Recipients of the University's Sydney Research Networks Scheme (SyReNS) announced

14 December 2011

The first recipients of the University's Sydney Research Networks Scheme (SyReNS) have been announced.

The scheme aims to develop large and productive collaborations that enable high quality multi-disciplinary research with funding and support over a two year period.

In some instances, SyReNS financing will advance to seed funding from a substantial, sustainable, externally-funded program, and develop a major application for a Centre of Excellence or a similar activity.

Jill Trewhella, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), congratulated the recipients and expressed her high hopes for this scheme:

"We had an extraordinary response to this scheme, the number of quality applications illustrating how our researchers can work creatively and collaboratively across discipline boundaries. We are pleased to be in a position to support this work, which will bring us new ideas and new ways of looking at problems.

"Although we could not fund as many areas as we would have liked, valuable conversations have begun as a result of this scheme. I have no doubt they will lead to larger things."

Here is a snapshot of our successful applicants:

The Sydney Social Justice Project

Duncan Ivison, who will lead the Sydney Social Justice Project
Duncan Ivison, who will lead the Sydney Social Justice Project

This project aims to draw together, promote and expand key areas of research strength and public outreach activity across the humanities and social sciences at the University of Sydney in areas of democracy, human rights, social inequality and justice. This program aims to join together Political Science, Policy, Law, Philosophy and History to help build critical mass and take advantage of the University's comprehensive capacities in these areas. The SSJP will draw together key researchers in focused, thematic research discussions and in partnership with external organisations who work on social justice related issues.

The Sydney Network on Climate Change and Society

By examining the past, present, and future of life in a climate-changing, and climate-challenged, society this research network's multiple perspectives will provide a comprehensive understanding of what we stand to lose and what we might gain in a productive response to the climate and environment we have changed. Combining the efforts of Political Science, Historical Studies, Cultural Studies and Human Geography, this program addresses the new vulnerabilities of human and natural systems.

Tania Sorrell, leader of the Sydney Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity network
Tania Sorrell, leader of the Sydney Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity network

Sydney Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity Network

Merging microbiology, public health, veterinary science and communications, the primary goal of the SIBRN is to generate new knowledge and strategies that will contribute to reducing the risks and global impacts of infectious diseases.

Learning, Technology & Knowledge in Action

Having established solid networks in the faculties of Engineering & IT, Science, and Education & Social Work this network - which recognises that technology, knowledge, learning and action cannot be understood as independent phenomena - will expand to incorporate researchers from Arts & Social Science and from Medicine.

Health and Work Research Network

This network recognises the role work plays in shaping health outcomes, and seeks to generate new knowledge on the work-health nexus by sharing research across Health and HR disciplines.

Energy Storage Research Network

Inorganic chemistry, chemical engineering, policy and administration, law, architecture, join forces to provide solutions to the development, integration and management of large-scale energy storage.

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