11 September 2013
“A couple that studies together, stays together” is the motto for University of the Sunshine Coast PhD students and husband-and-wife research team Latif Siddique and Sabiha Zafrin of Bangladesh.
That motto has certainly paid off, with the couple recently gaining an invitation to present at a major coastal management conference in Japan later this year.
Latif, 40 and Sabiha, 30, of Maroochydore will attend the International Symposium on the Connectivity of Hills, Humans and Oceans at Kyoto University from November 26-28.
Both students, who are in the third year of their PhDs and parents to a four-year-old son, have been awarded funding from USC and the conference organisers to cover travel and accommodation costs.
Latif will provide a presentation on his work, which focuses on how various stakeholders can learn from each other to improve the management of the Moreton Bay Marine Park.
Sabiha will present a poster on her research, which discusses the evolution of Queensland coastal policy and the role of key stakeholders in the planning process.
“As PhD students, this is an unbelievable opportunity for both of us to meet other academics and students who are passionate about our research areas,” she said.
The symposium, which is the first of its kind, will bring together students, academics and experts to discuss issues around watershed and coastal management.
Associate Director of the Sustainability Research Centre, Associate Professor Bill Carter said the event presented an ideal opportunity for the students to discuss their research and learn from international academics.
“Attending a conference like this one provides a fertile ground for meeting with like-minded academics and developing future collaborations,” he said.
“It will also be the perfect environment for them to receive critical feedback on their own research as they near PhD completion.”
Latif’s research is supervised by Dr Bill Carter while Sabiha’s research is being supervised by Johanna Rosier, Associate Professor of Regional and Urban Planning.
— Jessica Halls