Watch this space: more information on FUNDER@Melbourne in 2019 coming soon.
What is FUNDER@Melbourne?
The University of Melbourne launched its crowdfunding platform, FUNDER@Melbourne, in 2018, to give researchers an opportunity to ask for wider financial support from the community. Four projects were chosen to pilot the platform, which ran for 32 days.
- The 'Tiny space telescope, big science' project aimed to build Australia’s first space telescope. The infrared technology in SkyHopper means the sky can be observed at any time, increasing the chances of the discovering new planets and capturing cosmic explosions.
- 'Recognising Victorian women trailblazers' was created 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 over time.
- The third project, 'Save our eastern barred bandicoots', was set up with the goal of saving these marsupials from extinction. Bandicoots were once widespread across western Victoria’s volcanic plains grasslands but numbers have dramatically declined due to an increase in agriculture and predators.
- ‘A step closer to increased independence and safety' worked to develop a revolutionary optical laser system that detects hazards such as potholes, cracks, uneven surfaces, unsecured grates and drop-offs like 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 significantly improve their quality of life.