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 January 2014
Thursday 30
9:00 - WORKSHOP - Short Course: Government Accountability Law and Practice 2014 Website | More Information
Government Accountability – Law and Practice

Continuing professional development course ideal for those working in government or government related organisations.

The continuing growth of government in recent decades has led to a rise in the number (and reach) of accountability agencies, so much so that some commentators now talk of the emergence of a fourth branch of government – the ‘integrity’ branch.

In this course we will explore: - the place of government in the modern state, and the how and why of government accountability; - accountability frameworks (with reference to traditional and contemporary administrative law, political structures, the media, academia and non-government organisations); and - the theoretical underpinnings, development, evolving law and practice, and regulation of various accountability agencies.

In the Western Australian context, particular reference will be made to the Corruption and Crime Commission (and the relevant Parliamentary Inspector), the Inspector of Custodial Services, the Ombudsman, the Auditor-General, the Public Sector Commissioner, and the Information Commissioner.

National and international comparison will be drawn at various points.

12:45 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Public Lecture: Secured Transactions and Legal Transplantation More Information
Dr Orkun Akseli from Durham (UK) is an expert in the corporate and commercial field with particular emphasis on harmonisation of secured transactions laws and facilitation of credit.

All are welcome to attend this interesting talk about secured transactions and legal transplantation.

 February 2014
Friday 07
18:00 - EXHIBITION OPENING - Anne Ferran: Shadow Land + Ukiyo-e: Japanese Prints of the Floating World Website | More Information
Join us at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery on Friday 7 February 6pm for the opening of:

Anne Ferran: Shadow Land + The launch of the companion publication - Shadow Land + Ukiyo-e: Japanese Prints of the Floating World This event is free to attend, however please register your attendance here: https://lwag-launch-feb.eventbrite.com/?aff=uwacal

To find out more about the exhibitions, visit the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery website: www.lwgallery.uwa.edu.au
Saturday 08
13:30 - FREE LECTURE - 2 FREE PUBLIC LECTURES : Roman Archaeology Group presents 2 free lectures: Emperor Justinian & Petra Website | More Information
2 FREE Lectures - All are welcome! 1:30pm - "Justinian's Empire" presented by Dr Michael Champion. 2:30pm - Afternoon Tea. 3:00pm - "Western Travellers to Petra in the 19th Century" presented by W/Prof. David Kennedy.

N.B. Lectures are FREE, however there is a small charge for the refreshments served at the mid-session break: $7pp (RAG members) / $10pp (non-members)

14:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Artist Talk: Anne Ferran - Shadow Land Website | More Information
In conjunction with the exhibition of her work, Shadow Land, one of Australia's most acclaimed photo-media artists, Anne Ferran offers a personal look into her multi-faceted artistic practice.

The artist talk is free to attend, however, please REGISTER your attendance via https://ferrantalk.eventbrite.com/?aff=uwacal

The exhibition Shadow Land, runs from 8 February until 19 April 2014, at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery as part of the Visual Art program for the Perth International Arts Festival.

Shadow Land is a survey exhibition of Anne Ferran’s most significant projects and series, spanning more than 30 years.

The earliest series of works touch on French cultural theories of feminism and representation in their staged classical tableaux style. Since 1995, Ferran has been examining and re-discovering Australia’s colonial heritage utilizing museum collections, photographic archives and archaeological sites, nationally and internationally.

