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Graduate Research Conference 2019

Tuesday 19 November


The annual Graduate Research Conference brings together the academic research community, in celebration of research excellence at Monash.

The 2019 conference will explore the theme of Strengthening Research Culture at Monash. Our current and emerging research leaders will have multiple opportunities to hear from experts and gain insight and practical approaches to supporting their development and drive for research quality and enhanced engagement with academic and non-academic stakeholders. The one-day program includes a keynote address, expert panels, workshops, research support pop-up booths and a networking session.

Program and keynote


Dr C Glenn Begley
Chief Executive Officer, BioCurate

Dr C Glenn Begley is the Chief Executive Officer of BioCurate, a joint venture between Monash University and The University of Melbourne, focused on translating basic research into clinical outcomes.  In 2012, Dr Begley was the lead author of a paper published in Nature that documented the inability of Amgen Laboratories (US pharmaceutical company) to reproduce findings in 47 out of 53 research publications.  This has driven his interest in research integrity and rigorous research.  Rather than questioning the legitimacy of the scientific method or the integrity of the researcher, Dr Begley promotes the role institutions can take in leading 'good institutional practice' to support the investigator in generating quality research.


8:15 - 9:30 amArrival
9:30 - 10:30 amKeynote
10:30 - 11:00 amMorning tea 
11:00 - 12:30 pmWorkshop sessions (choice of three)
12:30- 1:30 pmLunch
1:30 - 3:00 pmWorkshop sessions (choice of three)
3:15 - 5:00 pmNetworking Event: Connecting Talent and Industry


  • Who, How & Why of having a Mentor

    Presenters: Prof Paul Wood AO, Founder of IMNIS (Industry Mentoring Network in STEM); Bianca Le (PhD student, MNHS); Dr Fiona Longmuir (ECR, Education)

    Many who reach the pinnacle of their chosen field attribute their success to the various mentors they have had over their career. But what does a mentor actually do? How does the mentee/mentor relationship work in practise? This workshop will focus on the benefits mentoring can have for your career development. It will provide advice on what to look for in a mentor and finding the one (or 2 or 3) that's right for you in the current stage of your career. We will highlight resources available to find mentors internal to Monash but also external to Monash University.

  • Pitch Perfect: How to Engage Your Audience for Optimum Results

    Presenters: Rebecca Colless (GEMaker); Beatrice Chiew (PhD student Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Science; Dr Ruth Morgan (ECR, Arts)

    Researchers are required to present their research widely across multiple stakeholders. The objectives of a presentation may differ – to demonstrate progress, win a (3MT) competition, build a research profile, or to secure funding from government, non-government or industry sources. But to develop the perfect pitch, we need to consider the rules/requirements of each type of presentation. This interactive session will draw on best practise examples and provide tools to help you plan presentations effectively and to understand the differences when pitching to academic and industry audiences.

  • Tackling the Reproducibility Crisis

    Presenters: Adam Brotchie (MRO); Dr Darshini Ayton (MNHS); AProf Silke Meyer (Arts)

    There is a large body of literature and public commentary focused on the reproducibility crisis in research publications. The narrative indicates that pressure to publish, selective reporting, and fraud, all contribute to the inability to replicate or reproduce published work. This session will focus on the substance and opportunities to overcome the “reproducibility crisis” and the specific challenges within quantitative and qualitative research.

  • A Healthy Research Culture through Effective Communication

    Presenter: Julie Warnock

    The foundations of a healthy research culture are agreed approaches that enable students and staff to feel safe to learn, question, critically evaluate others work, share ideas and provide positive and negative feedback to colleagues, staff and students. Within research groups, it is important to create communication agreements that provide opportunities for constructive discussion of progress and achievement, in order to enable timely and respectful resolutions. This workshop will cover practical steps for establishing these fundamental agreements, including practical examples. It will also review optimum approach and language for difficult conversations, and working through defensive reactions to resolution.

  • Expanding Your Networks and Raising your Profile

    Presenter: Gary Veale

    Growing your network, profile and brand. These things matter for career development of researchers and graduate research students. But what does 'growing your network, profile and brand’ actually mean? Informed by leading practice, and brought to life via cases and examples, this practical session explores and helps answer these questions; providing insights and ideas to help you better position and realise your ambitions.

  • Effective Industry Engagement at Monash

    Presenters: Sarah Newton (Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise) & Deputy Dean External Relations (MNHS)), Liz Jazwinska (Director, Business Development, Enterprise)

    Monash University is invested in ensuring our researchers understand how to communicate the value of our research to Industry and, in turn, understand what Industry is looking for. But what is best practise is pursuing in an agreement? What are the processes and considerations involved? What resources are available to you at Monash to support engagement with industry? The Enterprise portfolio will provide insights and lead case studies from Monash researchers and Industry partners on how they navigated the process.

Networking Event: Connecting Talent and Industry

Join us for an afternoon with Professor Simon Wilkie and special industry guests to discuss the pathways for talented researchers in the industry sector and the impact of joining a large organisation or an early emerging company.

