Official news, updates and media releases on the Menzies Foundation activity are available here.

Australia-wide living tumour bank

8 October 2015

Dr Sam Asfaha, Dr Simon Leedham and Dr Paul Locchhead at Gastro2015Cancer researchers from around Australia will share resources to create a living tumour bank.

The tumour bank has arisen from discussions between some of the world’s best colorectal cancer researchers who have been in Australia in the past week, sharing their most recent findings in two seminars funded by a Menzies Foundation symposium grant.

Changing the way we see science

30 September 2015

2016 Menzies Engineering Scholar, Liz Killen, mentoring students in STEM subjects. Liz Killen, a recent UNSW chemical engineering graduate with a passion for science outreach and communication, has been awarded the 2016 Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Engineering. Liz will use the scholarship to complete a Master of Science Communication at the Imperial College, London.

Top autism award for Menzies Scholar

23 September 2015

Dr Josephine Barbaro with Yvonne O'Neill, Aboriginal Liaison Officer with Autism QueenslandIt’s one thing to do great research, it’s another altogether to translate that research into meaningful and applicable outcomes to help patients and the community.

2006 Menzies Scholar in Allied Health and Secretary of the Menzies Memorial Scholars Association, Dr Josephine Barbaro, has been awarded the Inaugural Autism CRC (Cooperative Research Centre) award for best translation of autism research at the Asia Pacific Autism Conference in Brisbane.

Architecture transforming lives

19 August 2015

Esther Charlesworth on site in HaitiEmpowering vulnerable people and communities who may have been marginalised by poverty, conflict or natural disaster and bringing design to the places that need them the most, drives Dr Esther Charlesworth’s professional life.

The convergence of gambling and gaming

27 July 2015

SallyGainsbury2014 webHaving represented the Australian Psychological Society at Science Meets Parliament earlier this year, and with her latest research on the convergence of gambling and gaming due to be released, Dr Sally Gainsbury is scaling the heights of professional success.

Getting the big picture in water management

21 July 2015

Engineer Mahala McLindin at LulworthMahala McLindin is the 2013 Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholar in Engineering. She spent 2014 at the University of Oxford undertaking a masters in Water Science, Policy and Management. She will present her dissertation in Brisbane at the International Rivers Symposium in September this year.

Call for outstanding law graduates

15 July 2015


The Menzies Foundation is looking for outstanding law graduates who are shaping up to be the next generation of leaders and looking to do further postgraduate study overseas. Applications are open now for two scholarships valued at up to $75,000.

Life-changing experiences for a lawyer at Oxford

15 July 2015

David Heaton Graduation Oxford

Later this month, 2013 Menzies Scholar in Law, David Heaton, will come back to Australia to present part of his thesis at a Constitutional Law conference at the University of Melbourne.

As the Menzies Foundation puts out its annual call for the legal leaders of tomorrow to apply for our law and international law scholarships, David told us a bit about his experiences at Oxford.

No separation of medical and mental health

13 July 2015

Professor Adrian Liston

2005 NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellow, Professor Adrian Liston, is one of the researchers in an important study which provides new insights into the cause of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), underscoring the connection between psychological factors and the immune system.

Former Chief Scientist joins Menzies Board

18 June 2015

Dr John Stocker AOWith a distinguished career in pharmaceutical research and extensive experience in the commercialisation of research and development, former Chief Executive of the CSIRO, Dr John Stocker AO, has strengthened the research credentials of the Menzies Foundation board.

John has served in a number of pre-eminent science roles including the Australian Government's Chief Scientist, Chairman of the Australian Science and Technology Council and as a member of the Australian Research Council.

Menzies scholarship open for leading engineers

16 June 2015:

Menzies Engineering scholarship opensThe 2016 Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Engineering, valued at up to $75,000 per year, is now open for applications.

The Menzies Foundation is looking for outstanding engineers who are shaping up to be the next generation of leaders and looking to do further postgraduate study overseas.