18 November 2010

The announcement of five Future Fellows to be based within the University of Sydney's School of Physics has added to what has been already a highly successful year for the School.

Tthree Future Fellows, A/Professor Peter Tuthill, Professor Geraint Lewis and Dr Scott Croom, are astronomers based within the School's Sydney Institute for Astronomy (SIfA). The fourth Fellow is Professor Kostya Ostrikov, based at CSIRO, for his research into nanoscale control of energy and matter for future energy-efficient technologies.

Professor Tuthill, who is the Director of SIfA, said it was an encouraging sign that so many astronomers based at the University of Sydney were acknowledged for their high-level research especially as the three Fellows now make a total of six Future Fellows in Astronomy alone.

"As Director of the Sydney Institute for Astronomy (SIfA), I am really delighted with this result. Three successful fellowships here from a total of only nine astronomy fellows nationwide is an outstanding result. Coming on the heels of our recent success with the CAASTRO ARC Centre of Excellence (led from here by ARC Laureate Fellow Professor Bryan Gaensler), SIfA is certainly one of the most exciting places to be in the astronomy community worldwide."

ARC Future Fellowships promote research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia, the aim being to attract and retain the best and brightest mid-career researchers and to significantly boost Australia's research and innovation capacity in areas of national importance.

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