Written by Michael Gillings
The Research Enrichment Program aims to foster a vibrant research community at Macquarie by cultivating a collaborative and inclusive research culture, bridging across disciplines and academic levels. We are particularly interested in providing opportunities for Higher Degree Research Students and Early Career Researchers.
The flagship event of the Research Enrichment Program is the Annual Outlook Conference.
This year’s theme is The Future of the Human Landscape.
We live on a planet that is dominated by human activity. Every organism, every place, and every function is influenced by humans. Under this influence, the world is changing rapidly, and it is increasingly unlikely that the Earth can be conserved in its historical state.
We are, however, the greatest ecosystem engineers that have ever existed on this planet. We have a unique opportunity to imagine the kind of planet we would like to live on, and make it happen. But this opportunity will not last. The time to imagine, and plan, is now.
This year’s Outlook Conference brings together leading thinkers in diverse disciplines, spanning molecules to landscapes, and from scientific, historical and social viewpoints. The conference will immerse participants in the frontiers of adjacent, and more distant disciplines. Speakers will present their vision for humanity’s future. These talks will not recount personal research findings, but will be future-scoping exercises. Our goal is to identify promising areas for high level trans-disciplinary collaboration, for novel applications, and to expose postgraduate students and early career researchers to different ways of thinking.
The two day meeting will consist of seminars by invited speakers, followed by afternoon discussions and brain-storming sessions. A key feature of the conference is the opportunity to meet and interact with research leaders across the breadth of human enquiry.
This conference is free and is open to all.