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Events for the public
 June 2017
Tuesday 27
17:30 - LECTURE - Foreign affairs as a water-cooler conversation - the challenge awaiting us Website | More Information
The AIIA WA in partnership with the Centre for Muslim States and Societies is proud to host a Fellow's Lecture by well-known ABC presenter Geraldine Doogue titled Foreign Affairs as a water-cooler conversation – the challenge awaiting us.

Geraldine is a West Australian with a long and prestigious career in both public and commercial media. She can be heard every Saturday morning on ABC Radio National’s Saturday Extra where a wide range of current international issues is discussed with experts from Australia and around the world. Geraldine received a United Nations Media Peace Prize as well as two Penguin Awards for excellence in broadcasting from the Television Society of Australia. In 2003, she was recognised as an Officer in the Order of Australia for services to the community and media. Geraldine tackles a wide range of subjects with rigour, optimism, humour and warmth.

In 2016 Geraldine was made a Fellow of the AIIA for her distinguished contribution to the field of international relations in Australia. She accepted our invitation to deliver her Fellow’s Lecture at the AIIA in WA in June, and will travel to Perth specially for this event. The lecture will be followed by a light supper and ticket sales will raise funds for the AIIA WA Bursary for Studies in Asia program which enables young West Australians to undertake educational experiences in Asia.

Because food is involved, bookings and prepayment are essential and tickets sales will end on the 22nd of June.

Date: Tuesday, 27th of June, 2017 Time: Early! The lecture will begin at 5:30 pm. A light supper will follow the lecture Place: The Jull Common Room, St Catherine's College, opposite the University of Western Australia. Parking is most easily found at the rear of the college on Park Road. Price: $40 for members, $45 for guests and non-members. Bookings are essential!
Wednesday 28
9:30 - CONFERENCE - AHHA Mental Health Network Website | More Information
The Mental Health Network has been established to provide opportunities to share information and expertise around mental health initiatives with a focus on primary health care.

We have some great speakers lined up including: • Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia • Professor Luis Salvador-Carulla, Centre for Mental Health Research, Research School of Population Health, ANU • Rod Astbury, CEO, Western Australian Association for Mental Health • Harry Lovelock, Senior Executive Manager, Australian Psychological Society • Chris Gibbs, Mental Health Professionals Network


16:00 - STAFF EVENT - Futures Enthusiasts Meet-Up (FEMU) for June 2017 : Futures Enthusiasts are people who are keen to be a part of the next wave of developments in higher education using technology and concepts to innovate learning and teaching practices. Website | More Information
An opportunity to explore the latest technologies in the Futures Observatory and network with other Futures Enthusiasts!

Come along to the FEMU event for the month of June to hear the latest from Professor Gilly Salmon, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education Innovation) on Education 3.0.

This meet-up is also a chance for you to farewell Gilly before she leaves UWA in July for new ventures at the University of Liverpool.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Register for this event via the Eventbrite listed below.
Thursday 29
9:30 - WORKSHOP - Luminex Multiplexing Technology Workshop : Learn about this technology already available at your institute More Information
Do you run ELISAs? Save you samples, save time and money, run a Multiplex assay instead. This technology is well utilised in research areas of obesity, immunology and metabolism. Local multiplex studies conducted in Australia and New Zealand will be described in more detail.
Friday 30
19:00 - FREE LECTURE - UWA School of Music presents Taryn Fiebig : Working with the director and preparing a role Website | More Information
UWA Music & West Australian Opera | Distinguished Artist Series

UWA Graduate and Helpmann Award-winning soprano Taryn Fiebig is one of Australia’s most popular and versatile artists. She returns to Perth to star in the title role of West Australia Opera’s forthcoming production of the The Merry Widow.

In 2017, Taryn appears in major roles for Opera Australia, West Australian Opera, the Adelaide Festival and Pinchgut Opera; in concert, she is soloist with Sydney Philharmonia and the Auckland Philharmonia.

