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National Student Mentoring Day 2017


Wednesday 19th July 2017

Rydges Hotel, Townsville



Wednesday, 19th July, 2017

Rydges Hotel, Townsville


As part of its goal to train outstanding coral reef researchers and scientists, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies is offering a range of mentoring activities to all graduate students (Honours, Masters and PhD) attending the Australian Coral Reef Society Conference, 16th – 18th July 2017. The theme of this year’s National Student Mentoring Day is Careers and Communication. There are 40 places available. You can download a copy of the programme, including information on the speakers, here.

There will be no registration fees for students attending the National Student Mentoring Day. The Centre of Excellence will provide meals and contribute $60 towards accommodation associated with attendance on the day to students who are not Townsville residents through a reduced conference registration.  Indicate your interest when completing your ACRS conference registration to secure a place and discount.

If you are attending the National Student Mentoring Day, please shoot some video and download Adobe Premiere Clip onto your smartphones in preparation for Ian McLeod’s workshop.

Time Speaker/s Title
8:30am Registration
9:00am Ms Jennifer Lappin and Dr Alana Grech

ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

Welcome and Introduction
9:15am Panel members

Dr Matthew Curnock


Ms Roxana Caha

Port of Townsville

Dr Mary Bonin

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Dr Jenni Donelson and Dr Pete Cowman

ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

Dr Nicole Webster

Australian Institute of Marine Science

Dr Laurence McCook

South China Sea Institute of Oceanology

Panel Discussion: Pro-tips on how to get a job after graduation
11:00am Morning Tea
11:30am Group networking and one-on-one mentoring with panel members
1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Presenters

Dr Tom Bridge and Mr Ed Roberts

Queensland Museum, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Tethys Images

Dr Ian McLeod

Cinematic Science

Principles, tips and techniques for taking photographs underwater and How to make a video with your phone
5:00pm Refreshments


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