4 September 2012

The University of Queensland is preparing for 2012 Research Week, with a range of events and activities kicking off on Monday, September 17.

The week aims to raise awareness of UQ research and is one of the key annual events on the University’s calendar, along with Diversity Week, and Teaching and Learning Week.

Staff, students and the public are invited to take part in a handful of events, from conferences and debates to research open days.

The series of activities taking place during Research Week are as follows:

Monday, September 17

• BrisScience – UQ Research Week Public Lecture

This lecture will look at two thought-provoking research topics:

• Towards High Efficiency Microalgal Biofuel Systems, presented by Associate Professor Ben Hankamer, UQ Institute for Molecular Bioscience

• Has Science made religion obsolete? Presented by Professor Peter Harrison, UQ Centre for the History of European Discourses

Event details
Time: 6.30pm to 8pm
Venue: Customs House
RSVP: There are limited places available. RSVP by Monday September 10 at this link http://bit.ly/O3hy9H

Tuesday, September 18

UQ Undergraduate Research Conference

The Office of Undergraduate Education is proud to host the 2012 Undergraduate Research Conference. The two-day multidisciplinary conference will showcase some of UQ’s finest undergraduate research projects through oral and poster presentations.

This year, two new exciting elements have been introduced – a Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) competition for undergraduate researchers and The Great Debate.

Event details
Oral and poster presentations
Time: 9am to 5pm
Venue: Innes Room, Student Union Complex (21)
Register now at www.uq.edu.au/undergraduate/urc

Event details
Three Minute Thesis Presentations
Time: 12.45pm – 1.45pm
Venue: Innes Room, Student Union Complex (21)
Register now at www.uq.edu.au/undergraduate/urc

Three Minute Thesis Final

3MT is an annual skills development activity that challenges research higher degree students to communicate the significance of their projects to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes. First developed by UQ in 2008, it is now held in many countries across the world including Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

The winner of the 2012 3MT UQ Final, held at the St Lucia campus, will compete in the prestigious 3MT Trans-Tasman Final on Thursday, 11 October 2012. Click here for further information.

Presentation of UQ Foundation Research Excellence Awards

A group of UQ’s best and brightest researchers will be honoured at these 14th annual UQ Foundation Research Excellence Awards. The UQ Graduate School also will recognise exceptional research advisors through the Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision Awards that reward advisors who have made a significant contribution to research training at UQ. Vice-Chancellor Professor Debbie Terry will present the awards.

Wednesday, September 19

Undergraduate Research Conference activities continue:

The Great Debate: News, News everywhere: The 24 hour news cycle and 'Citizen Journalists'. Does it make us more informed or confused?

Hosted by Steve Cannane, widely known for being a reporter, producer and presenter for Triple J's current affairs program Hack.

The Great Debate will take opposing sides and discuss the proliferation of social media and its impact on how we find, consume and interact with the news.

The event is co-hosted by The Office of Undergraduate Education and the UQ Graduate School.

Event details
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Venue: Schonell Theatre (22)
Free event. Drinks and canapés in the theatre foyer post debate.
RSVP: http://thegreatdebate2012.evenbrite.com

Public lecture: Reducing the level of homelessness in Australia: examples from ISSR research

This research week seminar is hosted by Professor Andrew Jones, Director of the Social Wellbeing, Health and Housing research program at the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR).

“During the past three years ISSR has developed a research program that aims to build evidence to underpin policies and programs to reduce the incidence of homelessness in Australia. This seminar will provide an overview of this research and introduce three specific projects.” (Professor Jones)

Event details
Time: 12pm - 1pm
Venue: Room 442, GPN3 (Bldg 39a)
Information here

Thursday, September 20

• Law Research: Contents & Connections

The TC Beirne School of Law is holding an informal event designed to raise awareness of our legal research and its impact on society, government policy and reform, and to stimulate interest in research collaborations with other disciplines.

Event details
Time: 4pm – 5pm
Venue: Sir Llew Edwards Building
All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided. Please advise the School of any dietary needs.
RSVP: https://ssl.law.uq.edu.au/contents-connections/

Health Research Open Day

This open day is for people interested in commencing a research higher degree, thinking about doing honours or wanting some experience through a summer research project in the field of health sciences.

The UQ Centre for Clinical Research will showcase its research activities, organised along four primary themes:
• Cancer
• Infection and immunity
• Brain and mental health
• Mothers, babies and lifelong health

Event details
Time: 11am-2pm
Venue: UQ Centre for Clinical Research, Herston
For more information or to register, click here

Research Week Engagement Dinner hosted by Professor Alan Lawson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

This is an event to thank UQ’s key partners for their role in helping build UQ as a leading research institution, and celebrate the success and potential of UQ researchers.

To find out more about Research Week, please visit the website http://www.uq.edu.au/research-week/

Media: Caroline Bird (UQ Communications) 07 3365 1931 or c.bird1@uq.edu.au