The University of Newcastle, Australia

Young scientist recognised as emerging researcher

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

An up-and-coming postdoctoral researcher from the University of Newcastle has been selected as one of eight rising Australian scientists to attend a highly prestigious annual gathering of Nobel Laureates and promising young scientists from around the world in June.

Lee Ashton

Researching in conjunction with HMRI* to improve the health of young men, Dr Lee Ashton will join 592 other international young scientists for the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany, where delegates will present their medical research, exchange ideas and share experiences with other researchers.

A physical activity researcher, Dr Ashton is developing healthy-eating and weight-loss programs tailored to young men aged 18 to 25, many of whom are overweight or obese and don’t meet national dietary or exercise recommendations.

Providing invaluable access to guidance and advice from leading experts, Dr Ashton said the meeting will be a fantastic opportunity to meet some of the world’s best scientists.

“This meeting will offer a once in a lifetime chance to meet and engage with the world’s leading scientists. This will be extremely beneficial and contribute towards my development as an emerging scientist and researcher,” he said.

With the opportunity extended to only a handful of the country’s most promising young scientists, candidates were selected by the Australian Academy of Science and the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

Academy President, Professor Andrew Holmes, said the Lindau meetings are globally recognised for providing inspirational role models to young researchers.

“These meetings give young researchers the opportunity to interact with their scientific heroes, exchange ideas, gain exposure to areas in their chosen disciplines and establish new contacts and networks with their peers,” Professor Holmes said.

The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting will take place from June 24-29 in Lindau, Germany.

* HMRI is a partnership between the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Health and the community.

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