All future 2013 events

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University closedown   View Summary
19 December 2012 to 1 January 2013

The University will be closed from close of business Tuesday 18 December, reopening Wednesday 2 January 2012.

Tools for transitional cities   View Summary
17 January 2013

In this lecture Dr Lee Stickellswill discuss a definition of temporary architectural projects as "relational infrastructures".

The possibilities opened up for architecture by the concept are explored through two case studies - one in London and one in Paris.

It will be argued that there is an underestimated power for such seemingly ephemeral projects to have long-lasting effects - particularly through the opportunities they can provide for a collective re-imagining of the way we occupy our cities.

Chemistry seminar: Dr Giles Gasser   View Summary
21 January 2013

"Towards novel metal based antiparasitic and anticancer drug candidates'

Presented byDr Gilles Gasser, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Zurich.

ARC Open Access: Faculty of Science Info session   View Summary
25 January 2013

The session will be introduced by Matthew Todd and Alex Holcombe, who will explain Open Access, the ARC's new policy and how it holds up against similar OA policies.

This will be followedby talks on the support available for implementing Open Access from Michael Arndell (Manager, Library Services Sciences and Technology), Sten Christensen (Sydney eScholarship Repository Coordinator), and Kate Stanton (Policy Officer, Research Data Management).

Todd and Holcombe will also discuss the wording for future ARC grant applications.

Please contact Matt Todd, Alex Holcombe or Sten Christensen for more information.

Nuclear winter: catastrophic climatic impacts of nuclear weapons use   View Summary
25 January 2013

The U.S. and Russian arsenals can still produce a nuclear winter. A war between India and Pakistan, using much less than 1% of the current global nuclear arsenal, could produce climate change unprecedented in recorded human history, with huge impacts on global agriculture for more than a decade.

Professor Alan Robock was one of the first people to study the climatic impacts of large amounts ofsoot from burning cities in the upper atmosphere during the early 1980s. Recent work with Professor Brian Toon andothers, using modern climate models, has not only validated earlier results, but shown even longer-lasting impacts.

Professor Robock's work has led to an increasing emphasis onthe catastrophic humanitarian effects of nuclear weapons at United Nations disarmament meetings. His most recent publication together with Brian Toon is 'Self Assured Destruction' in the prestigious Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. His lecture at CPACS will be his only public appearance in Australia: media may attend.

The Human Survival Project was launched by Colonel Valery Yarynich, formerly of the Soviet and Russian Strategic Rocket forces, in August 2012. He died in December 2012. This lecture is dedicated to his memory.

Chemistry seminar   View Summary
4 February 2013

Presented byMr Deni Taleski.

Internal closing date: ARC Future Fellowships   View Summary
6 February 2013

AllFuture Fellowshipsapplications need to be lodged withResearch Grants and Contractsby 6 February 2013.

The effects of 8-week 40% overfeeding on metabolic health and adipose tissue dysfunction   View Summary
7 February 2013

Dr Charmaine Tam will present the findings from an 8 week controlled overfeeding study (40% above energy requirements) in healthy adults, which was performed as part of her postdoctoral studies at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana. She will discuss the impact of overfeeding on metabolic health, adipose tissue function and briefly on skeletal muscle.

This event is proudly brought to you as part of the2013 Boden Institute Seminar Series.

ARC Discovery internal closing date   View Summary
13 February 2013

Applying for an ARC Discovery grant? It's due at the Research Portfolio today.

ARC DECRA briefing session   View Summary
18 February 2013

This briefingsession will outline DECRA Schemerequirements, including ARC and University requirements, and provide a step by step guide to preparing your proposal.

Presentations will be made by:

· Andrew Black, Director Research Development,

· Professor Margaret Harris, Director of Research Development for Arts and Social Sciences,

· Yamini Sandiran, Director Research Grants and Contracts

· Professor Sebastien Perrier, member of the ARC College.

Note that this briefing is specifically for DE14 applicants.

The Herbivore's Dilemma: to eat or be eaten?   View Summary
20 February 2013

Herbivores are faced by the daily dilemma of whether to eat good food in risky places or poor food in safe places. Using Australian brushtail possums and African thick-tailed bushbabies, Associate Professor Clare McArthur demonstrates how animals choose between food and fear, and explores the implications of these choices on ecological populations and communities.

This talk is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Meaning of Life: Celebrating 50 years of Biological Sciences at the University of Sydney.

NHMRC Career Development Fellowship internal closing   View Summary
20 February 2013

Make sure you get your application for the NHMRC Career Development Fellowshiplodged with the Research Portfolio by today.

Anabolic exercise and optimal aging: Size does matter   View Summary
21 February 2013

Professor Maria Fiatarone Singh is a geriatrician whose research, clinical, and teaching career has focused on the integration of geriatric medicine, exercise physiology, and nutrition as a means to improve quality of life for the aged. She is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine in the USA. She is currently licensed to practice medicine in Massachusetts, USA as well as New South Wales, Australia.

Professor Singh has designed and carried out many clinical trials involving frail elders in Australia and the USA, She has published extensively in the area of ageing, exercise and nutrition, having edited one book, authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, 80 peer-reviewed book chapters and review articles, 150 abstracts, and contributed to numerous lay publications. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Gerontology, and is a reviewer for most of the major international internal medicine, physiology, exercise, gerontology, and nutrition journals.

This event is proudly brought to you as part of the 2013Boden Institute Seminar Series.

Research Workshop: Contemporary Challenges of Politics in a Global World   View Summary
22 February 2013

The Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney is organizing a one day research workshop on Contemporary Challenges of Politics in a Global World from to 9pmon Friday 22 February 2013.

The event will present current work in progress and it is designed to identify common areas of research, to share information and exchange ideas, and to strengthen opportunities for future collaboration.

