Research News and Events

Research News and Events

Research News and Events


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MACQUARIE'S RESEARCHER DEVELOPMENT CALENDAR (RDC): This calendar includes development opportunities available to Master of Research (MRes) and Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates through to early, mid and senior career researchers. See calendar here.

2019 Events


DateEventInformation
Ongoing: Every TuesdayVenture CaféAn opportunity to connect with people interested in innovation.
Ongoing: weeklyNeed help with statistics? Weekly Departmental Drop-In Clinics with Dr Peter HumburgStruggling to work out which statistical methods to use to analyse your data? Want to run some ideas you have for a statistical analysis by an expert? Did you know that Dr Peter Humburg runs weekly drop-ins in each Department where you can seek help with all things statistics-related.  Weekly session times and locations are as follows: Cognitive Sciences in AHH 3.716: Mondays 1 - 3 pm; Educational Studies in 29WW 207: 9 - 11 am; Linguistics in 12SW 558: Wednesdays 1 - 3 pm; and Psychology in 4FW 527:  Thursdays 1 - 3 pm.
Fortnightly on Thursdays: starting 23rd MayHearing Strategy 2030: Venture Café fortnightly from 3:00 - 4:30 pmA fortnightly meeting, from 3:00 - 4:30pm on Thursdays starting from 23 May 2019, has been set up at the Venture Cafe (58 Waterloo Road) by those involved with the Hearing Strategy 2030. These meetings have been established to bring together those who are interested across the broad sweep of hearing and hear-related themes, as well as supporting Venture Cafe. There is an MQ bus to the Venture Cafe that leaves from in front of the library, should you require transport. If you are interested in being involved, please feel free to attend and also email Sally Piper so that you can be added to the email list.
Wednesday 25 SeptemberECR Speed Mentoring Event: Meet Faculty Mentors And Navigate Your Career HurdlesA speed mentoring event will be held on Wednesday 25 September 2019 from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm in the Rec Room (Room 3.202) on Level 3 of the Australian Hearing Hub. ECRs who would like general advice or specific guidance in any research or career related area will be paired with two mentees in a 20 minute session to discuss and plan an approach, with drinks and nibbles being available throughout the session. Please register your interest by emailing your Department ECR Representative (Ann Carrigan for Psychology, Jean Cho for Linguistics, Yeshe Colliver for Educational Studies, Celia Harris for Cognitive Science).
Wednesday 18 September Faculty Writing "Rapid Retreat" on ARC DECRAs and other Major Grants: Register Your InterestA writing retreat will be held on Wednesday 18 September from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at MQ City Campus (Level 24 of Angel Place, 123 Pitt Street, Sydney). This one-day off-campus workshop will provide writing time, support and information for colleagues preparing submissions for the ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme, as well as other major schemes. However, anyone who is preparing a grant and would benefit from dedicated writing time is welcome to attend. Places are limited so please complete the registration form as soon as possible to secure a place.
Tuesday 27 AugustHow to Prepare for an Early Career Research Fellowship: Track Record Building During Your PhDThis workshop, held from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm in Room 801 (Level 8) of 12 Wally's Walk, is targeted at current PhD candidates and will provide information and advice on how to apply for an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award and a NHMRC Investigator Grant. Dr Ross Hill and Courtney Bendall from Research Services will discuss scheme objectives, selection criteria, eligibility, application process and past success rates for both schemes, as well as provide guidance on what type of track record applicants will need to be competitive.
Thursday 22 AugustFaculty Writing "Rapid Retreat" on Partnerships: Register Your InterestA Faculty Writing "Rapid Retreat" will be held on Thursday 22 August from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at MQ City Campus (Level 24 of Angel Place, 123 Pitt Street, Sydney). This one-day off-campus workshop will provide writing time, support and information for colleagues around partnerships. However, anyone who is preparing a grant and would benefit from dedicated writing time is welcome to attend. Places are limited so please complete the registration form as soon as possible to secure a place.
