Flinders Research News2018 - the year ahead
Research Development and Support welcomes all staff and Higher Degree Research students to 2018. HDRs are now receiving Inspiring Research, the online research communiqué that covers engagement and impact, new opportunities, including seminars, workshops and conferences. Communicating your research successes and sharing this inspiration is what Inspiring Research strives for. Our final communique for 2017 featured a recap of the excellent research from Flinders in 2017.
In this edition we continue our Flinders’ Early Career Researcher spotlight series, announce the 2018 Building Research Leaders program, and look into why the little penguins population is declining on Granite Island.
With increased focus on research impact and communication we are also bringing Scimex to your attention, a database of expert Australian researcher contacts for journalists in New Zealand and Australia. Flinders researchers are encouraged to participate in this valuable tool that links research experts to journalists and the media.
On Thursday 24 January 2018, Professor Peter Catcheside (College of Medicine and Public Health) and Dr Kirsty Hansen (DECRA recipient, College of Science and Engineering) were interviewed on their collaborative research work just after 9 am by David Bevan on ABC Radio Adelaide. You can listen to the interview here, which touches on their recent research funding success that will investigate the effects of wind farm noise on sleep quality.
"The media moves swiftly," Peter said. "I was contacted yesterday afternoon regarding this interview so I immediately contacted Flinders Office of Communication and Engagement – I always filter media requests through Tania Bawden and Karen Ashford. They are a great support and provide fantastic coaching and guidance for how a researcher can clearly communicate their message in talking with the media."
The Flinders University media team should be researchers’ first point of contact to promote their research. Please contact Tania Bawden when you receive news of research grant success or have major research findings accepted for publication. Please do not hesitate to call them – and find more media tips at the webpage here. Last year, the story of Tips from a first time interviewee - David Armstrong, provided some helpful tips and links for researchers, including to the Media Centre for Education Research Australia (MCERA).Inspiring Research is an effective a communication tool thanks to your feedback and input, as a member of the community who reads and engages with it. If you wish to contribute or provide feedback, please contact Nikki Johnson.