Celebrating success

International accolades for digital health authority, votes open for national book award (with Flinders doc shortlisted), defence team wins praise in London, and unique SBS show screens this week – thanks to a strong Flinders contingent.

Dr Space Junk shortlisted – cast your vote!

Dr Alice Gorman has been shortlisted for the Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award 2019 for her book Dr Space Junk vs The Universe: Archaeology and the Future.

One of just six finalists, Dr Gorman will receive an Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize, receiving $1,000 and a certificate of acknowledgement.

She is also in the running for the $20,000 first prize, and the People’s Choice Prize, which awards a further $1,000.

To vote for Flinders’ very own Dr Space Junk, go to the award website.

Winners will be announced on 14 November 2019 at a ceremony in Bondi, NSW.

Partnership praise from key defence collaborator

Professor Clare Pollock, Gabby Costigan, Tony Kyriacou, Professor Alistair Rendell (back), Associate Professor Giselle Rampersad and Mark Gregory (back) at the UK breakfast.

BAE Systems CEO Gabby Costigan highlighted Flinders University in a UK breakfast address on 9 September, as an example of great collaboration between industry and universities in future technologies development.

She emphasised the importance of research and technology collaboration between UK and Australian Universities, noting as an example “the close working relationship developed between Flinders University in SA and the Advance Manufacturing Research Centre in Sheffield in the UK to support future research and development programs.”

The event was held at Australia House, a precursor to the major international defence expo in London this week, Defence and Security Equipment International, which is expected to attract 1,600 exhibitors and more than 3,000 attendees.

The breakfast was hosted by the Australia – UK Chamber of Commerce, within an Australian government and defence sector delegation in UK for the expo. The delegation comprises around 60 defence-focused organisations.

International accolades for digital health authority 

Professor Anthony Maeder

Congratulations to Professor Anthony Maeder who has been awarded an International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics (IAHSI) Fellow by the International Medical Informatives Association.

The honour recognises Professor Maeder for his expertise in health informatics, with fellow membership one of the highest honours in the international field of biomedical and health informatics.

Professor Maeder is co-director at the Flinders Digital Health Research Centre, which is fostering digital health university-industry alliances, and increasingly recognised as a premier institution for digital health systems and technologies research.

Based in Sweden, the IAHSI celebrates expertise in biomedical and health informatics internationally, and plays a key role in the global sharing of knowledge, education and training, and policy shaping.

Drama team doco screens

Creative writing PhD candidate Piri Eddy has co-produced a documentary on one man’s experience of disability, which is set to screen on SBS On Demand from this Friday 13 September.

Mixing behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and scripted drama to reveal the process behind first-time director Lorcan Hopper’s semi-autobiographical ‘soap opera’, The Loop is a twist on classic American soaps, and described by the producers as absurd, hilarious and at times satirical

The story centres on a couple coming to grips with the news their unborn child has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome, within the framework of the director’s perfectionism and stress of a bustling and unfamiliar set.

Boasting a strong Flinders University connection, two other Flinders film graduates worked on the set including the Director of Photography, and the project was shot on campus in the Drama Centre’s TV studio.


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