Thursday 15 AugustRehabilitation and Dementia – Current Evidence And Implementation AspirationsPeople with dementia receive almost no rehabilitation for their dementia and are less likely to receive rehabilitation for other conditions. People with dementia have been demanding rehabilitation arguing that they have a human right to treatment.  This talk, presented by Associate Professor Lee-Fay Low from the University of Sydney and chaired by Dr Joyce Siette from the Australian Institute of Health Innovation at Macquarie University, will provide an overview of the growing body of evidence for a range of rehabilitative therapies and their outcomes for people with dementia. These include exercise, brain training, occupational therapy, and psychological therapies. Opportunities for implementation of rehabilitation for people with dementia within the Australian health and aged care systems will be discussed, as will barriers to implementation including stigma, workforce and costs. This talk will be held from 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm in the Seminar Room on Level 1 of 75 Talavera Road, Macquarie University. Admission is free but event organisers ask that you register at this link. For more information contact AIHI on 02 9850 2400 or aihi@mq.edu.au.
Monday 12 AugustRehabilitation and Dementia – Current Evidence And Implementation AspirationsThis talk, presented by Professor Bryan Gick, University of British Columbia and hosted by Dr Mike Proctor from the Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS) at Macquarie University, will review over a decade of research from the Gick research group which has studied how the somatosenses may play distinct roles in speech perception, and how they can work together with other modalities to facilitate speech perception for a range of populations. The presentation will be held from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm in Room 3.610 on Level 3 of the Australian Hearing Hub.
Thursday 8 AugustThe Science Of HoardingWhat is hoarding disorder, why does it develop and how can it be treated? Join Associate Professor Melissa Norberg, the Deputy Director for the Centre of Emotional Health at Macquarie University, to learn why we can be motivated to acquire possessions we do not need. This presentation will be held from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon at the Metcalfe Auditorium on the Ground Floor of the State Library of New South Wales. This event is part of Inspiring Australia’s Talking Science series as part of Sydney Science Festival in National Science Week. Admission is free but event organisers ask that you register at this link.
Thursday 27 JuneFaculty Writing "Rapid Retreat": register your interestA Faculty Writing "Rapid Retreat" will be held on 27 June from 9 am to 5 pm at MQ City Campus (Level 24 of Angel Place, 123 Pitt Street, Sydney) – see event listing in the Upcoming Events section below. This one-day off-campus workshop will provide writing time, support and information for colleagues preparing submissions for the MQ New Staff, Restart and Seeding Grants schemes. However, anyone who is preparing a grant and would benefit from dedicated writing time is welcome to attend. Places are limited so please complete the registration form as soon as possible to secure a place.
Wednesday 5 JunePsychology Ageing Research ShowcaseAn Ageing Research Group, comprised of outstanding researchers at all stages of their career who share a common interest in ageing research, has recently been established within the Department of Psychology. This event, hosted by the Ageing Research Group, is a mini research showcase which will highlight current projects and planned future research directions of the newly established Group. Invitations are open to potential future collaborators, Faculty leadership, research support staff and other interested parties in the Faculty. Please RSVP at the link provided.
Thursday 23 MayPsychMAD Seminar: Making Behaviour Change Research UsefulThis seminar, proudly funded by the Department of Psychology, will be held from 3 - 4 pm in Faculty Meeting Room 501, 4 First Walk, followed by drinks at the U-Bar. Professor Charles Abraham from the University of Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences will present a talk about how scientists can optimise behaviour change research so as to maximise practice relevance and health impact.
Thursday 23 MayEssential Transferable Skills for EMCRs Toolkit workshop: Managing ExpectationsThis workshop, held at Macquarie University, will offer guidance on how to build effective and supportive relationships with supervisors and other key sponsors. In this three-hour session you will explore a range of approaches that can assist you in building a supportive base of senior colleagues.
Tuesday 21 MayCEPET Colloquium: Sensorimotor Learning in Complex EnvironmentsThe colloquium, presented by Dr David Kaplan from Macquarie University and hosted by the Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise, and Training (CEPET), will discuss recent research by Dr Kaplan and colleagues. It will cover recent work on Bayesian integration during visuomotor learning in noisy task environments as well as complex sensorimotor challenges facing surgeons learning and performing minimally invasive surgery.
Tuesday 21 MayUnderstand your Research Impact – Using Metrics to Develop Grants, Promote your Track Record and Benchmark YourselfThis workshop will provide an overview of Scopus and SciVal for researchers. The session will cover responsible use of research metrics such as field-weighted citation impact, citations per publication and outputs in top citation percentiles.
