Early Career Researchers ODay

March 27, 2020

The day was full of professional development learning including presentations on ‘Who is WaterRA’, ‘Water – the big picture’, Networking opportunities’ and the ‘value of connecting and collaboration’.

The WaterRA Early Career Researcher Orientation Day was held in Brisbane on 11 March 2020.  We welcomed our new students consisting of a mix of PhD and Associate Student Members. We were also luckily joined by state based PhD and Honours students and invited undergraduate students from Griffith University and University of Sunshine Coast. This was along with supervisors, our guest speakers Andrew Watkinson [Seqwater] and Jane-Louise Lampard [USC] and a few of our WaterRA staff.
 
The day was full of professional development learning including presentations on ‘Who is WaterRA’, ‘Water – the big picture’, Networking opportunities’ and the ‘value of connecting and collaboration’. There were fantastic presentations from Andrew and Jane-Louise about their successful water careers; both of which started on the same path but ended up having very different journeys. There were also presentations on Student IP, Power point tips and an introduction to AWA YWP. 
 
Most importantly, we were able to hear our incredible students give presentations on their research projects and how their research fits and benefits the water sector and industry. Dean Mensinga (Honours graduate) and Christian O’Dea (PhD candidate close to submitting) both gave fascinating presentations on their research outcomes and the impact for industry.
 
Whilst our Oday was an overwhelmingly successful, the true benefit was witnessing the students connect and collaborate with one another. Allowing them to form an incredible support network to call upon over the next four years and beyond into their future careers. 
 
 
For more information and presentations from our Early Career Researcher ODay, click here