The event has been co-sponsored by SSPS and GIR and organized by Graeme Gill, Aniska Gauja and Pippa Norris.

NHMRC Project grants internal closing   View Summary
1 March 2013

Applying for an NHMRC Project Grant? It should be lodged with the Research Portfolio by today.

Systems analysis of insulin action   View Summary
4 March 2013


The insulin signaling pathway plays an essential role in longevity in worms, flies and mice. Defects in insulin action, a syndrome referred to as insulin resistance, contributes to a number of major diseases including type 2 diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's disease and asthma. Thus understanding the precise topological features of this pathway and which nodes play the most essential role in disease will provide significant insights into human health. New insights into the complexity of this system and how defects within this network might contribute to disease in unexpected ways will be described.

David James is Senior Principal Research Fellow, Leader, Diabetes & Obesity Research Program, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Professor (Adjunct) School of Biotechnology & Biomolecular Sciences, Faculty of Science, the University of New South Wales.

Lipids in the land of plenty: metabolic studies in obesity and diabetes   View Summary
4 March 2013

The Charles Perkins Centre ispleased to host this seminar presented by Professor Hugh Barrett from the University of Western Australia.

Lipids are essential for life, but too many, primarily as a consequence of excess consumption, leads to a dysregulated system and increased cardiovascular disease. The human lipid and lipoprotein system is complex. Furthermore, plasma concentrations alone do not infer on the mechanisms responsible for elevated plasma triglyceride and cholesterol concentrations. Metabolic studies employing tracers, together with mathematical modeling, identify and estimate kinetic parameters that determine rates of lipid and apoprotein synthesis, conversion and catabolism, and consequently plasma concentrations. In obesity and type 2 diabetes, the over production of atherogenic lipoproteins (chylomicrons, VLDL and LDL) coupled with the hypercatabolism of anti-atherogenic lipoproteins (HDL) results in a pro-atherogenic state. Pharmacotherapy and lifestyle modification alter lipid and lipoprotein metabolism to lower cardiovascular disease risk.

Professor Barrett is a NHMRC senior Research Fellow in the School of Medicine & Pharmacology and the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, University of Western Australia.

The Electoral Integrity Project's Lunchtime Research Seminar Series: Welcome Roundtable   View Summary
5 March 2013

The Electoral Integrity Project's weekly lunchtime research seminar series kicks off on Tuesday 5 March.

ARC Laureate Professor Pippa Norris heads this multi-year project based in the Department of Government and International Relations.

Professor Norris will open the seminar. Other speakers will then provide a brief overview of their research projects on different aspects of electoral integrity. These speakers will include:

  • Dr Richard Frank
  • Professor Benjamin Goldsmith
  • Max Gromping
  • Dr Carolien Van Ham
  • Lawrence LeDuc
  • Dr Ferran Martinez i Coma
  • Professor Rodney Smith and
  • Sandra Urquiza.

All university staff and graduate research students are welcome to attend. Lunch and refreshments will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Seminar: A multidisciplinary approach to obesity research   View Summary
5 March 2013

The Charles Perkins Centre ispleased to host this seminar presented by Professor Gary Wittert from the University of Adelaide.

Gary Wittert is Professor and Head, Discipline of Medicine, and Director Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men's Health, University of Adelaide and Senior Consultant Endocrinologist, Royal Adelaide Hospital.

His clinical research interests relate to appetite modulation, the effect of variations in dietary macronutrients on weight and metabolism, the regulation of body composition, cellular energy utilisation and factors relating to the aetology and management of obesity. He also has an interest in obesity and ageing, men's health and utilisation of health services by men.

This work, currently supported by the NHMRC and the ARC, has clinical as well as population health components.

Prof Wittert is a co-author of 82 peer-reviewed papers, 13 book chapters and one book.

He has been the principal investigator in a number of phase I and II studies of novel pharmacological therapies for obesity.

He is regarded as a leading authority on the subject of obesity management and is immediate past-President of the Australasian Society for the Study of Obesity and Co-leader of the University of Adelaide Healthy Ageing Research Cluster.

About theCharles Perkins Centre: The CPCaims to ease the burden of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease - the leading causes of mortality and disease burden in Australia - through multidisciplinary partnerships and collaboration within and beyond the University of Sydney.

Are we making progress on obesity?   View Summary
7 March 2013

Associate Professor Timothy Gill is currently Principal Research Fellow and Scientific Programs Manager within the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders at the University of Sydney. He has wide experience as an academic and within government departments and health agencies. He also acts as Regional Co-ordinator for the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) in the Asia-Pacific and serves as Executive Officer for the Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society.

Timhas authored several key reports on obesity for State and Federal Government departments as well as national and international agencies and has served on a number of World Health Organization expert committees on obesity and chronic disease. He has also produced many original papers and book chapters on obesity, nutrition and public health.

This event is proudly brought to you as part of the 2013 Boden Institute Academic Research Seminar Series.

Words and Buildings: A round table forum on architectural criticism   View Summary
9 March 2013

Respected US architecture critic Alexandra Lange will join leading members of the Australian design media community, including Michael Holt (editor of Architecture Review Asia Pacific) to discuss the role, importance and prospects of architectural criticism in Australia.

Hosted in partnership with Architectural Review Asia Pacific, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) and Make Space 4 Architecture, the round table forum will explore the current state of architectural criticism and the challenges it faces in the twenty first century. It will especially consider the ongoing relevancy and impact of critical writing for architect and non-architect audiences.

Alexandra Lange is an architecture and design critic, journalist, and historian. She is the author of Writing About Architecture (2012) and a contributing writer to Design Observer. Her work has also appeared in publications such as Dwell, Icon, Metropolis, and The New York Times. She teaches architecture criticism at NYU and the School of Visual Arts.

