Applications are now open for Western Sydney University’s new Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellowship Scheme.

The scheme will see an unprecedented $30 million investment in 50 new research-focused fellows over the next five years.

Targeting outstanding early and mid-career national and international researchers whose work aligns with the University’s research strengths, the Fellowships will build on established and rapidly emerging cohorts of research excellence.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Research and Innovation), Professor Deborah Sweeney said this call-out marks a significant shift in Western Sydney University’s journey as a research-led university.

“Western Sydney University is home to world leading research and world leading research teams. Our research concentration and achievements are reflected in  our internationally recognised  reputation for research excellence which is on the ascent.

“Our researchers are renowned for bringing fresh perspectives to intractable and emerging problems, developing solutions that are inclusive and co-designed with those beyond the University’s gates.

“This significant investment in exceptional early and mid-career researchers will help extend Western’s internationalisation, and expand our already burgeoning research capacity. Through these fellowships we are welcoming the next generation of world leaders,” said Professor Sweeney.

This research investment links with other key initiatives being led by Western Sydney University including our Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) program. This program is investing in cross-disciplinary cohorts of research excellence and capacity across the University.

These new SRI centres bring a multidisciplinary approach, which is co-designed with industry partners and research end-users, to global challenges. With a $10 million investment supporting three new sites of research strength so far, the research outcomes are already realising benefits to defence, vulnerable children and adolescent health.

In this first call for Western’s Vice Chancellor’s Fellows, the University is seeking to recruit outstanding early and mid-career researchers in areas that align with our existing research excellence. In line with Western’s ambitions of continued development of critical mass, Fellows are being called in the following specific areas:

Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

  • Entomology (pest management)
  • Plant Microbe Interactions (pathogens)
  • Plant Molecular Biology
  • Pollination Biology


Institute for Culture and Society (ICS)

  • Cultural Policy and Planning.
  • Sustainability and Globalization

The International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems (ICNS)

  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Neuromorphic Engineering
  • Novel Architectures for Computing Systems

The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development

  • Cognitive Neuroscience

NICM Health Research Institute


  • Health Economics, Epidemiology and Big Health Data management
  • Integrative Care in chronic disease management
  • Pharmacologist/Natural Products Chemistry

Transforming Early Education and Child Health (TeEACH)

  • Data science approaches to decision making and the economics of the early years
  • Prevention science for families of young children who experience adverse life circumstances

Young  and Resilient Research Centre

  • Children, Rights and Governance
  • Citizenship, Youth and Diversity
  • Digital, Health and Youth
  • Games, participatory platforms and civic hacktivism

For more information contact Saada George on:

For application details and to apply click here.

Emma Sandham, Senior Media Officer

This content was originally published here.


Federal Election: Labor promises $7.2m Digital Discovery Centre for WSU Bankstown

Western Sydney University’s new Bankstown campus will get a state-of-the-art Digital Discovery Centre if Labor wins the 2019 federal election.

The article was originally published on Canterbury-Bankstown Express, The Daily Telegraph, Author: Lawrence Machado

Blaxland federal Labor MP Jason Clare said today his party will spend $7.2 million on the world class centre at Bankstown, which is home to a sizable manufacturing sector.

This investment is part of Labor’s $300 million University Future Fund.

Jason Clare: I want to make sure that local kids can go to university in the heart of Bankstown and get the skills they need for the jobs of the future. Picture: Jeremy Piper/AAP

Mr Clare said this sector is seeing a massive change because of technology and automation with the new centre making a big difference.

“I want to make sure that local kids can go to university in the heart of Bankstown and get the skills they need for the jobs of the future,” Mr Clare said.

Western Sydney University will build a new ‘vertical campus in the Bankstown CBD. Picture: Carmela Roche

The Digital Discovery Centre will be part of Western Sydney University’s vertical campus planned for Bankstown CBD .

“Australia’s workforce will continue to change into the future, but the Liberals have done nothing to plan for those changes or make sure workers and local students have the skills they need,” Labor candidate for the marginal seat of Banks, Chris Gambian said.

Labor candidate for Banks Chris Gambian. Picture: Carmela Roche

Dr Andy Marks. Picture: Damian Shaw

Dr Andy Marks, the Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Western Sydney University, welcomed the funding promise.

“The Digital Discovery Centre will support south Western Sydney’s engagement with digital technologies. It’s an opportunity to leverage, rather than be destabilised by digital disruption,” Dr Marks said.

“It’s not just about digital technology. It’s about community and businesses thinking differently, collaborating, and innovating to solve the region’s challenges.”

Labor said its commitment to delivering the Digital Discovery Centre will support digital technologies and support capabilities enabling, development, prototyping and testing of technologies in areas including:

  • Industry 4.0 and industrial Internet of Things.
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning.
  • Neuromorphic engineering (biology computational and electronic systems)
  • Collaborative robotics and automation.
  • Big data analytics and data visualisation.
  • Virtual and augmented reality.
  • Additive manufacturing.
  • Advanced sensing and haptics.

