Symposium Southbank exceeds expectations (watch video)

GUPSA is looking back on yet another highly successful event: hundreds of people – ranging from postgrads to senior academics – attended our three-day symposium at the Queensland College of Art last week.

The symposium – titled Creative Innovation through Cross-Fertilisation – brought together students and staff, not only from the Queensland College of Art but from a range of other schools and departments, including Education, Film, Law, Humanities, the Conservatorium, Public Health, Employment Relations and Human Resources, and International Business and Asian Studies.

GUPSA Support Officer Michael Carden said the presentations were organised in eight successive streams. “There were no parallel streams, the goal of the symposium being to elevate creativity and innovation through cross-fertilisation of ideas with other Griffith University researchers,” Michael said. “So everyone attending had the opportunity to hear all the speakers,” he said. In his opening address, Dr Stephen Hobson from the Queensland College of Art reflected on his diverse career as an artist, theorist, educator and arts administrator. Professor William MacNeil, Dean of Law, gave the keynote address to close the first day of the symposium.

“As well as the diverse range of papers, the symposium provided many opportunities for social interaction, including a cocktail party in the evening of Day 1, delicious lunches and a concluding afternoon tea on the last day,” Michael said.

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