Anne Ferran is interested in the gaps or silences in the records and personal histories of those incarcerated in prisons, hospitals, mental asylums and female factories. Her practice incorporates a variety of media including photography, textiles, installation, text, and video/film.
Monday 10
17:30 - PUBLIC LECTURE - ‘Marriage, Passion and Love’ : Hosted by PMRG, CMEMS and ARC Centre for the History of Emotions. Website | More Information
Abstract: This project follows the careers of a female network originating at the court of Anne of France (1461-1522), regent for her brother Charles VIII, and mentor to many girls who went on to illustrious careers: Marguerite of Austria, Louise of Savoy, Diane de Poitiers and Anne of Brittany. To this original circle I add the next generation: Anne of Brittany’s daughters Claude, Queen of France and Renée, Countess of Ferrara, together with Louise of Savoy’s daughter, Marguerite de Navarre, who in turn trained her own daughter, Jeanne d’Albret. Master of politics, Anne passed on knowledge about succeeding in a man’s world. Her father Louis XI chose her to be unofficial regent on his deathbed, apparently believing that in this way she would encounter less opposition than if she were formally appointed. Although female regency in France continued to be exercised unofficially, it was an important institution. From the beginning of Anne’s regency until Louis XIV came of age, ending the regency of Anne of Austria, the kingdom was for all practical purposes ruled by women for about 42 years, which is to say that, in a kingdom that prohibited female rule, women ruled about 25% of that time.

I examine Anne of France’s extended circle as an “emotional community” with the goal of understanding how members were prepared emotionally to exercise power while conforming to a repertoire of female stereotypes. Their libraries are of special interest, because in the works they shared we find models for ideal emotional modulation. I will present from a chapter on marriage, passion, and love. Passionate love was the result of an imbalance of humors; marital affection was an idealized, modulated emotional state between spouses in dynastic marriages. I compare some idealized representations of marital relationships in works from the libraries of the women with reports about these relationships from chronicles and ambassadors’ letters. These sources are all “texts”, of course, but I believe that, in comparing what was perceived as an ideal with impressions of the women, we find clues as to how they assimilated and manipulated their emotional models.

19:00 - PERFORMANCE - ‘Iago: The Man, The Devil and Emotion’ : Presented by WA Opera, Black Swan State Theatre Company and ARC Centre for the History of Emotions Website | More Information
West Australian Opera, Black Swan State Theatre Company and ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100-1800) unite to offer an evening of insight and intrigue based on analysis of the character of Iago, key to both Shakespeare’s play and Verdi/Boito’s opera Otello. This scholarly and practical event explores the ways in which drama (through spoken language) and opera (through sung text and music) arouses emotion and depicts character, and how these are translated over time. Attendance is free, but RSVP essential by Thursday 6 February to [email protected]
Tuesday 11
9:00 - WORKSHOP - Australian Oil and Gas Law - 4 day workshop Website | More Information
This four day workshop is accessible to lawyers entering the field, government officials, resource company personnel, and others who seek an understanding of the legal context in which oil and gas issues arise. The short course covers the legal nature and protection of oil and gas exploration and production rights, both generally and in Australia.

For further information and registration visit the webpage https://www.law.uwa.edu.au/cpd/oil-gas
Wednesday 12
18:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - ‘Delight in Friendship: The Proprieties of Affection in Early British Children’s Literature’ : Hosted by ARC Centre for the History of Emotions. Website | More Information
Abstract: Friendship, unsurprisingly, features prominently in children’s literature, perhaps most particularly in the school stories of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In the eighteenth century, however, the period when children’s literature was first becoming established as a separate sector of print culture, the question of friendship was more vexed. ‘Love and Affection … will naturally lead you to delight in Friendship’, writes one mid eighteenth-century author to her young readers. But, she goes on to warn, ‘Delight in Friendship may lead you into all manner of Errors’. This paper will consider the place and proprieties of friendship in early British children’s books and ask why, to many authors, friendship was a perilous exercise that brought more harm than good both to the individual and society.
Friday 14
15:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Applications of iPS Cells in Science and Art : Public talk with Dr Michael Edel Website | More Information
Dr. Michael Edel is an Australian with European nationality and is currently a tenure track Group Leader funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation, Spain. He completed his Bachelor of Science with honors in Anatomy and Human Biology and Physiology, his Post-Graduate Diploma in Education and his PhD in Pathology on the role of angiogenesis in breast cancer metastasis at the University of Western Australia (UWA). He is now group leader of the Control of Pluripotency Laboratory at the University of Barcelona, Faculty of Medicine.

