Events November 2017

13
Nov
2017

Silent Witnesses: An exhibition of sculptures by Martin Rowney

The artworks in this exhibition reflect upon the dichotomy between the profound nature of the research undertaken at the John Curtin School, and the mundane nature of everyday objects that were silent witnesses to these considerable events. Rowney has reimagined these objects within his artworks to tell the stories of their observations.
16
Nov
2017

The problem with biologics - and why biosimilars are not the answer

Lisa Diependale
Due to a unique interplay of patent protection, regulatory exclusivity and trade secrets, the biopharmaceutical industry has so far been shielded from substantial generic competition. The introduction of biosimilars onto the market has not resulted in significant price reductions, and concerns regarding the substitution and interchangeability of original biologics with biosimilars persist. This seminar will discuss how the biologics production process distorts the trade-offs that traditionally guided both patent protection and regulatory exclusivities: disclosure as key condition for benefiting from the corresponding monopoly position.
16
Nov
2017

Rethinking finance: a new portfolio approach

Dr Jim Chalmers MP, Shadow Minister for Finance.

In 1976, Malcolm Fraser split the Department of Finance from the existing Treasury, frustrated and in search of contested sources of budget advice.

16
Nov
2017

Making Chinese medicines: Reaping materia medica in different regions of China

Lena Springer
The production of pharmaceutical drugs in China has a long history of supply from very different regions. Based on ethnographic investigations in different regions of China, this paper will provide examples of some of these drugs. It will trace how suppliers manage to exchange them across vast distances and against a background of complex ethnic relations. Finally, it will highlight the role played by indigenous fieldwork documents in the continuing struggle to provide reference works for the regulation and inventory of useful medicinal materials. It will therefore introduce Chinese naturalists as we encounter them in the historical archive.
16
Nov
2017

The pursuit of gender equality: an uphill battle

Dr Willem Adema, Senior Economist, Social Policy Division, OECD Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs.

Gender inequalities persist in all areas of social and economic life and across countries. Young women in OECD countries generally have higher levels of educational attainment than young men, but women are less likely than men to engage in paid work.

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