Host: Professor Richard Hall, Deputy Dean, Leadership and Executive Education


Professor Simon Wilkie, Dean, Faculty of Business & Economics

Michelle Gallaher, CEO ShareRoot Ltd.

Brendan Wright, CEO of FAST (Finance & Systems Technology) Group


  • Beatrice Chiew

    Beatrice completed her bachelor’s degree at MIPS, majoring in medicinal chemistry. She started working with fragments during her honours year in the Scanlon lab, discovering potent inhibitors for HIV integrase. Following this, she continued on to do a PhD project in fragments, focussing on the Rapid Elaboration of Fragments into Leads – a workflow which combines chemoinformatically designed diverse reagent libraries, parallel microscale synthesis and Off-rate Screening by SPR. She is currently applying this workflow to epigenetic reader protein 53BP1, with a view to develop small molecules for prophylactic use in BRCA1 positive breast cancer. Her main areas of interests include cheminformatics, Off-rate screening via Surface Plasmon Resonance and microscale parallel small molecule synthesis. When she’s not making compounds or on the SPR testing them, Beatrice enjoys burning rubber on the squash court and tearing it up on the dance floor.

  • Brendan Wright

    Brendan has been the CEO of FAST (Finance & Systems Technology) since October 2012. With extensive experience in the Australian financial services sector, this includes leading diverse and large distribution businesses across a range of customer segments, such as Business Banking, Retail Banking and Third Party Origination. Over the past seven years having Board, Governance, Director, Responsible Manager, Regulation and licenced entity responsibilities, including active member of Combined Industry Forum created in 2017 to address Financial Regulator and more recently Royal Commission recommendations. Brendan is passionate about business, small, medium and large enterprises, given they are the engine room of most economies globally and this is certainly the case in Australia. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, in 2016 completed the Advanced Management Program – Harvard Business School and is currently undertaking the Global Executive MBA at Monash Business School completing in December 2019.

  • Professor Paul Wood AO

    Prof Paul Wood AO is an internationally recognised scientist who led major research teams in Australia and the USA. Paul received a number of awards including the CSIRO Medal, ASM Diagnostic Award, the 2013 Clunies Ross Award and the 2019 International Distinguish Veterinary Immunologist. Paul was also the Deputy-Director of the CRC for Vaccine Technology from 1993- 2000 and has published over 100 scientific papers. In 2015 he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE). He is on the Board of Women in STEMM Australia, Chair of the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines and Chair of AusBiotech’s Ag & Foodtech Committee. In 2016 he was elected to the Board of DA and joined the Scientific Advisory Board for AACo. Paul is also a consultant to the Agriculture program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2018 Paul was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).

  • Dr Adam Brotchie

    Adam completed his PhD in chemistry at the University of Melbourne in 2010, specialising in the use of ultrasound in chemical processes. He then continued his research into the effects of ultrasound irradiation at solid/liquid interfaces as an Alexander von Humboldt post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany. In 2012, he left the lab and moved into scientific publishing, working at Wiley-VCH (Weinheim, Germany) as both technical and peer-review editor on materials science journals, including Advanced Materials and Small. Adam joined Nature Research (London, UK) in July 2015 to help launch Nature Reviews Materials. As senior editor of this journal, he was responsible for the commissioning, peer review and editing of manuscripts in the areas of energy materials and biomedical engineering. In addition, he has run Nature Masterclasses, and has extensive experience as a freelance editor for Edanz, Nature Scientific Editing and Nature Reviews. In 2017, Adam returned to Australia to take up the position of Senior Research Development Officer (International) in the Monash Research Office.

  • Bianca Le

    Bianca is a biomedical PhD researcher at Monash University, who is passionate about the capacity for science to do good. Her current research explores the link between premature birth and cardiovascular disease. She believes in the power of communicating science to a general audience and has previously published articles on various topics including science policy, diversity in STEM, and, of course, her own area of research. Outside of the lab, she has worked for the Academy of Technology and Engineering, where she contributed to national policy projects spanning women in STEM, waste management and science diplomacy. She is also an advocate for effective mentorship and is involved in several mentorship programs as both mentor and mentee, including the IMNIS MedTech- Pharma program and the Monash Postgraduate Association’s International Peer Mentor program.  

  • Dr Gary Veale

    Gary is an honorary senior fellow at the University of Melbourne and has 25 years of experience in leading advisory firms and industry (including as a Director at KPMG where his focus included leading their national grants practice and an array of strategic engagements). Gary excels in communicating his research across a diverse range of forums including the Melbourne Home Show, International Flower and Garden Show, in boardrooms and business retreats, to governments and via radio. Gary has delivered training for Monash MBA and PhD candidates for the past 3 years, and has worked with the University of South Australia to develop their new PhD capability framework.

  • Julie Warnock

    Julie Warnock is a psychologist and change management consultant specialising in training, consulting and mentoring in educational, scientific and health environments. Her areas of expertise include resilience, leadership, emotional intelligence, communication, and change processes.