Friday 17 MayMQ Outside Studies Program (OSP) Information SessionThis University-wide information session, led by Professor David Coutts, will be held from 12.30pm - 2.00pm in Room 120, 11 Walley's Walk. We would encourage anyone who is interested in this scheme to attend if possible.
Tuesday 14 MayTuesdays@1 - Working across the siloes: Radical contextualism as a foundation for belonging-together-in-place on a suburban University campusThis seminar, presented by Emeritus Professor Richie Howitt, will explore how transformative collaboration across institutional, disciplinary and social siloes is not only foundational to good educational practice, but also to fostering scholarship that invites wider societal transformation toward sustainability, justice and equality.
Monday 13 MayAHH Seminar: Evidence-based interventions for adult aural rehabilitation - that was then, this is nowThis presentation will examine developments in adult aural rehabilitation (AR) to improve auditory function, activity, participation and quality of life. This free seminar has been organised by the Australian Hearing Hub (AHH) and entry is open to the public. Please register by Wednesday 8 May 2019 by emailing Louise Dodd.
Friday 10 MayAHH Seminar: Hearing Loss, Aging, and Public HealthThis seminar will be presented by Professor Frank Lin, Director of the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health and a Professor of Otolaryngology, Medicine, Mental Health, and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins. Professor Lin's presentation will examine research over the past several years that has demonstrated the broad implications of hearing loss for the health and functioning of older adults, particularly with respect to cognitive functioning, brain aging, and dementia. Professor Lin will be presenting the same presentation twice in the Australian Hearing Hub, Level 1, Lecture Theatre, once at 9-10 am and then again at 1-2pm.
Wednesday 8 MayEssential Transferable Skills for EMCRs Toolkit workshop: Prioritising TasksThis online workshop, organised by the Australian Academy of Science for researchers at Macquarie and Deakin University, will help EMCRs frame their activities in relation to their values and goals and provide practical ways to develop strategies for maintaining boundaries, prioritising tasks and managing in stressful situations.
Wednesday 8 MayPURE Training for New Staff: learn to manage your Pure profile and maintain your research outputsThis training session is run by the MQ Library and will introduce you to Pure and give you the resources you need to manage your Pure profile and maintain your research outputs within Pure.
Tuesday 7 MayTuesdays@1 - All sample sizes great and small: How data from different cohorts can strengthen our understanding of parent-child conversational interactionsThis seminar, presented by Dr Amy Bird from the University of Wollongong and hosted by the Centre for Children's Learning in a Social World, will explore recent research examining parent-child conversations within two longitudinal pre-birth cohort studies. Tuesdays@1 is a seminar series run by the Department of Educational Studies.
Monday 6 MayMUCHE Seminar: Economic evaluation in health care: what is it good for?This seminar, presented by Professor Jon Karnon from Flinders University and organised by the Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy (MUCHE), will explore the notion of local economic evaluation, discussing the feasibility and value of cost-effectiveness analyses of investment options that reflect the local context, including local processes of care, local resource constraints and local preferences.
Friday 3 MayTransition of Access Macquarie research-related services to DVC-R Staff Information SessionThis session will be held from 10 – 11am at 23 Wally’s Walk, T2. To support staff in this transition, Professor Sakkie Pretorius, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), will host this information session to explain the changes, address questions or concerns, and consult with staff on potential impacts and mitigation strategies. Please RSVP to Megan Willoughby with the date of this session if you would like to attend.
Tuesday 30 AprilTransition of Access Macquarie research-related services to DVC-R Staff Information SessionThis session will be held from 1 – 2 pm at 5 Management Drive (MGSM) in Rooms 165 and 167. To support staff in this transition, Professor Sakkie Pretorius, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), will host this information session to explain the changes, address questions or concerns, and consult with staff on potential impacts and mitigation strategies. Please RSVP to Megan Willoughby with the date of this session if you would like to attend.
Monday 29 April2019 CEPET Annual WorkshopThis year's workshop will focus on the theme of ‘Attention and Distraction in Expertise’ with three sessions: 1) Attention and Distraction in Professional Contexts; 2) Attention and Distraction in Every Day Contexts; and 3) Attention and Distraction in Performance Contexts. For catering purposes, the organisers ask that you to please register by 5pm Thursday, April 18.
Wednesday 17 April - Thursday 18 April Software Carpentry Workshop in SQL at Macquarie UniversityTo register, go to the SQL Eventbrite page.
Tuesday 9 April

