In Summary

  • Dr Duffy shortlisted for inaugural Club Melbourne Fellowship for leading mid-career researchers
  • Winner to be announced on 15 August 2016

Swinburne’s Dr Alan Duffy has been named one of eight finalists in the inaugural Club Melbourne Fellowship for leading mid-career researchers.

The Fellowship recognises excellence in research, innovation and leadership. It is designed to support high quality research projects and the next generation of Melbourne’s research leaders.

It includes research funding of $10,000 to support attendance at international conferences to enable new research opportunities for their project.

The winner is also set to receive access to the Club Melbourne Ambassador Program network.

The eight finalists are:  

  • Dr Peter Macreadie – Deakin University
  • Associate Professor Fred Cahir – Federation University
  • Dr Shanshan Kou – La Trobe University
  • Associate Professor Alex Fornito – Monash University
  • Associate Professor Sarah Spencer – RMIT University
  • Dr Alan Duffy – Swinburne University of Technology
  • Dr Jennifer Day – University of Melbourne
  • Dr Fabio Serpiello – Victoria University

“It is an honour to be selected alongside such incredible researchers,” Dr Duffy says.

“Astronomy is actually a small field, even though we deal in some pretty big concepts, and it's an amazing feeling to be standing alongside some of the biggest research efforts going!”

Dr Duffy says the fellowship would allow him to promote his research to an international audience and form collaborations with the best in the world.

The winner will be announced on Monday 15 August 2016. For more information, including Fellowship finalist summaries, visit 

Listen to Alan Duffy speak on the Science of Science Fiction at Swinburne Open Day on 31 July.