Ross award for innovation and commercialisation for their invention, LANDTEM, in May of this year. Cathy has been an advocate for women in science, for the communication of science and science education over the last 30 years.




Distinguished Professor Jenny Graves


Jenny Graves is an evolutionary geneticist who works on Australian animals, including kangaroos and platypus, devils (Tasmanian) and dragons (lizards). Her group uses their distant relationship to humans to discover how genes and chromosomes and regulatory systems evolved, and how they work in all animals including humans. Her laboratory uses this unique perspective to explore the origin, function and fate of human sex genes and chromosomes, (in)famously predicting that the human Y chromosome will disappear. Jenny has received many honours and awards, including the Academy’s Macfarlane Burnet medal in 2006 and an AO in 2010. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and was on the Executive for 8 years, first as Foreign Secretary, then as Education Secretary with responsibility for the Academy's science education projects. She is 2006 L’Oreal-UNESCO Laureate for Women in Science. 




Professor Kerrie Wilson


Kerrie is the Executive Director of the Institute for Future Environments (IFE) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).  Before joining QUT in January 2019, Kerrie was the Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions and an ARC Future Fellow at The University of Queensland. Kerrie has two decades of experience leading and conducting research into the science, strategy and policy of conservation. Her research has been published in high impact journals such as Nature and Science and she has received numerous national awards, including the Prime Minister's Prize for Life Scientist of the Year, the Australian Academy of Science Nancy Millis Medal for Women in Science and an Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Young Researcher. Kerrie is the Australian Natural Sciences Commissioner for UNESCO and holds a Bachelor in Environmental Science from UQ and a PhD from The University of Melbourne.




Dr Di McCarthy


Dianne is the former Chief Executive of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and has over 20 years experience in various management and governance roles in the tertiary education, science and health sectors.   She is a Director of Powerhouse Ventures Ltd, the Cawthron Institute, and a member of the governance boards of the Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies, and the Ageing Well and Healthier Lives National Science Challenges. She is a Trustee of the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research and the Deafness Research Foundation (NZ), and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Brain Research.   She was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education, a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand for services to science, and her qualifications include a BA, BSc, MSc (Hons) and PhD.




Professor Kate Buchanan


Kate Buchanan is Professor in Ecology and Animal Behaviour within the School of Life and Environmental Sciences and Centre for Integrative Ecology, Deakin University. She is a behavioural ecologist with a longstanding interest in the impact of early life conditions on for adaptive developmental programing in birds. She has published over 130 peer reviewed papers, employing a range of songbird species to ask questions about vocal learning in birds and the relevance of environmental conditions both within and across generations. She completed a PhD at the University of London on the song behaviour as an advertisement of individual condition and went onto two UK research council-funded postdoctoral positions at the University of Stirling, UK. Kate then held a personal research fellowship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 at Cardiff University 2001-3 before starting a lectureship at Cardiff University 2003-2008. In 2008 she relocated to Deakin University and in 2015 was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship, which she currently holds part time. She has been Editor in Chief for BirdLife Australia’s journal Emu Austral Ornithology since 2009. Kate has organised various national and international conferences for her scientific community and in 2018 Kate was Chair of the Scientific Program Committee for the International Ornithological Congress. Since 2008 Kate has worked part time to provide caring support for family members.




Professor Eva Segelov


Professor Eva Segelov was appointed as the Professor and Director of Oncology at Monash Health and Monash University in February 2017. She is an Honorary Associate of the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, Sydney Medical School and previously Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales and Senior Medical Oncologist at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. She is a recognised national and international expert in the fields of gastrointestinal cancer, including neuroendocrine tumours, and breast cancer, with a 20 year history of management of patients in a multidisciplinary setting.


Professor Segelov is an active member of the Australian Gastrointestinal Trials Group (AGITG), as a Board Member and Convenor of the Annual Scientific Meeting. She is Chair of the Gastrointestinal Group of the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA). In 2016 she was nominated as a European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) faculty member for the CUP, Endocrine Tumours, and Others group. She is an Associate Editor of Journal of Global Oncology (ASCO);  Editorial Board member of JoVE Cancer Research; ESMO 2019 Scientific Sub-Committee member for Neuroendocrine cancer; co-Track Chair of Gastrointestinal Cancer for the 2017 ESMO Asia Annual Scientific Meeting and co-founder of the Commonwealth Neuroendocrine Tumour Society (CommNETS), an international research collaborative


Professor Segelov has led multiple national and international oncology clinical trials, including investigator-initiated studies. Her research interests relate to translational studies of targeted therapies in defined subpopulations to increase benefit and reduce the toxicity of cancer treatments. She has published over 80 articles, expert reviews, and book chapters and is a frequent invited speaker at national and international conferences. Professor Segelov has a particular interest in professional development using innovative learning techniques and has developed the Seminal Advances Preceptorship in Cancer courses, now being run through Monash University. She was awarded the UNSW Vice Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence in 2006.




The Jury considers the following when reviewing applications:


1. Intellectual merit of Applicant


Taking into account academic records, ability to plan and conduct research, ability to interpret and communicate research findings, evidence of originality, initiative and productivity, and strong recommendation in reference letters.


2. Clearly articulated research proposal


Taking into account the relevance of the research and its impact, the originality of the research proposal, and whether it is presented in a clear and compelling way.


3. Evidence of research communication, involvement in research projects and leadership