University of Melbourne professors claim international awards, Times ranking improves.

Sunday, 7 June, 2015

The University of Melbourne’s Professor Roger Powell awarded the esteemed Royal Society fellowship in 2015.

Professor Powell, of the School of Earth Sciences, is known as a pioneer in his field, with his work said to have paved the way for many fundamental advances within the study of geosciences. Powell’s papers are globally renowned, and are amongst the articles most regularly cited by fellow geoscience scholars.

The Royal Society houses many distinguished thinkers, with the fellowship placing Powell in a group of elite scientists responsible for leading research in areas such as climate change, plant genetics and the treatment of infectious diseases. Past fellows and foreign members include Stephen Hawking, Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton. In accepting the award Powell thanked the School of Earth Sciences, and his many research collaborators from Australia and overseas.

Associate Professor Ingrid Volkmer joins Nobel Prize winners on International Panel on Social Progress

Associate Professor Volkmer, of the School of Media and Communications, was recently appointed a member of the International Panel on Social Progress.

Dedicated to social issues, the panel s concerned with global challenges such as employment and inequality, and is led by an esteemed council which features  a number of Nobel Prize winners.

Professor Volkmer is at the forefront of a report that the Panel, coordinated by Princeton University, is set to release in 2017. She will be one of the principle authors in the report’s section on democracy and public spheres in a globalised context.

The professor described the honour as an “outstanding opportunity to contribute to global policy making”.

University rankings 2015

This year the Times Higher Education magazine published its updated ‘Reputation Rankings’ for tertiary institutions. The University of Melbourne moved up two spots to 41, staying within the top 50 universities in the world. According to the Times, Melbourne leads the way in Social Sciences, Engineering, Clinical Health and Life Sciences amongst all universities in Australia.