Launch Pad kicks off The Global Tech Leader Series with the Managing Director of Amazon Web Services APAC

Western Sydney University Launch Pad presents The Global Tech Leader Series featuring Ed Lenta, Managing Director of Amazon Web Services APAC

As part of Launch Pad’s focus to transform Western Sydney to an innovation-driven future, we are bringing a host of successful Global Tech Leaders to Sydney’s West to share their stories.

Ed Lenta is a 7 year veteran of Amazon Web Services (AWS). As Managing Director of APAC, Ed is responsible for operations and growth for the 20 countries in the region.

At this event, Ed shared with us his personal journey and approach to the technology sector, advice and tips for startups and practical strategies for government and large organizations to approach the cloud, AI, and other technology changes presenting new opportunities, and new challenges.

Amazon is famous for running lean and efficiently, even at hyperscale. Ed shared the practical steps used to function like a startup, and maintain a fast pace of innovation and flexibility while operating with more than 600,000 employees worldwide.


NAB has partnered with Western Sydney University’s Launch Pad Technology Business Incubator

In a win for Western Sydney’s knowledge economy, National Australia Bank (NAB) has partnered with Western Sydney University’s award-winning Launch Pad Technology Business Incubator.

A significant investment in Launch Pad’s innovative projects is just one part of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by NAB and the University. The partnership also includes plans for high-rise facilities at Parramatta Square and the development of a graduate program for NAB.

“Western Sydney University’s Launch Pad program has been instrumental in creating a tech start-up ecosystem embedded in Sydney’s west. NAB’s significant investment will translate into more award-winning businesses and ideas for the region,” said Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Scott Holmes.

Anthony Healy, Chief Customer Officer – Business and Private Banking said employment pathways and work experience opportunities for Western Sydney University students at NAB will also be explored.

“Collaborating with academic bodies like Western Sydney University through the Launch Pad Business Incubator ensures we stay connected to the local community and continue to foster local entrepreneurship,” Mr Healy said.

Photo credits: Sally Tsoutas

Federal Incubator Funding announced as a boost for local tech start-ups

LaunchPad event at Werrington Park – Minister The Hon Craig Laundy MP – Minister for Small and Family business – Scott Holmes, Minister Laundy, Don Wright and Andy Marks pose together after formalities.

Western Sydney University’s Launch Pad Technology Business Incubator has been announced as the recipient of a competitive Federal Incubator Funding grant.

The Hon. Craig Laundy MP, Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation, announced the outcome of the Australian Government’s Incubator Support Initiative at the University’s Penrith campus.

Launch Pad will receive $500,000 as part of the Initiative, which aims to assist Australian start-ups in developing the capabilities to achieve commercial success in international markets.

Minister Laundy visit to Launch Pad
Minister Laundy with Alf Leahy, demonstrating the 360 degree photo technology which is utilised in teaching by the University’s School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics.

Dr Andy Marks, Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Western Sydney University, said the funding will be used to establish a unique business accelerator program at Launch Pad, called “Start-up SydWest”.

“Start-ups in western Sydney experience a lack of local support. Start-up SydWest will fill a gap in this market; unlock the potential for large scale start-up activity in the region; and significantly impact the capacity for innovation in western Sydney,” said Dr Marks.

Working across three university campus sites in Penrith, Parramatta and Liverpool, Start-up SydWest will offer services to 30 start-ups – with a focus on supporting businesses in high-growth sectors such as medtech, edu-tech, agri-business and advanced manufacturing.

Minister Laundy visit to Launch Pad
Minister Laundy with Joel van de Vorstenbosch and Boramy Unn, demonstrating Alta VR technology.

Don Wright, the Head of Launch Pad at Western Sydney University, said Start-up SydWest will expand on the existing services offered by Launch Pad, by upscaling current activities to deliver increased mentoring, training and commercialisation support to develop new high-tech products and services.

“Start-up SydWest will help start-ups to infuse technologies – such as data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual reality and additive manufacturing – and help tech start-ups access Asian markets, particularly in China, India and Vietnam,” said Mr Wright.

During a tour of the Launch Pad  facilities at the University’s Penrith campus, Minister Laundy commended the University for “cultivating the entrepreneurial flair” of start-ups in western Sydney.

Innovation Hub Launched

Support for smart tech ideas

By Di Bartok

A HUB of innovation in cutting-edge technology was officially opened at the Parramatta office of KPMG on the same morning that the council launched its Smart City strategy.

Western Sydney University’s Launch Pad Smart Business Centres will support start-ups and early stage businesses in the technology fields.

With KPMG providing the space in its Phillip St premises – with off-shoots to be provided by Parramatta Council – other partners include NAB, CSIRO, the NSW Department of Industry, and L&T Infotech.

The Launch Pad provides space and mentorship for companies and individuals focussed on developing technology that will make Australia a smart international competitor, rather than a nation relying solely on mineral resources.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently visited a similar Western Sydney University centre in Penrith.

There are plans for Launch Pads in Liverpool and Oran Park.

