Research Week 2019
What Will You Discover? 21 - 25 October 2019

Western Sydney University's research seeks to uncover answers to the world's most pressing problems. Our focus is on excellence and integrity, with impact that changes the lives of those not just in western Sydney but globally.

Join us in Research Week 2019 as we share with our communities the broad range of programs in our Research Themes. In 2019, we are immensely proud to launch the first of our new Strategic Research Initatives (SRIs), three major research investments that we expect will deliver major innovations and development for society in our lifetimes.

Our research reputation facilitates research partnerships across the world, creating a global network around Western’s research and our research community. The University’s research concentration and achievement is reflected in the recognition of its excellence – nationally and internationally. We invite you to join our most inspiring academics as they bring you on a journey of discovery, hope and vision for our future.

Monday, 21 October

Precincts and Partnerships for Better Health and Wellbeing - Health & Wellbeing Theme Day

Monday, 21 October 
9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Building J, Westmead Precinct 
Symposium Room J.G.54 
160 Hawkesbury Rd
Westmead NSW 2145

What does an effective medical precinct look like? What does it do? How can a precinct engage service users and the community more broadly and impact on health and wellbeing? Join us in the morning and find out about how successful partnerships and precincts operate.

Be part of the discussion with community, clinical, academic and industry leaders and have your say. In the afternoon, focus switches to specific areas of partnership – Neuroscience, Value-based health care, Musculoskeletal Health and Mental Health.


 

Professorial Lecture: Planning, Politics, and Power with Professor Nicky Morrison

Monday, 21 October
11.00 am - 12.30 pm
Building EB.3.33
Parramatta South Campus
Victoria Rd
Rydalmere NSW 2116

In this presentation, Professor Nicky Morrison explains how the above contention about the UK planning system led her to investigate this question in numerous international settings thereafter. Who are the winners and losers of planning decisions and outcomes?

Showcasing her previous work (in the UK, China, and Ghana), Professor Morrison will highlight the challenges that urban planners face in managing economic, social, and environmental priorities and how they reconcile competing stakeholder expectations and conflicting interests.

 

Graduate Research School Event: So you want to build a career in research?

Monday, 21 October
3.00 pm - 5.00 pm
EHA.1.23
Parramatta South Campus
Victoria Rd
Rydalmere NSW 2116

Are you a Higher Degree Research Candidate looking to build a research career in academia or industry? Join us for an interactive discussion with leading academics, alumni and industry partners about what it takes to be successful in the competitive and dynamic research sector.

You will also have the opportunity to start work on a career plan that will take you to where you want to go by the end of your candidature.

Tuesday, 22 October

People Value: Engaging Western Sydney University’s ‘Greatest Asset’ through Gender Equity

Tuesday, 22 October
9.30 am - 12.30 pm
Conference Rooms 3 & 4
Peter Shergold Building, Level 9
169 Macquarie Street
Parramatta NSW 2150

At last year’s SAGE Research Week event, our keynote speaker Professor Sharon Bell (DVC Strategy & Planning) reminded us that people are academia’s greatest asset. This year we consider how we might institute strategies and ways of thinking at Western Sydney University that value the whole person as we strive for gender equity: "People Value: Engaging Our Greatest Asset through Gender Equity".

An opening address by Associate Professor Kate Huppatz (Sociology, Western Sydney University), “Gender and Labour in Higher Education: What is at Stake?” will offer important insights into the key gender issues arising across our sector. The opening address will be followed by an engaging presentation, "Gender Equity Matters: Our Status and Our Vision", by SAGE Academic Lead Professor Janice Aldrich-Wright and SAGE Project Coordinator Dr Kieryn McKay. This presentation will give detail of the University's submission for Athena SWAN Bronze Award and will map the commitments and objectives laid out by the University's four-year SAGE Action Plan (2019-2023). A Gender Equity Showcase of initiatives underway at Western Sydney University will be held throughout morning tea, which will be provided.

