Sydney Protein Group

The Sydney Protein Group

The Sydney Protein Group is made up of protein scientists and students from academia, hospitals and industry.

We meet regularly to hear updates from local and overseas speakers on the latest developments in protein science and related fields.

Scholarships and prizes are also provided to enable young scientists to attend key protein related meetings in Australia.

Updates

Thompson Prize call for abstracts & travel awards

This is the official call for abstracts for this year’s Thompson Prize talks. If you are a student (or recent graduate), please do consider applying! The winner will be awarded the Thompson Prize and $600 in cold, hard cash…oh, and your name will also be featured on our Hall of Fame. Details on how to apply and the fine print on eligibility can be found here: (https://www.asbmb.org.au/special-interest-groups/sydney-protein-group/thompapp/). Applications close on Thursday the 5th of November 2020.

As always, the annual SPG Lorne Travel Awards are now open to applicants. The Awards are to help students and newly-minted Postdocs (within 12 months of award of PhD) attend the Lorne Protein or Proteomics conferences in 2021. As the Lorne Protein and Proteomics conferences are mostly virtual for 2021, the value of each award will be reduced but more awards will be available. ATA Scientific is, again, our chief sponsor for our Travel Awards (Thank you ATA Scientific!). In addition, the Greg Ralston Award will also be available and exclusively for students who have recently completed their Honours and are enrolling as PhD students. Applications close on Thursday the 5th of November 2020.

Please note that as per SPG’s recent policy change, we strongly encourage applicants to be current ASBMB members; ASBMB members will be preferentially chosen for the Thompson Prize speaking slots and Travel Awards. Remember, 1st year HDR students whose supervisor is a current ASBMB member get a year free ASBMB membership (see https://www.asbmb.org.au/membership)! towards ASBMB members.  It is noteworthy that student memberships are only $44 per year, while our awards are typically several fold higher in value. 

As mentioned in our previous announcement, the 29th Thompson Prize Talks will be held on the 26th of November and hosted by Dr. Bhumika Shah from Macquarie Uni. Unfortunately, while we are keen to have the event in-person, the current CoVID19 restrictions precludes us from doing so. Hence, the Thompson Prize will be held as a virtual meeting format. We are determined to not let this dampen the mood and the Thompson Prize tradition, and we most certainly hope you could take the time out to attend and support our student finalists! We will update you as the finer details are finalized! Stay tuned!


The Sydney Protein Group seminar series

We are proud to announce the SPG seminar series. Scheduled to be held on the last Thursday of each month at 12 noon, the current series will feature EMCR speakers selected from our list of past Thompson Prize winners.

27th August: Kate Quinlan (UNSW) and Lisanne Spenkelink (UoW)

24th September: Dezerae Cox (Uni of Melb) and Morgan Gadd (Lancaster Uni)

29th October: Arun Dass (Griffith Uni) and David Jacques (UNSW)


Summer mini symposium 2020

The Sydney Protein Group has organised an afternoon symposium featuring four local and international distinguished speakers from broad areas of protein research. This symposium has been scheduled for the afternoon of Monday the 3rd of Feb. 

We hope to see you then.

Who: Speakers include Antoine van Oijen, Marc Wilkins, Margie Sunde, Andrei Lupas

What: Summer symposium

When: Monday 3rd Feb 2020, 2-5pm, afternoon tea included

Where: Room 471, Building G08, The University of Sydney


Treasurer’s report for 2017 now available

The annual Treasurer’s report for 2017 is available here. [Posted 30th November, 2017]