Find out about the global significance of WA’s unique rock art, experience the wonders of the night sky, learn about ancient Indigenous songs from the Pilbara or help choose the winner as students are challenged to outline their research in only three minutes during The University of Western Australia’s Research Week.
UWA Research Week which runs between Monday 4 and Friday 8 September will host more than 50 events including seminars, tours, workshops, exhibitions, and live performances showcasing the University’s research and contribution to local and global communities.
UWA Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Robyn Owens said Research Week aimed to celebrate and promote the work being undertaken to discover new knowledge.
“Research Week is an opportunity to celebrate UWA’s research activities. We invite you to come and discover all the exciting research taking place at UWA and see how the next generation of researchers are being trained and are already making a great impact in their fields,” Professor Owens said.
The face of Research Week is Professor Jo McDonald, who is known for having one of the best offices in the world as she explores Indigenous art and artefacts in WA’s Pilbara and Kimberley regions.
Professor McDonald will discuss her research Murujuga: Dynamics of the Dreaming Project and how the research assists the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation to manage WA’s first co-managed National Park.
Other events include Tjaabi, which provides a unique glimpse inside the living Aboriginal culture of the Pilbara, through songs, story and image performed by Ngarluma man Patrick Churnside. Tjaabi takes place in the main Research Week marquee next to Winthrop hall at 1:30pm on Monday 4 September and the event is free and open to the public.
There’s also The Virtual Plant Cell: exploring cell science through virtual reality, UWA’s Three-Minute Thesis competition, where students are challenged to outline their research and its impact in only three minutes while the audience chooses the People’s Choice Winner, a talk on the discoveries, challenges and opportunities surrounding WA’s Square Kilometre Array large multi radio telescope project, A Healthcare revolution – how technology and science are changing lives and Sun exposure and eye health: Getting the balance right. Noongar Radio Perth is broadcasting live from UWA’s Research Week and features interviews with researchers, Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation Rangers and Elders as well as live audience interaction. Be part of the audience at 11:30am on Monday 4 September in the Research Week marquee. Members of the community, researchers and industry representatives are welcome to attend many of the free public lectures and events on campus throughout the week which ends on Friday 8 September. To see all that is on offer and register visit the Research Week webpage.
David Stacey (UWA Media Manager)(+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 32 637 716