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Research Week at ECU

Thursday, 11 August 2011

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Researchers at Edith Cowan University (ECU) are set to showcase their work to inspire the next generation of research students.

ECU’s Research Week, from 15 to 19 August, will bring together staff, students, current and future researchers to share their knowledge and ideas. 

More than 50 events will be held across ECU’s Joondalup and Mount Lawley Campuses ranging from informative seminars on the University’s latest findings, to hands-on showcases including beer tasting.

ECU Graduate Research School Dean, Professor Joe Luca, said Research Week was a great chance for students to learn more about a higher degree by research.

“The research we conduct at ECU supports the University’s wider goal to contribute to our communities and make them more prosperous, inclusive and sustainable. Research Week is our chance to show the public what we do.”

“It’s also an opportunity to encourage the next generation to consider a research career. The work they do here at ECU could solve a real-world problem and make a positive impact on the community.”

Research to be showcased during the week includes:

  • How technology affects the mental health of our children;
  • Ten years of research into suicide and other self-harm in prisons;
  • Creating credible and persuasive messages to prevent alcohol use during pregnancy;
  • Exercise as medicine for cancer; and
  • The science of brewing beer.

ECU research students will also be competing for cash prizes up to $1500 in the 3 Minute Thesis competition (3MT).

Students will have just three minutes to explain their life’s work in an engaging and exciting way.

The final will be held on Thursday, 18 August, with the winner will represent ECU at an Australasian 3MT competition at the University of Western Australia in September 2011.

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