Closing comment – Friday 13 July – Chemistry, congratulations and croissants

Croissant photo c/o Flickr by Charles Haynes

It has been an exciting week at the c word with a prestigious international science medal awarded to our client’s inaugural VESKI Innovation Fellow Professor Andrew Holmes AM; a CSIRO Fellow and a University of Melbourne Laureate Professor of Chemistry.

On Tuesday we helped VESKI announce that Professor Holmes had received one of only three Royal Medals for 2012. The Royal Medals, also known as the Queen’s Medals, are awarded annually by HM The Queen on the recommendation of the Council of the Royal Society for the most important contributions in the physical, biological and applied or interdisciplinary sciences.

The Royal Medal recognises his contributions at the interface of materials and biological science, leading to outcomes that will be beneficial to society. He played a pioneering role in the field of applied organic electronic materials. In the late 1980s he established a productive collaboration with University of Cambridge physicists that led to the discovery (in 1990) of light emitting polymers. Professor Holmes led the Chemistry team in that collaboration for fourteen years. These materials have applications in solid state lighting, flat panel displays, transistors and solar cells.

This exciting news meant we spent the first few days of the week getting ready for the announcement with media releases, electronic bulletins and website content flying around the office.

Wednesday morning meant an early start with Andrew appearing on ABC TV News Breakfast. Co-hosts Karina Carvalho and Andrew Geogheg congratulated Andrew on his Royal Medal and got the opportunity to see some truly flexible solar cells Andrew is developing.

We were also excited to announce a great PRIA Breakfast with Dina Pozzo showing people how to create winning teams on Wednesday 25 July. Book your seat today!

Have a great weekend everyone & don’t forget to enjoy a croissant for Bastille Day tomorrow.


Jack and the c word crew

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