Annual fellowship results in a tie
Since the Program’s inception in 2005, Club Melbourne has secured 131 international conferences that have delivered an economic impact worth more than $840 million, with support and collaboration from the Victorian State Government and the Melbourne Convention Bureau.
In a first for the Program, the 2018 Club Melbourne Fellowship judging resulted in a unanimous tie, awarding Co-Fellows Dr Eric Chow and Dr Tamsyn Van Rheenen a $10,000 Fellowship each.
Dr Eric Chow, a Senior Research Fellow at Melbourne Sexual Health Centre and Monash University is an epidemiologist and an expert in sexual health related to preventing and controlling sexually transmitted infections, particularly in gonorrhoea and human papillomavirus.
Dr Tamsyn Van Rheenen is an NHMRC Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, her research focuses on understanding cognition in the major psychiatric disorders using behavioural and neuroscientific techniques.
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre CEO Peter King congratulated the five new Ambassadors and Co-Fellows.
“Club Melbourne has some of Melbourne’s best and brightest minds within its Ambassador Program, these individuals volunteer their time, expertise and resources to secure international conferences for Victoria,” he said.
“The work of Club Melbourne plays an important role in cementing Melbourne as a leader on the global stage, not only by securing international events to our city but in supporting and sharing new research, ideas and innovations.”