Theme: Ideas Worth Spreading
December 8th, 2012
About this event
Andrew Jaspan is The Founder and Editor of The Conversation; an independent, not-for-profit, news and information service sourced from the university and research sector. Jaspan previously edited The Age, The Observer (London), The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday. He was Editor-in-Chief of The Big Issue (London), and he founded and edited the Sunday Herald in Scotland. He is the Asia-Pacific Director for Innovation Media. There is great pressure on newsrooms worldwide as advertising revenue falls and and shortcuts to a story result in bad outcomes for our society. Meanwhile academics struggle to communicate with the wider public. Andrew discusses a solution to both problems.
Steven Tingay is a Professor of Radio Astronomy at Curtin University and a Western Australian Premier's Research Fellow. He is the Director of the Murchison Widefield Array, a precursor SKA (Square Kilometre Array) telescope due to come into operation in early 2013. Steven also currently leads a large team of academics and students as Director of the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy and Deputy Director of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research. Steven seeks out experiments that are difficult and risky, but potentially have high rewards. A spokesperson for the value of science in society, he was recently awarded the inaugural Science Ambassador of the Year at the 2012 WA Science Awards.
As an accredited Mental Health First Aid Trainer, Tasha Broomhall has been providing mental health and wellbeing training programs throughout Australia for more than 11 years. With a wealth of experience in psychology, disability, employment, psycho-social rehabilitation and aged care services, Tasha has guest lectured at both Murdoch and Curtin Universities and at national industry conferences. Tasha has a keen interest in reducing the stigma about mental illness and increasing mental health literacy in our communities and workplaces. She has developed programs to assist people to take responsibility for their own mental health and wellbeing and to act proactively in supporting the mental health of those around them.
James Trevelyan is the chair of Mechatronics Engineering Chair at the University of Western Australia, and an elected member of the Council of the International Federation for the Theory of Machines and Mechanism (IFToMM). Between 1975 and 1993 James became well known internationally for pioneering research that resulted in sheep shearing robots. Along with his students, he then went on to produce the first industrial robot that could be remotely operated via the internet in 1994. The robot has been controlled by at least 500,000 people in dozens of countries. In 2002 he was awarded with honorary membership of the Society of Counter Ordnance Technology for his research on landmine clearance methods.
Brad Norman is the Founder and Director or ECOCEAN: a visual database of whale shark (Rhincodon typus) encounters. He is also a Marine Biologist with the Centre for Fish, Fisheries and Aquatic Ecosystems Research at Murdoch University. Brad and his team have won a host of awards for his innovative work with whale sharks: The National Geographic Ocean Hero Award 2010; WA Science Awards Outreach Program of the Year 2009; National Geographic Emerging Explorer 2008; the Peter Benchley (JAWS) Shark Conservation Award 2007 (Science); Rolex Awards for Enterprise 2006 and the Sun Microsystems Duke’s Choice Award for Innovative Use of Java Technology 2005. Brad believes that engaging the public to assist in the conservation of our environment and the species within can and will have significant benefits.
Geoffrey is a Perth-based artist specialising in robotics, lasers, and optical interactive installations. Geoffrey studied Computer Science at The University of Western Australia before completing a master’s degree in Visual Arts at Curtin University. He has been exhibiting since 1986 with shows in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Singapore, New York and London. His most recent solo exhibition was in 2010, when he installed his robotic work Floribots at the Singapore Art Museum. Geoffrey has also shown work at the National Gallery of Australia and participated in the Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, The Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth and Sculpture by the Sea – in Bondi, Cottesloe, and Aarhus, Denmark. Geoffrey has completed a number of public art commissions including the laser-based work Transfiction (Canberra) and the robotic sculpture Totem at the new Perth Arena.
Martin Hagger is Professor of Psychology at Curtin University. His areas of expertise are social, health, sport and exercise psychology. He is involved in numerous research projects nationally and internationally with a focus on motivation and behaviour change. He is currently leading projects in drugs in sport, promoting physical activity and healthy diet, understanding the mechanisms of willpower and self-control, and reducing binge drinking and the prevalence of smoking. At the highest level, athletes are well-matched in terms of their physical abilities, conditioning, and skill level. But often that is not enough to win and perform on the biggest of stages like the Olympic games. Developing strategies and techniques to get athletes minds in the best possible condition for optimal performance is increasingly important for sports teams and coaches. Martin will provide an overview of the kinds of techniques that elite athletes use to prepare psychologically for their sport, give details of the scientific research into these techniques and how they work, and how the techniques might be used by competitive athetes and coaches to maximise performance.
