Research Week at Bond University
Research Week is a key event in our research calendar showcasing our research to our supporters and industry partners. Research Week provides us with an opportunity to celebrate our successes and to thank our supporters.
Research Week 2013 Building Research Capability
Research Week 2013 celebrates our next generation of researchers, our Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students and our Early Career Researchers. A number of core events showcased the strength of our newer researchers and recognised the talent and vitality they bring to Bond University.
Research Week 2013 celebrated the launch of our new Research Strategic Plan 2014-2018, profiled our HDR students through a number of key events including the Three Minute Thesis competition, HDR student poster competition and the staff vs. student debate.
2013 Research Week Breakfast
The Research Week Breakfast was the official opening for the week-long event. A combination of external supporters, industry partners, academics, general staff and post-graduate students attended the breakfast.
Our guest speaker at the breakfast was Dr Geoff Garrett, the Queensland Chief Scientist. Prior to his current role, Dr Garrett was Chief Executive and member of the Board of Australia’s Commonwealth and Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).
Dr Garrett gave an interesting talk on the importance of science, its integral role in contributing to our knowledge, which lead on to the topic of super-computers and the magnitude of the amount of information that is being generated in our current world. An inspirational speaker, Bond was very fortunate to have him on campus and be part of our event.
The breakfast was also where the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Research, Professor Geraldine Mackenzie, launched the Research Strategic Plan 2014-2018. The plan articulates 5 strategic research objectives and a series of strategies to guide research at the University over the next 5 years. Our five key research strategic objectives are:
- Develop a world-class research workforce and culture
- Enable a research-training environment by blending research, teaching and service
- Identify and develop niche centres of research excellence
- Enhance and enable access to world class research infrastructure
- Deliver world class innovation through collaborations with industry, business, government and the community.
The Research Strategy has been developed to complement the Bond University Strategic Plan.
Three Minute Thesis Competition
HDR Students were highlighted in activities held throughout the week. One of the key events for HDR students was the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.
3MT is a research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland. The exercise challenges research higher degree (PhD and Masters) students to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes. 3MT develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research student’s capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
This year we had eleven competitors. The winner of the 3MT was Oladayo Folasire. The title of his presentation was “Solving the puzzle of incontinence”. Oladayo was formally congratulated at the Research Week Gala Dinner. Oladayo will represent Bond University at the TransTasman competition held at the University of Western Sydney on 18 October 2013. Oladayo will be supported by his Principal Supervisor Associate Professor Donna Sellers, and we wish Oladayo all the best for the competition.
To view a video of Oladayo's talk, click here.
Higher Degree Research Student Poster Competition
The HDR Poster competition received twelve entries from across the University. The posters gave a snapshot of the research currently being conducted by our talented PhD students. The winner of the competition was PhD Candidate Matthew Raj with his poster Victim response and control: factors affecting the intensity and duration of stalking. The competition was judged by staff, students and guests attending Research Week.
Research Week also launched the inaugural Early Career Researcher Professional Advancement Program, a twelve month program designed to provide support to early career researchers to transition to a rewarding research career.
To view all poster entries, including the winning poster, click here.
Bond University hosted the Gala Dinner to over 200 guests that included external supporters, industry partners, academics, general staff and post-graduate students. The Gala Dinner is a celebration of Research Week and is an opportunity to acknowledge our next generation of researchers, our Higher Degree by Research students and our Early Career Researchers. Research Week showcases the strength of our researchers and recognises the talent and vitality they bring to Bond University.
Our keynote speaker at the dinner was Professor Aidan Byrne, CEO of the Australian Research Council. Professor Byrne spoke about the significance of science and research and the importance of a diverse and invigorated generation of young researchers.
To view the Research Week Highlights click here.
Centre for Autism Spectrum Disorders - Opening of the Regional Research into ASD Project at Burleigh Heads State School
The Centre for Autism Spectrum Disorders has partnered with Education Queensland (South Eastern Region) to develop a specialised educational programme for high needs children with an ASD. The Regional Research into ASD Project (RRAP), which is located at Burleigh Heads State School, will combine best-practice teaching approaches with research to ensure that all interventions are thoroughly evaluted for their capacity to create long-term benefits in childrens' adaptive functioning and well-being. This project aims to apply and refine internationally recognised teaching methods to suit the Queensland educational context. The research findings from this project will be reported in a manual which will offer guidelines and procedures to assist in creation of RRAP-style programmes across schools in the South Eastern Region.
The Bond research team will be led by Professor Vicki Bitsika who has specialised in the assessment and treatment of individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder for over 25 years. She is the Director of the Centre for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Bond University. Her research focuses on assessment and treatment of individuals with an ASD, and building resilience in families.