CASS Travel Awards

CASS has awarded 891 Travel Awards valued at $3,011,918 since 2002.

Our Travel Award recipients share some of their reflections after attending overseas conferences, sharing their research, connecting with future collaborators, and participating in world-class research.

I have learned new best management practices across the globe in the research on plastics or microplastics and wetlands. I am thrilled that due to support from the CASS Foundation, I have developed some new networks for collaborative work in future. Deciding which particular presentation I needed to attend was hard as all were exciting…
Dr Tanveer Adyel
Lecturer Water Engineering, University of South Australia
10th International Symposium On Wetland Pollutant Dynamics and Control, Belgium, 2023
Valuable opportunities for collaboration and exchange of scientific ideas were only possible through the support of the CASS foundation. Significant progress was made on a wide range of plasma physics topics... Hopefully this ensures that Australian plasma physics research stays at the forefront, through collaboration between domestic … and international institutions…
Dr Gregory JAmes Boyle
Senior Scientist, Monash University,
CELL Symposium, Viruses in Health & Disease, Spain, 2023
My research was selected for presentation as a Power Pitch Talk, a highly sought after platform at the conference… This research … may have substantial impact on neuroscience in general and may foster further growth of this specialised research field in Australia. The CASS Foundation’s patronage will always be recognised as a pivotal element in the advancement of this research.
Dr Tomina Sumya Ali
Research Associate, University of Sydney
ISMRM & ISMRT Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Canada, 2023
This conference is like a mega jamboree for human genetics with more than 8,000 attendees.. The CSHL Single Cell Analyses meeting is the oldest single-cell biology meeting and I met many pioneering scientists in this field. I learned many new single-cell technology and enhanced computational tools to analyse single-cell RNA-seq data. I gave an oral presentation [at Harvard Medical School] and received some really good feedback from whom with expertise in immunology and intra-cellular gene regulation. It's been a blast… my participation has seriously expanded the horizons of my research. I also received many constructive comments on my existing projects during those conferences and lab visits, which enable me to rethink of my project in a way that I never even considered before.
DR Angli Xue
Conjoint Associate Lecturer, University of New South Wales
American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting, USA, 2023
The conference proved to be a resounding success, characterized by impeccable organization and a remarkable scientific agenda. A prominent highlight of the program was the inclusion of keynote presentations delivered by renowned researchers at the forefront of the field. These speakers not only provided illuminating updates but also offered critical insights into the prevailing challenges in veterinary parasitology across the globe, along with thought-provoking glimpses into future research avenues. My participation in the conference proved to be highly productive and undoubtedly invaluable in advancing my career aspirations as a scientist in veterinary parasitology. It also positively influenced the trajectory of future research within my laboratory at Murdoch University.
Dr Amanda Duarte Barbosa
School of Veterinary Medicine, Murdoch University
The 29th International Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP), India, 2023
Selection for oral presentations at international scientific conferences is highly competitive and represents acknowledgement of impactful research and is a critical performance metric for early career researchers. Moreover, the platform to showcase cutting-edge research to an expert audience was extremely rewarding. Attending an international conference offers a unique opportunity to strengthen existing partnerships and meet potential research collaborators beyond Australia. The scientific sessions and workshops provided a deeper appreciation of the current state of mass spectrometry research, instrumentation, and applications.
Dr David Marshall
Research Infrastructure Specialist, Queensland University of Technology
Asia-Oceania Mass Spectrometry Conference, South Korea, 2023
PPC18 provided a platform for knowledge exchange and exposure to the latest trends and innovations in the field. I gained valuable insights from keynote speakers, panel discussions, and fellow participants, enhancing my understanding of current industry best practices. This knowledge enrichment is crucial for staying at the forefront of the field and ensuring that my work remains innovative and relevant. In addition, the conference served as a tool for showcasing my own expertise.
Dr Valentin Bobrin
Research Associate, University of New South Wales
18th Pacific Polymer Conference, Mexico, 2023
The conference is one of the most prestigious events in the field. [I was] congratulated on my talk and invited to attend the CAGI workshop in Boston, USA. [I was] told me that my prediction for the CAGI challenge in 2022 was among the best. I am very grateful to CASS for providing me with the funding to attend the ISMB/ECCB2023 conference. It was an invaluable experience for me to disseminate my work to the computational biology community and to network with other experts in the field. I learned a lot from the conference and gained new perspectives and inspiration for my future research.
Dr Thanh Binh
