“Who gets to assess ARC proposals with an exclusive or strong bioinformatics component?” a question I have heard at many meetings where there is a critical mass of bioinformaticians, computational biologists or other species of quantitative bioscientist.
So when Benita Vincent and I recently had an opportunity to meet with Dr Fiona Cameron, the ARC’s Executive Director of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology, this was one of the points we raised.
First off, Fiona emphasised that the ARC values its assessors enormously and could not operate without them. Their contributions are much appreciated.
As for how members of the Australian Bioinformatics Network could become involved, with assistance from Fiona and Professor Brian Yates (ARC Executive Director for Engineering, Mathematics and Information Sciences) we have put in place a way for ABN members to apply.
Please visit the ABN members-only page, Apply to be an ARC Assessor to find out more.
Not only does this help to ensure the ARC makes sound investments in research but, as an assessor, you would get good visibility into other research going on around the country and, occasionally, opportunities to be more involved.