Entry is free – bookings essential | RSVP to [email protected]

 July 2017
Saturday 01
17:00 - EVENT - TEDxUWASalon: ART // ACT (Part 1) : Announcing the inaugural TEDxUWASalon! Website | More Information
** Presenting the inaugural TEDxUWASalon Series, ART // ACT **

We invite you to explore the concept of "artistic activism". Join the global discussion on the power of spreading ideas through the visual and the verbal. Discover how local change-makers are taking a stand on global issues through artistic platforms!

|| PART ONE || In partnership with the UWA Cultural Precinct & City of Perth WinterArts Festival, we are proud to announce the first part of TEDxUWASalon: ART // ACT, focusing on the VISUAL. We are excited to be returning to the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery for our very first cocktail event of the year. With a schedule of live talks, performances and TED talk screenings, it's going to be a fantastic night you won't want to miss!

So come join us for an evening of eclectic conversation and thought-provoking ideas. Don't forget to check out PART TWO during Social Impact Festival 2017!

***What is TEDxUWASalon?*** Salon events are smaller-scaled gatherings that keep a TEDx community engaged between main conferences. It provides the opportunity for more in-depth and intimate ideas sharing. It also focuses on one theme, so expect a niche audience of like-minded people to keep the conversation going! For more information: https://www.ted.com/participate/organize-a-local-tedx-event/before-you-start/event-types/salon-event
Monday 03
13:00 - STAFF EVENT - Mind the Gap: Advancing Digital Equity in Higher Education : Presentation Website | More Information
Interested in learning about the concept of Digital Equity in Higher Education? Now is your chance!

Flipped and blended classrooms, distance and mobile learning, and Open Educational Resources offer fantastic opportunities to advance our learning and teaching - but they are all dependent on our students’ (and teachers') access to technology.

Digital Equity - the issue of unequal access to technology - was named one of the ‘Difficult Challenges’ in the NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Higher Education Edition.

Join Learning Technologist Liberty Cramer in exploring these challenges in an Australian University context, and discuss strategies to advance Digital Equity.

Register for this event via the Eventbrite link listed below.
Tuesday 04
18:15 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Unconscious Bias: What is it and how can we deal with it? : A public lecture by Yassmin Abdel-Magied Website | More Information
Frank, fearless, funny, articulate and inspiring, Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a dynamo, a young Muslim dynamo offering a bracing breath of fresh air - and hope. At 21, Yassmin found herself working on a remote Australian oil and gas rig; she was the only woman and certainly the only Sudanese-Egyptian-Australian background Muslim woman. With her hijab quickly christened a 'tea cosy' there could not be a more unlikely place on earth for a young Muslim woman to want to be. This is the story of how she got there, where she is going, and how she wants the world to change.

In this funny, honest, empathetic talk, Yassmin challenges us to look beyond our initial perceptions, and to open doors to new ways of supporting others.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical engineer, social justice advocate, writer and petrol head. Debut author at 24 with the coming-of-age-memoir, Yassmin's Story, the 2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year advocates for the empowerment of youth, women and those from racially, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Yassmin founded the non-for-profit Youth Without Borders at age 16.

This public lecture is sponsored by the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies, the City of Perth Library and Boffins Books
Thursday 06
18:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - NOT JUST HOT WATER: THE SCIENCE, STORIES AND IMPORTANCE OF PERTH’S GROUND WATER RESOURCES : The 2017 George Seddon Memorial Lecture by Dr Megan Clark AC. Website | More Information
Perth has long relied on its ground water resources. Today just under half of Perth’s water supply comes from ground water. The science of our water resources is a fascinating story of different aquifers and how they interact with the landscape around Perth. The story of how we have tapped into these different aquifers over time and their potential for the future is a fascinating journey that stretches from the scandalous to the most modern water-cooling technology. This presentation will provide a unique insight into the science behind our ground water and share personal experience ranging from hot springs on Garden Island to wild brumbies to cooling a supercomputer. The annual George Seddon Lecture is sponsored by the Institute of Advanced Studies and UWA’s Friends of the Grounds. About Dr Clark Dr Clark was CEO of the CSIRO from 2009-2014. Prior to CSIRO, she held various roles with Western Mining Corporation, was a director at NM Rothschild and Sons (Australia) and was vice president, Technology and subsequently Health, Safety, Environment, Community and Sustainability with BHP Billiton. She has a PhD from Queen’s University, Canada and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Australian Institute on Mining and Metallurgy and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2014, she was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia. She is currently at non-executive director of Rio Tinto and CSL Limited and an advisory board member of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Australia and the Australian Agricultural Company.
Friday 07
19:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA School of Music Presents - Verbitsky & WASO : 30th Anniversary Celebration Website | More Information
Under the baton of Maestro Vladimir Verbitsky, The Symphonic Chorus of UWA join WASO and the WASO Chorus in the Russian masterpiece, Rachmaninov’s massive, Edgar Allan Poe-inspired choral symphony The Bells. Program