His team works with adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) at a clinical grade level for research into new cell based treatments for heart disease, eye disease, neuronal disorders and spinal cord injury. The research seeks to define the role of cell cycle genes in pluripotency and cancer leading to a number of high impact publications (Nature Biotechnology 2008, Genes and Development, 2010; Stem Cells and Development, 2012). In collaboration with hospitals, he also models human disease using iPS cells, such as Retts syndrome and Atrial fibrillation to identify new directions to treat these diseases. Consequently, he is recognized as a Senior Research Fellow at University of Sydney, Faculty of Medicine, Children's Hospital, Westmead, and NSW, AUSTRALIA.

Please refer to his group’s web page for more information: https://pluripotencylaboratory.wordpress.com/
Tuesday 18
13:00 - Colloquium - Linking CEO Ethical Leadership to Frontline Employee Safety Behaviours More Information
Dr. Tunde Ogunfowora (pronounced Toon-day) is an Assistant Professor of Human Resources and Organizational Dynamics at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary (Canada). His research interests include ethical leadership, abusive supervision, ethical decision making and moral behaviours in the workplace. Dr. Ogunfowora also has an interest in individual differences in morally-oriented traits, values, and cognitions, and their roles in understanding leadership and ethics at work. Co-authors: Dr. Sean Tucker, Faculty of Business Administration, University of Regina, Canada, Dayle Diekrager, Saskatchewan Workers Compensation Board

Each year, thousands of workers are killed on the job. In a growing number of these incidents (Frontline, 2008), the organizational leader is singled out by the media. This paper examines how organizational leaders effectively exercise the duty of care owed to their workers by acting ethically and fostering a culture of safety for reducing work-related injuries and fatalities. Drawing on social learning theory (Bandura, 1973, 1977) and Brown and colleagues’ (2005) ethical leadership construct, we developed and tested a multi-level, trickle-down model linking CEO ethical leadership to frontline employee safety behavior. Specifically, we explored different paths of influence through CEO safety commitment, top management team safety commitment, and frontline supervisory safety commitment. Data were collected from 2,513 frontline employees, 1,452 supervisors, and 206 members of top management teams in 52 organizations. The results showed support for our hypothesized path of influence. Specifically, we found that CEO ethical leadership was positively related to CEO commitment to safety (rated by members of the top management team). Furthermore, CEO commitment to safety was positively related to perceptions of top management team commitment to safety (rated by supervisors). Top management’s commitment to safety was related to frontline employee perceptions of supervisor commitment to safety and, in turn, employee self-reported safety compliance and participation behaviors. The results also showed support for other alternate paths of influence. These findings suggest that ethical organizational leaders can create and foster a strong commitment to safety that permeates through different layers of the organization.
Thursday 20
7:00 - EVENT - Reforming Legal Frameworks for Mining and Economic Development in Africa : CMSS Presents: A Breakfast Meeting with Congolese Diplomat Ms. Stephanie Mbombo Bodson More Information
Date: Thursday 20th February

Breakfast Meeting: Reforming Legal Frameworks for Mining and Economic Development in Africa

Also supported by Minerals and Energy Institute, Centre for Exploration Targeting.


Ms. Stephanie Mbombo Bodson, former Congolese diplomat, will lead a discussion on reforming legal frameworks for natural resource development in order to promote economic and social development, environmental sustainability, and improving business ethics. Researchers in the UWA Law School and Centre for Exploration Targeting will also be invited to contribute to the discussion.

Africa has many mineral-rich regions, particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and many Australian mining and engineering companies are currently working in Africa or have plans to work there.

Place: University of WA Club, Hackett Entrance 1, Hackett Drive, Crawley. A hot breakfast will be served during the meeting.

