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Celebrating our first hybrid event; Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher Symposium

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05 November 2020

The annual Sydney Catalyst Postgraduate & Early Career Research Symposium, held last month, was for the first time hosted in a hybrid format. Members selected to present had the exclusive (and rare for 2020!) opportunity to attend in person at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse with the entire event streamed live via Zoom.  


To adhere to social distancing requirements we split this year's event in two, with a focus on T1T2 research in the morning and T2T3 research in the afternoon. Our T1T2 researchers heard from the inspirational Associate Professor Thomas Cox who encouraged those starting out in their research career to explore a variety of career opportunities. His take home tips were; be passionate, work smart, take time to contemplate, don't neglect family and friends, and leave capacity to step up the game if needed.


In the afternoon session, researchers from the other end (T2T3) of the spectrum were treated to a virtual presentation (technology for the win!) from Professor Alexandra Barratt. Alex encouraged the audience to "discover their uniqueness".


Throughout the day 32 Sydney Catalyst postgraduate and early career members shared with the audience their research from across the translational spectrum; from bench, to bedside, and beyond. What a bright future these cancer researchers have!


To conclude each event, Elisabeth Kochman, Chair of Cancer Voices NSW, gave an inspiring talk about the importance of involving consumers in research; "nothing about us without us". Founded in 2000, Cancer Voices NSW's purpose is to represent, and to act on, the needs and interests of people affected by cancer in our state and beyond. Visit their website for more information.


Congratulations to the following award recipients:

•   Best Oral Presentation T1T2:Amelia Parker

•   Best Oral Presentation T2T3:Danielle Gessler

•   Best Rapid Fire Presentation T1T2:Ruth Allen

•   Best Rapid Fire Presentation T2T3:Catherine Seet-Lee


The positive vibe in the room on the day reminded us of the importance of getting together in person and presenting to a live audience. We look forward to offering more face-to-face and virtual events next year.


Thank you to the PG&ECR Working Group and everyone who attended the event (in person and virtually) for making this day a huge success!


Don't forget to check out the virtual posters to see more amazing research our members are involved in.


The Sydney Catalyst Team


2020 PG&ECR - T1T2 morning event recording

2020 PG&ECR - T2T3 afternoon event recording




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