The event will culminate with a thought-provoking keynote address by superstar academic Professor Cordelia Fine, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Melbourne. Professor Fine's feature presentation is titled "Women's Value: Beyond the Business Case for Diversity & Inclusion". Cordelia is an academic psychologist and one of Australia’s foremost gender scholars. She has been hailed “a brilliant feminist critic of the neurosciences” (Times HES) and won the Edinburgh Medal 2018 for her work in challenging gender bias in science and for her contributions to public debates around gender equality. Her most recent book, Testosterone Rex (2017), won the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2017 and was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2018.

All sessions will provide time for audience Q&As, expertly Chaired by DVC (Research & Innovation) Professor Deborah Sweeney.

Sustainability in Property - The Smart Way into the Future

Tuesday, 22 October
9.30 am - 12.30 pm
(Registration is prior and there is a lunch after from 12.30 pm - 1.30 pm)
Conference Rooms 1 & 2
Peter Shergold Building, Level 9
169 Macquarie Street
Parramatta NSW, 2150

The sustainability goals and standards for our built in environment are changing fast. Further, communities, investors and the government are demanding improvements in the physical world around us for better environmental and societal outcomes across society.

The move towards green star rated buildings in Australia is seen as an opportunity to reduce carbon pollution and create healthier places to work. By investing in innovation and refurbishment to create green buildings, we create jobs, drive innovation and cleaner greener cities.

Come, listen and learn from educators and industry experts regarding the various ways sustainability and standards are addressed by the property industry.

Research Impact Competition

Tuesday, 22 October
2.30 pm - 5.00 pm
Conference Rooms 3 & 4
Peter Shergold Building, Level 9
169 Macquarie Street
Parramatta NSW 2150

Early and mid-career academics have five minutes to present, in layman’s terms, the positive impact of their research in addressing a wide-range of societal issues and real life challenges (using one slide).

Research Celebration – Launch of the Strategic Research Initiatives (SRIs)

Tuesday, 22 October
5.30 pm - 7.30 pm
Conference Rooms 1 & 2 Peter Shergold Building Level 9 169 Macquarie Street, Parramatta NSW, 2150

This event will see the launch of Western Sydney University’s Strategic Research Initiatives – an investment of $10m so far – these Centres will enhance Western Sydney University’s already world-leading research and world leading research teams.

This event will feature a welcome by Prof Hugh Durrant-Whyte, NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer along with the launch of the SRIs and an opportunity to for a Q&A session for each Strategic Research Centre.

BY INVITATION ONLY.

Wednesday, 23 October

Future Cities: Urban Living Futures Theme Day

Wednesday, 23 October
9.00 am - 5.00 pm
Liverpool Campus
100 Macquarie St
Liverpool NSW 2170

Western Sydney is changing rapidly. But what is the state of urban research on the region? This event explores current WSU research on themes such as:

  • cultural infrastructure
  • affordable and smart housing and construction methods
  • cybersecurity
  • sustainable manufacturing
  • and strategic planning for the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.

Thursday, 24 October

Environment & Sustainability Theme Day: Research Symposium on Water

Thursday, 24 October
9.30 am - 3.30 pm
Penrith/Kingswood Campus
Building P, 1st Floor, Room 58
Second Ave
Kingswood NSW 2747

Water has been a key topic in Environment and Sustainability. There are many critical issues around water facing our world, nation and communities.

This symposium provides a platform for developing a dialog between local government, industries and WSU researchers to address this grand challenge around water.