The AI-Augmented Physician: A Clinical Neuroscience Perspective

 
Tuesday 9 AprilChildren with disabilities and child protection: Known risk and unknown scale 
Thursday 4 AprilInclusive Research Network from 12-1pm in the 3rd floor AHH Recreation RoomInformal chat (feel free to bring your lunch!) about inclusivity, diversity, managing work and personal life, getting a job, MQ’s fixing the system approach, being an ally, and more!
Wednesday 3 AprilORCID drop-in clinic in the library 
Wednesday 3 AprilThe Shepherd Centre’s first ever LIVE crowdfunding event 
Monday 1 AprilMQ Research Centre (MQRC) Scheme information session 
Tuesday 26 MarchContemporary challenges to educational theory and practice (Associate Professor Siniša Opić, University of Zagreb) 
Thursday 21 MarchFunctional Brain Networks in Hemispherectomy (Dr Dorit Kliemann, Caltech, USA) - Perception in Action Research Centre (PARC) Seminar 
Tuesday 19 MarchThe role playfulness and humour in learning and the teacher-child relationship 
Tuesday 19 MarchIdentifying Online Learning Communities with Social Network Analysis: Implications for Learning Design and FacilitationFor more information or to RSVP please email matt.bower@mq.edu.au
Wednesday 13 March

PURE Drop-in Clinic in the Library

Come at any time during this 2 hour window for one-on-one assistance with your questions about PURE.

