Official Opening - Graduate Research Conference 2017


7th Sep 2017 10:00am-12:00pm


2 hours
Venue Stanley Burbury Lecture Theatre, Sandy Bay


HDR Candidates; All Academic Staff; Supervisors

Presented by

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Brigid Heywood

All Higher Degree by Research candidates and their supervisors are invited to participate in the Graduate Research Conference opening ceremony at 10.30am on Thursday, 7 September 2017.

This year’s keynote speaker is Associate Professor Paul Willis. His keynote address is titled: Outreach and Engagement - why every researcher needs to do it.

Paul’s Biography:

Paul’s life has centred around telling stories for science. His career in science communications has seen him on television across the country with the ABC and acting as Director at the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus), Australia’s premier science communications organisation. He is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in Palaeontology at Flinders University.

Under his directorship RiAus built and runs Australia’s Science Channel, a 360 degree online science hub for Australia and the world. Fourteen years with the ABC as a dedicated science reporter found Paul travelling across the country and around the world for the science program Catalyst. While at the ABC Paul also became accomplished as a radio producer and presenter and a skilled online content producer.

Going further back in time Paul was a museum curator in natural history and a live presenter of science to early-aged school children. He has acted as an expert guide for tour companies operating in Australia, Antarctica, USA and Canada. Paul has authored several books on geology, palaeontology and natural history themes and his adult life started with a PhD looking at fossil crocodiles after a double major in geology and zoology. Paul’s life in science communication started in England at the age of 6 when he found his first fossil and Paul has been telling stories about the world around us ever since.