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Ten UOW professors talk about their trailblazing work at 2019 UOW Big Ideas Festival.
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The 2019 Big Ideas Festival on Wednesday 16 October is a community event that sees some of the University of Wollongong’s brightest minds share the ideas behind their research.
Ten of the University’s professors will present entertaining and thought-provoking 10-minute talks about the big ideas behind their research.
The topics of their talks vary widely: from bringing peace to Afghanistan to helping mum and dad investors get the most out of their superannuation; from fighting neurodegenerative diseases to making higher education more accessible to people from all backgrounds.
In addition to the UOW researchers, guest speaker Emeritus Professor Maree Smith AC, a world-leading innovator in biomedical discovery from the University of Queensland, will talk about her work in developing a new type of painkiller to alleviate chronic pain.
UOW Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) Professor Jennifer L. Martin AC said the Festival was a great opportunity for the community to find out firsthand about the trailblazing work the University’s researchers are doing.
“I am very excited to attend my first Big Ideas Festival, to find out more about the incredible diversity and impact of the research at UOW, and to meet the Wollongong community that supports the University so well,” Professor Martin said.
This year’s speakers are:
The Big Ideas Festival also includes interactive research stalls, showcasing some of the University’s cutting-edge equipment and technology, along with live music, entertainment, food and drinks. It is held in University Hall on the main campus from 5pm to 9pm.
People wishing to attend Big Ideas Festival must register at uowbigideasfestival.eventbrite.com.au. The event will also be live-streamed on the UOW Research Facebook page for those unable to attend on the night.
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