Emerging leaders steal the show

The College of Medicine and Public Health celebrated its inaugural Emerging Leaders Showcase last week, featuring talks from more than 80 emerging leaders within the College and inspiring panel discussions over two days, complemented by a medicine student art exhibition and musical entertainment.

Co-chair of the organising committee Associate Professor Karin Nordstrom said she was delighted with the range of participants and research shared from Flinders University sites at Bedford Park, Darwin, Renmark and Burra.

“This has been such an exciting two days. We’ve shared knowledge, networked with a range of fellow academics and students, heard about the experiences of our senior colleagues, and really created a sense of enthusiasm for this as an annual event,” she said.

Professor Jonathan Craig welcomed guests on Day One, 21 November, with Professor Colin Stirling delivering the morning address on Day Two.

Professor Stirling took the opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the College over the year and share some of his own experiences navigating a career in universities.

He noted the importance for early and mid-career academics to seek opportunities that fuel their passions.

“I have always sought to satisfy my inherent desire to make a difference on various scales, and to create an environment in which others can flourish,” he said.

The successful event will continue as an energising annual highlight for the College of Medicine and Public Health, sharing information, fostering networking and collaboration, and supporting the College’s culture of innovation and leadership in health.

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