Event Calendar

Global Challenges Events 

Upcoming Events 

New caledonia map 300 by 200Linguistic and cultural challenges in French New Caledonia

Global Challenges will host a guest lecture entitled ‘Linguistic and cultural challenges in French New Caledonia’ by Dr Fabrice Wacalie from the University of New Caledonia.  New Caledonia is a French territory since 1853. It is a small territory of 19,058 km2 which has a linguistic diversity characteristic of the indigenous Melanesian population. There are 28 Kanak languages, 11 dialects and 1 Creole. The colonisation of this territory was not smooth and the Kanak people suffered greatly from land spoliations, epidemics, wars that have deeply undermined its extinction. Despite this difficult period, the Kanak people have survived as well as their habits and customs in the privacy of the reserves. At one year from the referendum of self-determination, we propose to show how taking Kanak's linguistic and cultural heritage into account is an important identity issue for the formation of a common destiny (‘destin commun’) in New Caledonia. It is a major axis of the new Educational Project of New Caledonia voted by the congress of the territory in 2016.

Date: Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Time: 3pm
Venue: SMART 3.122
RSVP: Email Anu Bissoonauth-Bedford to attend.

Afternoon tea will be served.

Transforming VulnerabilityTransforming Vulnerability Conference

Transformative interdisciplinary research can help tackle the world's challenges and has the potential to transform lives and regions.

This interdisciplinary conference, coinciding with UOW's inaugural McKinnon Walker Fellowship Program, will bring together researchers from diverse fields from around the globe to respond to the challenge to Transform Vulnerability. The two-day event aims to stretch disciplinary boundaries and provide a platform for the most innovative thinkers to reflect on how we can transform the most vulnerable lives, communities, regional economies, coastal and marine ecosystems through challenge-led research.

It aims to redefine the way we look at things and provide a platform to debate and discuss how we can approach the challenge of Transforming Vulerability in a multitude of ways.  Held on campus at the University of Wollongong, the conference will take place on Thursday November 30 - Friday December 1, 2017.

Transforming Vulnerability KeynotePublic Lecture: Transforming Vulnerability

You are invited to attend the Global Challenges Conference Keynote on Transforming Vulnerability by leading international expert on therapeutic recreation and inaugural McKinnon Walker Fellow, Professor Iwasaki.

The conference keynote is entitled "Transforming Vulnerable Lives through Meaning-Making: Importance of Leisure and Recreation". 

Time: 4.00pm 
Date:  Thursday 30 November
Venue: Hope Theatre (B40), UOW main campus

This lecture is open to the public. To attend please register here.

Prof Christopher DobsonA Conversation with Prof Christopher Dobson, University of Cambridge, UK

Global Challenges invites you to A Conversation with...Professor Christopher Dobson from the University of Cambridge. Prof Dobson is a prominent international expert and one of the pioneers of studies of the ability of normal proteins to misfold into toxic forms that can cause disease.

In this conversation he will discuss who inspired him in his career and the future of his research and the potential to develop cures for Alzheimers and Parkinsons for eaxmple. Prof Dobson will talk about: 

• How and why he chose a career in science
• Why he shifted from Chemistry to Biology after completing his degrees
• Who inspired him in his career
• Why so much of his work has involved collaborations with others
• The future of research in this important area and the potential to develop cures for important neurodegenerative diseases
• How the nature of scientific research has changed over his career

Time: 2:30pm
Date: 21 November, 2017
Venue: Belmore Room at Novotel, North Beach (cnr Cliff Rd and Bourke St, North Wollongong)
RSVP: via email to Rebecca San Gil

Prof Dobson will be speaking at the 3rd Proteostasis and Disease Symposium held at Novotel. 

Project DAREProject DARE Art Exhibition

Children today, more than ever before, are likely to know family and/or community members living with a form of dementia.  While the rates of dementia are increasing, 75% of people living with dementia and their carers report experiencing stigma and social isolation. One way to address this problem is through education of the next generation; a gap Project DARE can address.  The Project DARE team has developed a novel short education intervention to raise awareness and understanding of dementia by primary school children. The intervention has been developed by a multidisciplinary team of researchers from UOW in partnership and will be piloted with teachers at Thirroul Public School and artists from Big Fat Smile.

This project is specifically developed to allow children to express their understanding of memory through art. Younger children are often more able to express concepts, particularly emotional concepts visually, through art-making. It will allow children to discover and use their visual language to describe their understandings.  

When: 6 Nov - Dec 10, 2017
Venue: Exhibition Space, Early Start (Building 21)

This exhibition is open to the public and is free to attend.

For more information about the Dementia knowledge, Art, Research and Education (DARE) project.

Past 2017 Events

Global Climate Change WeekGlobal Climate Change Week

Global Climate Change Week aims to encourage academic communities – including academics, students, and professional staff at universities – in all disciplines and countries to engage with each other, their communities, and policy makers on climate change action and solutions.

It all started at UOW and is returning to UOW for the third year running from 9-15 October 2017. Find out what's happening this week - all welcome.

At the global level, last year 288 academics, students, and other members of academic communities registered for GCCW 2016. There was a wide geographical distribution, with 82 registrants from Africa, 60 from Australasia, 52 from North America, 43 from Asia, 33 from Europe, and 18 from Latin America. We look forward to the impact of this year's Global Climate Change Week.

Follow GCCW17 on Facebook page and twitter for live updates. 

