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Christchurch researcher appointed to Marsden Fund Council

Friday 8 November 2013 1:30pm

University of Otago, Christchurch researcher Professor Vicky Cameron has become the newest member of the Marsden Fund Council.

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce late last week announced her appointment.

Professor Cameron, from Otago’s Christchurch Heart Institute, will join the Council for three years from 1 December 2013 and will convene the Marsden Fund Council’s Biomedical Sciences Panel.

In last week’s announcement, Mr Joyce thanked Professor Cameron for joining the Council and welcomed the contribution she will make to New Zealand’s science and innovation system.

“Professor Cameron is a highly regarded researcher with an excellent track record in her field. Her role on the Marsden Fund Council will involve assessing and recommending funding for research proposals each year, overseeing the progress of the successful projects, and helping ensure the relevance and importance of Marsden funded research is communicated to the New Zealand public,” Mr Joyce said.

Professor Cameron says she delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the Marsden Council.

“I am excited and looking forward to the interchange of ideas among such an eminent group from a diverse range of disciplines.”

One of only two Otago representatives on the Council, Professor Cameron says she will be a strong advocate for the societal benefits of “blue skies” research.

“I believe that curiosity-driven research today fuels the fires of discovery in the future.”

The Marsden Fund is New Zealand’s premier fund for supporting research excellence in science, engineering and maths, social sciences and the humanities.

The Marsden Fund Council comprises eleven eminent researchers – a Chair, a Deputy-Chair and nine convenors. Each heads a panel in their academic field, and the panel works to assess applications for funding of research projects.