2009 Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowship Presentation


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2009 Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowship Presentation

  2. 2. THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION Based in the USA World’s largest museum and research complex Primary mission - “the increase and diffusion of knowledge” 19 Museums and Galleries Mostly based in Washington DC 2 campuses in New York Numerous research centres
  4. 4. SCIENCE National Museum of Natural History (Washington DC) Mineral sciences, palaeobiology, botany, entomology, zoology, anthropology Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce (Florida) Carrie-Bow Marine Field Station (Belize) Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Panama) Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (Chesapeake Bay, Maryland) National Zoological Park (Washington DC) Conservation and Research Centre (Front Royal, Virginia) Migratory Bird Center (Washington DC)
  5. 5. SCIENCE cont… National Air and Space Museum & Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Centre (Washington DC and Chantilly, Virginia) History, science, and technology of aviation and space flight Center for Earth and Planetary Sciences (Washington DC) Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (Massachusetts, Arizona, Hawaii) Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education Mpala Research Centre (Kenya) Joint venture with Princeton University, the Kenya Wildlife Service, the National Museums of Kenya and the Mpala Research Trust
  6. 6. SMITHSONIAN SCIENCE STRATEGIC PLAN Science Matters Priorities and Strategies 2005-2010 Research, collections and outreach/education priorities: Origin and Nature of the Universe Formation and Evolution of the Earth and Similar Planets Including planetary processes Discovering and Understanding Biological Diversity Individual species to complete ecosystems Study of Human Diversity and Cultural Change Historical perspectives on human impacts on and responses to modern environmental and social change
  7. 7. ART Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (New York) Design, decorative arts, industrial design and architecture Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Washington DC) Asian and a specialised collection of American art Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington DC) Modern and contemporary art National Portrait Gallery (Washington DC)
  8. 8. ART cont… National Museum of African Art (Washington DC) Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery (Washington DC) Painting, sculpture, graphics, folk art, craft and photography 18th century to the present Archives of American Art
  9. 9. CULTURAL HISTORY AND EDUCATION National Museum of American History (Washington DC) History of science, technology, society and culture in America Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center and the Cultural Resources Center (Washington DC) Living cultures and history of the native peoples of the Americas Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture (Washington DC) National Postal Museum (Washington DC)
  10. 10. CULTURAL HISTORY AND EDUCATION cont… National Museum of African American History and Culture (planned for Washington DC) Arts and Industries Building (Washington DC - closed for renovation) Special changing exhibitions Smithsonian Institution Building, the Castle (Washington DC) Smithsonian Information Center Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (Washington DC) Annual Folklife Festival on National Mall
  11. 11. CULTURAL HISTORY AND EDUCATION cont… Smithsonian Center for Education and Museums Studies (Washington DC) National Science Resources Center Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service Smithsonian Business Ventures
  12. 12. QUEENSLAND – SMITHSONIAN RELATIONSHIP Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by Queensland and Smithsonian in 2000 to collaborate over a 5 year period to: advance research disseminate knowledge promote social and cultural development Unique agreement extended until 2010 Managed by: International Collaborations (Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation) Smithsonian Office of International Relations
  13. 13. QUEENSLAND – SMITHSONIAN RELATIONSHIP cont… Projects progressed under the MOU to date include: Annual Fellowships Program Third International Canopy Conference in Cairns Queensland Museum Magnet School Program Joint research into the population biology and biogeography of Caribbean and Indo-Pacific Reef Fishes Eco-Online environmental education website
  14. 14. QUEENSLAND - SMITHSONIAN FELLOWSHIPS AND ALUMNI Launched in 2001, extended until 2010 To encourage the interchange of knowledge and skills in areas of mutual interest Up to three Fellowships each year for Queenslanders to travel to the Smithsonian to undertake a project The Fellowships have: Reinforced collaborative activity around the original foci of the relationship Enabled the development of collaborative opportunities in other fields Enhanced the knowledge, expertise and networks of Fellows and their home organisations leading to ongoing collaborations Queensland – Smithsonian Alumni to provide a platform for past Fellows and other Queenslanders to explore and develop opportunities to work with their counterparts at the Smithsonian
  15. 15. WHO HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL Fellows have come from: Museum / Gallery / Cultural Sector (10) Universities / CRCs (9) Government agencies (5) Fellowship Project Themes: Asian art; scientific insect illustration; application of new media; marine park management; folklife festivals; rainforest biodiversity; brain and skull development in schizophrenia; fossilised marine reptiles; effects of CO2 on tropical plants; reef ecosystem management; innovative practices in art museums; museum magnet school programs; effects of climate change on evolution; indigenous knowledge management; Queensland as a world exhibitor; evolution of mind; educational outreach to schools; role of public programs; indigenous engagement; peacock mites; carbon cycle; sugarcane in Panama; engaging Indigenous students in science education; and 21st Century museums.
