PhD and Masters Workshop 2016

An exciting two day workshop was held in Melbourne in June 2016 with all Alertness CRC Post Doc researchers and PhD and Masters scholars invited.  This brought together students from our several participating institutions. 14 scholarship recipients attended and they presented their PhD work to each other with a view to identifying synergies and opportunities for collaboration. 

On the second day, we were very fortunate to have several high calibre and engaging speakers each one bringing a new perspective on forging a career in industry after completing a higher degree by research.   Several representatives of our end users including Dr Paul Maruff, from Cogstate, Dr Daniel Bongers from SmartCap and Grace Lethlean from Grey Innovations made presentations, and students were particularly inspired by  Dr Buzz Palmer, from STC  and Monash University,  setting the tone with an exciting keynote presentation.  Other presenters focussed on communicating science, IP and  personal reflections of working in a commercial setting compared with the research environment.

We are very grateful to all our presenters, and our Post Docs who chaired each session. 

Feedback from students indicated a high degree of satisfaction with the workshop especially the opportunity to meet other students, get a better idea of the overall research program and to learn more about how to develop a career in industry.