Research Bites

Hear about what Sydney researchers do, meet them and make new connections..

Research Bites:

  • runs more or less monthly (with the exception of January, July and December)
  • lasts for about an hour
  • is open to all Sydney researchers
  • gives each speaker 5 minutes – you can talk about the research you do or anything related to your research or research career
  • will sometimes be held at lunchtime, others in the late afternoon to accommodate off-campus people
  • open to all

Next session: 16 October

Research Bites continues with our next session on 16 October, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm in our new home – The Law Foyer.

Presenting this session:

Tash Hamilton (Veterinary Science)
Breeding the racehorse: is performance really in the genes?

Motivated by my longstanding love of racehorses my research as a veterinary scientist investigates the extent to which genetics plays a role in certain traits.

Kate Robertson (School of Letters, Arts and Media) Australian artists and the problem of place
Edmund Capon believes Australian artists remain unknown overseas because their work is "too strongly defined by place" (SMH 10.9.2014). This recalls the recurrent debates immediately pre- and post-federation about what Australian art is. Many Australians living abroad didn’t subscribe to the patriotic landscape tradition, yet were successful across both continents.

Lizzie Lowe (School of Biological Sciences)
How urbanisation effects wildlife, the spider story

Urbanisation is drastically altering landscapes and driving localised species extinctions. My research looks at how some species can survive and even thrive in cities. I study the responses of spiders to anthropogenic change to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying the success of urban exploiters.

Zhiyong WANG (Information Technologies)
Multi-media computing

In this talk, I will describe my research interests with several examples such as image retrieval, video summarization, human action recognition, image enhancement and their potentials to other researchers.

Want to present?

In preparation for the 15 minutes of fame Andy Warhol promised you, why not give a 5 minute talk as a practice run? Or come along and hear others before you do your talk. Anyone can come along to hear the talks but you are guaranteed a highly interested audience - they will only be there because they are keen to hear about your research. You never know, you may find a new collaborator.

For more information and to register to become a speaker in one of our 5 minutes of (limited) fame Research Bites - researcher talks Register here

Once you have registered, we will be in touch to confirm your spot and provide the other information you will need. If you have any general questions about the Research Bites series beyond speaking, please contact

About the Research Bites series

As a result of your overwhelmingly positive feedback in 2013 when we asked you about your appetite for such an opportunity, the Research Development and Collaboration group in the Research Portfolio is excited to announce that we are running a series of forums throughout the year – loosely based on the TED talks idea – to be known as Research Bites.

The purpose of Research Bites - researcher talks is to provide an opportunity for Sydney researchers from across our wide range of research disciplines to meet each other and learn about what is being done. The sessions are designed to help foster the beginnings of new, interesting and useful research relationships. But whether they seed new collaborations or not they will certainly be a chance to hear about what lots of other interesting people are up to.

Watch previous Bites sessions