Research Fellow, The University of Queensland
ISMB/ECCB 2023, France, 2023
There’s a ‘big-picture’ element inherent in gathering people from across the globe, a perspective and framing that is rich, often novel… and this provided an incredible opportunity for conversation about the work, and next steps. We were able to discuss systems and services at a broad level and make an initial plan for collaboration on a resource that may have cross cultural relevance and clinical importance. I was invited to be interviewed for the research translation podcast ‘Research Works.’ Participation in this podcast means that my work is now being shared with an audience of healthcare clinicians and researchers beyond EACD attendees.
Dr Stacey L Cleary
Research Fellow, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
35th Annual Meeting of the European Academy of Childhood Disability, Slovenia, 2023
From a personal perspective, as my first endothelin conference, it was brilliant to gain a historical perspective of where the field has come from, and perhaps more importantly, where it is heading. My research was selected from submitted abstracts for inclusion on the program as an oral presentation and I was also awarded an ET-18 Young Investigator Award to present my work. My talk was well-received, stimulating some great questions and discussion. My work was even mentioned in the conference closing summary by Prof Masashi Yanagisawa, who discovered endothelin and started this field around 30 years ago!
Dr Simon Foster
Senior Research Officer, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
The Eighteenth International Conference on Endothelin, Italy, 2023
I was thrilled to receive positive feedback from a few new connections, where they were impressed by my research output… I also gained valuable insights from the more advanced research presented in the Tissue Engineering field, equipping me with new technologies and ideas that I can apply to my future work.
Development Fellow, University of Queensland
Australasian Society for Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering (ASBTE), New Zealand, 2023
Besides outstanding science, the conference dinner and breaks were organised in a way that senior researchers were seated and actively introduced to young scientists, providing invaluable opportunities for networking and scientific discussion. Finally, several CELL Press editors were present at the conference and provided insights into their publishing and selection process.
Dr Isaak Quast
Senior Scientist, Monash University,
CELL Symposium, Viruses in Health & Disease, Spain, 2023
I was honoured to receive a Cannon Award Abstract of Distinction which was awarded to the top 10 abstracts on hypertension research. Receiving this award provided validation that my research is important and of much interest to others.
dr Quinh Nhu Dinh
Research Officer, La Trobe University American Physiology Summit, USA 2023
Attending this meeting has given an international boost to the profile of my work, and the research that is underway at the Florey through the Australian Epilepsy Project. It was also a great chance to spend time with several collaborators... Perhaps even more importantly, we were able to spend time together in a social setting (with a trip to the baseball on one evening!), building relationships that I hope will last throughout our careers.
DR David Vaughan
Senior Research Fellow, Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health
International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Canada, 2023
I had the chance of witnessing the newest EV based technologies that are being developed by multiple companies. In this very productive trip, I was also able to be a part of massive publication (MISEV2023) that will contain inputs on updated information/guidelines on EV research from all the leading researchers in the EV field.
DR Pamali Fonseka
NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow, La Trobe University
ISEV2023 Annual Meeting, USA, 2023
This conference provided a solid platform to establish international partnerships and collaborations to share methodologies with scientists from Taiwan and US, and access cutting-edge human stem cell harbouring dementia associated familial mutations from Corneil University.
Dr Alan Yu
Head of Neuroinflammation Laboratory, Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health
AD/PD 2023, Sweden, 2023
My presentation on the Mediterranean diet to a large, international audience has helped build conference experience in presenting and importantly has contributed to track record for future funding and grant applications.
Dr Paige van der Pligt
Lecturer Nutrition & Dietetics (Deputy Course Director), Deakin University
European Public Health Conference, Germany, 2022
As a result of my presentation, I have been invited to write a publication summarising the results of the Year in Review I completed for mechanics in osteoarthritis.
Dr Laura Diamond
Senior Lecturer, Griffith University
Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) 2023 World Congress on Osteoarthritis, USA, 2023
As a researcher within this somewhat small field in Australia, it was a unique opportunity to meet and discuss my research with such a large cohort of computational-based academics.
Dr Nicholas Smith
Research Fellow, La Trobe University
67th Biophysical Society (BPS) Annual Meeting USA, 2023
I appreciate the CASS foundation supporting me to attend these events as the benefits go beyond my simple attendance.
Dr Saffron Bryant
Research Fellow, RMIT
AMN10 conference, New Zealand, 2023
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