2019 News


DateNews itemInformation
15 August 2019Internal Deadlines for External Research Funding ApplicationsResearch Services have informed Faculty Research Offices that they will be implementing an internal deadline for all external miscellaneous grants. This will come into effect on 7 October and is designed to allow the central team ample time to undertake relevant checks, obtain sign offs and submit to the funding body on behalf of the applicant. The FRO will ensure that these timeframes are built into the deadlines outlined in this newsletter.  Therefore please can we request that you submit as per the instructions outlined in the newsletter to ensure no difficulties arise.
15 August 2019Dr Erin Semon appointed as new Pre-Award Team Manager.The Faculty congratulates Dr Erin Semon on her appointment as Manager of the Pre Award Team in Research Services following Julian Zipparo’s departure. Erin will commence her role in Research Services on Monday 7 October 2019.
15 August 2019Developing your research outputs and track record narrative: one-on-one sessions availableThe MQ Library now offers a bespoke service to help researchers with developing a narrative around their track record and research outputs for scheme applications. Specifically, the library can build a report - encompassing metrics from platforms such as Web of Science, SciVal, Scopus and AltMetrics - for an individual researcher and then meet with that researcher to discuss how they should interpret the report. The service allows researchers to develop a complimentary narrative around their research performance using relevant metrics. If you are interested in this service, please contact Access & Advisory Services Librarians Heather Cooper and Grai Calvey (grai.calvey@mq.edu.auheather.cooper@mq.edu.au). It is imperative that you make contact early (and not just before a grant is due) as it may take a few weeks to organise the service.
15 August 2019Courtney Bendall in the Faculty on Tuesday afternoons.Courtney Bendall, MQ Research Development Manager and an expert in all things NHMRC-scheme related, will be sitting in the Faculty (at a desk on Level 5 of the Australian Hearing Hub) on Tuesday afternoons (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm), starting next week (Tuesday 20 August 2019). Should you require any help or guidance with an NHMRC application, or if you would simply like to discuss a project idea for an application, we encourage you to email Courtney (courtney.bendall@mq.edu.au) to set up a meeting.
31 July 2019New Faculty Research Centres AnnouncedThe Faculty is delighted to announce the establishment of two new Faculty Research Centres - The Faculty of Human Sciences Multilingualism Research Centre, directed by Professor Philip Benson (Linguistics), and The Faculty of Human Sciences Centre for Research in Numeracy Development and Learning, directed by Professor Rebecca Bull (Educational Studies). A merger of the Faculty’s Centre for Scaffolding the Ageing Mind and the Department of Psychology’s Ageing Interest Group has also led to the creation of a new larger enterprise titled The Faculty of Human Sciences Research Centre in Ageing, Cognition and Wellbeing, which will be directed by Professor Viv Wuthrich (Psychology) and co-directed by Dr Celia Harris (Cognitive Science) and Dr Carly Johnco (Psychology). You will hear more about these Research Centres in coming weeks and months, and we look forward to updating you on exciting new opportunities that arise from these important, emerging research collectives.
31 July 2019Global Young Academy: 2020 Call for New MembersThe 2020 call for new members to join the Global Young Academy (GYA) in 2020 is now open. Applications are sought from young, independent scholars who combine the highest level of research excellence with a demonstrated passion for delivering impact. Further information is available here and those interested in applying can contact Professor Anina Rich, a member of the GYA, with any questions. The deadline for applications is 8:00 AM AEST Monday 16 September 2019 (10:00 PM UTC Sunday 15 September 2019).
31 July 2019New MQ Podcast Series Exploring How To Relate To FailureWhat does the experience of failing feel like? What makes a failure meaningful? Can failure be an end in itself? What goes on in the moments of doubt and uncertainty, and what allows one to lean into the discomfort of not knowing the answer or how to proceed? As part of the 2019 ‘Make your Mark at Macquarie’ leadership initiative, Dr Florence Chiew, Social Science Advisor, Higher Degree Research Learning Skills at Macquarie University, is developing a podcast series called Failing Allowed. The podcast will explore how academics, researchers, university staff and students relate to failure in their work. Through a series of interviews and panel discussions, the podcast will seek out surprising and thought-provoking stories about how people navigate the ‘creative mess’ of their day-to-day routines. Dr Chiew would be very grateful for recommendations of people who might be willing to speak candidly about their experiences of failure – if you, or anyone you know, might be interested in contributing to this project please email Dr Florence Chiew (florence.chiew@mq.edu.au) directly.
9 May 2019Sign up to MQ's Supervision Enhancement ProgramThis program aims to enhance the quality of the supervisor-student relationship and provide HDR candidates with outstanding supervisory expertise and mentoring. The program - convened by Associate Professor Bill Ashraf in the Office of PVC HDR Training and Partnerships – combines a compulsory orientation unit for supervisors with an optional HDR Supervision Fellowship stream. For those interested in submitting a fellowship 'claim' please note that you must first have completed HDR Supervision Orientation (2019) and obtained a brief email of support to take part in the program from your supervisor/line manager. If you are a casual employee, make sure your supervisor/line manager approves budget for you to be paid whilst receiving this training. Places on the program are limited therefore if you wish to join, please email hdr.supervision@mq.edu.au expressing your interest no later than: 12:00 Tuesday, 21 May 2019.
9 May 2019Adobe Reader and Grants.Gov.auFrom May 1, 2019, Adobe Reader Version 9 will no longer be compatible for use with Grants.gov Workspace PDF forms. For more information on compatible versions of Adobe Reader software for use with Grants.gov, please review the Adobe Software Compatibility page. There, you can verify the compatibility of your version of Adobe Reader for use with Grants.gov Workspace PDF forms.
Wednesday 27 March ERA 2018 Outcomes announcedAll of our Faculty’s disciplines were rated at or above world standard at the two digit level across Language, Communication and Culture (20), Education (13), and Psychology and Cognitive Science (17). Furthermore, all of our subdisciplines were also rated at or above world standard at the four digit level, including in Linguistics (2004), Education Systems (1301), Curriculum and Pedagogy (1302), Specialist Studies in Education (1303), and Psychology (1701). This is an exceptional performance and highlights our Faculty’s strengths as well as the value of our ongoing strategic investments in core areas of expertise and potential.
Tuesday 26 March  Inspiring Australia is looking for STEM researchers to participate in a library talkInspiring Australia are recruiting researchers at all levels of their careers and across all of the STEM disciplines to present short talks and demonstrations in a local library, in particular during National Science Week this August. Library presentations are highly valued by community members and participation is a great way for researchers to develop strong public presentation skills. More information on how to get involved can be found at this link.
Monday 25 MarchReview of the Science and Research Priorities as they apply to the NCGPAt the end of last year, the Minister for Education also announced a review of the 2015 Science and Research Priorities as they apply to the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP). This year the newly established review panel will consider: 1)  how the priorities are used and whether their structure appropriately supports the NCGP process, 2) how the ARC’s use of the priorities relates to government science, research and innovation strategies, 3) how the ARC’s use of the priorities compares to other Commonwealth research funding programs, 4) the areas of strategic priority that have been identified by Australia’s Learned Academies, and 5) the areas in which Australia exhibits research strength, or which present opportunities to establish Australia as a world leader in research as identified by the ARC’s Excellence in Research for Australia report. The panel will report their findings at the end of July 2019.
Monday 18 MarchCall for Abstracts: 8th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation The 8th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation will run from 19-20 November 2019. The theme this year is "Research Translation in the digital age: harnessing the power of data and analytical technologies". Call for abstracts will open at the end of March. Please see the NHMRC website for more information.
Wednesday 13 MarchANZSRC ReviewThe ARC, ABS, Statistics New Zealand and the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment are undertaking a joint review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC). Public consultation is now open and further information can be found on the ARC’s website. The University will be submitting an institutional response in the next few months. Therefore, if you would like to respond to the consultation, please speak with the Deputy Head, Research within your Department before 16 April.
Tuesday 12 MarchARC Deal with Europe for DECRAs