Time 7.00 am – 9.00 am

Cost $35 per head, $20 for students (5 places are reserved for students, provided reservations and payment are received in time). RSVP to [email protected], notifying any dietary requirements, credit card name, number, expiry.

Background of Speaker

Stephanie Mbombo Bodson has a background in European law, diplomacy, international relations between European and African countries, project evaluation and policy development. She graduated from the Free University of Brussels with a Masters in International and European law in 2009. She has also worked on antipersonnel landmine issues and relevant international humanitarian law as it affects Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo. She has worked for the Belgian government and as an intern for the Development Committee of the European Parliament as well as the European Commission. She served as department head in the Congolese Diplomatic Academy, part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Kinshasa where she was responsible for development partnerships as well as fundraising and human resource management.

She has also worked as an assistant to the president of the High Military Court in Kinshasa, working on law reform issues. During the last two years, she obtained much experience as lecturer in European Law (Masters Level) and as the person in charge of the Monitoring and Evaluation of Millennium Development Goals at the United Nations in Morocco. Before she commenced her career in the public sector, she was Secretary General of the Congolese Union of Consumers and worked as a TV program host and journalist in Congo. Ms Mbombo is visiting Western Australia to learn more about the capacity of Australian mining companies interested in working in Africa and to help promote economic development based on income from natural resource development.

10:30 - ALUMNI EVENT - Friends of the Grounds Annual Patron’s Morning Tea Website | More Information
Lady Jean Brodie-Hall and Ms Rose Chaney, Patrons of the UWA Friends of the Grounds, invite you to join with them at the Annual Patrons Morning Tea.

Enjoy refreshments as we celebrate and reflect on last year’s successes. We will share the plans for 2014 and are eager to hear your ideas for our future activities.

UWA Friends of the Grounds aspires to continue to enhance the campus grounds. We are motivated to develop our membership base and expand our reach, and encourage you to invite a guest who may be interested in becoming a member.

We look forward to sharing this morning tea with friends old and new.


RSVP Essential: Via phone or email by Monday 17 February 2014 to:

Jenn Parsons, Alumni Engagement Manager P: +61 8 6488 3511 E: [email protected]

18:30 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Valuing ecosystem services - how can economics help? More Information
Professor Ian Bateman, University of East Anglia, will deliver a public lecture examining the application of economic analysis to ecosystem service assessments. Prof. Bateman will discuss methods for valuing changes in the services provided by the natural environment, and how to identify economically optimal implementations of land use policy. Findings highlight the substantial improvements in welfare that can arise from shifting the emphasis of decision making away from a focus upon market priced goods alone towards a broader conception of economic values, and the need to go beyond valuations of ecosystem service flows to consider the sustainability of natural asset stocks.
Wednesday 26
0:00 - Scholarships - 2014 Chinese Government Scholarship and Confucius Institute Scholarship OPEN : Full scholarships available to study in China up to 4 years Website | More Information
This includes full or partial scholarships in accordance with educational exchange agreements or MOUs between the Chinese government and Australia governments, institutions, universities and international organizations. It supports undergraduate programs, master’s programs, doctoral programs, general scholar programs and senior scholar programs.

16:00 - SEMINAR - This seminar series is part of the CWR at UWA. : Economic impacts of climate change on the water supply sector in South Africa and stream ecosystem dynamics in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica. Website | More Information
James will be presenting on two recent studies that reflect his range of interests and diversity of experience in the water resources field.

The first presentation is based on his PhD research on the dynamics of benthic algae growing in the meltwater streams of the McMurdo dry valleys and how this relates to our understanding of the factors controlling the management of stream ecosystem, particularly with regards to the requirements for flushing flows from reservoirs. The second study is in support of the economic assessment of the potential impacts of climate change in South Africa.

He will be focusing on the biophysical modelling and in particular the use of a hybrid frequency distribution (HFD) to model the range of potential risks associated with climate change both on catchment runoff, but also on water supply in a highly integrated and engineered water supply system such as is present in South Africa.

