Communicating across disciplines and beyond - Hallmark workshop

The Hallmark Materials, Therapeutic Technologies and Computational Biology Initiatives have the pleasure to offer a workshop on how to communicate across disciplines and beyond to PhD and Masters Students

A half-day workshop where you will receive examples and heaps of tips on how interdisciplinary work can enhance your research and how to effectively communicate science to the general public.

When: Wednesday 18th July 2018 8:45am-2pm
Where: Room 253, Arts West Building, The University of Melbourne

Places are limited - Register HERE

Morning tea and lunch included!

Program overview

8.45-9.00 am





Speaker presentations


Morning tea/networking


Activity 1: Explain your research to a non-expert


Activity 2: Shark-tank challenge – group preparation


Lunch (pizza)


Andrea O’Connor (School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering)

Andrea is the Deputy Head of the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering. Her expertise is in chemical and biomedical engineering with particular focus areas including biomaterials, tissue engineering, porous materials and downstream processing for biotechnology. She leads the Tissue Engineering Research Group in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Her research and teaching are focused in cross disciplinary applications of engineering involving biological systems, including a strong interest in 3D soft tissue engineering. She has active collaborations with several medical research institutes and medical device companies in Australia and has worked in the chemical industry in Australia and overseas.

David Simpson (School of Physics)

David Simpson is lecturer in the physical biosciences within the School of Physics at The University of Melbourne. He obtained his PhD in applied physics from Victoria University in 2008 and has spent the past decade researching and commercialising quantum based technology. His current research is focused on the development of high resolution magnetic resonance spectroscopy techniques using defect centres in diamond. His broader research interests include quantum measurement, nanoscale electron spin resonance, the material properties of diamond and optical techniques to address quantum systems.

Jenny Martin (School of BioSciences)

Jenny is a Teaching Specialist who is deeply committed to training scientists to effectively communicate their research to a variety of scientific and lay audiences. Outstanding communication skills are now vital for a successful career in science and Jenny designed, coordinates and teaches a highly successful science communication program at the University of Melbourne. The aim is to embed the teaching of communication skills throughout the science curriculum.

Underpinning the teaching is Jenny’s own practice of communicating the wonders of science to a large and broad audience as a radio broadcaster and blogger. She has her own weekly science segment ‘Weird Science’ on the breakfast show of 3RRR, Australia’s largest community radio station. She also broadcasts on Sundays with the 3RRR Einstein-a-go-go team and blog weekly at


After the morning tea break, there will be interactive activities, including a session where participants will partner up and explain their research to someone they don’t know, who then has to explain it back to their group.

We are also planning a shark-tank style competition before lunch, where participants will need to work in their groups to present a research pitch to a mock-panel of venture capitalists/funding agencies/investors. The best team will be rewarded.

Click here for the event flyer

Supported by:

Hallmark Initiatives - CBRI, TTRI, MRI