The ARC has signed a new Implementing Arrangement with the European Research Council (ERC) to commence in late 2019, which is designed to provide opportunities for ARCfunded early career researchers (DECRA fellows) from Australia to pursue research collaborations with European researchers supported through a relevant ERC grant. Further information will be provided closer to the date, but the agreement is currently available as a pdf.

Monday 11 March

Research Professional Fingerprinting

Fingerprints, a new feature recently released by *Research Professional, provides researchers with specific and targeted funding alerts based on their PURE profile. If you are an MQ researcher, a Fingerprint profile has already been created for you, which can be accessed and edited by logging into your *Research Professional account at www.researchprofessional.com. If you don’t have an account, you can register with your Macquarie University email and create an account while on campus by using the link above and selecting ‘Register’.

2019 Newsletter Archive


Issue NumberSend DateNewsletter
113 March 20192019.03.13_HSRA Newsletter
228 March 20192019.03.28_HSRA Newsletter
311 April 20192019.04.11_HSRA Newsletter
424 April 20192019.04.24_HSRA Newsletter
59 May 20192019.05.09_HSRA Newsletter
624 May 20192019.05.24_HSRA Newsletter
76 June 20192019.06.06_HSRA Newsletter
821 June 20192019.06.21_HSRA_Newsletter
94 July 20192019.07.04_HSRA_Newsletter
1017 July 20192019.07.17_HSRA_Newsletter
1131 July 20192019.07.31_HSRA Newsletter
1214 August 20192019.08.15_HSRA Newsletter
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