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The Grimwade Medal Oration will be hosted by the Department of Biochemistry and Pharmacology at the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute.
The Grimwade Medal for 2023 will be presented to Professor Venki Ramakrishnan from the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK.
Professor Ramakrishnan shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Thomas A. Steitz and Ada Yonath for research on the structure and function of ribosomes.
The Grimwade Medal funded by the Russell and Mab Grimwade Miegunyah Fund has been a significant supporter of academic activity at the University of Melbourne. The Grimwade Medal aims to promote the discipline of biochemistry and molecular biology by inviting a stellar researcher each year to visit the University.
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This one-day symposium on pursuing transformation and peace in Myanmar brings together Myanmar and Australian government leaders, researchers and practitioners to reflect on and further prospects for conflict transformation in Myanmar through presentations, panel discussion and participatory engagement.
This event is free and open to all interested in attending.
Accessibility: This event is both in person and online. The Forum Theatre utilises a hearing aid loop. It is also wheelchair accessible: enter Arts West via Professor’s Walk using the southernmost automatic doors; via the ramp behind the main staircase proceed to the bank of three elevators on the North side to Level 1. Accessible bathrooms are available on Level 1 opposite the Forum Theatre.
9:00am Opening speeches and Welcome to Country
9:30am Pursuing Conflict Transformations in Myanmar with Her Excellency NUG Foreign Minister Zin Mar Aung (via Zoom) and Deputy Foreign Minister Tim Watts (tbc)
10:00am Overview of past peace process and principles for future conflict mitigation and long-term reconciliation with Bertil Lintner (via Zoom), followed Dr Emma Leslie and moderated Q&A
11:15am Morning Tea
11:30am Panel on Prospects for Positive Change
12:30pm Lunch hosted by Peace-Meal and viewing of art installation by Mayco Naing
1:45pm Justice and Restoration: Dealing with the Generals with Minister for Justice NUG U Thein Oo (via Zoom) and Janelle Saffin MP
2:30pm Building a More Equitable Economy: After the Generals with Professor Sean Turnell and Dr Htwe Htwe Thein
3:30pm Out of the ashes: destruction and recreation of health care in Myanmar with Professor Paul Komasaroff, Dr Raymond Tint Way, Dr Thet Htay and Emily Tip
4:30pm Closing Panel: Now and future-focused action for Conflict Transformation, with Sophia Htwe and Paing Hset.
Photographic Exhibition by Mayco Naing
Mayco Naing, is today an important figure in contemporary Asian photography. Mayco rose to prominence when the universities had been shut down by the military and she got a job at a photo studio for 3000 kyats (about $3) a month. Having spotted an YPF poster in 2010, she attended her first master classes, received the Creative Prize, exhibited abroad (the Lyon Biennale, the Bangkok Biennale, festivals in Lishui and Dali in China). Mayco was finally able to have her first solo exhibition at home. Her portrait series, entitled Identity of Fear, captures the Zeitgeist of the Burmese generation born around the time of the 1988 revolution, raised with little education, conservative values, and coming of age under a repressive military regime. Drawing on her newly-found freedom of expression and the desire to share her experience, Mayco hopes to be able to train as many citizen artists and photojournalists as possible, especially in regions where ethnic minorities are still facing armed conflicts.