Friday, 29 October

Research Week 2021

Research Creations Showcase

School of Humanities and Communication Arts 

Time: 9.00 am - 6.00 pm
Contact: Hart Cohen 
Admin: Lina Gong
Type: Webinar

In 2021 Research Week, the Research Creation Showcase will be held online. It features practice-led and research outcomes from School staff and postgraduate students across Design, Music, Media Arts, Digital Humanities, Writing and Humanities. An online exhibition of creative works including posters, films, photography and music will be curated by a team drawn from School of Humanities and Communication Arts.

As a showcase of creative practice (NTROs) and research, an exhibition will be developed in advance of research week offering a longer period of exposure than was the case in the past with the “live” event. A suite of artists talks, curators’ presentations and keynotes from both academics and industry partners will feature on the specified day in research week. A celebration of School-based research will be marked by a presentation to the top practice-led and traditional researchers.

Mental Health Research Symposium

School of Nursing and Midwifery / Health and Wellbeing

Time: 9.30 am - 12.30 pm
Contact: Dr Gill Murphy
Type: Webinar

The School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University is pleased to offer a Mental Health Research Symposium to celebrate Mental Health Month 2021. The event hosted by Associate Professor Kath Peters will showcase a collection of studies currently being undertaken by research students and academic staff. The programme will offer exciting presentations which consider mental health across the lifespan and areas of mental health practice development. A full programme will be available in the coming weeks. 

Gender UNLIMITED*: Bold and Inclusive Futures

SAGE Event

Time: 10.00 am - 12.00 pm
Contact: Kieryn McKay 
Type: Webinar

The second of two SAGE Research Week events this year, this session will outline the University’s bold and inclusive vision for advancing our SAGE Athena SWAN initiative. Titled Gender UNLIMITED*: Bold and Inclusive Futures, the session will focus on five newly defined priority areas for driving structural and cultural change to progress gender equity at the University over the coming three-year period. SAGE leaders and members of the Executive will discuss how targeted work across these priority areas aims to promote meaningful support for the attraction, retention, and progression of underrepresented groups of staff at the University. Attending staff and students will be invited to contribute their ideas for how to maximise bold and inclusive impact across these priority areas during a workshopping session in the second half of the event. 

Innovation in Sustainable Food Production: Challenges and Opportunities in a Changing World

Environment and Sustainability

Time: 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm
Contact: Brendan Choat
Type: Webinar

Enabling sustainable food production to meet the demand of the world’s expanding population is one of the most critical challenges confronting researchers in the 21st century. Increased agricultural production must be achieved against a background of greater variability in extreme weather events, water scarcity, and the need to conserve our natural environment and biodiversity.

A key part of this challenge is increasing farm productivity while making the most efficient use of natural resources, particularly the optimal use of available land and water. Technological advances have the potential to help growers achieve greater productivity and higher efficiency, although the uptake of these technologies is often limited by high cost of new systems and limited internet connectivity of farms. Western is committed to research and innovation in sustainable food production. The University is a major partner is the CRC for Future Food Systems and leads the CRC smart farming program. Researchers at Western are also managing a number of major programs funded by Hort Innovation, including research into sustainable pollination supported by the Hort Frontiers Pollination Fund and the National Vegetable Protected Cropped Centre.

In this symposium, we will explore the potential of a range of emerging technological solutions, including real-time sensor networks, remote monitoring of crops, and cloud-based computing to improve sustainable food production in Australia. We will also examine innovative approaches to pollination services and energy management that are the focus of current research initiatives at Western.

Bold Indigenous Futures

Office of the DVC, Indigenous Leadership

Time: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Contact: Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews 
Type: Webinar

Indigenous Research at Western provide a snap shot of their current work and the bold futures they envisage with keynote speaker Professor Bronwyn Carlson and our new Director of Indigenous Research Professor Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews, showcasing the strength and collaboration of research at Western.