New competition starts USC Research Week today

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New competition starts USC Research Week today


Published on 1 July 2013

An art competition with a twist is on show today, Monday, at the start of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s annual Research Week (1–5 July).

The Art in Research exhibition, on display at the USC Innovation Centre, is a new event featuring a mix of innovative artworks produced by USC researchers in relation to their areas of expertise.

Using formats such as digital prints and illustrations, oil on canvas, bamboo, fabric and interactive digital artwork, the researchers have created fascinating representations of their investigations into human cells and tissues, a native spider, Jane Austen, a growing garden, Jack the Ripper and a war story.

The competition was inspired by the Leonardo da Vinci quote: “Study the science of art and the art of science.”

The exhibition is part of an expanded Research Expo where posters display the diverse research underway at USC. Winners will be announced on Friday.

Today’s morning program will include two keynote speakers and a panel discussion.

Queensland Chief Scientist Dr Geoff Garrett AO will present first. The former academic, scientist and Cambridge University graduate was appointed to his current position in 2011 after working as Chief Executive of Australia’s CSIRO.

Dr David Engwicht, a social innovator who has provided expertise around the world on transport and urban planning, will discuss the nature of creativity.

Dr Engwicht is the founder of Creative Communities International, which aims to empower citizens to create vibrant neighbourhoods and public spaces and fix issues such as traffic or anti-social behaviour.

Both speakers will join Oregon State University Professor of Forest Engineering Dr Loren Kellogg and USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill for a panel discussion, a new feature of the week based on the theme ‘Collaborate or Perish’.

USC Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Roland De Marco said more than 70 presentations tomorrow (2 July) and Wednesday (3 July) would inspire, inform and entertain with their insights into current USC research areas.

Tomorrow’s program includes 40 presentations from the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering ranging from “Size does matter! Culturing the Queensland grouper” to “Antibiotic resistance bacteria in hospital wastewater”.

Wednesday’s program has 34 presentations from the Faculty of Arts and Business ranging from “Fat versus Fit: How parents can make the difference” to “3D Printing – the Promise and the Product”.

Professor De Marco said the week would culminate on Friday 5 July with overall award winners as well as two final competitions, ‘Three-Minute Thesis’ and ‘A Minute to Win It – My Research in 60 Seconds’.

Julie Schomberg

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