The University of Western Sydney showcases world-class research, progress and impact

The University of Western Sydney will showcase its world-class research, progress and impact as part of Research Week from October 31 to November 4.

This year’s initiative will highlight the University’s innovative research and collaborations with government, industry and community, exploring the future-oriented theme, “Unleashing Possibilities”.

Highlights will include the launch of the University’s Urban Transformations Research Center, a keynote address by Dr. Jill Freyne, Deputy Chief Scientist at CSIRO, and an immersive research creation showcase with esteemed guest Blak Douglas.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research, Enterprise and International), Professor Deborah Sweeney, said the university’s cutting-edge research tackles critical issues affecting our world and our region.

“Research Week highlights Western’s approach to finding solutions and unlocking opportunities to shape a better world. ‘Unlocking Possibilities’ sees a future for impactful and innovative research that works in collaboration with government, industry and communities to address society’s grand challenges,” said Professor Sweeney.

As part of the week, the Center for Research on Urban Transformations will be launched. The impact-focused center is designed to lead research on urban transformations and focuses on guiding communities and infrastructure toward a sustainable, equitable, and resilient future. With a focus on co-designed research that engages industry, government and the communities it serves, it is well positioned to address the complex challenges posed by the contemporary urban environment.

Dr Jill Freyne, Deputy Chief Scientist at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, will deliver the week’s highly anticipated keynote address. A scientific leader and advocate for women in STEM, Dr Freyne has worked with Australian and international industry partners to design engaging and sustainable health technology solutions.

As part of his insightful keynote, Dr. Freyne will share his insights on digital transformation and innovation. She will also be joined by experts from across the University for a question-and-answer session on research translation, innovation and impact.

Another highlight will be this year’s Research Creation Showcase, which will be in collaboration with the dynamic Casula Powerhouse Arts Center for an immersive festival experience. Archibald Prize winner and graduate of the University’s design program, Blak Douglas will be the keynote speaker and special guest.

The showcase will include the launch of the collaborative project of international mobility students, “Mobile Stories” – an interactive online documentary featuring a collection of multimedia profiles investigating the culture and future goals of University students and their youth counterparts. developing countries. of Timor-Leste.

Research Week will celebrate the university’s ranking as #1 in the world for its social, ecological and economic impact in the Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings. It was organized around the university’s thematic research agenda, with areas of focus including education and work, equity, participation and opportunity, and environment and sustainability.

To find out more about Research Week, including a range of events, presentations and seminars, please visit the webpage (opens in a new window).


October 24, 2022

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