At the unveiling of Parramatta’s Launch Pad, NSW Minister for Regulation and Innovation, Victor Dominello, said the initiative would help grow jobs in the nation’s fastest growing region and would help shift Australia’s reliance on mineral resources.

“This initiative will have a ripple effect on the rest of the nation,” Mr Dominello said.

“I was recently in Singapore and Korea where they are moving ahead with technology – they have to as they can’t scratch the ground and watch money come out.”

But, as University of Western Sydney vice-chancellor Professor Bernie Glover later pointed out, Australia could not rely on its resources boom forever and had to find new technologies for continuing prosperity.

Mr Dominello said improved use of technology would enable government departments and councils to better share data, which they did not do well at the moment.

“There are 160 government agencies and 152 councils and we are bad at sharing data but we are introducing a bill into parliament that will direct agencies to give over their data within 14 days to better serve the people of NSW,” he said.

Mr Dominello said the “new jobs” in technology and communications were “coming now, not in 15 years time”.

He said the Launch Pad concept was “impressive” in being a one-stop shop for start-up businesses.

“This will be a great start for businesses, having a one-stop shop of business advice, research and consulting wrapped around them,” Mr Dominello said.

Prof Glover said western Sydney had to “up its uptake of technology and innovation” and he was proud to have the university working closely with the council to align with the city’s objectives.

“When we build our centre in the Parramatta Square building, it will be the most innovative higher education centre,” Prof Glover said.

“This will have an impact beyond the region. When out at Penrith, the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that work going on here in western Sydney was critical to Australia’s future.

“He also said that if Australia was to remain a high wage-earning, prosperous economy, we needed to be more innovative as we moved from manufacturing to ideas.

“Launch Pad gives access to tech smarts and support, providing an environment to convert ideas into reality. Students these days are not graduating to get jobs, but to create jobs.”

Prof Glover said western Sydney’s diverse population had a natural entrepreneurial spirit, and the Launch Pad would help local businesses transform their ideas into products for the market.

“By providing targeted support to start-ups and growing businesses and helping them make the leap from great idea to commercial reality, we can transform the region into a global technology hub and create new jobs to replace traditional industries,” he said.

Launch Pad offers

  • Business advice and mentoring.
  • Business incubation and acceleration programs.
  • Access to NSW Government innovation and business support programs.
  • Entrepreneurship and business education.
  • R&D partnering with Western Sydney University researchers.
  • Access to the University’s ‘Maker Space’ facility for product prototyping and testing.

New Innovation Corridor to Power Western Sydney Entrepreneurs

Western Sydney University is launching the Innovation Corridor economic development strategy to drive the ambitious new development of commercial and research hubs across Western Sydney.

The Innovation Corridor Discussion Paper by Professor Donald McNeil will be launched at the Ideas Lab, on the University’s Parramatta South campus on Tuesday, October 27. The discussion paper was a collaborative partnership between Western Sydney University and Celestino – the development company behind the proposed Sydney Science Park.

The Innovation Corridor will stretch from Campbelltown to Hawkesbury, and include Badgery’s Creek Airport Precinct and the Western Sydney Employment Area. It will link the NSW Government’s designated North-West and South-West Growth centres.

The Corridor will provide sites for emerging industries, and spur growth in the accelerator model of business development, where angel investors, corporations, governments and universities provide seed money and mentoring.

To discuss the strategy and the release of the Innovation Corridor Research Paper, the Ideas Lab has gathered an informed audience and panel of industry, government and community leaders, including:

  • Professor Barney Glover, Western Sydney University Vice Chancellor
  • Lindy Deitz, General Manager of Campbelltown City Council
  • Professor Donald McNeill, Institute for Culture and Society and author of the Innovation Corridor Discussion Paper
  • Dr Tim Williams, CEO, Committee for Sydney
  • David Borger, NSW Business Chamber
  • John Vassallo, Sydney Science Park (Celestino)

The Ideas Lab will also provide a forum allowing audience members to have their say, through an online poll and real-time Twitter feeds.

The article was originally published on Canterbury-Bankstown Express, The Daily Telegraph, Author: Lawrence MachadoThe Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Development, Professor Scott Holmes, says the Innovation Corridor will provide much needed support for emerging and growing businesses in Western Sydney.

“Western Sydney is home to some of Australia’s most inventive entrepreneurs,” says Professor Holmes.

“By creating an innovation growth corridor spanning across Western Sydney, the University can act as a mechanism to connect start-ups to emerging and growing business in the health, automotive, education and social enterprise sectors, all key areas of strength in the west.”

“Digital and other start-ups in London are already looking further afield, such as locating in Croydon, south of the city. It’s time we start thinking about how to encourage new locations for our emerging digital activity and markets in Sydney – and Western Sydney makes perfect sense.”

John Vassallo says the paper shows there’s a unique opportunity to create a globally significant ecosystem of innovation in the region.

“The planned Sydney Science Park will be an integral element of this innovation ecosystem and we look forward to working with government, industry and academia to deliver this vision,” he says.

The article was originally published on Western Sydney University.