ANU College of Asia & the Pacific Dean, Professor Michael Wesley reflects on the importance of sharing research stories...
Working at Australia’s top university, there is no doubt we are good researchers. In fact, many of us excel at research, as reflected by ongoing QS Rankings and the number of scholars so highly regarded by Excellence in Research for Australia.
There is however, one aspect of research impact we could improve. Expressing the story and journey of our research.
We could think more creatively to inspire the ANU community and wider Australian society to take notice of why our research matters, and how it is making a difference to society. It sounds simple enough, and yet there much untapped opportunity yet to be explored in this space.
The inaugural ANU College of Asia & the Pacific Research Showcase held on Friday 18 August 2017 challenged a handful of our top researchers to pitch their research in an engaging way, with the aim to promote a greater understanding of the university's research strengths.
Examining the key themes of Development, Security, Governance, Sustainability and Resilience and Culture and Identity – speakers covered diverse topics from ‘sleepwalking into war’ to, ‘How do you speak with the dead? And why does this question matter for social science?’
One significant outcome of this Showcase was the opportunity for researchers to have their ideas challenged from multi-disciplinary perspectives, not just from others in the Social Sciences and Humanities but also by colleagues from the College of Science and the College of Law.
I encourage you to engage with our community by attending the next Research Showcase, which I hope will foster even greater curiosity and collaboration across Colleges.
In the meantime, I challenge you to step outside your comfort zone and share your research journey with somebody new. To celebrate new ideas and the sharing of knowledge.
Watch the Research Showcase in full: