Celebrating a new chapter at the Charles Perkins Centre open day

15 May 2014

Thank you to colleagues from across the University who came together to celebrate the Charles Perkins Centre at the open day this week.

Thousands of staff and students explored the building, found out about the work of our researchers, blended their own smoothie using pedal power and even took part in a group fitness class.

Academic Director Stephen Simpson welcomed everyone to the research and education hub, which brings together disciplines from across the University to tackle the burden of some of the world's greatest health challenges: obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and related conditions.

"The Charles Perkins Centre is a once in many lifetimes opportunity to do something that can impact the health of the nation and the world, by doing things completely differently to the way universities normally operate," said Professor Simpson.

"It's the most ambitious and visionary thing I've seen the University undertake. This building is going to become a beacon in the intellectual and cultural landscape and something that we can all be incredibly proud of both here at the University and in Australia more generally."

Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence also paid tribute to the hundreds of staff from across the University who have made the Charles Perkins Centre vision a reality.

"I'm proud because we are honouring the memory of a great Australian whose vision made a difference. That's what happens at the University - we produce people of vision whose work makes a difference. So to be able to honour Charles Perkins with this remarkable centre is to me a very fitting sign of what we're trying to do here," said Dr Spence.

"That's more than just an acknowledgement of country; that's about saying this place has a shared tradition of which we are immensely proud."

For those who were unable to make it, check out updates and images on the University's social media channels, including FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Stay tuned in coming weeks for videos and photos, interviews with academics and students from the day, plus hear about upcoming events for the Charles Perkins Centre's official launch in June.

In another exciting development for the Charles Perkins Centre this week, the first group of more than 750 researchers will relocate to the hub in coming days, commencing a rolling program of movement over the next five months.