Impactful research recognised at Western Sydney University
2016 Impact Research Competition Winner, Dr Ian Wright.
With world-leading research projects underway at Western Sydney University, the Research Impact Competition provides the perfect opportunity to showcase high-quality projects making a difference to the community and nation alike.
Held annually at the University during Research Week, the Research Impact Competition presents current projects that will influence communities, businesses, industries and government.
Academics from a variety of disciplines will have just five minutes and one PowerPoint slide to present their project and the ways in which their research has made significant differences to the broader community. This year, 12 Early Career Researchers across nine Schools and three Institutes will present to a general audience of staff, students and external stakeholders at the competition.
2016 Research Impact winner Dr Ian Wright from the School of Science and Health says the competition lends the opportunity to think about the collective contributions of research in social, economic and environmental contexts.
Dr Wright’s research on the Wingecarribee River recently had a large impact on legal and environmental procedures after he discovered pollution from the Berrima Coal mine.
“Impactful research is what drives change and academics should always be asking themselves ‘How will Australia benefit by knowing this research?’” he says.
Dr Wright believes researchers should seize any opportunity to connect with a decision maker, to ensure their research doesn't stay in the lab but instead is used to help benefit the community.
The Research Impact Competition will be held on 24 October from 3pm to 5.30pm at the Peter Shergold Building, Parramatta (level 9, Room 3 and 4).
Early Career research presenters
|Academic||School/ Institute||Research topic|
|Dr Thomas Jeffries||Hawkesbury Institute for The Environment||Harnessing Microbiomics for Ecosystem Health|
|Dr Philippa Collin||Institute for Culture and Society||Ctrl Shift: changing the debate on young people’s technology practice and impacting policy and practice from Granville to Geneva|
|Dr Sandra Garrido||MARCS Institute||Music and Mood Regulation in Adolescents and Older Adults with Depression|
|Dr Kathy Tannous||School of Business||The Health and Economic Impact of Residential Fires.|
|School of Computing Engineering and Mathematics||Enabling Effective Clinical Decisions with Data Analytics|
|Dr Rachael Jacobs||School of Education||Assessing Creativity: imagination and Impact|
|Dr Rachel Morley||School of Humanities and Communication Arts||Ageing Creatively: creative writing as a tool for healthy ageing|
|Dr Patrick Foong||School of Law||Regulating Stem Cell Research & Therapy|
|Dr Mark Hohenberg||School of Medicine||What We Need as We Get Older: perceptions from elders and health care staff in the Macarthur region of Sydney|
|Dr Diana Jefferies||School of Nursing and Midwifery||The Mockingbird Project: raising awareness about postnatal psychosis|
|Dr Julien Brugniaux||School of Science and Health||Turning up the Heat on Diabetes|
|Dr Michael Salter||School of Social Sciences and Psychology||Organised Child Sexual Abuse: prevention, detection and treatment|
19 October 2017
Jessica Cortis, Media Unit
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The Research Impact Competition provides the perfect opportunity to showcase high-quality projects making a difference to the community and nation alike.
This year’s Research Week activities focus on how the University’s research is making an impact across the areas of environmental sustainability, education, health and wellbeing, and urban living and society.