Staff are invited to attend an inaugural alumni lecture series at the Canberra Campus, where they will hear inspiring former students speak on a range of topics.
From social work to health and education, each lecture will feature a prominent graduate discussing a thought provoking topic within their area of expertise.
The series kicks off on 7 June, with guest speaker Marc Portus, Head of Movement Science at the Australian Institute of Sport, speaking on the topic: Elite sport and public health: do they mix?
Marc completed a Bachelor of Human Movement (Hons) degree at ACU in 1999 and today leads a team of 30 scientists, operational staff, postgraduate scholars and PhD students to deliver athlete support services and applied research programs to Australian Olympic sports.
A sports Bio-mechanist by training, he has played various roles in scientific support, innovation and leadership for Cricket Australia (CA) and the International Cricket Council (ICC), including being the inaugural Manager for Cricket Australia’s Sport Science Sport Medicine Unit.
During this time he undertook research in fast bowling back injuries and illegal bowling actions, and many of these findings have been applied globally in elite cricket. He has over 50 peer-reviewed journal publications and has supervised three Honours, two Masters, six PhD and one Postdoctoral student to completion.
Elite sport and public health: Do they mix?Marc Portus, Head of Movement Science, Australian Institute of Sport
When: 6pm to 8pm, 7 June Where: ACU Canberra Campus, Room 300.6.26 Click here to register.
The Conversations and Connections series will continue in August and October.
On 2 August, Kristen Holzapfel, author of ‘Selfless – A Social Worker’s own story of trauma and recovery’ will speak on the topic: Burnout, vicarious trama, compassion fatigue – Career ending for helping professionals?
On 18 October, Dan Billing, Founder and CEO of the Indigenous Reading Project, will speak on the topic: The problem of empathy: Why we harm those we are trying to help.
For more information about the Conversations and Connections series please click here or contact Maria Humphreys, Alumni Relations Coordinator.