More information

Caring for the Incarcerated ExhibitionCaring for the Incarcerated: An Exhibition

From 1788, medicine has played an important role in New South Wales prisons. As ship surgeons on the convict transports and as government officials in the blossoming colonial government, medical practitioners played key roles in early NSW history. In succeeding years, as the colony became a state in the Australian federation, the prison medical service continued to influence, and be influenced by, national and international movements in medicine and penology. This exhibition examines some key moments in the history of the NSW prison medical service. It seeks to address the longstanding questions around the prevalence of and responses to illness in prisons. Join us for a journey into this often hidden if ubiquitous history...

When: 17 July – 10 September
Opening hours: weekdays 9.00am-5.00pm and weekends 10.00am - 4.00pm
Venue: Panizzi Room, UOW Library 

Explore 200 years of history within the NSW prison medical service. 
More information on this Global Challenges project.

Drivinganddementia.AboutmainpageDriving and Dementia Workshop

The University of Wollongong in partnership with the Dementia Training Study Centres (DTSC) will be conducting a lecture on Driving and Dementia mid year for GPs, Nurses and Allied Health professionals.

This event will increase participants’ knowledge and understanding of approaches to dementia and driving retirement. Participants will learn how to support informed decisions by individuals with early dementia diagnosis, in partnership with their GPs, other practitioners, family members and carers.

A Dementia and Driving Decision Aid has been developed and translated into several other languages including Vietnamese, Italian, Greek and Chinese.

Following on from the success of several workshops held last year in Warrnambool (VIC), Maroochydore, (QLD), Merimbula and Katoomba (NSW).

When: 5.30pm - 7pm, Monday 3rd July, 2017.  This lecture will be video conferenced from UOW's main campus to our other campuses in Loftus, Bega, Batemans Bay, South Sydney and Shoalhaven.

To register please visit the Eventbrite page (this event is now closed)

If you would like any additional information about the Driving and Dementia project or this event please email Nadine Veerhuis or visit our project website.

Antimicrobial Resistance 300 by 200Antimicrobial Resistance Lecture 

A public lecture and Q&A panel entitled "Turning back the tide of Antibiotic Resistance: from Stalin's cure to precision medicine” will be held at UOW by one of Australia’s most prominent experts in antimicrobial resistance.

Professor Jon Iredell from the University of Sydney and Westmead Hospital, and prolific microbiology researcher will discuss the dangers of antibiotic resistance and how we as society need to respond.

As part of UOW’s interdisciplinary approach to addressing the global issue of antimicrobial resistance, a panel of leading experts will field questions after the lecture.

Date: Monday 26 June, 2017 (this event is now closed)

Time: 6:30pm

Venue: Hope Theatre, Building 40, University of Wollongong (see campus map).  

More information about UOW's research on anti-microbial resistance

World SME Day - Celebrating Regional Manufacturing Transformations

World SME DayAdvantage SME and UOW's Southern Manufacturing Innovation Group will be marking World SME Day on 27 June with a celebration of SME manufacturing transformations from the Illawarra, Hunter and Geelong. Come along to the event to celebrate World SME Day and learn from other regional manufacturers who have adapted for the future.

When: 8am - 10am, Tuesday 27 June, 2017

Where: Ocean Room, The Central, UOW Innovation Campus (see map here)

RSVP: by 23 June via Eventbrite (this event is now closed)

For more information about this event please contact Advantage SME 

SMIG EventGlobal warming and recurrent mass coral
bleaching 

Professor Terry Hughes (pictured right) is the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and ARC Laureate Fellow at James Cook University, Townsville. In December 2016 he was recognised by Nature Magazine as one of the ten people who mattered this year. His cover feature on Mass Coral Bleaching in Nature is out now.

In this seminar, Prof Hughes will discuss how recent record temperatures have triggered a pan-tropical episode of coral bleaching, the third largest event on a global scale since mass bleaching was first documented in 80s. Unprecedented bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef in 1998, 2002 and now 2016, calls for immediate global action to curb future warming, if we are to secure a future for our coral reefs.

Date: Thursday 6th April, 2017

Time: 3pm for 3.30pm

Venue: Panizzi Room, UOW Library (main campus)

Join us for this critical seminar on sustaining our coastal and marine zones.  Light refreshments will be served.

Register via Eventbrite by 3 April, 2017 (this event is now closed)

For further information please email globalchallenges@uow.edu.au or download the flyer.

SMIG EventSouthern Manufacturers Innovation Group

Each quarter organisations from the region get together to discuss challenges and opportunities in manufacturing. SMIG provides the forum for these local manufacturers to network with UOW researchers about addressing issues facing the area and how we can work together to transform the region.

The next forum will be held on the 10 May, 2017.

• Connect, collaborate, innovate
• Network with manufacturers & researchers
• Keep abreast of industry & research developments in Aerospace Engineering

SMIG is supported by UOW’s new Advantage SME program. Advantage SME is supported by the NSW Government Boosting Business Innovation Program to encourage greater interaction between regional SMEs and UOW.

For details about joining SMIG or attending this event please contact: Bruce Thomson, Business Development Manager, Innovation and Commercial Research

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SMIG EventSouthern Manufacturers Innovation Group

Each quarter organisations from the region get together to discuss challenges and opportunities in manufacturing. SMIG provides the forum for these local manufacturers to network with UOW researchers about addressing issues facing the area and how we can work together to transform the region.

The next forum will be held on the 15 March, 2017.

• Connect, collaborate, innovate
• Network with manufacturers & researchers
• Keep abreast of industry & research developments in Robotics and Automation

SMIG is supported by UOW’s new Advantage SME program. Advantage SME is supported by the NSW Government Boosting Business Innovation Program to encourage greater interaction between regional SMEs and UOW.

For details about joining SMIG please contact: Bruce Thomson, Business Development Manager, Innovation and Commercial Research

For more information download SMIG flyer.

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