UOW Big Ideas Festival

UOW Big Ideas Festival

The UOW Big Ideas Festival is a showcase of the University’s ground-breaking research from our outstanding researchers.

This free event for the community sees some of University of Wollongong's newest Professors present a 10 minute talk on their big research idea - on the stage of the University Hall.  

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Big Ideas Festival Past Events

Big Ideas Festival | 4 October, 2017 | Highlights

UOW Big Ideas Festival

The UOW Big Ideas Festival is a showcase of the University’s ground-breaking research from our outstanding researchers.

This free event for the community will sees some of University of Wollongong's newest Professors present an 8-10 minute talk on their big research idea - on the stage of the University Hall.  

Big Ideas Festival 2017 | Speaker Presentations

Professor Nadia Solowij | Faculty of Social Sciences | "Slender in the Grass: A scientist caught in the maelstrom" 

Watch Nadia's UOW Big Ideas Presentation

Professor Nick Zwar | Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health | "Playing hide and seek – why does it matter in health care?"

Watch Nick's UOW Big Ideas Presentation

Professor Pauline McGuirk | Faculty of Social Sciences | "How smart are smart cities?"

Watch Pauline's UOW Big Ideas Presentation

Professor Jun Chen | Australian Institute for Innovative Materials | "Wearable Technology: Turning body heat into electricity"

Watch Jun's UOW Big Ideas Presentation

Senior Professor Ross Bradstock | Faculty of Science Medicine and Health | "The future of bushfires: Are we ready for the Big Burn?"

Watch Ross' UOW Big Ideas Presentation

Professor Fiona Probyn-Rapsey  |  Faculty of Law Humanity and Arts | "Extinct and Eradicated: Animal States of Australia"

Watch Fiona's UOW Big Ideas Presentation

Professor Tim Flannery | Environmentalist | "Sunlight and seaweed: A way to transform our future?"

Watch Tim's UOW Big Ideas Presentation

Professor Zenobia Jacobs | Faculty of Science Medicine and Health | "Lighting up the ancient human past"

Watch Zenobia's UOW Big Ideas Presentation

Professor Barbara Meyer | Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health | "The fishy business of pregnancy"

Watch Barbara's UOW Big Ideas Presentation

Professor Maarten de Laat | Learning Teaching and Curriculum | "Using social analytics to change learning landscapes"

Watch Maarten's UOW Big Ideas Presentation

Professor Valerie Linton | Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences | "IF...? The future of intelligent fabrication"

Watch Valerie's UOW Big Ideas Presentation

Senior Professor Paul Cooper | Sustainable Buildings Research Centre | Living Buildings: Towards a Restorative Future

Watch Paul's UOW Big Ideas Presentation

Big Ideas Festival | 25 August, 2015 | Highlights

Big Ideas Festival 2015

UOW's newest professors shared their potentially world-changing research at the second Big Ideas Festival, attended by over 400 people, on Tuesday 25 August 2015. The festival, an initiative of UOW’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Judy Raper, saw 12 of the University's recently promoted and appointed professors sharing their research with the public and industry. Interactive research stalls, live music and networking drinks capped off two sessions of short 10-minute talks on a range of topics, from 3D printed edible robots to deciding when children are to blame for their actions.   

Big Ideas Festival 2015 | Speaker Presentations

Speaker profiles

Prof. Andy Davis | Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
Avoiding the great Australian bite

Prof. Madeleine du Toit | Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
I am Titanium

Prof. Daniel HuttoFaculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
You can't handle the truth!

Prof. Marc de RosnayFaculty of Social Sciences
When are children to blame for their actions?

Prof. Robin Warner | Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
The last great frontier of ocean governance

Prof. Robert KapsaAustralian Institute for Innovative Materials
Tendrils of human thought from within a seaweed brain?

Prof. Antoine van OijenFaculty of Science, Medicine and Health
The molecular machines of life under the magnifying glass

Prof. Louise D'Arcens | Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
'Getting medieval?" The middle ages in modern politics

Prof. Marie RansonFaculty of Science, Medicine and Health
Taking cancer personally

Prof. Huijun LiFaculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
Green nuclear power

Prof. Susan Bennett | Faculty of Social Sciences
The dangerous idea of the digital native

Prof. Marc in het PanhuisFaculty of Science, Medicine and Health
3D-printing robots in jelly

Big Ideas Festival | 08 May, 2013 | Highlights

Big Ideas Festival 2013

UOW’s best and brightest recently appointed and promoted Professors shared their bold ideas and research on the 8th May 2013, at the inaugural Big Ideas Festival. This free, public event included two big ideas sessions, interactive research booths, live music and entertainment.   
 

  • Watch the VIDEOS of the speaker presentations and our research booths.
     
  • Read the summary of the event on our UOW Media site
  • Take a look at our PROGRAM 
Big Ideas Festival 2013 | Speaker Presentations

Speaker profiles

2013 Big Ideas Festival Speaker Presentations

As part of the Festival, five interactive research booths were set up for our guests to learn more about the research at UOW. The booths were: AdBioFab (3D Printing), CHI Sun Protection, Solar Decathlon, Archaeological Sciences, Imaging & Vision Research. Watch the video


Prof. Stuart Thomas, a forensic mental health researcher with UOW's Legal Intersections Research Centre, gave a presentation titled 'Police management of psychiatric crisis incidents'. Watch the video


Prof. Catherine Cole, the Deputy Dean of UOW's Faculty of Creative Arts, gave a presentation titled 'An Eiffel Tower in suburbia'. Watch the video


Prof. Gordon Waitt, a human geographer and member of the Australian Centre for Cultural Research, gave a presentation titled 'Addressing gut reactions'. Watch the video


Prof. Clive Schofield, the Director of Research at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, gave a presentation titled 'Washed away? Implications of sea level rise'. Watch the video


Prof. Ian Buchanan, the Director of the Institute for Social Transformation Research, gave a presentation titled 'Does 'people power' really hold the key to our future?'. Watch the video


Prof. Mark McLelland, expert of gender and sexuality studies and ARC Future Fellow, gave a presentation titled 'Thought policing or protection of youth?'. Watch the video


Prof. Aidan Sims, from UOW's Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, gave a presentation titled 'Quantum computing with coloured crayons'. Watch the video


Prof. Stephen Blanksby, from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Free-Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology, gave a presentation titled 'How to build a free-radical-catching-machine!'. Watch the video


Prof. Zaiping Guo, from the UOW school of Mechanical, Materials, and Mechatronic Engineering, gave a presentation titled 'Designing the cars of the future'.Watch the video


Prof. Ed Arrington, from the UOW Faculty of Commerce, gave a presentation titled 'Making accounting accountable'. Watch the video


Prof. Karlheinz Kautz, from the School of Information Systems and Technology at UOW, gave a presentation titled 'Digital innovations for regional liveability'. Watch the video


Prof. Tony Okely, Director of the Interdisciplinary Educational Research Institute at UOW, gave a presentation titled ''Standing up' for children's wellbeing'. Watch the video

Last reviewed: 22 May, 2019