The Cookson Scholars Conference 2023

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What is the Cookson Scholars Conference?

The Cookson Scholars joint PhD program is part of an international research partnership between the University of Melbourne and the University of Manchester. The first conference will be held virtually from Wednesday 8-Thursday 9 February 2023. Graduate Researchers in the Joint PhD program represent a diverse range of faculties from across the two institutions. For this conference they will deliver their research findings to-date in concise, accessible presentations.

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Wednesday 8 February 2023

18:30 AEDT/ 7:30 GMT - Day 1 Opening address

Dr Kevin Li, Chair Cookson Scholars Conference 2023 Organising Comittee, will introduce the first conference for the Joint PhD program

Professor Justin Zobel, Pro Vice-Chancellor Graduate & International Research, UoM, will deliver the opening address.

18:45 AEDT/ 7:45 GMT Graduate Researcher Presentations

Each presentation will be 10 minutes long followed by an additional 5 minutes for Q&A.

Making up the Global City

Graduate Researcher: Caitlin Morrissey

Supervisors: Prof Michele Acuto and Prof Kevin Ward

Food (in) security in Small Island States: A study of the Maldives

Graduate Researcher: Anaa Hassan

Supervisors: Dr Celia McMichael and Prof Uma Kothari

Evolution and the fight against drug resistant bacteria

Graduate Researcher: Jake Soley

Supervisors: Prof Ben Howden and Dr Mato Lagator

Resident meibomian gland orifice immune cells (MOICs) and the effects of benzalkonium chloride (BAK) in mice

Graduate Researcher: Ching Yi Wu

Supervisors: A/Prof Laura Downie and Dr Carole MaldonadoCodina

Functional Genomics in Primary Acute Myeloid Leukaemia

Graduate Researcher: Oliver Sinclair

Supervisors: Prof Mark Dawson and Prof Tim Somervaille

Digital therapeutic alliance in the context of fully automated mental health apps

Graduate Researcher: Fang Tong

Supervisors: Prof Reeva Lederman and Prof Katherine Berry

Nanoscale quantum doping: Towards Qubit Engineering on Demand

Graduate Researcher: Ravi Acharya

Supervisors: Prof David Jamieson and Prof Richard Curry

Fishing for proteins to find answers for new tuberculosis treatments

Graduate Researcher: Hannah Ryan

Supervisors: Prof Craig Hutton and Prof David Leys

Listening difficulties in children

Graduate Researchers: Xuehan Zhou and Alisha Gudkar

Supervisors: A/Prof Dani Tomlin and Dr Antje Heinrich

UNESCO and the international travel of cultural policies

Graduate Researcher: Thuy Tran

Supervisors: Dr Christiaan De Beukelaer and Dr Abigail Gilmore

21:15 AEDT/ 10:15 GMT - Day 1 Concluding Remarks

Dr Kevin Li will conclude day one of the conference

Thursday 9 February 2023

18:30 AEDT/ 7:30 GMT - Day 2 Opening address

Prof Michael Taylor, Academic Lead (Manchester), Cookson Scholars IRTG will introduce Day 2 of the conference

Prof Melissa Westwood, Associate Vice-President for Research, The University of Manchester will delivery the opening address

18:45 AEDT/ 7:45 GMT Graduate Researcher Presentations

Each presentation will be 10 minutes long followed by an additional 5 minutes for Q&A.

Understanding Collaborative Water Governance in Urbanising China: Case Study of Baiyangdian Lake

Graduate Researcher: Mengyao Li

Supervisors: Dr Sarah Rogers and Dr Alison Browne

The 4Es of carbon-neutral buildings: A standardised approach. The 4Es of carbon-neutral buildings: A standardised approach.

Graduate Researcher: Judy Too

Supervisors: Dr Felix Hui and Dr Obuks Ejohwomu

Signal Acquisition and Processing from Piezoelectric and Triboelectric Sensors

Graduate Researcher: Ronald Thomas Leon

Supervisors: Prof Amanda Ellis and Dr Aravind Vijayaraghavan

Precipitation over the Southern Ocean: new insights from ship-based disdrometer and dual-polarization radar observations

Graduate Researcher: Larry Ger Aragon

Supervisors: Dr Yi Huang and Dr Jonathan Crosier

Visualising splenic immune responses to malaria by high-dimensional imaging mass cytometry

Graduate Researcher: Antonn Cheeseman

Supervisors: Prof William Heath and Dr Kevin Couper

Conceptualising hygienic citizenship in everyday uneven urban contexts

Graduate Researcher: Dongyang Mi

Supervisors: Dr Sarah Rogers and Dr Alison Browne

20:30 AEDT/ 9:30 GMT - Day 2 Concluding Remarks

Dr Suzie Sheehy, Academic Lead (Melbourne), Cookson Scholars IRTG will give her concluding remarks and discuss the future of the Cookson Scholars

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