Authoritarian elections, electoral integrity, and political violence   View Summary
19 March 2013

Associate Professor Ben Goldsmith will discuss his research on the topic 'Authoritarian elections, electoral integrity, and political violence'. The paper presents some preliminary statistical analyses of electoral integrity and political violence. The logical pivot of the competing expectations is that, while unfree and manipulated elections might help avoid violence because they help incumbents maintain power, they might also lead to violence because they disenfranchise the opposition.

Conversely, free and fair elections threaten incumbents, which might lead to their use of violence against the opposition, while they advantage the opposition by providing the possibility of genuine access to power, thus reducing their temptation to use violence. The results suggest that electoral malpractice in non-democratic regimes is associated with less violence. Theoretically, Goldsmith will argue, this points to a general model of such elections in which the degree of threat to the incumbent's hold on power is the main factor in sparking electoral violence. The conditions under which such a relationship might be relevant, provided it holds up to further scrutiny, are of particular interest for Goldsmith's continuing research.

This lecture is part of The Electoral Integrity Project's weekly lunchtime research seminar series. Australian Research Council laureate Professor Pippa Norris heads this multi-year project based in the Department of Government and International Relations.

Diabetes in the Pacific Islands: Reasons and Remedies   View Summary
21 March 2013

Dr Si Thu Win Tin is a physician and specialises in public health. He has worked as a Public Health Physician in the humanitarian aid organisations such as World Vision International and Aide Medicale Internationale in South East Asia. He was the Director of Public Health for the Ministry of Health Government of Nauru and then worked as Non Communicable Diseases Adviser for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, providing technical assistance to Pacific Islands Countries and Territories.

Si has experience in international public health, especially in non-communicable diseases program management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. He is also involved in the clinical care, training and research work in a wide range of public health programs. Since joining the Health and Sustainability Unit of the Boden Institute as a Research Fellow, he has been involved in projects on preventing diabetes and cardiovascular diseases in Pacific Island Countries.

This event is proudly brought to you as part of the 2013 Boden Institute Academic Research Seminar Series.

Climate Change: Generating Business and Organisational Responses   View Summary
21 March 2013

The University of Sydney is organising a one-day symposium on March 21 on how to overcome obstacles and generate business responses to climate change, and to highlight different corporate responses. The free event includes presentations from leading practitioners and researchers.

The symposium is preceded by a keynote speech on March 20 from 18:00 from Professor Andy Hoffman from the University of Michigan, and a leading authority on business responses to climate change.

Pharmacy Research Seminar Series: Associate Prof Mike Lawrence    View Summary
22 March 2013


While insulin was discovered in 1922 and its structure has been known since 1969, a three-dimensional view of its interaction with the insulin receptor has been strikingly absent. This talk will present the first structural view of the insulin / insulin receptor interaction and show the involvement of a detailed molecular switch both within the hormone and within the receptor. The implications of this structure for therapeutic design will also be discussed. Research theme: Cardiovascular / Diabetes

Employment after Research or Life, Love and Laughter after a PhD   View Summary
26 March 2013

Is there life after your PhD? What you can be doing now to market your degree? What skills are sought?

Come along and listen to employers who are keen to recruit research students. Also hear from successful ex-postgraduates who are doing what they love.

Please register online for this event.

Harnessing Unobtrusive Sensing to Understand Human Behaviour for Lifelong Goals   View Summary
2 April 2013

This workshop brings together researchers from the University of Sydney's Human Centred Technologies in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies with leading researchers in the Persuasive community. It is being organised in conjunction with Persuasive 2013. Persuasive invited speaker, Anind Dey from Carnegie Mellon University, an expert in pervasive, ubiquitous and context-aware computing, will deliver two keynotes: "Smartphones as a Resource for Understanding People" and "Your Big Data - Where is the Value?".The workshop is in two half day blocks, each starting with a keynote address, then a series of short Flash Talks and small group discussion workshop.

Sydney Medical School Early Career Researcher Showcase   View Summary
11 April 2013

The inaugural Sydney Medical School Early Career Researcher (ECR) Showcase will be a free fun afternoon of short talks, aimed at a general audience, by ECRs from all schools within the Sydney Medical School.

This is a chance to discover the exciting research taking place in the faculty, and to meet and talk to other researchers in the Sydney Medical School.

Pharmacy research seminar series: Medication use in children with asthma   View Summary
12 April 2013

Speaker: Charu Grover (PhD student, Faculty of Pharmacy)

An examination of current issues in medication use in children with asthma in developed (Australia) and developing countries (India). A qualitative study was conducted in GP surgeries in Sydney and two specialty hospitals in New Delhi, India.

A comparison between both the settings revealed some common and a few cultural issues.

On the basis of these issues, a culturally relevant and child-friendly educational intervention was designed for Indian children with asthma.

Our work presents a systematic generation of evidence for further research to move beyond the commonly used educational instruments and to design culturally-adapted and child-friendly asthma education programs.

The findings of our research bolsters the importance of incorporating the child's and their parents' perspectives in designing future asthma education programs for their continual sustainability and economic viability.

Social and spatial patterns of obesity and inactivity   View Summary
12 April 2013

Presented by Associate Professor Steinar Krokstad.

  • With data from adults aged 30-69 years from three cross-sectional health surveys in the Nord-Trøndelag Health Study, Norway, HUNT1 (1984-1986), HUNT2 (1995-1997) and HUNT3 (2006-2008), we have looked at social and spatial patterns of obesity diffusion in this Norwegian population over three decades.
  • The prevalence of obesity was higher in groups with lower socio-economic status (SES) and increased in all SES groups in the population. The relative SES inequalities in obesity measured by level of education did not change substantially. In HUNT1 obesity was most prevalent among low educated women (14.1%) and in HUNT3 among low educated men (30.4%). The absolute obesity prevalence inequalities increased, and a geographical diffusion from central to distal districts was observed the last decade.
  • A question is raised, is it possible to do the same analyses for physical inactivity?

