Celebrating Success

Youth sports star makes the national grade

Dr Sam Elliott was selected as one of just 20 postdocs, students, entrepreneurs, engineers and innovators across the nation to present at the Australian Academy of Science’s Falling Walls Lab on 3 September 2019.

Dr Sam Elliott

Held at the Academy’s Shine Dome in Canberra, contestants each give a three-minute presentation on their research, business model or initiative based on the theme ‘Which walls will fall next?’

The event is part of the international Falling Walls Foundation initiative, which was established in Berlin in 2009. Each year the foundation supports scientific organisations around the world to host a Falling Walls Lab, to promote interdisciplinary connections between academics, innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and professionals who are highly regarded for their work.

A distinguished jury selects the most innovative and promising idea.

Dr Elliott will speak on his research in youth sport parenting and propose that sport dropout can be reduced by optimising parental involvement. He argues that this cannot be achieved using failed strategies like punitive, restrictive or contractual methods.

Contributing to Indian cultural heritage

Professor Claire Smith and Dr Chris Wilson are collaborating on a research grant in India that will uncover insights into the cultural heritage of the Nagas in northeast India and the Bhils in western India and inform sustainable development.

The Indian government grant was awarded to the Archaeological Sciences Centre at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, for a project titled ‘Indigenous Cultural Heritage as Facilitator for the Sustainable Development Goals.’

President of the World Archaeology Congress Flinders Professor Smith is helping deliver the project in partnership with the Indian institute, which will explore themes including indigenous Archaeology, cultural heritage, repatriation and intellectual rights. Dr Wilson is co-principle investigator.

Videos commemorate high achievers

A set of three videos has been produced to honour the ‘Distinguished Services’ of three of Flinders leaders in their fields of health – Professors Doug McEvoy, John Miners and Keryn Williams.

The videos were played at the launch of Flinders Health Research Week on Monday 2 September. Here are the videos of Professor Doug McEvoy, Emeritus Professor Keryn Williams and Professor John Miners.





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