  16. 16. SMITHSONIAN HOST ORGANISATIONS (Some Fellows have had more than one host) Science National Museum of Natural History (6) Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (5) Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (1) National Zoological Park (1) Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (1) Art and Culture National Museum of the American Indian (2) Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (2) Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (1) National Museum of American History (1) Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (1) Smithsonian Institution Archives (1) Education / Other Smithsonian Center for Education and Museums Studies (1) National Science Resources Center (2) Smithsonian Office of Policy and Analysis (1)
  17. 17. EXAMPLES OF OUTCOMES Professor Roger Kitching, Griffith University, organised a major climate change research project at Lamington National Park; some 40 scientists from 13 countries participated; supported by the Smart State Innovation Fund. Suhanya Raffel developed a long term exchange program between the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) and the Arthur M Sackler Gallery; historical Asian art from Sackler on display at QAG; contemporary works from QAG in Washington. The Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum is partnering with Dr Angelina Russo from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation to explore the use of social media in museums.
  18. 18. EXAMPLES OF ONGOING OUTCOMES cont… A design partnership between Arts Queensland, State Library of Queensland and the Cooper Hewitt under Smart State 3, including an annual Fellowship for a Qld teacher to work in the Cooper Hewitt’s Education Department and development of online design education resources. Associate Professor Richard John, Griffith University, incorporated learnings from his Fellowship at the National Science Resources Center into the Australian Academy of Science's new 'Science By Doing' initiative. Virtually all the Fellows have noted the ongoing value of the networks that the Fellowship helped them create both within the Smithsonian and elsewhere.
  19. 19. SOME AREAS OF POTENTIAL MUTUAL INTEREST Evolutionary, systemic, behavioural and environmental biology Biodiversity, conservation and climate change Earth, mineral, and planetary sciences Astrophysics Anthropology, archaeology, linguistics and indigenous and cross- cultural studies Material and folk culture Science and technology Art, design and crafts Materials conservation Museum management, practice, education and outreach
  20. 20. AVAILABLE ASSISTANCE Duration: 13 to 26 weeks Fellowship support covers: Return economy airfare for the Fellow Contribution towards the cost of living The Fellowship will comprise: Base amount of A$4,000 Plus a weekly amount of A$1,000 Maximum amount of a Fellowship is A$30,000 For the duration of the Fellowship, it is expected that the: Full-time salary will be paid by the current employer The Smithsonian host organisation will provide, as a minimum, office accommodation and access to a computer and telephone
  21. 21. ELIGIBILITY Eligible applicants include persons employed in: A Queensland Government agency / statutory body A Queensland-based research, educational or cultural institution (including universities, schools and museums), business or other organisation Applicants must be Australian citizens, or have permanent resident status in Australia, with their principal place of residence in Queensland Unsuccessful applicants in any one year are eligible to re-apply in subsequent years Fellowships are awarded on an individual basis only
  22. 22. SELECTION CRITERIA Feasibility of the project: technical feasibility of the project and achievability of project goals within the proposed timeframe applicant's expertise and capacity to carry out the proposed project contribution undertaking the project at the Smithsonian will make to project outcomes. Relevance and value of the project in: contributing to the future work of the applicant advancing knowledge, disseminating knowledge or developing skills in the field fostering an interchange of knowledge and skills and building ongoing collaboration between Queensland and the Smithsonian Institution benefiting the home organisation and the broader Queensland community.
  23. 23. APPLYING FOR A FELLOWSHIP Complete Application Form provided on the website: Including a project proposal Addressing the Selection Criteria. Applicants must obtain and submit: Two referee’s reports from different people, on the form provided Written approval of their employer / home organisation Written approval of the proposed Smithsonian host Letter of endorsement from employer on the relevance and value of the project to the home organisation and its stakeholders.
  24. 24. SELECTION PROCESS Managed by the Queensland - Smithsonian Secretariat in liaison with the Smithsonian Institution A Selection Panel, appointed by the Premier, will undertake the assessment of applications Eligible applications will be assessed on their relative merit against the selection criteria Shortlisted applicants may be interviewed, which generally include a 10- 15 minute presentation by applicants on their project
  25. 25. PROPOSED TIMETABLE 14 August 2009 Closing date for applications Aug-Sept 2009 Selection Process Oct-Nov 2009 Letters of offer to successful applicants and public announcement of the Fellows
  26. 26. CONDITIONS OF FELLOWSHIP Successful applicants will be required to: Make every reasonable effort to be present at the Fellowship announcement function Enter into a formal Fellowship Agreement with the Queensland Government Take up the Fellowship within twelve months of notification Provide a written report on the results of the Fellowship project Make presentations to interested parties after completion of the project
  27. 27. USEFUL WEBSITES Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowship Program - www.premiers.qld.gov.au/Business_and_industry/grants/smithso nian/ Smithsonian Institution - www.si.edu Other Smithsonian Fellowship / Internship Programs – www.si.edu/ofg/intern.htm Finding contacts at the Smithsonian - ww.si.edu/ofg/mrirolist.htm
  28. 28. CONTACT DETAILS Peter Blondell Principal Project Manager, International Collaborations Employment, Industry Development and Innovation Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation Level 4, Executive Building 100 George Street BRISBANE Q 4000 Telephone: +61 7 3234 1632 Email: Peter.Blondell@premiers.qld.gov.au PO Box 15185 City East Brisbane Q 4002