Find out more and register to attend.

Interview skills for postgraduates   View Summary
15 April 2013

This practical one-hour session for Postgraduate students is designed to maximise your performance during an interview. Our Career Development professionals will cover:

  • Types of interviews recruiters use
  • Introductory, Behavioral and Scenario-based questions
  • Positive post-interview reflection
  • Opportunity to practice answering questions
  • Preparation for academic and research roles

Register to attend
Resume and cover letters for postgraduates   View Summary
16 April 2013

This one-hour session delivers a comprehensive overview of writing a great resume and an effective cover letter. Targeting postgraduate students, we cover:

  • Effective resume length, headings and relevant content
  • Tailoring your studies, practicum experience & extra-curricular activities to job requirements
  • Writing an effective cover letter
  • Addressing selection criteria
  • Applications for academic and research positions
Register to attend
Interactive Tabletops for Learning: can they help teachers support face-to-face collaboration?   View Summary
17 April 2013

ACoCo Seminar by Roberto Martinez: "Interactive Tabletops for Learning: can they help teachers support face-to-face collaboration?".

There have been many promises and expectations about the role of technology to "solve" many educational problems. Although there is substantial research work on automatic support of collaborative learning through networked systems, there is still little research on enhancing teachers awareness when learners perform small-group face-to-face activities in the classroom.

Interactive tabletops offer new possibilities to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom, but they also impose new challenges. The prices are coming down but the question remains, can Interactive Tabletops be successfully implemented in a regular classroom?

This talk presents an overview of the work done on Interactive Tabletops for Learning at the CHAI group of the University of Sydney. This research builds on the intersection of three areas: Human-Computer Interaction, Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning and Educational Data Mining in order to implement multiple tabletops to be orchestrated by a teacher at an authentic classroom environment.

This seminar will be available live online at

The psychological health of veterans and their families   View Summary
17 April 2013

Dr Brian O'Toole
Dr Brian O'Toole

Can we send soldiers to war and have them come home intact, unaffected by their war service? What about their families?

Dr Brian O'Toole runs Australia's most significant long-term studies on combat, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the psychiatric health of returned servicemen and their families.

Dr O'Toole will present findings from his study that commenced in the late 1980s, updates on his latest study into the effects of combat on the partners and children of returned servicemen.

Pharmacy Research Seminar Series: Associate Professor Louis Rendina   View Summary
19 April 2013


Presented by Associate Professor Louis Rendina

Boron and gadolinium are two elements which are central to our research program. Their chemistry is not only fascinating but each element offers its own distinct challenges and unique characteristics with potential application in medicine. By the use of these elements, I believe a real opportunity exists for significant paradigm shifts in the treatment of diseases such as cancer. In this seminar I will present some of our key results in the area of neutron capture therapy, an innovative binary therapy used in the treatment of intractable malignant cancers such as those of the brain. I will also present very recent data on the use of polyhedral boron clusters as unique pharmacophores in medicinal chemistry.

Sydney Open Research meetup   View Summary
24 April 2013

Interested in new developments in open research, such as open access to the literature, the value of open data or ways of placing more of your work in the open domain? Come along to the third meetup of Sydney Open Research.

Lightning talks on current open projects will be accompanied by drinks and nibbles kindly provided by the host Intersect NSW.

This meetup coincides with a visit to Sydney by Stuart Coleman from the Open Data Institute, London, and a meeting earlier in the day between the state government and university sectors on how greater access to data can enhance research productivity.

Sign up is essential, at one of the following sites:

Social security for migrant workers and their families in Australia   View Summary
24 April 2013

The Sydney Social Justice Research Network invites you to attend a public seminar to discuss theeconomic performance of immigrants in Australia in recent decades.

This session will be presented byDr Anna Boucher (Government and International Relations) andEmeritus Professor Terry Carney (Faculty of Law), and chaired byAssociate Professor Nicola Piper, (School of Social and Political Sciences). Monday 22 April 2013.

Fulbright Scholarships information presentation    View Summary
29 April 2013

This presentation briefs potential applicants on the 25 Postgraduate, Postdoctoral, Senior Scholar, and Professional Scholarships across a wide range of disciplines and areas offered by the Fulbright Scholarship.

According scholarship founder J. William Fulbright "The Fulbright Program aims to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby to increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship."

Scholarship round opens 20 May, closes 12 August.

Lunchtime seminar for Equity Fellowship applicants   View Summary
8 May 2013

An informal session where Equity Fellows past and present, and member of the review panel with experience assessing several cohorts, will share personal tips and advice on preparing a competitive Equity Fellowship application and answer audience questions.

Presentation skills for research students: how to capture your audience    View Summary
9 May 2013

This workshop teaches you how to deliver the key points of your research in an engaging and informative manner. Guest lecturers and academics cover:

  • Dealing with your nerves
  • Getting your message across and being confident
  • Sharing experiences and tips to make the most of your research
Register to attend
Empowering preservice teachers   View Summary
22 May 2013

Join us on May 22 for aCoCoSeminar by Dr Chwee Beng Lee titled "Empowering preservice teachers' problem-solving using adaptive scaffolding within a systems dynamic learning environment".

The focus of this presentation is based on a recent submitted ARC Discovery Project proposal by three institutions, University of Western Sydney, Sydney University and Nayang Technological University-Singapore on the topic of developing preservice teachers' problem-solving skills through situating them in a web-based learning environment.

