The University of Melbourne has launched its first crowdfunding platform FUNDER@Melbourne, to give researchers an opportunity to ask for financial support more widely from the community. Four projects have been chosen to pilot the platform which will run for 32 days ending on 8 October.
The 'Tiny space telescope, big science' project aims to build Australia’s first space telescope. The infrared technology in this telescope means the sky will be able to be observed at any time, thus increasing the chances of the SkyHopper discovering new planets and capturing cosmic explosions.
'Recognising Victorian women trailblazers' aims to recognise women who have received imperial or Australian honours relating to their work in the Victorian community or local government sector, whose contributions have been forgotten.
The third project, 'Save our eastern barred bandicoots', is about rescuing these marsupials from extinction. Bandicoots were once widespread across western Victoria’s volcanic plains grasslands but have dramatically declined with agriculture and predators in these areas.
The last project, 'A step closer to increased independence and safety' will develop a revolutionary optical laser system that detects hazards such as - potholes, cracks, uneven surfaces, unsecured grates, and drop-offs such as descending curbs and stairs - for visual and mobility impaired people. Currently, fall occurrence is higher when using ambulatory aids and the new laser system will improve their quality of life.
Visit the FUNDER@Melbourne website now to find out more and donate.