Below you will find downloadable copies of our most recent SRB newsletters in PDF format.
Newsletter - November 2016
For those of you who missed it, this year's annual scientific meeting at the Gold Coast was our best meeting yet......
Newsletter - May 2016
Grant applications are done and in the hands of others, so its time to focus on good science and there promises to be plenty of that at our annual scientific meeting (Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, 21-24 August). This year we will meet with our regular partner Society and also for the first time with the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society.
Newsletter - May 2015
We live in interesting times! I am sure that all of the members have watched with some concern the debate in senate on the governments Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment (HERRA) Bill in December 2014, and the subsequently introduced revised version of the Bill in 2015 – the Higher Education and Research Reform (HERR) Bill. The defeat of the legislation has left universities in a state of significant uncertainty about future funding, with key research income streams including Future Fellowships scheme also in doubt. While the government did not confirm its previous statement that the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) would not be funded unless the reforms were passed, funding for this critical national program has only been secured for a single year. Against this backdrop the NHMRC budget allocation in 2014 dropped below the 2008 investment, with success rates below 15%. So all eyes will be on the May budget with hopefully, following major lobbying campaigns by ASMR and others, no major cuts to ARC or NHMRC research spending.
Newsletter - October 2014
Congratulations to Kaye Stenvers and Rebecca Robker for yet again organising a fabulous annual scientific meeting. Feedback from the delegates rating the SRB program was very complementary - with over 90% of attendees rating the program within the 'excellent' to 'very good' range and many drew attention to the 'Public Forum' as a highlight of the 2014 SRB meeting. The SRB Plenary speakers, Prof Rob Norman and Prof Gerald Schatten both especially received positive feedback from the delegates. "Making Babies in the 21st Century Stem cells and fertility preservation" - SRB Council was particularly pleased with the turnout and engagement by the audience following excellent media promotion combined with high quality speakers ensured this event was extremely well attended and viewed - as SRB was able to concurrently stream presentations online. Thanks to ASN and Karla Hutt for helping in this extension of our public outreach - an edited version of the podcast of the event will be available as an educational tool. Also thanks to Melanie McDowall who in addition to being our Publicity led many impromptu Tweeting training sessions featuring Professors Gerald Schatten (University of Pittsburgh, USA), Alan Trounson (California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, USA), Moira O'Bryan (Monash University), and Gab Kovacs (Monash IVF), as well as National Health and Medical Research Council CEO Warwick Anderson AM, their entertaining and thought provoking presentation were followed by Q&A from the audience.
Newsletter - May 2014
Thanks to the hard work and enthusiasm of our all Council members and Secretariat, the Society continues to thrive and prosper. Our second public forum “Making Babies in the 21st Century”, coordinated by Rebecca Robker (POC co-chair) will be held in conjunction with the annual scientific meeting in Melbourne. This year we plan to use multiple media opportunities including podcasting and social media to engage with the wider public and politicians. Again Council hopes that all members will participate in this event and will be able to enlist the support of their institutions and colleagues for this timely publication of the urgent need by government and funding agencies to invest in reproductive research. Described in this newsletter, the sterling work of our Publicity Secretary Melanie MacDowell and ECR representative Jonathon McGuane at Science Meets Parliament (SmP), exemplifies how we all need to be able to produce a 3 minute (or less!) elevator pitch to funding agencies. SRB council is additionally exploring commissioning a report on the financial, social and economic impact of reproduction on healthcare, agriculture and environment, as additional information when lobbying politicians and granting bodies.
Newsletter - October 2013
The society continues to thrive, with many new initiatives instigated by Council and members. In the early part of 2013, we revamped our image and updated our website, and advanced our facebook and Twitter social interfaces. To capitalise on the fabulous national and international scientific program that we had for this meeting, we reinvested in media awareness and publicity and commissioned Ruby Communications and Nudecreative PR in collaboration with POC (Kaye Stenvers Co-chair) and Kirsty Walters (LOC chair) . This provided an excellent return on our investment – we reached 17,237,823 people from various target markets at a cost of $0.04 / 100 people.
Newsletter - June 2013
The society continues to thrive with many new initiatives instigated by Council and
members. In the early part of 2013 we have revamped our image, updated our website
and advanced our social interfaces. We have reinvested in media awareness and
publicity and commissioned Ruby Communications and Nude PR in collaboration with
Kaye Stenvers (POC Co-chair) and Kirsty Walters (LOC chair), to capitalise on the
fabulous scientific program for our upcoming meeting in August in Darling Harbour.
