Museum scientists awarded prestigious Churchill Fellowships

12 November 2020

Queensland Museum scientists Dr Andrew Rozefelds and Dr Michela Mitchell have recently been awarded the prestigious Churchill Fellowship.

The pair are among 112 Australians awarded the fellowship in 2020 which aims to create positive change in the community and offers recipients a life-changing opportunity to meet and work with leaders of influence around the world, exchange knowledge with colleagues, their industry and global communities.

Dr Andrew Rozefelds Queensland Museum Paleobotanist and Head of the Geosciences program was awarded his Fellowship to investigate the origins and history of modern Australian Flora and the likely impacts of climate change.

“I am excited to be a recipient of a Churchill Fellowship and for the opportunities that provides which includes access to cutting edge facilities, collaborating with leading researchers in my field and progressing projects on the ‘Green History’ of Australia,” Dr Rozefelds said.

Queensland Museum Honorary in Marine Invertebrates Dr Michela Mitchell was awarded her Fellowship to investigate venom discovery practices to develop a strategy to translate venom into bio-applications.

“It has been a long-term dream to win a Churchill Fellowship and I am ecstatic and humbled to join the ranks of those who have gone before me. The Fellowship will allow me to learn from the foremost international venom researchers so I can bring that knowledge back and apply it in Australia,” Dr Mitchell said.

While current travel restrictions are in place, with global health and safety concerns, the Trust has given all Fellows, including Dr Rozefelds and Dr Mitchell an extended period of time to undertake their projects.

Queensland Museum Network CEO Dr Jim Thompson said the Fellowship was a life-changing opportunity.

“Churchill Fellowships recognise people with passion and drive and I couldn’t think of two more deserving recipients than Dr Mitchell and Dr Rozefelds,” Dr Thompson said.

“I am extremely proud that of the 16 recipients from Queensland, two are representing Queensland Museum.”

Dr Rozefelds and Dr Mitchell were presented with their Fellowships at Government House on Friday 6 November. Past Queensland Museum recipients of Churchill Fellowships include: Peter Denham (2015) and Bryan Cantrell (1982)

View the full list of 2020 Churchill Fellows and their projects 

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