This seminar will be available live online at

Forgotten plagues: in pursuit of neglected diseases   View Summary
22 May 2013

Presented by Dr Richard Payne and Dr Matthew Todd
School of Chemistry, the University of Sydney

Between 14 and 17 million people die each year due to infectious diseases - nearly all live in developing countries. Many of these diseases, such as malaria and tuberculosis, do not attract the same funding and public awareness of other diseases, despite being relatively cheap and simple to treat.

Aside from the incredibly high death rates, neglected diseases are also associated with a huge economic and social burden arising from the great prevalence of recurrent infection. New drugs are desperately needed for these diseases due to the rapid emergence of drug resistance.

Hear from award winning chemist's Dr Richard Payne and Dr Matthew Todd about the University of Sydney's latest research projects addressing this international health crisis.

Breast cancer: current activities and future directions   View Summary
23 May 2013

All breast cancer researchers are invited to attend a Breast Cancer Special Interest Group (BCSIG) Seminar.

Prof David Currow, CEO Cancer Institute NSW, will give the keynote address and willexplore"research priorities for changing outcomes".

Speakers from the BCSIG's broad themes will then discuss their current research:

  • Prof Peter Lay -"New breast cancer diagnostics and the potential of anti-metastatic ruthenium drugs in the treatment and prevention of breast cancer metastases"
  • Prof Kate White -"The impact of a breast cancer diagnosis onwomen and their families: the what, why, who and how of evidence based support"
  • Ms Pauline Soh -"Does trying to predict radiologic clinical performance using laboratory experiments serve any purpose?
  • Dr Robin Turner -"Does pre-operative MRI reduce risk of local recurrence for women with breast cancer? Evidence from an individual person meta-analysis"
  • Ms Sally Crossing -"Involving Consumers in your Research - why, how and when"

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There will also be opportunities for multidisciplinary dialogue followed by a light supper.

Registration is free, but essential Wednesday, 15 May 2013.

Digital soil mapping under the integral lens   View Summary
24 May 2013

Department seminar series: Digital soil mapping under the integral lens: A post disciplinary approach conceptualising a meta soil model of the future. Sabine Grunwald

Leica Super Resolution Microscope information session    View Summary
27 May 2013

This series of talks and demonstration will introduce you to theLeica Ground-State Depletion Microscope, its capabilities, its location and accessibility. Although aimed atSchool of Medical Science members and ACMM users, anyone wanting to know more about the microscope is welcome to attend.

The program includes morning tea and coffee and sample imaging sessions from 1:30pmto 2:30pm, and 3pmto 4pm. Researchers are advised to make an appointment to attend these sample imaging sessions.

An introduction to lightsheet microscopy    View Summary
28 May 2013

Learn about fluorescence imaging on whole, living samples in 3D.

Mr Gavin Symonds of Carl Zeiss will present an introduction to lightsheet microscopy.

Benefits of the new Carl Zeiss Lightsheet z.1 microscope include:

  • image fluorescently labelled live or fixed samples i.e. zebra fish embryo, biopsy of brain tissue
  • image samples as large as up to millimetres in size
  • sub-cellular resolution in a fraction of the time required from other techniques
  • observe live samples over days with no phototoxcity or bleaching

The new Carl Zeiss Lightsheet Z.1 microscope will be on demonstration at the Brain & Mind Research Institute, room 402 level 4 M02G, 100 Mallett Street Camperdown, 3 - 14 June 2013.

To make a booking, please

Information session on Canadian funding and mobility opportunities   View Summary
28 May 2013

This presentation highlights research grants, mobility and postgraduate scholarship opportunities offered by the Canadian Government.

Ms Mary Lou-Haymen,Manager of Academic Affairs and Education Marketing from the Canadian High Commission, will present this 30 minute information session followed by a question and answer time.

The engagement, learning and tehcnology nexus   View Summary
29 May 2013

Join us on the 29th of May for aCoCoSeminar by Dr. Jennifer Way titled "The Engagement, Learning and Technology Nexus (ELTN)".

This presentation describes the first version of a model for describing the interactions between characteristics of a particular discipline (e.g. mathematics, history), the affordances of digital devices and resources (e.g. learning objects, cameras) and the engagement (behavioural, emotional and cognitive) of students in learning experiences.

This seminar will be available live online at

Responding to historical child sexual abuse: a multi-disciplinary forum   View Summary
31 May 2013

Child sexual abuse is a serious concern for the community and only a small proportion of perpetrators are ever 'brought to justice'. The criminal justice approach provides only one avenue of redress and one that many victims are not keen to use or do not see as an adequate means of resolution. The aim of this forum is to generate discussion about how best to address the legal and societal "justice gaps" in and outside the criminal justice system and how to minimise the trauma and meet the needs of those who have been sexually abused.

The betrayal of trust inherent in child sexual abuse is a key element of the abuse and contributes to the often very long-lasting impact on the victims. Many victims suffer in silence.

There is little reliable information to guide those involved, including the professionals, about the ways in which historical and institutional abuse is dealt with, and the likely benefits, pathways and outcomes of any prosecution. There is also little information about other ways of reaching an appropriate resolution. This forum is particularly timely given the recent establishment of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

This forum will provide an opportunity to discuss alternative and systemic approaches in the light of the impact of the abuse and the process on victim complainants as well as the investigative and evidentiary issues.


- Professor Kathy Daly,Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University
- Dr Gary Foster,Anglicare Queensland
- Dr Cathy Kezelman,President, Adults Surviving Child Abuse
- Joanne McCarthyFairfax Media
- Detective Michael Newbury,South Australian Police
- Kara Shead,NSWCrown Prosecutor

(and others yet to be confirmed)

Lawyers/barristers: attendance at thisforum is equal to 6 MCLE/CPD units.

This event is part ofSydney Social Justice Research Network(SSJN) Workshop Program for 2013.

