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JCU Science Research Festival

07 September 2017, 8:30am - 08 September 2017, 7:00pm

From Medicine to Marine Biology, from fisheries to pharmacies – it’s all covered. The JCU Science Research Festival provides a forum for researchers and students to display their research and form collaborative links with other groups in the region. In addition to James Cook University, other research institutes are invited to take part including Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), CSIRO, and Queensland Health.

REMINDER: JCU Science Research Festival

The JCU Science Research Festival provides a forum for researchers and students to display their research and form collaborative links with other groups in the region.

Join us over three days for all things research including talks, workshops, posters and prizes!

Held on 7-9 September, check out some of the highlights below:

So you think you can research?

7 September // 8:30am – 2:15pm

Robert Douglas Auditorium, The Townsville Hospital // Oral presentations by DTHM Honours & HDR students

Research talks/workshops

Register to be in the audience via:

The Science Place, 8 September - Room 1

9:00am -10:00am

Laura Males – Communications Coordinator, AITHM

Engaging an Audience – making the most of communications

In a world full of great research, short news cycles and interesting political times, cutting through and engaging an audience with latest findings can be difficult.

This session will introduce researchers to some key communications elements that help boost impact, engage with audiences and have research outcomes heard.

The session will include:

·         Why communicating research is important

·         Identifying and tailoring messaging for different target audiences

·         Traditional media vs modern media

·         The importance of having an elevator pitch

The Science Place, 8 September - Room 1


Prof Dean Jerry – Director ARC Research Hub for Advanced Prawn Breeding; Associate Dean of Research College of Science and Engineering

Adapt or perish: The changing research agenda rewarding academia-industry partnerships and how to maximise your chances of getting funding.

Australia’s rate of collaboration between research and industry sectors is the lowest in the OECD. In recognition of this the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) was released in 2015; NISA denotes a policy shift by the Australian government whereby increased funding will be allocated towards research by academia in partnership with industry. Universities will also be assessed on their performance in End-user Engagement and Impact. Unless researchers recognise this changing funding landscape and adapt they risk losing out on significant funding opportunities.

Dean Jerry has been successful in pulling together 25+ end-user co-funded research partnerships over the last 13 years.  In this presentation the changing research funding landscape will be highlighted, along with insights to some of the proven strategies Dean employs when first engaging an industry partner and developing a new collaboration.

The Science Place, 8 September - Room 2


Dr Liz Tynan, Senior Lecturer and Co-ordinator GRS professional development program

Introduction to Excellent Academic Writing

Scientists do not just “do” science, they must write science as well.  Therefore, research has a language dimension that needs to be mastered.  Good data are not enough – the language you use must ensure clear and persuasive transmission of ideas.  This workshop will provide some guidance and strategies for writing effective academic prose using technically correct and effective language, including:

·         Strong sentences

·         Persuasive paragraphs

·         Effective abstracts, introductions and conclusions

·         Technical and stylistic correctness

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