MCEC announces Annual Club Melbourne Fellowship recipients

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Melbourne researchers Dr. Gemma Sharp and Dr. Shoujin Wang have been named this year’s recipients of the Annual Club Melbourne Fellowship program which provides research funding of $2,500 to support international conference attendance that enables new research opportunities.

The winners were chosen based on the impact of their research and how it will benefit the Victorian economy.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) acting CEO Helen Fairclough said the Club Melbourne Program, owned by MCEC, is a valuable tool in expanding Melbourne’s important place in research and leadership.

“Having hosted 156 events since inception and delivered $1.01 billion in economic impact, the Club Melbourne Ambassador Program has developed many important initiatives, like the Fellowship, to give talented people an opportunity to share their invaluable knowledge with the rest of the world,” she said.

Dr. Sharp is currently an NHMRC Early Career Senior Research Fellow at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre where she established and leads the Body Image Research Unit.

“We are extremely grateful to Club Melbourne and delighted to have our Research Fellow – Dr Gemma Sharp supported by this Fellowship, which will support her vital work in the area of body image research and interventions that have the capacity to improve the lives of the many people living with these conditions,” said Anthony de Castella, manager at Monash Alfred psychiatry research centre.

Dr. Wang is a Research Fellow at the School of Computing Technologies, RMIT University, where his research interests include data mining, machine learning and recommender systems.