The program includes invited presentations from key industries on water, local government, government grant facilitators, and Western Sydney Univesity researchers, along with intensive group discussions focusing on the critical issues on water including:

  • Urban design for water management
  • Water harvesting/Water recycle and reuse
  • Water quality and Wastewater treatment
  • Water-related ecosystems (River, Wetland, Mountains, etc.)
  • Water culture and sociology
  • Water policy and law
  • Water-related education


 

Exhibition Opening: "Essence, Energy, Spirit" by Guan Wei

Thursday, 24 October
6.00 pm
Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture
Foyer of Building EA
EA.G.03 Parramatta South Campus
Victoria Rd
Rydalmere NSW 2116

The Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture (ACIAC) is committed to enhancing cultural exchange between Australia, China, and the Sinosphere. As a part of its mission in research, graduate studies, international collaborations, and community engagement, ACIAC provides a unique platform for Chinese and Australian artists to collaborate and exchange views through exhibitions.

Currently exhibited at ACIAC Gallery is a series of artworks, called Essence, Energy, Spirit by the renowned Chinese Australian artist Guan Wei. The exhibition will be officially opened by the Vice-Chancellor and President of Western Sydney University, Professor Barney Glover AO on 24 October. The exhibition interlaces imagery from Guan Wei’s Chinese heritage, his life experience in Australia and his personal iconography. It reminds us of the consequences of a fast-paced, technology-driven, western lifestyle, which can be transcended if we remember our essence, energy and spirit and how to nurture them.

To be opened by Professor Barney Glover AO, Vice-Chancellor and President, Western Sydney University.

Guest Speaker: Dr Geoff Raby AO,Chair, ACIAC Advisory Board, Former Australian Ambassador to China.

Friday, 25 October

Research Symposium on Early Childhood Education: Excellence through Co-design - Education and Work Theme Day

Friday, 25 October
9.30 am - 4.00 pm
Peter Shergold Building, Level 9
169 Macquarie Street
Parramatta NSW, 2150

Excellence in early childhood education is crucial to cultivating positive futures for individuals, families, communities and greater society. This symposium brings together accomplished Western Sydney University researchers and leading community organisations to showcase and promote the role of co-design between research and industry in achieving excellence.

The symposium features invited presentations from Christine Legg, CEO KU Children’s Services and National President Early Childhood Australia, and Associate Professor Christine Woodrow, Centre for Educational Research at Western Sydney University. Other topics include:

  • Community engagement and collaboration for children
  • Improving assessment and support for children’s language development
  • Food allergies and transition to school
  • Diversity, difference and social Justice in early childhood education.

The symposium culminates with a collaborative discussion between researchers and industry to formulate future research priorities and projects.

Research Creations Showcase: A Celebration of Research

Friday, 25 October
10.30 am - 6.00 pm
Janice Reid Pavilion
Parramatta South Campus
Victoria Rd
Rydalmere NSW 2116

The Research Creations Showcase will be the fifth time that the research practices of the postgraduate students and academic staff of the School Humanities and Communication Arts, along with colleagues from the Institute of Culture and Society, the Writing and Society Research Centre, and the Digital Humanities Research Group, are showcased in exhibition and lightning presentations as part of Western Sydney University’s Research Week.

For the first time, the event will be held at the Janice Reid Pavilion on the Parramatta South campus, and a selection of work from this event will be exhibited at the Female Orphan School later in 2019, curated by Monica McMahon.

In another first, the event will host the presentation of the inaugural School Researcher of the Year Awards which will celebrate quality research in three categories of Traditional research, Practice-led/Creative Practice Research, and Early Career Research.

Indigenous Research Forum

Friday, 25 October
1.00 pm – 7.00 pm
Building EG, Ground Floor
Room 04 (EG.G.04 - Rec Hall)
Parramatta South Campus
Victoria Rd
Rydalmere NSW 2116

All Indigenous and non-Indigenous academics and Higher Degree research students that are undertaking research related to Australia’s First People are invited to share their work in the view of building a collective body of Indigenous Research at Western Sydney University.

Importantly, the forum is designed to provide valuable networking opportunities and foster opportunities for connection and collaboration. The event will consist of a keynote presentation by Professor Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews.

Following this, anyone undertaking Indigenous related research at Western will have the opportunity to present their research in 5 minutes using only 5 slides. The event will then conclude with drinks and canapés.