Research Tuesdays series a big winner
Thursday, 14 June 2007
A University of Adelaide marketing initiative to bring its research strengths to the community has been an unqualified success, attracting hundreds of people to a series of seminars in the past three months.
The Research Tuesdays seminar series, which promotes the University's leading researchers across the board, has exceeded all expectations says the Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor James McWha.
"Up to 600 people have attended the three research seminars since their launch in April. The first, featuring the University's Federation Fellow and one of Australia's leading demographers Professor Graeme Hugo, drew a capacity crowd of more than 200 people. The response was outstanding.
"Follow up seminars delivered by internationally-recognised plant genomics researcher Professor Mark Tester and economist Professor Richard Pomfret have also attracted strong interest," Professor McWha says.
"The impact of Professor Tester's seminar, where he called for consumers to understand and consider the benefits of genetically modified foods, was felt right across Australia, with strong national media interest and also some international coverage of his seminar.
"Research Tuesdays has undoubtedly struck a chord within the business and wider community in Adelaide and further afield. It shows that people at the highest levels recognise the direct implications of the University's research outcomes."
The impressive line-up of researchers continues over the next three months, showcasing the research strengths of world-class IT expert Professor Zbigniew Michalewicz, reproductive health specialist Professor Rob Norman and acclaimed scientist Professor Tanya Monro.
"There is an enormous wealth of knowledge at the University of Adelaide, reflected in our world-class reputation as a research-intensive institution. The success of the Research Tuesdays seminar series is testament to this bank of expertise," Professor McWha says.
The Research Tuesdays seminars are held at 5.30pm on the second Tuesday of the month in the Napier Building Lower Ground. Admission is free but bookings are necessary by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 8303 3692.