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Public invited to VU Research Festival

Reducing family violence is just one of the topics in a varied program open to the public at Victoria University’s second Research Festival to be held from 17-28 October.

Western Bulldogs chief commercial officer, Nick Truelson, will join Lesley Flemming, magistrate at the Victorian Children’s Court and Joanna Fletcher, CEO of the Women’s Legal Service Victoria in a discussion on the problem of family violence. Joining them will be psychologist and police representative from Forensicare Dr Melissa Wood, and Dr Zuleyka Zevallos, applied sociologist and director of Evidence to Action, Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS).

Victoria University researchers will showcase their work in the area of family violence and the event aims to provide a forum for community discussion leading to the identification of collaborative research problems for future researchers.

Where:  VU City Convention Centre, level 12, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne.
When:  Thursday 20 October, from 3pm – 7.30pm.

An eclectic line-up of industry representatives will join VU researchers in an interactive forum on forging strong partnerships between industry and academia. This session offers a chance for participating industries to outline the problems that they face and the opportunity for researchers to assist with solutions.

The presentations will provide a great opportunity for attendees to understand some of the latest research and development needs in a range of industries including electricity, water, integrative medicine, red meat processing and environmental safety.

Where:  Room FS1101 at VU’s City Campus, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne.
When: Friday 21 October from 4pm – 7pm.

Strengthening connections between VU’s Colleges of Arts and Education and the community will be the focus of a panel discussion that will include Brendan Murray, executive principal of Parkville College youth detention facility, Paola Balla of Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit at VU and Liss Gabb, creative producer, director and curator of Cohealth Arts Generator.  

This lively session will also include informal discussion, short presentations, vocal and dance performances, sound portraits of South African migrants living in Australia and exhibitions.

Where: VU at MetroWest, 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray
When: Wednesday 19 October from 2pm to 5pm

Registration is not required. Check for details and more information. The festival runs from 17-28 October.

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