Jonathan Holloway is Artistic Director of Perth International Arts Festival 2012-15. He spent the last six years as Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival in the UK. During his time, audiences increased from 35,000 to 330,000, turnover increased by over 600% and ticket sales tripled. It became the fourth largest city arts festival in the UK through a program expanded to embrace site-specific work, large-scale outdoor events, circus, a children’s festival, physical and visual theatre and the visual arts. A new education programme worked intensively with over 15,000 young people year round. Jonathan was Creative Director of Elemental, a large-scale theatre, music and spectacle event at Chalon-sur-Saone festival in France in 2003. From 1997-2004, Jonathan set up and ran the National Theatre’s events department on London’s South Bank. He was the founding artistic director of Watch this Space (the National’s acclaimed annual festival of international outdoor theatre, music and spectacle), the Festival of Lights (a biennial festival exploring light and fire festivals from around the world) and co-wrote/directed Robin Hood in the National’s Loft Theatre.
Cat Hope is a Perth-based musician, composer, songwriter, sound and performance artist whose practice is an interdisciplinary one that crosses over into film, video, performance and installation. In 2011 she won the Inaugral Award for Excellence in Experimental Music at the APRA AMC Art Awards and was a finalist in the WA Citizen of the Year Awards in the Arts and Culture category. Cat is the artistic director of Decibel, a new music ensemble based in Perth, Western Australia devoted to performing works that explore the nexus of acoustic and electronic instruments. Decibel pioneers unique electronic score formats and giving electronic music instruments a voice in the acoustic space.
Bernadette is the author or the #1 Amazon Business Bestseller Make Your Idea Matter. Her blog was voted Australia’s Best Business Blog in 2012 and she was named as one of the Top 100 Branding Experts to follow on Twitter. Bernadette works as a strategist and brand storyteller, helping entrepreneurs and business leaders from around the world to distill and capture the essence of their brands and ideas. Bernadette became fascinated by what makes ideas spread as a child when she observed how a toy company made the packaging more valuable than the toys inside by introducing a collectible star loyalty program. Bernadette will discuss how and why our job is to make people feel, not just make them do.
Andra grew up in a household where creativity was seen as important both for personal and cultural development. She has since carried that creativity through to her career as a public art consultant with a passionate belief in the positive effects of public art in the urban environment. After completing a first class honours degree in architecture at UWA, Andra participated in establishing the Mundaring Sculpture Park, was the Director of the Crafts Council in Perth, and since 1990 has worked as a private public art consultant at Urban Threshholds. Andra has developed and coordinated over 100 public art projects through the state government’s Percent for Art Scheme, for local governments and for private developers. She is currently the public art consultant for the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and is writing the first book about public art in Western Australia with Maggie Baxter for UWA Publishing. Andra’s interests lie in the evolution of consciousness and culture, and how collaborations can spark creations that are greater than the sum of their parts.
Dr Melissa Langdon coordinates the Communications and Media program at the University of Notre Dame Fremantle. Melissa graduated from The University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Arts Honours. After completing a Masters of Philosophy at The University of Cambridge, she returned to Australia to complete a PhD in New Media, Communications and Cultural Studies. Melissa completed her thesis A Conversation on Globalisation and Digital Art while employed as the Multimedia Manager at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Melissa has taught nationally in film, communications and new media. Her research interests include: emerging technologies, social media, digital film and art, and online activism.
After training as a research psychologist at the University of Western Australia and lecturing in a number of Australian universities, Dr Lawrence entered politics in 1986, serving at both State and Federal levels for 21 years. She was at various times W.A Minister for Education and Aboriginal affairs and was the first woman Premier and Treasurer of a State government. She shifted to Federal politics in 1994 when she was elected as the Member for Fremantle and was appointed Minister for Health and Human Services and Minister assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women. She has held various portfolios in Opposition, including Indigenous Affairs, Environment, Industry and Innovation and was elected national President of the Labor Party in 2004. She retired from politics in 2007. Dr Lawrence is now Director of the Centre for the Study of Social Change in the School of Psychology at the University of Western Australia and Chair of the Australian Heritage Council.
Lucky Oceans co-founded Asleep at the Wheel with whom he won two Grammy Awards. In 1980, Lucky moved to Perth where he started composing for film and television and toured and recorded with Paul Kelly and Joe Camilleri and many others. In 1995, Lucky became the presenter of The Planet, a daily world music program on ABC Radio National which made him a central figure in Australia’s cultural life. In 2007 he started the Sonic Sessions concert series. His pedal steel guitar playing earned him a place in Hugh Gregory’s book, 1000 Great Guitarists.
Dr. Raynes-Goldie is a purveyor of unconventional games for positive change. She co-founded an award-winning non-profit called Atmosphere Industries which is focused on making the world better through new ways to play. Using high-tech and low-tech games that combine chalk street maps with smartphone apps or board games with tablet PCs, the ‘boards’ in the games they create are usually in the physical world, rather than just the screen. This means their games get people out in the world, engaging in their communities, reinvigorating public space and connecting with social issues. These games are also excellent tools for new and effective ways to learn. Dr. Raynes-Goldie recently completed a PhD at Curtin University’s Department of Internet Studies, where she is now teaching, and has had her work published in several books, including one funded by the MacArthur Foundation. Originally from Canada, she travels the world working on game, privacy and community consulting projects and presentations, particularly for NGOs/non-profits and government. Her favourite claim to fame is that she was on MTV, twice.
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UWA Octagon Theatre
35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley
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