  • Rebecca Colless

    Rebecca Colless has an Honours degree in Science and post-graduate qualifications in Communication, Writing and Journalism. As a communications consultant, she works with diverse research organisations, businesses, government agencies and community groups. She previously produced education programs, marketing and PR for UTS, CSIRO, Western Water, a few museums and her own two successful businesses. Rebecca also writes award- winning fiction.

  • Dr Liz Jazwinska

    Dr Liz Jazwinska (PhD, MBA, GAICD, BSc Hons) has more than 30 years’ experience in R&D management and business development and has held senior positions in academia, industry and government in Australia and Internationally. Liz is currently Director, Business Development in the Enterprise Portfolio at Monash University. In this role she is responsible for building University wide strategic partnerships with commercial and government owned organisations and research partners. Prior to joining Monash, Liz held senior leadership positions at RMIT University (Director Research, Innovation & Entrepreneurship), A*STAR in Singapore (Director Industry Engagement), the Ministry of Science and Innovation in New Zealand (Deputy Chief Executive Science Strategy and Investment), the Australian Research Council (Executive Director Biological Sciences & Biotechnology) and Johnson & Johnson Research (Executive Director, Strategic Alliances). She founded the molecular Diagnostics Company SpeeDx and established and Chaired the Governance Board of the Australian Phenomics Network, an NCRIS-funded infrastructure facility supporting Phenomics research for National and International research and industry users.

  • Dr Darshini Ayton

    Dr Darshini Ayton is a senior research fellow and lecturer in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. She is a mixed methods health services researcher with current projects in dementia, antimicrobial stewardship, patient-reported outcome measures, clinical quality registries and volunteer programs. She is currently a Monash Partners Fellow and is developing a workforce capacity building program to strengthen consumer and community involvement (CCI) in health research. Dr Ayton is also the course coordinator for the Bachelor of Health Science Honours degree and teaches units in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

  • Michelle Gallaher

    Michelle Gallaher has been an entrepreneur, allied health clinician, advocate and leader in the Australian life sciences and health sector for over 25 years. Michelle is best known for her role as a champion of the Victorian biotechnology industry and in advocating for women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM). She has sponsored, championed and mentored many in the technology, biotechnology and medtech start-up community, particularly women. Her career spans working as a clinical orthopist diagnosing and treating patients with low vision, pharmaceutical marketing and product development, through to executive roles in biotech companies and major national research initiatives. Most recently Michelle has served the Victorian biotech industry as Chief Executive Officer of the peak body for biotechnology and medtech in Victoria, the BioMelbourne Network.

  • Professor Richard Hall

    As Deputy Dean of Leadership and Executive Education at Monash Business School, Richard provides strategic direction for our MBA programs, executive education courses and leadership programs. He’s also on the front foot when it comes to engaging with our business and other partners. Before joining Monash, Richard was the Professor of Work and Organisational Studies, and Associate Dean for Executive Management Education at the University of Sydney. He gained his BA (Hons) and PhD in Labour Studies from the University of Queensland, and has held a number of influential education positions throughout his career. Over the years, Richard has built a broad area of expertise, across leadership, new technology, organisational change, future working models, organisational discourse and industrial relations. He’s the lead co-editor of Leadership Development and Practice – a four-volume reference work recently published by Sage, London. Having worked in a number of organisations around the world, Richard has developed strong networks that extend across the corporate and government sectors.

  • Dr Fiona Longmuir

    Dr Fiona Longmuir competed her PhD(Education) at The University of Melbourne in 2017. Prior to starting as a Lecturer in Educational Leadership at Monash in July 2018, she held contract teaching and research assistant positions at Monash, Deakin and The University of Melbourne. A number of formal and informal mentor have been important to Fiona in her academic career. Fiona's research interests include principal leadership in improving schools and the role of leaders in enhancing student voice and agency. She teaches in the Master of Leadership and is Course Leader of the Graduate Certificate in Principal Preparation (Department of Education aspiring principal program).

  • Professor Simon Wilkie

    Professor Simon Wilkie is Monash University’s Dean, Faculty of Business & Economics.

    Professor Wilkie's research has particularly focused on game theory, its application to business strategy, economic and regulatory policy design, and the economics of the communications industries. He has had a career in roles that extend beyond the higher education sphere and include appointments as Chief Economic Policy Strategist at Microsoft Corporation and Chief Economist with the US Federal Communications Commission. Simon is widely published on the subjects of spectrum auctions, game theory and telecommunications regulation in leading scholarly journals. He is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Communication and a former member of the editorial board of the Journal of Public Economic Theory.

  • Dr Ruth Morgan

    Dr Ruth Morgan is an environmental historian and historian of science with a particular focus on Australia, the British Empire, and the Indian Ocean. She holds an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award and is a Senior Research Fellow in History. Ruth is a member of the Executive Committee of the Australian Historical Association and is Vice President of the International Consortium of Environmental History Organisations. She is also Treasurer of the International Water History Association, Vice President of the International Commission on the History of Meteorology, and a member of the Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub.


This conference is open to graduate research students, early-career researchers and academic supervisors.

Graduate Research Students will receive professional development hours for attendance at workshops.

Registrations now closed

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