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4th Annual MARC Symposium: 
Redefining Quality in Ageing and Aged Care - Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Friday 19 July 2019, 8:45am–4:30pm
RMIT City Campus, Building 80.07.01

This event will be an opportunity to hear from leaders from across the continuum of ageing and aged care services, from hospitals and aged care, to allied health and primary health, to economic and policy contexts. An expert panel will discuss how we define quality in both ageing and aged care.

As RMIT is a partner of MARC, RMIT researchers can use the discount code—marcmember2019—for a free ticket. 


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Applying Conservation Social Science to Understand Human Decisions and Address The Loss of Habitat

Tuesday 30 July,  2019, 2.35 - 4.35pm
Building 8, Level 12, Room 02
Speaker: Dr Ashley Dayer, Assistant Professor Virginia Tech

Solutions to most of our global change challenges require humans taking action. In order to effectively engage people (from private landowners to policymakers to citizens), it is critical that we understand human behaviour and its drivers (e.g., social context, values, attitudes, motivations). Dr Ashley Dayer will present us with background on how the social sciences are advancing the understanding of human dimensions of global change. She will focus on examples of understanding human decisions related to habitat loss in the face of sea level rise, drought, urbanisation, and agricultural production in the United States.
Dr. Dayer is a conservation social scientist. Her research program at Virginia Tech focuses on understanding individual and organisational conservation behaviour, especially related to private land conservation, human-wildlife conflict, endangered species management, citizen science, and the implementation gap between climate adaptation science and resource managers’ decision-making. Dr Dayer also serves as the President of the Society for Conservation Biology Social Science Working Group.

No registration required.
Writing Effective Statements for Career Interruption and Achievement Relative to Opportunity (ARtO) 

Thursday 18 July, 2019
12 noon - 1.30-pm
Building 10, Level 6, Room 89, Garden Building (lunch included)

RMIT's Women Researchers’ Network and the RMIT's Academic Promotion Team invite you to Writing Effective Statements for Career Interruption and Achievement Relative to Opportunity (ARtO). This moderated forum features a panel of four presenters who will share their first-hand experience and offer insights into writing effective statements. The forum's aim is to provide guidance on the provisions and expectations for such statements and some strategies for writing them. It will be particularly relevant for academics applying for grants and/or promotion.

At the end of the session there will be an opportunity to network with your colleagues and peers over lunch (catering provided).

Please register for this event for catering purposes by Monday 15th July
Register here
Researcher Policy Capability Network
A Researcher Policy Capability Network is being established to bring together RMIT researchers with experience in policy engagement, or from previous policy roles. The network will share knowledge on effective approaches to influencing policy and provide support and advice to other researchers seeking to engage with policy stakeholders.

You can register your interest in participating in this network by emailing David Downes, Snr Coordinator, Research Translation, Research Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

Policy@RMIT (P@R) is an Urban Futures ECP funded project that aims to study and enable different contributions to public policy. This includes contributions to the evidence-base, evaluating policy outcomes and wider public debates. 
P@R is seeking insights from RMIT researchers regarding what they consider supports or hinders the contributions of academic research to public policy.  
The P@R team request you complete a 15 minute survey to share you experience. The survey will be open until the end of August and can be accessed here.
Researcher Portal: game-changing for researcher support

Following the first release earlier this year, some exciting new features have just been added to the new Researcher Portal, including filters across Milestones, Publications and Project lists and enhanced visibility of contracts, and more.

The Researcher Portal is designed to provide one place for research information and support through project lifecycle. If you’re a researcher, please give it a try and leave your feedback via the Portal’s feedback tool. 
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present.

RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.

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