Sunday, August 5, 2012

Newsletter 5th of August 2012 - Special Super Bumper Weekend Edition!

Special Super Bumper Weekend Edition!
Hi everyone!

Welcome to our new members and commencing postgrads! Hopefully some of you are reading this, since I signed you up to the newsletter myself! Thursday was a huge day, with both the new Postgraduate (Research) Welcome, and Connect! Pictures are on Facebook, so get tagging, my friends! (

I was really disappointed last week, as I was part of the panel selecting students to attend the National Student Leadership Forum. Looking forward to sending a postgrad on a free trip to Canberra, I was really surprised when no postgrads had applied! Make sure you read through the newsletter carefully – there are some really amazing opportunities for you and I encourage you to make the most of them!
National developments: the Higher Education Standards Panel has been established to advise the Commonwealth Ministers for Tertiary Education and for Research on standards relating to the new Higher Education Standards Framework. The panel is chaired by Alan Robson! More info on the website next week.

Speaking of the website, we’re adding a new section – Postgrad FAQs. There is a survey on the Facebook page asking what your FAQs as a new postgrad are or were, and filling it out makes you a good person! Just add an answer, or vote for one you agree with. Other awesome things – new blog post about Connects, Postscript is pretty much finished, and should be out to you by early September, and I hope to email you next week with very, very good news about PSA grants and awards… so stay tuned!

This is a huge issue of the newsletter, but it is packed with great stuff, all for you! Have a fabulous, relaxing weekend (kick back with a coffee and this newsletter!) – I’ll see you all soon!!


Funded trip to Water Management conference for research students: The Deans of Graduate Schools of the Go8 and C9 are this year arranging a graduate research student forum with the broad topic, Water, water management and global sustainable futures. The Forum will be hosted by The University of Queensland and be attended by 34 doctoral students from China and Australia. Two students from The University of Western Australia will be selected to attend and present papers at the Forum. One applicant will be selected from the science/engineering areas, another from the broad social sciences/humanities/arts areas. We encourage eligible and interested graduate research students to apply – contact Forms are also on the PSA website under the ‘Notices for Postgrads’ link on the sidebar.

Domestic Scholarship Applications open! Online applications are now open for a wide range of postgraduate research scholarships for local (domestic) students, including Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA), University Postgraduate Awards (UPA), prestigious University scholarships funded from bequests and other faculty and discipline-specific scholarships. Closing Date:  5pm Wednesday 31 October 2012, see:

Money? Money! Convocation and PSA co-fund some travel awards! Applications close on the 31st of August:

Teaching Internship: Applications for the Postgraduate Teaching Internship Scheme close on the 31st of August, and there is an information session in Fox Lecture Theatre on the 7th of August from 1pm to 2pm. More info? Of course!

Do you do placements? The Forum "A Place for ME" will be back on Wednesday the 8th of August at 2pm. It will be a great opportunity to talk about placement and how we would like things to change and feedback to the university. Email for more info.

Idea-ful? The Day of Ideas is sponsored by the IAS, and focuses on important themes.

Manning Clark House is running a special public lecture “Night of 100 Objects - Creating histories through Objects” by Dr Jeremy Hill, Head of Research, The British Museum. The lecture is on the 8th of November 2012, from 6.00pm-7.00pm, at the WA Museum, costing $30.

The IAS’s 2012 Day of Ideas lecture series will focus on the theme: “Objects/History/Humanity: Museums in Contemporary Society”. It will take place on the 9th of November 2012, from 9.30am –5.00pm, in Banquet Hall South, University Club, UWA, costing $75/$70 (concession). The day is followed by sundowner until 6.00pm.

More info and registration:

Institute of Advanced Studies Lectures and Masterclasses
6th of August: “Why do we get Osteoarthitis? Can we fix our arthritic cartilage?”, Alan Grodzinsky, 4pm, Webb LT. (Lecture)
7th of August: “Ending of Life and Medical Care: Legal Challenges”, Meredith Blake, 6pm, Social Sciences LT (Lecture).
8th of August: “Pluripotent Stem Cells: States and Fates”, Martin Pera, 4pm, RPH, (Masterclass)
9th of August: “How Cultural Continuity Reduces Suicide Risk in Indigenous Communities”, Michael J. Chandler, 6pm, Social Sciences LT, (lecture)
13th of August: “Theoretical foundation and applications of 33S and 36S measurements in geochemistry and geobiology”, James Farquhar, 10am, Old Senate Room. (Masterclass)
15th of August: “Fields Forces and Flows in Biological Systems”, Alan Grodzinsky, 10am, Old Senate Room, (Masterclass).
16th August: “Climate Ethics: Obstacles to Action?” Dale Jamieson, 10am, Old Senate Room, (Masterclass).
17th August: “Researching (and writing about) the Media”, Sally Young, 10am, Old Senate Room, (Masterclass).

