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

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 Humburg.Struggling 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.
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 Useful.This 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
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
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 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 Workspace PDF forms. For more information on compatible versions of Adobe Reader software for use with, please review the Adobe Software Compatibility page. There, you can verify the compatibility of your version of Adobe Reader for use with 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 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
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