He is also happy to discuss more general issues related to water resources management in Africa and his research experience in the US and UK.


Dr James Cullis is a water resources engineer specialising in water resources planning and management in Africa. He is currently an associate in the water resources group at Aurecon, based in Cape Town, South Africa. After graduating with a BSc. In civil engineering from the University of Cape Town James spent three years as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University in the UK. During this period he obtained a second degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and an MSc. in Environmental Change and Management.

His MSc. thesis looked at the concept of water poverty mapping. James returned to South Africa and started work as an engineer in the water resources group of Ninham Shand consulting engineers. He worked on a number of projects including engineering design, water resources studies, and the development of water related policy for the Department of Water Affairs. After five years, James moved with his family to the USA to complete his PhD at the University of Colorado. His research focused on eco-hydraulics and in particular the interaction between river dynamics and the growth and removal of benthic algae in high gradient streams.

During this time James spent six weeks in the McMurdo dry valleys of Antarctica. In 2011, James returned to South Africa as an associate at Aurecon. He is currently involved in a number of water related projects in Africa including feasibility studies, water resources planning, and the evaluation of climate change impacts and the potential for adaptation and sustainable development. James is a registered professional engineer and is married with three children living in Cape Town, South Africa.

PS* This seminar is free and open to the public & no RSVP required.

****All Welcome****

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Letting go of Kindness: the potential and limits of conflict for Feminist Ethics Website | More Information
In this public lecture, Dr Maud Perrier, Lecturer in Gender Studies at the University of Bristol will argue that conflict is a necessary and cathartic step towards a different kind of empathetic encounter for feminist discourse. She will question whether there are productive modes of conflictual engagement that resist the old adversarial model.

Cost: Free, but RSVP required via www.ias.uwa.edu.au/lectures/perrier

18:00 - VISITING SPEAKER - Tod Machover and Prue Ashurst : Creative Minds: Discussions on Creativity Website | More Information
Internationally acclaimed composer and Professor at MIT’s Media Lab, Tod Machover chats to conductor and radio presenter Prue Ashurst on Wednesday 26 February 6pm at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery as part of the Creative Minds series.

The discussion will provide insight into the influences that inform Tod's work, his creative development and achievements.

As part of the Perth International Arts Festival 2014, Tod Machover is crafting a symphony for Perth, ‘Between the Desert and the Deep Blue Sea’, which will be performed by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Carolyn Kuan.

This event is FREE to attend, however, please REGISTER your attendance via the link below: https://machover-ashurst.eventbrite.com/?aff=uwacal
Friday 28
10:00 - SYMPOSIUM - Lung Symposium Website | More Information
“The utilisation of transcriptomics and breathomics in airway Diseases”

Prof Peter J. Sterk Head of Research, Department of Respiratory Medicine, Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam

“Hedgehog pathway: a novel target for mesothelioma”

Prof Steve Mutsaers Head, Tissue Repair Unit, Lung Institute of WA

“Innovative strategies for airways disease”

A/Prof Yuben Moodley Head, Stem Cell Research Unit, Lung Institute of WA

“Development of antisense oligonucleotides for asthma”

Dr Svetlana Baltic Unit Manager, Molecular Genetics Unit, Lung Institute of WA

15:45 - FREE LECTURE - Free Lecture: Reaching new heights in astronomy: The European Southern Observatory : In this lecture, Professor Tim de Zeeuw, Director General of the ESO, will describe ESO’s current suite of programs, the telescopes that make the discoveries possible and what’s on the horizon for one of the world’s premier astronomical institutions. Website | More Information
The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe and the world’s most productive astronomical observatory.

ESO telescopes have made some of the most significant astronomical discoveries of recent times, including the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy, the most distant gamma-ray burst, the Earth-like planet Gliese 581c and the most distant galaxy ever seen by humans.

Tea and coffee from 3:45pm.

More info and a promotional poster available at www.icrar.org/events/eso-lecture

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