Business Events Perth announces Aspire Awards 2023


Eleven of Western Australia’s exceptional researchers, academics and professionals have today been announced as the recipients of Business Events Perth’s 2023 Aspire Awards.

The successful Aspire Award applicants will receive travel grants supporting their attendance at an international conference.

Among the winners is the Perron Institute’s Dr. Jamie Beros, an early-career neuroscience researcher who established Western Australia’s first optogenetics platform for in vivo neuroscience research.

The University of Notre Dame’s award recipient, Dr. Melissa Marshall is also making waves in collaborative management and conservation of rock art sites within the context of cultural landscapes.

“The recipients of the 2023 Aspire Awards represent the diversity of Western Australia’s research and entrepreneurial strengths and exemplify the innovation that Western Australia is renowned for,” said Business Events Perth CEO Gareth Martin.

“Providing this opportunity for knowledge exchange allows a cohort of Western Australia’s exceptional researchers, innovators and professionals to connect with other like-minded, global leaders in their field.”

For the past two decades Business Events Perth has been recognising Western Australia’s brightest minds through the Aspire Awards program.

The Aspire Awards have led to a number of large-scale international conferences being confirmed for Western Australia over the years, including the 5th International Congress on Biological Invasions (ICBI2025) in which 2022 Aspire Award Recipient Murdoch University’s Dr. Bob Du played an integral role in Perth’s successful bid.

Hosting ICBI 2025 will attract hundreds of delegates from around the world to Perth for the first time. The conference is estimated to inject upwards of $1.5 million into Western Australia’s economy.

The 2023 Aspire Award Recipients are:

AMA (WA) Aspire Award Recipient: Dr. Thomas Drake-Brockman
Curtin University Aspire Award Recipient: Dr. Xiaomin Xu
Defence West Aspire Award Recipient: Dr. Jeremy Bourhill
Edith Cowan University Aspire Award Recipient: Dr. Jason Goopy
Harry Perkins Institute Aspire Award Recipient: Chiara Folland
Murdoch University Aspire Award Recipient: Dr. Ashiwin Vadiveloo
Perron Institute Aspire Award Recipient: Dr. Jamie Beros
The Telethon Kids Institute Aspire Award Recipient: Dr. Vincent Mancini
The University of Notre Dame Australia Aspire Award Recipient: Dr. Melissa Marshall
The University of Western Australia Aspire Award Recipient: Dr. Cristina Vulpe
THIS IS FREMANTLE Aspire Award Recipient: Natalie Marinho