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Bond University celebrates its inaugural Research Week

Bond University will host its inaugural Research Week celebrations from September 4 – 7, with more than 20 events scheduled over a four-day program.

Bond University Vice-Chancellor Professor Tim Brailsford said the week will be a celebration of the University’s research activity and culture.

“Research Week provides us with a platform to showcase our research successes and our research culture to the wider community.

“It is also an opportunity to recognise the support of our collaborators and share our enthusiasm and excitement for the future of research at Bond,” said Professor Brailsford.

Research Week continues the growing momentum of research-related activity at Bond, which has seen the University experience record growth in external research income this year.

In the past month alone, Bond researchers have been awarded a prestigious ARC Future Fellowship for $671,616, a National Health and Medical Research Centre grant of $2.5 million, and a Collaborative Research Network grant of $5.75 million, bringing the year to date total contracted research income to more than $10 million.

Professor Brailsford said the depth and variety of research being undertaken at Bond defies its size.

“Although we are small, we are agile and well connected,” he said.

“We have a breadth of internationally renowned researchers and are engaged in a number of interdisciplinary projects with leading institutions and industry bodies both nationally and abroad - from Oxford University in the United Kingdom, to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

“Our Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students are an equally important part of our research community, and Research Week is an occasion to recognise their work and share their experiences and knowledge with the undergraduate student community,” said Professor Brailsford.

Events scheduled for the week include a launch breakfast event, during which Minister for Science, IT, Innovation and the Arts, the Hon Ros Bates MP, will officially open Research Week; along with the annual Three Minute Thesis competition, a theoretical ‘Great Debate’ on the future of the Gold Coast and a range of Faculty specific events and library workshops.

Celebrations will culminate at a Gala Dinner on the Thursday evening (September 6), with 200 guests expected to attend.

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