Forests and water in the high country of south-east Australia   View Summary
31 May 2013

Department seminar series: Forests and water in the high country of south-east Australia. Mana Gharun

Pitch your PhD to win $5000   View Summary
4 June 2013

A selection of Australia's brightest PhD researchers have 150 seconds to convince a panel of judges why their research deserves AMP's $5000 funding. Beyond the judging panel these researchers are pitching to the hearts and minds of an audience brimming with seed-funders and collaborators.

The program invitesPhD researchers to collaborate with performance coachesto transpose 'geek speak' into an easily understood and entertaining pitch.

Nominees have until Friday 12April, 2013 to apply.

Modeling soil organic carbon in space -- time   View Summary
7 June 2013
Modeling soil organic carbon in space -- time. Senani Karunaratne
Theory and metatheory in developmental science   View Summary
12 June 2013

Join us on June 12 for a CoCo Seminar by Minkang Kim and Derek Sankey titled "Theory and metatheory in developmental science".

Human development has a long pedigree in teacher education, much of it influenced by cognitive development theory (Piaget) and social cultural theory (Vygotsky). Both have provided theoretical perspectives on the nature of learning.

Recently, however, mainstream human-development studies have been undergoing considerable change, partly as a result of challenges from neuroscience, but much more fundamentally in regard to the prospect of establishing an overarching metatheory for human development, prompted by dynamic systems theory. Yet this shaking of the theoretical foundations has hardly begun to permeate education.

In this seminar we will start to explore the issue of theory and metatheory in developmental science, combining insights from philosophy of science and psychology. We will suggest that dynamic systems theory provides an overarching metatheory for development, which transcends the many disparate theories that have held sway. Moreover, in association with connectionism, it may point the way towards a fully unified metatheory of development and learning, opening up interesting collaborative research implications.

This seminar will be available live online at

Lars Rasmussen: Building Graph Search at Facebook   View Summary
13 June 2013

Lars Rasmussen is a director of engineering on Facebook's Graph Search team in California and has a PhD in theoretical computer science from University of California, Berkeley.

In early 2003, Lars and his brother Jens co-founded a mapping-related startup - Where 2 Technologies - which was acquired by Google in October 2004. Lars became the lead engineer on the team that created Google Maps and worked out of Google's Sydney office until joining Facebook in late 2010.

Lars has probably the world's least developed sense of direction and consistently types faster than he can spell. In his copious spare time he enjoys advising early-stage startups and coffee.

Boden Institutue seminar: Dr Laura Gray on type 2 diabetes   View Summary
13 June 2013

Dr Laura Gray is a Lecturer of Population and Public Health Sciences at the University of Leicester, UK. Laura has led the development and implementation of the Leicester risk assessment tools for detecting undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. Laura's background is medical statistics with a particular interest in the design and analysis of clinical trials (especially cluster randomised trials, and trials with ordinal outcomes) and evidence synthesis.

Disability and Retirement: Inclusive and Active Ageing Seminar   View Summary
14 June 2013

This seminar will present the latest information on:

  • Successful transition to retirement programs for older workers at ADEs
  • Research on transition to retirement
  • Government policy and funding developments
  • Issues for older workers retiring from open employment
  • Understanding the role that work and occupation play in happiness and gaining meaning from life.

The seminar will also draw on research on retirement in the broader community. Looking to retirement policies and programs in the general community can help the disability sector identify a wide range of policy alternatives, not just disability-specific options.

18th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the History of the Neurosciences   View Summary
18 June 2013 to 22 June 2013

Leading neuroscientists from the Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI) are presenting at the 18th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the History of the Neurosciences (ISHN), to held in Sydney between 18 and 22 June.

Features of this year's meeting include:

  • sessions on "Early neuroscience", "Mind, vision and motion", "Neuroscience and the arts", "Neuroscience in Russia", and "German neurology and biological psychiatry 1885 to 1945".
  • a number of invited lectures, including Max Bennett ("Dendritic spines, neurofibrils and synapses in the 19th century", BMRI), Nicholas Rasmussen (" Amphetamine, the first antidepressant"), David Burke ("Microneurography and its introduction to Australia"), and Manuel Graeber ("Alzheimer's disease: History of the original histological slides", BMRI).
  • Historical Aspects of Movement Disorders: A day-long joint symposium with the Movement Disorders Society.
  • Infectious Disease and Neuroscience: To be held at the Old Quarantine Station on North Head.
  • A Celebration of Neuroscience in Australia and New Zealand: To be held at Sydney Hospital in Macquarie Street.
It was a successful troll: an examination of the grammar of trolling   View Summary
19 June 2013

Join us on the June 19 for aCoCoSeminar by Shannon Kennedy-Clark titled "It was a successful troll - an examination of the grammar of trolling".

In this presentation, the grammar of trolling and the linguistic strategies, both overt and implied, which participants in computer-mediated communications use in trolling and subversively redefining the online space for playful purposes will be examined.

This seminar will be available live online at

Sydney freezing symposium: freezing of gait in Parkinson's Disease   View Summary
19 June 2013
Freezing behaviour in PD is not restricted to gait and a number of studies have shown that it affects other functional domains including hand movements, operating foot pedals and speech. These findings suggest that the freezing phenomenon reflects a more generalised neural impairment and is not simply the product of motor dysfunction.

We will be joined by Alice Nieuwboer and members of her laboratory who will speak about their recent, exciting work exploring the mechanisms underlying upper limb freezing and it's relationships to functional neuroanatomy.

We will also be joined by Quincy Almeida (Wilfred Laurier University, Canada), who will introduce results that question the role of sensorimotor impariment in the pathophysiology of freezing of gait.

