Big topics for modern society to be explored at Bond University’s Research Week

September 25, 2018

How do we avoid being tricked by health (mis)information and 'fake news'? Birth control for blokes?  What will our work week look like in the future? Can Artificial Intelligence replace human creativity?

These are just some of the questions that academics will explore at next month’s Bond University Research Week – an annual celebration of the University’s research and how it benefits society.

The Gold Coast University will throw open its doors from October 15 to 19 for its seventh annual Research Week, which will showcase innovative research underway across its Business, Law, Health Sciences and Medicine, and Society and Design faculties in a series of thought-provoking lectures, debates, workshops and events which are open to the public and free to attend.

Bond University Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Tim Brailsford, said Research Week was an opportunity to celebrate the important research undertaken at universities and demonstrate the impact it had on society.

“Research isn’t just something that takes place in a library or a science lab – it helps to define the way we as human beings think, feel, interact and work in modern-day society,” he said.

“Bond University’s Research Week gives industry professionals, the general public, and past, present and future students a unique opportunity to experience and celebrate research in all its forms.

“It is also an exciting opportunity to interact personally, professionally and intellectually with our researchers, who are some of the most well-respected thought leaders from across Australia and around the world.”

Bond University Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Professor Keitha Dunstan, said this year's Research Week would span a broad cross-section of topical and relevant issues.

“Research Week offers something for everyone – whether you’re an industry specialist with your finger on the pulse of change in your sector, or a curious member of the community interested in issues affecting the world around us,” she said.

In an era of ‘fake news’, ‘Dr Google’ and celebrities promoting wellness solutions, Bond’s health and medical experts will be educating members of the public on how to determine what health information is helpful and what is potentially harmful through the Evaluating Health Claims: How To Decide If They Are Legitimate discussion.

At the Future of Work - Are We There Yet? presentation, Dr Libby Sander will analyse why up to 50 per cent of employees say they cannot focus effectively in the office, and - given we spend a third of our lives at work - what the future of work will look like.

Artificial Intelligence has the potential to replace humans in the workforce, while also creating exciting new opportunities for higher-level thinking in creative industries. At an exclusive roundtable discussion, Artificial Intelligence and Creative Practice, the potential impact of AI upon creativity, creative thinking, and creative practice in Australia will be debated by a panel of industry experts.

In the area of men’s health, experts from Bond University’s Centre for Urology Research Symposium: From Bench to Clinical Practice event, will discuss topics such as male contraceptives, sexual dysfunction, prostate cancer, enlarged prostate, incontinence and cystitis.

"These are just a few examples of some of the groundbreaking research being showcased throughout Bond University’s Research Week, so I encourage everyone who is interested to come along for the unique opportunity to learn about and discuss these important issues with our world-class academics,” Professor Dunstan said.

To download an event program, register your interest, or for more information about Bond University’s Research Week 2018, click here