Heavy Metal brings together art and science to address the pollution problem from multiple, creative angles.  

Heavy Metal Scholarships 2017

Calling all nerds: in 2017, Mona will offer a suite of scholarships to postgraduate students conducting research about the legacy of heavy metal pollution in the River Derwent and creative solutions to this problem. Time to embrace your inner Captain Planet.

Over the last four years, brainy types have applied art to science and science to design, and have produced a series of unique Heavy Metal installations and research projects that inform the community and enliven public debate about pollution in the river. Through Heavy Metal, Mona has worked closely with organisations such as the University of Tasmania, the CSIRO and the Derwent Estuary Program.

Scholarships of up to $5000 (per student for one year) are open to students working at Honours, Masters and Doctoral level. We’re passionate about interdisciplinary collaboration and successful applicants will be encouraged to work widely with our Heavy Metal experts, who hail from a range of disciplines. Applicants are required to submit a concise research proposal (300 words maximum) that outlines the project they’re keen to undertake, explains how the scholarship funds will be used, and sets out how the project aligns with our Heavy Metal goals. These include:

  • Stimulate a multi-disciplinary approach to ‘healing the river’;
  • Spark a public conversation about the ongoing health of the Derwent Estuary;
  • Create innovative opportunities for communities to engage with the river through fun and interactive events;
  • Provide a platform for gathering tangible scientific data about the Derwent over time.

We’re also super interested in a set of science-y focus areas. It would be ace if your application taps into one or several of these too:

  • The role of shellfish in contaminated urban waterways;
  • Innovation in environmental monitoring, including new ways to measure and communicate data about heavy metals;
  • Heavy metal uptake mechanisms in key river species;
  • Messing with reality: testing artificial habitats for heavy metal remediation;
  • The impact of trash on the river’s waterways and marine environments;
  • What’s the problem? Mapping the issues.

Students with existing projects that align to the areas outlined above are also encouraged to apply.

Please submit your application to:
Sarah Proud
Heavy Metal Project Coordinator

Successful applicants will be notified by mid-April 2017.

Any questions about science-based scholarship applications? Contact Associate Professor Catriona Macleod at Catriona.Macleod@utas.edu.au.

Any questions about art-based scholarship applications? Contact Professor Kit Wise at Kit.Wise@utas.edu.au

Heavy Metal Press

Sydney Morning Herald, ‘Mona’s absorbing art and science’

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Tasmanian Times, ‘A collaboration for the century – the River Derwent Heavy Metals Project’ 

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The Mercury, ‘Science and art unite on river clean-up’  

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