A word from the Academic Director

April 2017
Professor Stephen Simpson

Professor Stephen Simpson


2017 will see some exciting work and unique collaborations at the Charles Perkins Centre across state and international Universities, industry partnerships and community. The Charles Perkins Centre is currently working in partnership with Qantas, exploring potential areas of collaboration on its long-haul flying strategy including its effects on sleep patterns.

This year brings greater collaboration with our Westmead and Nepean networks including running short courses and collaborative events.

The Early and mid-career initiative continues to focus on building research capacity and skills within an explicitly multidisciplinary training environment including literacy, research impact and professional identity.

This year brings greater collaboration with our Westmead and Nepean networks including running short courses and collaborative events.

The Early and mid-career initiative continues to focus on building research capacity and skills within an explicitly multidisciplinary training environment including literacy, research impact and professional identity.

In Education, the Charles Perkins Centre will launch its first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on 8th of May in which 30 of our key academics, including Theme and Domain leaders, present on their areas of expertise. We are supporting the development of several Open Learning Environment undergraduate units of study, as well as short courses in key priority areas of preconception care, nutrition, cardiovascular health, precision medicine, and early prevention of obesity in childhood.

Our inaugural Writer in Residence, Charlotte Wood, reflects upon her experiences working with us as we anticipate the announcement of the 2017 Writer in Residence.

Workshops, seminars, lectures and visiting scholar talks are a key part of collaboration at the Charles Perkins Centre with 2017 seeing more than 140 events planned so far.

In other news, we will be launching a new dynamic and informative website which will show the full range of the Centre’s research talent.

I hope you have all had a happy and productive start to 2017.

Professor Stephen J. Simpson AC FAA FRS
Academic Director, Charles Perkins Centre
Professor, School of Life and Environmental Sciences
W: http://sydney.edu.au/science/people/stephen.simpson.php