After morning tea, we will discuss some of our recent experimental findings that have examined the relationship between cognitive deficits and freezing of gait in Parkinson's disease. In addition, we will highlight some new neuroimaging results and determine the extent to which they advance our understanding of the neurobiological mechanisms underlying freezing of gait in Parkinson's disease.

Please join A/Prof Simon JG Lewis and A/Prof Sharon L Naismith from the Parkinson's Disease Research Clinic at the Brain and Mind Research Institute for a morning of discussions that will cover topics associated with the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying freezing of gait in Parkinson's disease. Entry is free and refreshments will be served.
1st Chemical Proteomics Symposium   View Summary
20 June 2013

The Children's Medical Research Institute, will host the firstever Chemical Proteomics Symposium to be held in this country.

The Symposium program has been designed to highlight the diversity of chemical proteomics, and to showcase the strengths and directions of recent technological advancements.

Places for this Symposium are limited, so anyone interested in attending should register without delay.

Registration and abstract submissionis due by 5June 2013.

Live Webinar - Therapeutic Conundrums - Mood Disorders and Personality   View Summary
21 June 2013

The Discipline of Psychiatry at Westmead Clinical School invites you to a live webinar by guest speaker Professor Roger Mulder from the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago, New Zealand.

Most of the evidence relating personality and mood disorders is around depression. This presentation will discuss the relationship between personality traits and depression including the problems of measuring which is which. There appear to be shared genetic factors linking neuroticism and depression as well as possible 'scaling' effects on personality from having early onset and chronic depression. It will go on to look at the negative impact personality pathology has on the outcome of depression particularly over the longer term. The presentation will then look for evidence on whether depressed individuals with co-existing personality pathology may benefit from different or additional treatment strategies when managing their depression. While studies are few there is, perhaps surprisingly, some evidence that pharmacotherapy may be more effective than psychotherapy in these patients. It also appears that if psychotherapy is to be offered it should be of a more st ructured type. The talk will discuss whether treatment for depression may also effect personality measures, whether or not the mood improves. Finally it will touch on the possibility of treating personality traits such as neuroticism with antidepressants and the potential risks and benefits of doing this.

Registration is free. Click here to secure your spot. Instructions on how to join the webinar will be sent to you by email upon registration.

Strategic communication for researchers    View Summary
27 June 2013

Learning Solutions in collaboration with the Research Portfolio, have engaged Matt Church (internationally recognised as one of the 25 most influential people in the global speaking profession) to present this 3 hour workshop for early and mid career researchers.

The workship will focus on three key ideas:

  • frameworks for increasing the impact of your communication and your personal influenc;
  • clearly and succinctly communicating your ideas to non-specialist audiences
  • adapting your messages for different situations, audiences and outcomes

Registration is through CareerPath.

ARC Industrial Transformation Research Program information session   View Summary
11 July 2013

This information session will provide an overview of the funding schemes available under the Industrial Transformation Research Program and the application process.

Applications are currently open for the two funding schemes under the program: Industrial Transformation Research Hubs and Industrial Transformation Training Centres.

The Industrial Transformation Research Hubs for funding commencing in 2013 and Industrial Transformation Training Centres for funding commencing in 2014 will have a dual focus: food and manufacturing.

The session will be presented by Dr Fiona Cameron, Executive Directory, Biological Sciences and Biotechnology, ARC.

RSVP online by 5pm, Wednesday 10 July.

For any questions or assistance in registering for this even please contact Hannah Kilgore at AusIndustry on (02) 9367 1646.

Public Health Research Presentation Day    View Summary
23 July 2013

The School of Public Health invites you to its bi-annual Research Presentation Day"New Minds, Fresh Discoveries: Our Public Health Research."

This is your opportunity to find out about the impressive research work being undertaken by some of our research students and early career researchers with the wider public health community.

Highlights include Professor Andrew Wilson's plenary session"Systems Perspectives on Prevention of Chronic Disease" and a debate which considers"Personal responsibility vs the nanny-state".

Don't forget to register your attendance and preview the full program.

An overview of arts based/informed research   View Summary
25 July 2013

Join us on July 25 for the first of a series of six talks aimed at beginning and established researchers interested in developing their understanding of Arts-based and Arts-informed research, presented by Professor Robyn Ewing.

Using artistic processes and forms to collect, analyse or represent findings privileges our imaginations. Different art forms can allow us to engage in creative ways in developing new understandings and perspectives.

Like any innovative methodologies, Arts-informed/arts based research has attracted a great deal of controversy and engenders lively debates about rigour, authenticity and appropriateness.

This lecture suggests principles for the use of these approaches in exploring relevant educational and social science research questions and examines some of the issues around their use. We will explore how research using arts-informed inquiry when appropriate can contribute perspectives and understandings that are distinctive from other methodologies.

Introduction to animal research course   View Summary
1 August 2013 to 2 August 2013

This course focuses on the ethical and legal aspects of animal research conducted in NSW. The course also provides practical guidance for submitting Animal Ethics applications to the University of Sydney Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) and for the conduct of animal-based research and teaching at this institution.

Although new researchers constitute the largest proportion of delegates, anyone with an interest in the informed discussion of animal research is welcome; this may include experienced researchers seeking an update and others with a broader interest in ethics.

John Quiggin: Is it too late to stabilize the global climate?   View Summary
7 August 2013

TheWalter Westman Lecture keynote speaker is Professor John Quiggin who will be speaking on the topic 'Is it too late to stabilize the global climate?'

Professor Quiggin is an Australian economist, a member of the Board of the Climate Change Authority and a Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland.

Register online as this event is sure to sell out.

Bosch Institute Advanced Microscopy Facility bake off   View Summary
9 August 2013

Show off your baking expertise in the Great Microscopy Bake-off. Prepare your microscopy-themed or science-related cake, cupcakes or cookie decoration for a chance to win prizes including a fantastic opportunity to win a cake-decorating class with Anthea Leonard from Sweet Art. More at the Bosch Institute website.

