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Hear from the experts

Every Thursday 15 Oct-12 Nov

Join our experts to learn about the latest research on the personal, professional and community impacts of COVID-19 and strategies on how to alleviate them.

Our researchers will walk you through their work investigating how COVID-19 is changing and shaping the world we live in.

You'll hear detailed information about key findings and issues uncovered through the work of our researchers – all explained in an easy-to-understand way that avoids industry jargon and terminology.

In this webinar series, we'll have sessions on: 

  • Physical and mental health
  • Vaccines and clinical trials
  • Creating COVID-safe environments
  • Business adaptation and resilience during COVID-19
  • Societal implications of COVID-19

In each session, you'll hear a presentation from our academics about their research and have the opportunity to ask them questions about it.

Make sure you register so we can send you the Zoom link and other updates.

The webinars will be held over Zoom so you will need to have it downloaded to attend a session.

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Webinar sessions (6-7pm)

Click on the links to learn more about the webinars

Physical and mental health

15 October
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Lockdowns, restrictions, financial worries and concerns about health can be a source of stress. This session will provide information about the mental health and wellbeing impacts of COVID-19 and offer strategies and initiatives for how we can better support ourselves and one another.


Dr Rachael Sharman: Psychology Senior Lecturer and researcher

Dr Dan Wadsworth: Lecturer in Applied Science in USC’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine

Professor Dan Hermens: Professor of Youth Mental Health and Neurobiology, and Deputy Director at the Thompson Institute

Professor Jim Lagopoulos: Director of the Thompson Institute

Vaccines and clinical trials

22 October
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The race is on to find a vaccine for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. All vaccines go through rigorous testing to ensure they are safe to be used. USC’s Clinical Trials is part of worldwide research to identify the optimal dose and safety of a COVID-19 vaccine. This session will provide information about vaccines and how they work, why we need clinical trials and what they entail.


Associate Professor Scott Kitchener: investigator, USC Clinical Trials

Creating COVID-safe environments

29 October 

We will likely need to live with COVID-19 for a long time yet. This presents us with opportunities to improve public hygiene and reduce transmission of other viral and bacterial agents that can cause disease. Hear from USC experts about challenges and potential solutions to minimising the risk of transmission in our hospitals, public spaces and when we travel.


Matt Mason: Lecturer in Nursing

Dr Silvia Tavares: Lecturer in Urban Design and Town Planning 

Dr Nick Stevens: Senior Lecturer in Urban Design and Town Planning 

Dr Ipek Kurtböke: Senior Lecturer in Environmental Microbiology 

Business adaptation and resilience during COVID-19

5 November

Many businesses and organisations have found themselves managing disruption in 2020, yet disruption provides new opportunities for innovation. This session will showcase local case studies of successful business innovations and adaptations during COVID-19. It will also outline strategies to support adaptation such as the use of systems thinking to re-design operations and leveraging social media and online platforms.


Professor Lorelle Frazer: Head of USC’s School of Business and Creative Industries


Dr Retha de Villiers Scheepers: Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Dr Karen Sutherland: Lecturer in Public Relations at USC and coordinator for the Bachelor of Creative Industries (Social Media)

Professor Paul Salmon: Professor of Human Factors and Director of USC’s Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems

Dr Scott McLean: Research Fellow in USC’s Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems​

Societal implications of COVID-19

12 November

The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have far-reaching effects on our behaviour and the way we live. This session will focus on some of the longer-terms effects of COVID-19 on society including strategies for managing prolonged stress during and post the pandemic, and how we might learn from the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic that can help us better tackle climate change.


Professor Jay Sanderson: Head of USC’s School of Law and Society


Dr Jacob Keech: Lecturer in Psychology

Professor Claudia Baldwin: Professor of Urban Design and Town Planning and Co-director of USC’s Sustainability Research Centre

Dr Natalie Watson-Brown: Postdoctoral Research Fellow with USC’s Road Safety Research Collaboration

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