Raising the bar, 10 talks, 5 bars, 1 night

30/09/2021 | 4 mins

Eleven world-leading researchers from The University of Western Australia are set to transform Perth bars into learning spaces, hosting free public talks for this year’s Raising the Bar event on Tuesday 26 October.

Join researchers at one of five CBD bars, enjoy the atmosphere and discover how our researchers are tackling global, national and regional issues to make the world a better place. 

This year’s talks range from the entrepreneurship of food delivery drivers to achieving social equality, keeping corporations honest, Indigenous yarning in the health sector and uncovering the adult retailing sector. 

Dr Campbell Thomson, Director of the Office of Research at UWA, said Raising the Bar helped make higher learning a part of our city’s popular culture.

“Our researchers are swapping their lecture theatres and labs for some of Perth’s most popular bars, to help raise the bar on conversations people are having on important social and environmental issues,” Dr Thomson said.

Raising the Bar Perth (www.rtbevent.com/perth) is for one night only and the 2019 talks booked out early, so register now to secure your spot. This is an 18+ event and ID may be required. 

Along with Raising the Bar Perth, discover more about UWA’s research impact at research.uwa.edu.au/events

The full schedule of talks:

Professor Dawn Bessarab, The Globe, Wellington Street
Yarning about yarning, an Indigenous form of conversation. Learn about clinical yarning and its significance in promoting effective communication with Aboriginal patients.

Ms Glenys Collard and Dr Celeste Rodriguez Louro, The Globe, Wellington Street
Aboriginal English and the language police. Let’s raise the bar to discuss, challenge and re-invent how we relate to language ideologies. The language police will insist the language you speak is substandard. It is most definitely not.

Professor Elise Bant, Durty Nelly’s, Murray Street, Perth (Shafto Lane)
Catching the corporate conscience. This talk will provide an answer to the artful excuses offered by corporations that, up to now, have allowed many to dodge their responsibilities for serious wrongdoing.

Professor Paul Flatau, Durty Nelly’s, Murray Street, Perth (Shafto Lane)
Achieving Equality. Equality is a goal that both guides us and divides us. What would it take to get to a more equal society? And what are the barriers that we must overcome to achieve equality?

Dr David Gozzard, The Shoe Bar, Yagan Square, Perth
Connecting WA to the stars: ground-to-space laser links for precision space science. Discover the challenges and benefits of ground-to-space laser links and the progress we are making towards building the southern hemisphere’s first laser ground station for high-precision space science and spacecraft communications.

Professor Melinda Hodkiewicz, The Shoe Bar, Yagan Square, Perth
Improving how engineers communicate – with computers. Imagine a doctor giving you a diagnosis without even looking at your medical records. Our researchers are on a mission to make engineering and maintenance texts machine readable so they can be used to make better decisions about our engineering assets.

Dr Paul Maginn, Varsity, 94 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge
(Sub)Urban Vibrations: Sex, (P)Lesiure/Pleasure and Adult Retailing. Discover the historical evolution, social perceptions, political reactions, cultural representations and market differentiations within the adult retailing sector in Australia and internationally.

Dr Caleb Goods, Varsity, 94 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge
Is my Uber Eats rider a 21st Century Entrepreneur? Have you ever stopped to think about the person delivering your burrito at 10pm on Friday night? This talk aims to make you an expert on who food delivery gig workers are, what their work is like and why we should care.

Associate Professor Parwinder Kaur, The Stables, 888 Hay Street, Perth
There’s a fly in every human.  Have you ever wondered how life started and evolved into this amazing biodiversity we see around us? The DNA Zoo team has studied the tree of life and unveiled a new classification system for cell nuclei and discovered a method for changing one type of cell nucleus into another.

Dr Tim Langlois, The Stables, 888 Hay Street, Perth
From sharks to seagrass in marine parks. Our oceans are a source of food, recreation and for some a source of inspiration and rejuvenation. We will explore how studying human interactions with nature can help us optimise the way we care for our oceans.

Media references

Annelies Gartner (UWA Media advisor) 08 6488 6876

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