Newsletter - October 2012
At the end of my first two months as SRB President, I am pleased to report that the Society is now poised to capitalise on the sterling work of our members in expanding a robust and exciting society.
In late September, the Australian government announced a review of all discretionary grant schemes. Since then both the ARC and CRC have confirmed that all funding announcements and the opening of new rounds are on hold - and I hope that this delay will be brief. It is important that SRB members work together at this time to encourage, mentor and support each other as finances become limited and competition to secure external funding increases. Feedback to government on research funding is important - and SRB members are encouraged to view the McKeon consultation document and to comment by 31st Oct 2012.
Newsletter - August 2012
This will be my last Newsletter as President of the SRB, and I shall soon be leaving you in the very capable hands of the incoming President, Professor Eileen McLaughlin from Newcastle. For the past three years, Eileen has expertly served the Society in the heavy lifting role of POC Co-chair, and she will be able to bring her deep experience and expertise to the much easier (I must confess)role of President.
Newsletter - April 2012
"Recently emerging from the trials of NHMRC and ARC Grant-writing, I have had time to reflect on the challenges currently facing scientific research and Reproductive Biology, in particular. It is tempting to wallow in sombre mood in the face of the ongoing challenges of global financial uncertainty, political paralysis and a productive research community nonetheless facing limiting funding and static Grant success rates. At this time, it is especially important that more senior scientists be mindful of our younger researchers, who are particularly vulnerable and no doubt feel the uncertainty more acutely. Young researchers, our students and postdoctoral scientists, are the future and they need our encouragement, sage advice and practical support, now as much as ever."
Newsletter - May 2011
"The World Congress on Reproductive Biology is almost upon us. As Congress
host, the SRB will be holding its Annual Conference back-to-back with the
WCRB, and we encourage all SRB members to seize this opportunity to attend
a major International Meeting on our own shores, and to make a strong
showing for Australian reproductive biology. The Congress features an exciting
program put together by an International Program Committee, with many
prominent local and international speakers, including our own Peter Koopman,
together with John Eppig (SSR), Hiroshi Nagashima (SRD) and John Carrol
(SRF). Satellite workshops have also been organised by ANZPRA and another
by ESHRE entitled “Human reproductive tissues, gametes and embryos:
innovations by science-driven culture and preservation systems”."
Newsletter - October 2010
"At the end of my first year as SRB President, I am pleased to report that the Society is in a very strong position. Society finances have emerged from the GFC in fine shape, with our net assets up 15% over the same period last year, and a substantial recovery in income in 2010 after two rather lean years. Membership is also up considerably this year, with SRB membership now having increased every year since 2005, representing a 60% increase in the size of the Society in just 5 years!"
Newsletter - December 2009
"These are interesting times for Reproductive Biology. Our discipline faces the challenge of
maintaining relevance and vigour, when much cutting-edge research championed by
reproductive biologists, such as assisted reproduction, cloning, sex selection and stem cell
biology, has already entered the mainstream. While we should be proud of our past
successes, and must continue to champion our technologies within the wider society, we
must also continue to seek out and embrace the opportunities of the future. This is how we
shall continue to be a presence internationally and a voice for national policy. Accordingly,
your Council has decided to make it a priority in its coming term to look critically at the future
directions of the Society, and its evolving role as we approach the second decade of the 21st
Newsletter - August 2009
IN THIS ISSUE:
-Annual Scientific Meeting
-New Investigator Finalists
-New Executive members
Newsletter - November 2008
"This has been another year of strong performance by the Society in many
areas. Our financial position continues to strengthen despite the volatility of the
share market. Our cash reserves now stand at almost $200,000. I think that we
need to give serious thought to using some of this reserve for the benefit of the
Membership and to improve the Society. The Committee will be addressing this
at the meeting prior to the AGM but I welcome suggestions from the
membership at large for actions and activities which would improve our
Newsletter - January 2008
IN THIS ISSUE:
- Happy New Year from your SRB President
- 2007 Annual Conference Awardees
- Call for Program Suggestions – Melbourne 2008
- Membership Renewals – instructions to renew online
- Council Announcements
Newsletter - November 2006
"This is my first opportunity to write to you all as the incoming President of the SRB. I first attended
the then (A)SRB as a first year PhD student in 1975. I recall being most impressed by the quality
of work presented and the rigorous, often vigorous, debate which accompanied some papers. I
was delighted to see that at our recent meeting at the Gold Coast this tradition continued although
there seems now a greater "politeness" about some of the questioning! We are fortunate that we
have such a strong, proud tradition in the very many different research topics which fall under the
umbrella of reproductive biology. We need to actively guard and maintain this tradition."