RACHMANINOV The Bells TCHAIKOVSKY Manfred Symphony Vladimir Verbitsky conductor Antoinette Halloran soprano Bradley Daley tenor Warwick Fyfe bass

Tickets from $21 for under 30's (booking fees apply) waso.com.au
Tuesday 11
17:15 - LAUNCH - Book Launch: China Story Yearbook 2016: Control : The Perth USAsia Centre and the Australian Centre on China in the World are delighted to invite you to celebrate the launch of the Australian Centre on China in the World's premier annual publication, the China Story Yearbook 2016: Control. Website | More Information
During this launch event, our panellists will discuss pivotal moments for China in 2016 and the implications these events have on today's Indo-Pacific relations. This panel discussion will be moderated by Professor Kent Anderson. Senator Dean Smith will be delivering a vote of thanks.

‘More cosmopolitan, more lively, more global’ is how the China Daily summed up the year 2016 in China. It was also a year of more control. The Chinese Communist Party laid down strict new rules of conduct for its members, continued to assert its dominance over everything from the Internet to the South China Sea and announced a new Five-Year Plan that Greenpeace called ‘quite possibly the most important document in the world in setting the pace of acting on climate change’. The China Story Yearbook 2016: Control surveys the year in China’s economy, population planning, law enforcement and reform, environment, Internet, medicine, religion, education, historiography, foreign affairs, and culture as well as developments in Taiwan and Hong Kong.' We look forward to seeing you there. 5.15pm: Registration, 5.30pm-6.30pm: Event, 6.30pm-7.00pm: Reception. FREE EVENT

18:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Numerical Modelling and Imaging in Geophysics at Different Scales: applications to the pyrenees chain and the subsurface/laboratory scale : A public lecture by Dr. Roland Martin, senior research scientist at the National Centre for Scientific Research, Université Paul Sabatier – Toulouse 3, France. Website | More Information
In this lecture Dr Martin will present different high order numerical tools using finite-difference or finite element approaches to propagate seismic waves in a wide variety of Earth structures at different scales in order, in the near future, to couple them through different physics related to different frequency content of the sources involved. He will discuss two applications that could be linked in the future: the Pyrenees chain imaging at moderate source frequencies and wet/dry (non-)linear viscoelastic wave modelling in wet/dry/non-consolidated granular materials in the near surface. Dr Martin will present a hybrid inversion method that allows us to image density distributions at the regional scale using both seismic and gravity data. One main goal is to obtain densities and seismic wave velocities (P and S) in the lithosphere with a fine resolution to get important constraints on the mineralogic composition and thermal state of the lithosphere. In the context of the Pyrenees (located between Spain and France), accurate Vp and Vs seismic velocity models are computed first on a 3D spectral element grid at the scale of the Pyrenees by inverting teleseismic full waveforms. In a second step, Vp velocities are mapped to densities using empirical relations to build an a priori density model. BGI and BRGM Bouguer gravity anomaly data sets are then inverted on the same 3D spectral element grid as the Vp model at a resolution of 1-2 km by using high-order numerical integration formulae. This procedure opens the possibility to invert both teleseismic and gravity data on the same finite-element grid. It can handle topography of the free surface in the same spectral-element distorted mesh that is used to solve the wave equation, without performing extra interpolations between different grids and models. WGS84 elliptical Earth curvature, SRTM or ETOPO1 topographies are used. Dr Martin will reproduce numerically the response of seismic waves in granular/porous media at the laboratory scale (01.-10kHZ sources) and this will enable us to better understand the signals recorded close to the surface when high frequency content will be used to better image the near surface, in particular by taking into account seasonal water content variations and complex rheologies and steep seismic velocity gradients present in the first hundred meters depths. Dr. Roland Martin is a senior research scientist at the National Centre for Scientific Research, Université Paul Sabatier – Toulouse 3, France and has been working for many years in France where he obtained his PhD in Geophysics (1998). He has been a researcher in Mexico City (1999-2004) before integrating the French CNRS (equivalent to the Australian CSIRO) in 2005 at Pau University and GET laboratory in Toulouse. His main interests are the numerical modelling in geophysics at different scales using different numerical techniques for the forward and inverse problems. He is developing and applying those techniques to the modelling and imaging the Earth at different scales: from the near subsurface or laboratory scale to the Earth crust scale with some specific sites of study like the well monitored Pyrenees chain located between Spain and France. Seismic and gravity dense measurements are mainly used to obtain more information on both seismic wave velocities and densities in the Earth crust and to couple the structures to the surface using not only high resolution numerical tools but also more complex physics in solid-fluid mechanical systems. In 2017, Roland was awarded an Institute of Advanced Studies Robert and Maude Gledden Visiting Senior Fellowship.

18:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - A Cosmic Shooting Gallery : A public lecture by 2017 ATSE Eminent Speaker Professor Phil Bland, Department of Applied Geology, Curtin University. Website | More Information
The Earth sits in a cosmic shooting gallery. Phil will talk about the window that the Desert Fireball Network gives us on asteroid impacts, and how the project might change our understanding of how planetary systems form. It will look at the journey that these rocks have taken, from their origins far beyond the orbit of Mars, to their landing sites in the Australian desert, and the excitement of searching for them in the Australian bush.

This public lecture is sponsored by the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). Professor Phil Bland came to Australia in 2012 on a ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship. He is on science teams for several space missions, including the NASA OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample-return mission which launched last year. His research focusses on the origins and early evolution of the solar system. In 2006 Asteroid ‘1981 EW21’ was renamed ‘(6580) Philbland’ for contributions to planetary science. Most recently his work has included construction of the Desert Fireball Network – the worlds largest planetary observational facility, built to track meteorites to the ground, and recover them from desert areas of Australia. The system allows us to track meteorites back to their source regions in the solar system.

19:00 - TALK - Friends of the UWA Library Speaker : In Praise of Dictators; The Life and Times of Joseph Stalin More Information
About the talk

Dictators seem to be all the rage recently and those of the post war world can be divided into the approved” ones (Franco, Marcos, Salazaar) and the others (Amin, Saddam Hussein, Gadhaffi) who can be safely reviled and even killed. In the popular mind, Hitler remains as the high priest of dictatorship, the embodiment of evil and ä man worth overthrowing at the cost of 50 million lives to save democracy, whatever that might be.

But how should we view Joseph Stalin? As Hitler’s twin brother in Evil? There is little doubt about the cost in human lives during his reign. Or should we remember him as a man who took charge of a semi-medieval country in the 1920s which put the first man in space forty years later? And what to make of the fact that many older Russians regard him as the country’s greatest leader ever? Where does this leave the advocates of democracy?

Looking at five facets of his time in power, one can see a man who is deeply prone to paranoia but one who had the will and the qualities necessary to protect himself against his enemies, both real and imagined. In particular, his ability to master detail was incredible and he may even be seen as the patron saint of micro-management.

For Australians, the lesson is fairly clear: be careful what we wish for. In grumbling about the untidy and pointless nature of parliamentary democracy, we may be inviting a dictator to rule over us.

To finish, a brief promo for On Stalin’s Team, a book by Sheila Fitzpatrick from the University of Sydney. A great read about a most basic issue.

About the Speaker

Greg Dodds was born in Cottesloe in 1947 and went to St Louis Jesuit School. After doing matriculation, he attended RMC Duntroon and graduated into the Australian Army Intelligence Corps In 1968. Over the next ten years, his postings included 1 ATF Vietnam, JIO, the Army Language School at Pt Cook and the US Foreign Service Institute at Yokohama.

After graduating from Army Staff College in 1978, he resigned from the Army and moved to the Australian Embassy in Tokyo where he held six separate positions until he retired in 2004.

He is divorced and now lives in Cottesloe.

Members: Free, Guests: $5 donation
Wednesday 12
9:00 - WORKSHOP - Youth Mental Health First Aid Course Website | More Information
Mental illnesses often start in adolescence or early adulthood and it is important to detect problems early to ensure the young person is properly treated and supported.

