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Tuesday 12 March

All the important campus news, events and opportunities for students. In your inbox every Tuesday.

The rundown - information you need at a glance

  • A reminder that our 2024 ANU Open Day is this Saturday 16 March. Please note that some areas of Kambri may be inaccessible from 14 March – 16 March.  

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Dance your PhD - Kangaroo Time

ANU graduate and biologist WELI knows more about kangaroos than most. He has hopped to the number one spot in the 2024 Dance Your PhD global contest with his quirky submission, Kangaroo Time (Club Edit). 

Dance your PhD is an annual contest where researchers around the world are tasked with explaining their PhD in the simplest terms through song and dance.  

Kangaroo Time melds a variety of dance styles from classical ballet, twerking, urban street dance and Brazilian dancing styles to reflect the variations in kangaroo personality.  

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Sculpting Science: A Glass Act

Marrying art and science, Professor Simon Haberle from the ANU School of Culture, History and Language has just embarked on, in partnership with multi-award-winning artist Jennifer Kemarre Martiniello: The Stories Beneath My Ancestors Footprints.  

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ANU experts give evidence to support Duty of Care Climate Bill

Professor Mark Howden, Professor Hilary Bambrick and Associate Professor Emma Aisbett gave evidence at the public hearing for the Climate Change Amendment Bill 2023 Inquiry.  

If achieved, this amendment would enshrine a duty of care towards future generations and require lawmakers to consider the health and wellbeing of current and future generations in decisions that have environmental impacts and climate change risks.  

Watch here 

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Welcoming Dr Frédéric Grare to the National Security College

A renowned expert on the Indo-Pacific, Dr Frédéric Grare has joined the ANU National Security College as a Senior Research Fellow as part of an expert program sponsored by the government of France.  

During his time at NSC Dr Grare will examine geopolitics and maritime security in the Indian Ocean. 

“This is a problem for Australia and this is a problem for France... We are collectively responsible for protecting our national security – and we have to work together,” says Professor Rory Medcalf, Head of the NSC. 


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What's on


Tenuous Technology Transfers Between China and Ethiopia Talk

Thursday 14 March, 4-5.30pm 

China’s quick expansion in the developing world, in particular the Sub-Sahara African countries, has spawned public debates and generated new fields of scholarship over the past couple of decades. In this talk, Dr Liang Chen, a visiting fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World examines whether China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects and private investment contribute to the industrial development in Africa through the lens of technology transfer. 

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Ancient Echos: Jazz music meets classical Chinese poetry 

Saturday 16 March, 2-3pm 

Enrich your eardrums this Saturday as Taipei-based jazz collective Zy the Way ?? uses poems from the ancient collection of poetry Book of Songs (Shijing ??) to seamlessly blend 3000-year-old ancient Chinese poetry and original jazz. ANU College of Asia and the Pacific Postdoctoral Fellow Annie Ren will provide translations and exegesis of the poems in between songs. 


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How the Mahabharata derailed my life, and how I lived to tell the tale

Wednesday 20 March, 6-8pm 

Join the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific for its inaugural lecture in their Professorial Lecture Series as Professor McComas Taylor explores the captivating world of the epic poem Mahabharata. Discover the epic's enduring influence across cultures, from ancient manuscripts to modern media, and uncover its profound impact on Indian culture and beyond. 

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Jazz Futures Symposium 

Thursday 14 March, 9.30am-6pm – 15 March, 8.30am-7.30pm 

Step into the future as the ANU School of Music explores the new and future directions of jazz. Take part in a two-day symposium examining present and potential transformations within the genre through a series of presentations, performances, and social dinners.  

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Seeking student feedback: ANU Mental Health Strategy

The ANU Mental Health Strategy Review, led by Prof Lyndall Strazdins and the Mental Health Strategy Review Taskforce within the University Experience Division, is excited to announce the next stage of our student consultations is now open. We want to hear more and we want to hear from you. 

We now have an open call for consultations running from 19 March – 18 April. Please share your experiences, suggestions, and concerns - visit the Mental Health Strategy Review Website to find out more.   

Please come and talk with us about what you think is working, what else is needed, and what the top priorities need to be.  

All written submissions due by 18 April 

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Creatives urged to apply: SXSW Sydney 2024  

Monday 14 - Sunday 20 October

Do you have a panel, presentation, book reading, interview, meet up, mentor session, workshop or podcast to share with the world?

Apply now to have your work featured in this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) Sydney conference. SXSW is a prestigious convention that showcases what’s next in tech and innovation, gaming, screen and music. 

Choose from 23 conference subjects to submit your work to ranging from fashion to fintech.

Register by Sunday 4 April

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In case you missed it

2024 Gareth Evans Oration

On 7 March, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, the Honourable Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim delivered the Gareth Evans Oration where he spoke on Navigating Geopolitical Currents: Malaysia and Australia's Pivotal Role in the Asia Pacific.

Watch here


Meet the Author Student Giveaway – Julia Baird

Monday 25 March, 6-7pm 

We have a special giveaway for the Meet the Author event with Julia Baird on Monday 25 March, 6pm-7pm

Julia Baird will be in conversation with Virginia Haussegger on her new novel Bright Shining: How Grace Changes Everything

Enter this giveaway for a chance to win one of two copies of Bright Shining: How Grace Changes Everything and have the opportunity to have your copy signed on the night. The competition closes at noon AEDT on Friday 15 March. 

Enter here

Meet the Author Student Giveaway – David Lindenmayer

Wednesday 27 March, 6pm-7pm 

We have a special giveaway for the Meet the Author event with David Lindenmayer on Wednesday 27 March, 6pm-7pm

David Lindenmayer will be in conversation with Alex Sloan on his new novel The Forest Wars.  

Enter this giveaway for a chance to win one of two copies of The Forest Wars and have the opportunity to have your copy signed on the night. The competition closes at noon AEDT on Friday 15 March. 

Enter here

Have you listened to the National Security Podcast? 

Hear expert analysis, insights and opinion on the national security challenges facing Australia and the Indo-Pacific.  

Listen to Frédéric Grare speak on Why Indo-Pacific maritime security matters 

Listen now 

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