6th Sino-Australia Symposium: Translational Research Centres, key processes, key technologies   View Summary
12 August 2013

You are invited to attend the sixth Sino-Australian Research Symposium between the University of Sydney and Shanghai Jiaotong University. Ahead of the opening of a new 300-bed Translational Research Centre at Ruijin Hospital in Shanghai, the symposium will focus on translational research, looking in particular at organisational issues, bioinformatics, clinical trials and tissue banking.

Intersect training: data management and visualisation   View Summary
15 August 2013
Intersect is offering two free courses next week, register today to ensure you get a spot:
The future of Open Knowledge   View Summary
26 August 2013

To mark the launch of the Open Knowledge Foundation in Australia, founder Dr Rufus Pollock will talk about the impact of open knowledge on research, the economy and the public.

OKFN is a global movement, founded on the key principles of universal participation, availability and access, and reuse and redistribution.

RSVP online

Workshop on pre-clinical molecular imaging   View Summary
26 August 2013

Join us for a day of presentations, discussion and exploration, including a round table discussion led by experts in each of four key areas of health and medical research: cardiovascular disease; cancer; mental health and neuroscience; and infectious diseases. Discussions will focus on how these imaging modalities are able to support research in these areas, and what challenges need to be overcome.

The workshop will provide an update on the molecular imaging capabilities on offer at the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI) in collaboration with the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), both nodes of the National Imaging Facility (NIF).

The BMRI-ANSTO facility offers radioactive tracer imaging modalities such as PET and SPECT as well as CT and autoradiography, while the UNSW node offers high-field MRI, bioluminescence, PET, CT and ultrasound.

Download the workshop flyer and program PDF.

The Chancellor's Committee Book Fair   View Summary
14 September 2013 to 18 September 2013

From Saturday 14 to Wednesday 18 September, this university institution and calendar highlight is held in the Great Hall and features discount books from a wide range of genres, including some rare books.

TheChancellor's Committeeis a volunteer body that raises funds for scholarships and special university projects, such as replacement trumpet pipes for the Great Hall organ.

Launch of the Sydney Environment Institute   View Summary
17 September 2013

Join us for the launch of theSydney Environment Institute,a collaborative network of environmental researchers working across the University's many disciplines, that aims to investigate impacts and adaptive solutions to living in an epoch where humans have begun for the first time to influence the core forces of nature in dramatic ways.

The Institute will be launched with a lecture by Professor Iain McCalman, University of Sydney historian, who will discuss three interconnected personal examples of having to adapt to cyclonically transforming environments.

21st Century Medicine Series - Why diets (usually) fail   View Summary
25 September 2013

Associate Professor Amanda Salis, NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, The Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders, Sydney Medical School

A21st Century Medicine Lecture, presented by the Sydney Medical School, the University of Sydney

A major reason why diets fail is that the body responds to energy restriction with a 'famine reaction' that increases appetite, reduces metabolic rate and alters circulating concentrations of hormones in a way that stimulates fat accumulation. Drawing on insights from her work leading a research team at Sydney University's Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders, Associate Professor Amanda Salis will discuss three scientifically based strategies that may reduce the intensity of the famine reaction, thereby increasing the efficiency of weight loss. Having personally struggled with binge eating and excess weight (and having now lost 28 kilos and kept it off for over 15 years), Amanda is passionate about her team's research, which aims to help more people to lose excess weight and keep it off for life.

Workshop: Materials Specimen Preparation   View Summary
30 September 2013 to 1 October 2013

This two-day workshop withAdam Sikorskigives practical training in the preparation of a wide range of materials for electron microscopy, including metals, semiconductors, powders, ceramics and thin films.

It trains users in the preparation of plain and cross-view sections for studying the microstructure of materials, using a wide range of preparation techniques including sectioning, grinding and polishing epoxy blocks, electropolishing, ion milling and FIB techniques.

Cost:$340 (for Sydney University attendees)
More information and registration:Website

Workshop: Materials Specimen Preparation   View Summary
30 September 2013 to 1 October 2013

This two-day workshop withAdam Sikorskigives practical training in the preparation of a wide range of materials for electron microscopy, including metals, semiconductors, powders, ceramics and thin films.

It trains users in the preparation of plain and cross-view sections for studying the microstructure of materials, using a wide range of preparation techniques including sectioning, grinding and polishing epoxy blocks, electropolishing, ion milling and FIB techniques.

Cost:$340 (for Sydney University attendees)
More information and registration:Website

Breast Cancer in Australia: the next 10 years   View Summary
1 October 2013

Breast Cancer in Australia: the next 10 years
A think tank bringing the experts together to define key questions and determine strategy

This one-day symposium is hosted by the Cancer Research Network and the Breast Cancer Special Interest Group. The aim of this event is to bring multidisciplinary experts together to define 2-3 key questions in breast cancer in Australia and beyond, and determine research strategy for the next decade.

The program will be led by two eminent cancer researchers:

  • Prof Robert Smith - Senior Director, Cancer Screening, American Cancer Society
  • Prof John Hopper - Director (Research), Centre for Molecular, Environmental, Genetic and Analytic Epidemiology, The University of Melbourne

They will be joined by local and interstate researchers, policy makers, consumers and government representatives to discuss and identify the future direction of multi-disciplinary breast cancer research.

All breast cancer researchers are welcome. Registration is free, but essential to by Thursday, 24 September 2013 for catering purposes

European Research Council: open information session   View Summary
8 October 2013

Interested academics and research managers are invited to an open session on Tuesday 8 October, whereProfessor Donald Dingwell, Secretary General of the European Research Council,will give a presentation on ERCopportunities.