This 14-hour YMHFA course teaches adults who have frequent contact with adolescents, such as parents, guardians, school staff, sport coaches and youth workers, how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.

Places on the course are strictly limited!

COST: $220 including resources and refreshments (20% discount for current students)

Email [email protected] for more details or registration form.

14:00 - EVENT - Chinese Economy Conference 2017 : China’s “New Normal” Growth: Opportunities and Challenges, Perth, 12-15 July 2017 Website | More Information
The conference is jointly organised by UWA Business School, the University of Western Australia, and the Chinese Economics Society Australia (CESA). It is also the 29th Annual Meeting of the Society.

14:00 - STAFF EVENT - Fostering Student Academic Self-Efficacy and Learning Design with Learning Analytics at UWA: Key Findings from the Zenith Pilot Project : Presentation followed by an afternoon tea Website | More Information
Interested in hearing about the key findings from the Zenith Pilot Project? Now is your opportunity.

The Centre for Education Futures recently initiated the Zenith Pilot Project, which adopted an innovative approach to enriching student success through learning analytics.

The pilot measured, collected, analysed and provided individual reports to students to assist in increasing motivation, academic self-efficacy, satisfaction, and performance.

The findings from this innovative approach to learning analytics will be discussed in-depth, accompanied by recommendations for further implementation.

Light refreshments to be provided after the Q&A session.

Register for this event via the Eventbrite link listed below.

18:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Re-balancing and Sustaining China's Economic Growth : China in Conversation Website | More Information
China has enjoyed almost four decades of high economic growth. This growth has slowed in recent years due to rising domestic wages, a rapidly ageing population and falling demand for exports.

Further growth will rely on economic restructuring and deepening reforms. This China in Conversation brings two prominent economists together to discuss China’s economic growth from an Australian and Chinese perspective.

Join in the conversation and learn how China can overcome the obstacles and sustain economic growth, while considering the implications for the Australia-China economic relationship.

This China in Conversation public event is proudly presented by the Confucius Institute in partnership with the UWA Business School, as part of The 29th Chinese Economics Society of Australia (CESA) Annual Conference.

Confucius Institute at UWA is dedicated to the strengthening of cultural and educational ties between China and Western Australia.Each China in Conversation public event opens a dialogue between a Chinese and an Australian expert on topical subjects, from culture to education and from science to economics.

REGISTER YOUR ATTENDANCE HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/china-in-conversation-rebalancing-and-sustaining-chinas-economic-growth-tickets-34268613345

https://www.confuciusinstitute.uwa.edu.au/china-in-conversation-rebalancing-and-sustaining-chinas-economic-growth/
Thursday 13
10:00 - EVENT - Somerville Forest KIN Village : A full day of arts and nature this school holiday Website | More Information
At KIN Village, children will have the chance to explore and play in nature under the pines in UWA’s beautiful Somerville Auditorium. With the guidance of the team at Educated by Nature, children will build a village of cubbies, make nature-inspired art, learn whittling, play wilderness adventure games, and make music with songs that engage, entertain and provide a little bit of extra magic.

Educated by Nature aims to increase the mental, emotional and physical health of children and in doing so, foster a deep love for the natural environment. KIN Village at Somerville is a chance to learn, play and be creative, and will be an adventure for children come rain, hail or shine!

Drop and leave program. Children should bring their own lunch. Tickets cost $50 for the day (10am - 3pm).

Best suited for ages 7 - 12.

Find out more about Educated by Nature at www.educatedbynature.com

This event is part of the The University of Western Australia WINTERarts program. For the full program, visit https://culturalprecinct.uwa.edu.au/winterarts
Saturday 15
10:00 - EVENT - WA Writers Professional Development Day : Gain insight into the publishing process. Website | More Information
Learn how to get your work published with tips and practical guidance from industry professionals.

Join UWA Publishing for a professional development day and gain insights into the entire publishing process – from writing a compelling book proposal, to marketing and publicity. Learn how a manuscript gets made into a book and finds its way to readers, and how best to approach publishers about your project.

Presented as part of the UWA WINTERarts Festival 2017.

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