Registration and questions should be directed to the IAS:

Many, many conferences:

FREE Bio-Med Conference: This event will be held at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and is completely FREE for all biomedical UROP, Honours, Masters and PhD students. Apart from a number of prizes for talks and posters, this year we will be giving out a Biomed Link Travel Grant award to one research student who will travel interstate to present their research work at the Biomed Link 2012 Conference! We will also hold post-conference drinks to encourage interaction between participants. The deadline for registration and abstract submission is 5pm on Friday, 31 August 2012. Abstract submission is NOW OPEN on the following link:  

Philosophy Conference: 2012 Australasian Philosophy Postgraduate Conference, 28 - 30 September, University of Auckland. Registration for this year's APPC is now open.  Registration is free for presenters and non-presenting attendees. All attendees must register in advance at: (presenters by 31 Aug, non-presenters by 14 Sep).

Sustainable Renovation and Buildings: European Conference on Sustainable Renovation of Buildings. 13-14 September 2012 in Karlsruhe, Germany. This event will bring government leaders and officials, businesses (including SMEs), architects, engineers, energy advisors, building industry specialists, real-estate and facility management professionals, members of trade and other professional bodies and stakeholders engaged or interested in the field of sustainable building renovation, green buildings and sustainable economy. Please find below the link to download the conference brochure at

Measurement, Automation, and Physics: International Conference on Measurement, Instrumentation and Automation(ICMIA2012). September 15 to 16, 2012 Guangzhou, China. Please send us your full paper on July 31th. All papers will be refereed and accepted papers will be published in the Open Access Journal of Physics: Conference Series. See

Materials and Manufacturing: 2012 International Conference on Materials and Products Manufacturing Technology (MPMT 2012). September 22-23, 2012, Guangzhou, China. Paper submission due: July 25, 2012. All accepted papers will be published by Advanced Materials Research Journal. See

Energy, Environment and Sustainability: 2nd/2012 International Conference on Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development (EESD 2012). October 12-14, 2012, Jilin China. Submit original, unpublished manuscripts before August 10, 2012. All papers accepted and registered will be included in conference proceedings published by TTP(Advanced Materials Research). See

Civil Engineering and Transport: 2nd International Conference on Civil Engineering and Transportation (ICCET 2012). October 27- 28, 2012 Guilin, China. The main topics of the conference are civil engineering, transportation engineering, architecture and building materials. Paper submission due: August 31th, 20112 (No need to prepare abstract in advance) All accepted papers will be published in "Applied Mechanics and Materials" before the conference. See

Information Technology: 2012 International Conference on Information Technology and Management Innovation (ICITMI2012). November 10 - 11, 2012 Guangzhou, China. FULL PAPER Submission September 10th 2012. Papers will be published in Applied Mechanics and Materials. See

Chemical, Material, and Metallurgical Engineering: 2012 International Conference on Chemical, Material and Metallurgical Engineering. 15-16th December, 2012 Kunming, China. The main topics of this conference are: Chemical Engineering and Technology, Advances in Chemistry Research, New materials and advanced materials, Materials Processing Technology & Mining and Metallurgical Engineering. Paper submission: 10th September, 2012. Please visit our website for more information about the layout format and way of submission. All accepted papers will be published on international journal Advanced Materials Research. See

Advances in Materials and Manufacturing: 3rd International Conference on Advances in Materials and Manufacturing Processes (AMMP 2012). 22-23 December 2012 in Beihai, China. Forum for the latest research and development in design, materials, manufacturing and their related fields. Papers due September 20th. Accepted papers will be published in "Advanced Materials Research". See

IT in Education: 2012 Conference on Information Technology in Education. Dec. 27-29, 2012 Sanya, Hainan Island, China This conference will cover issues on Collaborative and Group Learning, E-Learning and Knowledge Management, Evaluating of Teaching and Learning Technologies, Socially-Informed and Instructional Design, Learning Systems Platforms and Architectures , Modeling and representation. Full paper or abstract submission: Oct.15, 2012 Accepted papers will be published in the special issue of Creative Education..

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