Perth Festival brings magic in 2019. It’s going to be another stellar year for the Festival and here’s a taste of what’s to come in three internationally acclaimed works that are on sale now,including the much anticipated Festival opening.
An Australian vice-chancellor has called for universities to adopt a sectoral position on free speech, after her university cancelled a controversial address on safety grounds.
The University of Western Australia head Dawn Freshwater said that the sector should emulate the University of Chicago in articulating principles of free expression. She has also called a meeting of her academic board to discuss what she terms a “crisis of leadership” afflicting society.
Computer scientist Professor Mohammed Bennamoun from UWA’s School of Computer Science and Software Engineering is a self-professed gardening lover but it would be no surprise if a few weeds had escaped his eagle eye lately.
He’s currently embedded three days a week at Woodside Energy, along with four of his PhD students, to work on a project focused on mapping images to 3D coordinates.
The former lecturer in robotics at Queen’s University in Canada and Queensland University of Technology says the opportunity to collaborate with industry in such a hands-on way is invaluable.
Following a competitive recruitment process, UWA has appointed Ms Jeya Bavan as the new Director, Strategy, Planning and Performance. Ms Bavan will take up the role on 8 October, joining us from Curtin University where she is the current Director of Strategy and Projects. Please welcome Jeya to UWA.
An autonomous bus is being trialled on our campus so we can investigate how this technology can be integrated into our teaching, research and future sustainable transport plans.
We’ll be exploring the potential impacts of driverless technology on transport, logistics and accessibility as well as taking the opportunity to learn more about public perception of autonomous vehicles.
We’re inviting everyone to get on board and take part in the research. You can check out the timetable for the bus on the website.
The marquees are going up and the grounds are looking fabulous – we’re in the final days of preparation for Sunday’s Open Day.
From the front end event logistics to behind the scenes, it takes an exceptional amount of effort right across the University to bring Open Day together, with staff in many areas contributing to make the day a success.
Open Day Events Officer (Lead), Harriet Calverley, says the support from across the University has been fantastic and she’s excited for the day and showcasing what makes UWA unique.
UWA has signed an agreement with Melbourne University’s Australia India Institute (AII) to host an affiliate centre, which will sit within the UWA Public Policy Institute (UWA PPI). Two post-doctoral positions will soon be recruited to as part of this program.
An opportunity exists for a senior UWA academic with mentoring experience to take a business development and mentorship role in the UWA AII affiliate centre. The role will include:
Research that will improve our understanding about the potential of unconventional oil and gas in tight rocks and a design guideline for the installation of offshore wind turbines are two new research projects at The University of Western Australia to receive Federal Government funding.
Professor Akshay Venkatesh, believed to be one of The University of Western Australia’s youngest graduates, is only the second Australian to have been awarded one of the world’s most prestigious mathematical awards – the Fields Medal.
Senior Technician Graeme Warburton never planned to work at UWA for very long. In 1982, while visiting from Sydney, he turned down a two-year contract working on an automated sheep shearing machine. However, after accepting a shorter six-month contract in the School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, he was hooked – and 36 years later, he’s still at UWA.