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Note: The program is subject to change. 

0800Registrations open
0830Welcome AddressProfessor John Simons, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, Macquarie University, CHASS President
0835Welcome to Country
0840Welcome AddressWelcome from the Prime Minister
0845 - 0900Welcome AddressClaire Spencer, Arts Centre Melbourne
0900 - 0940Keynote AddressSally Warhaft, The Wheeler Centre, broadcaster, anthropologist and writer – Always Anthropology
0940 - 1020Keynote AddressTony Grybowski, Australia Council for the Arts – Arts in Daily Life: Australia’s changing attitudes to the arts
1020 - 1100Morning Tea and Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (aaDH) ShowcasePresentation by Professor Paul Arthur, University of Western Sydney, aaDH President, and Professor Deb Verhoeven, Deakin University, aaDH Executive Committee
1100 - 1215Speed Dating for HASS ResearchersConductor: Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM, FASSA, CHASS Executive Director
Participants: Professor Trevor Burnard, The University of Melbourne
Dr Deborah Dempsey, Swinburne University
Dr Heather Gaunt, Ian Potter Museum of Art
Professor Michele Grossman, Victoria University
Dr Jane Mummery, Federation University
Dr Anna Poletti, Monash University
Professor Joseph Siracusa, RMIT University
Dr Michael Theophilos, Australian Catholic University
Professor Kim Vincs, Deakin University
Judges: Julie Hare (Higher Education, The Australian), Misha Ketchell (The Conversation), and Dr Susannah Elliot (Australian Science Media Centre)
1215 – 14152015 CHASS Australia Prizes LunchLunch Keynote Address: Deborah Joy Cheetham AO
1430 - 1600Plenary session: Agricultural Landscapes: Perspectives from the Environmental HumanitiesChair: Dr Thom Van Dooren, University of New South Wales
Participants: Dr Lauren Rickards, RMIT University - Agriculture in the Anthropocene
Dr Cameron Muir, Australian National University and National Museum of Australia - Living with Broken Country
Dr Aidan Davison, University of Tasmania - The Virtue of Agricultural Landscapes: From Moral Order to Food Security
1600 - 1630Afternoon Tea
1630 - 1800Panel Discussion: Does Australia Need a Chief Social Scientist?Chair: Sarah Blatchford, Routledge/Taylor & Francis Australasia, CHASS Board Member
Participants: Dr Ann Moyal AM, FAHA, historian of Australian science and technology, former Director, Science Policy Research Centre, Griffith University – Inter-relating the Cultures: The case for a Chief Social Scientist
Professor Brian Head, University of Queensland – How can we improve the perceived public value of social science research?
Professor Ian Chubb AC, Chief Scientist of Australia – Connections between STEM and HASS
1800Close of Day 1
0900Welcome to Day 2
0905 - 0945Keynote AddressThe Honourable Dr Brendan Nelson, Australian War Memorial – If All Scientific Problems Were Solved, All Important Questions Would Remain Unanswered
0945 - 1030Keynote AddressDr Lisa O’Brien, The Smith Family – The other intergenerational report
1030 - 1100Morning TeaAustralasian Association for Digital Humanities (aaDH) Showcase
1100 - 1230Panel discussion: Big Data, boon or threat?Chair: Dr Helen Sykes AM, Future Leaders, CHASS Vice-President
Participants: Professor Deb Verhoeven, Deakin University – It’s not how big you data is; it’s what you do with it that counts!
Rob Livingstone, Author, consultant and industry advisor – Thriving in the world of big data
Associate Professor Gavan McCarthy, University of Melbourne – The Quest for Meaning: Mapping, visualising and analysing connections between datasets
1230 - 1300Poetry ReadingChris Wallace-Crabbe AM
1300 - 1400Lunch
1400 - 1530Panel discussion: Medical Innovations need HASS researchChair: Professor Warwick Anderson, FASSA, The University of Sydney
Participants: Professor Catherine Waldby, FASSA, Australian National University – Biomedical controversy, Social Inquiry: how do the humanities and social sciences mediate difficult scientific issues?
Dr Ionat Zurr, SymbioticA, The University of Western Australia – The Aesthetic of Disappointment – What art and regenerative medicine have in common?
Professor Paul Griffiths, FASSA, The University of Sydney – What can philosophy do for the study of gut microbiota?
1530 - 1600Afternoon Tea
1600 - 1700Session: Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships - What they are and how to get themConductor: Professor Joseph Siracusa, RMIT University, CHASS Secretary
Presenters: Dr Tangerine Holt, Australian-American Fulbright Commission – Fulbright Scholarships: The Soft Power of Educational and Cultural Exchange
Amy Lyden, Westpac Bicentennial Foundation – Boosting Leadership Capacity in the Not-for-Profit Sector – the Role of Scholarships
Renata Bernarde, General Sir John Monash Foundation
1700Close of National Forum