I spoke briefly at TEDxBrisbane this year. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx—a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. TEDxBrisbane was held at the Queensland State Library and spread across three rooms (two via video link). Speakers ranged from artists to scientists and from thinkers to doers. It was a pleasure to be part of such an inspiring and important event!
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After winning the UQ Final of the Three Minute Thesis Competition, I travelled to the University of Western Australia to compete against 42 other PhD students from Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. I was blown away by the quality of the presentations and the importance of the research. I can’t imagine how the judges managed to make a decision but I ended up coming out on top. Click for more.
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As a prelude to the Australia-New Zealand Final of the Three Minute Thesis Competition I was interviewed on 720 ABC Radio Perth on “Drive” with Russell Woolf.
I presented my Three Minute Thesis to researchers, Deans and benefactors at the UQ Engagement Dinner at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Apparently, you could hear a pin drop!
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After winning the Three Minute Thesis, Ryan Stafford (runner-up) and I were asked to “appear” on 612 ABC Radio with Steve Austin. It was great fun.
I’ve taken out the UQ level of the Three Minute Thesis Competition! Ryan Stafford was Runner-up and People’s Choice winner. The thought of presenting three years work in three minutes was daunting. It it even possible? How will I get my point across? Will I fall before the audience in a quivering heap of incoherent babble? I entered the 3MT to overcome my anxiety and learn to talk about my research as plainly as possible.
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I presented “Tricks of the Mind” to around fifty people at the Queensland Museum as part of Sharing Science during National Science Week. I discussed how the human mind doesn’t work like a camera and how our perceptions of the world can be distorted with a few simple tricks.
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