Dr Bernadette Drabsch

Dr Bernadette Drabsch

Lecturer

School of Creative Industries

Creatives for change

Dr Bernadette Drabsch combines her research, teaching and illustration skills to bring humanity’s past into vibrant colour and forge a more sustainable future for our planet.

Dr Bernadette Drabsch

Dr Bernadette Drabsch’s work provides a rare glimpse into our past, using illustration and visual technologies to reveal and examine long-forgotten artworks, from ancient Egyptian coffins to 6000-year-old frescoes from the Dead Sea. Her work brings the past to life—but it is also helping to inform our future. In her most recent research, Bernadette has shifted her attention to environmental sustainability and collaboration, looking for ways to halt damage to our planet before it’s too late.

“I am most proud of the projects that make a real difference to how we live and how we treat our planet. My goal is to encourage my colleagues and students to use their skills for good, taking on the mantra, ‘creatives for change’.”

Secrets from our past

Bernadette’s visual humanities research explores early forms of visual communication and ancient art, celebrating our ancestors’ technical and artistic sophistication while highlighting the importance of art as a window into our history.

“This research looks at the role and value of creatives in ancient societies, as well as depictions of gender in ancient art and the semiotics of comparative religion—all subjects that have been discussed at international forums.”

For her PhD work, Bernadette studied 6000-year-old wall paintings from Teleilat Ghassul in Jordan that, up until recent years, had been largely overlooked by historians since their discovery in the 1930s. Her work brought renewed attention to the paintings for their unique anthropological importance, providing a fascinating snapshot into culture and life for our prehistoric ancestors.

“My work helps people to appreciate the beauty and complexity of ancient civilisations, such as those from the Levant and Egypt as well as our own Indigenous cultures. I feel that any development of respect for the culture of ‘others’ is always a good thing.”

Along with University of Newcastle colleague Dr Andrew Howells and a team of scientists and archaeologists, Bernadette has also helped to expand our understanding of ancient Egyptian burial rituals. When archaeologists wanted a better look at the 2500 -year-old coffin of Mer‑Neith‑it‑es—a  noblewoman who lived in the sixth century B.C.E—Bernadette and her team used advanced digital technologies to produce a re-coloured 3D animation of the ancient Egyptian coffin, showing what it might have looked like when Mer‑Neith‑it‑es was first laid to rest.

Bernadette’s art and humanities research has captured the public’s imagination. Her work has been shared widely through media interviews, public lectures, and exhibitions. A recent collaboration with the NSW Government means that the public can expect to see more of Bernadette’s work shared with local communities in the near future.

“This side of my research has always had a high engagement factor due to the novelty and beauty of the artefacts I work on.

“As I begin to share more of my work with local communities in NSW, I hope that it will encourage a deeper appreciation for nature and our unique Australian heritage, both Indigenous and European, and encourage more people to visit regional communities in NSW.”

Towards a more sustainable future

Bernadette’s more recent research is focused on building collaborations with conservation ecologists and psychologists to study issues relating to biodiversity loss and eco-anxiety, which refers to a fear of environmental damage or disaster. To understand these issues in more depth, Bernadette enlists the help of University of Newcastle School of Creative Industries staff and students to wade through data and examine baseline biodiversity literacy in Australia and, eventually, from around the world.

“We plan to extend the conversation around biodiversity literacy and develop the project into an international review. The goal is to enable us to learn from other countries that have good records with biodiversity conservation, such as the UK and India, and enable us to share what is working in Australia.”

To help learnings translate into practice here in Australia, Bernadette is working to establish a Biodiversity Education and Engagement Network, bringing together key stakeholders from government, industry and community to discuss their greatest problems and successes regarding environmental conservation.

“We want to challenge all levels of government to think about land usage, conservation issues, climate science and Indigenous connection to the land.”

Spring-boarding from the topic of biodiversity loss, Bernadette’s work has now extended to include related fields such as sustainable fashion design, creative communication around the impact of climate change on coastal communities and the development of Geotrails in Western NSW, which combine Earth Science with ecology and Indigenous knowledge. Her work is also being incorporated into new, universally accessible learning curriculum for students, including a Drawing Nature, Science and Culture MOOC that has seen excellent success.

“These projects have the potential to help change the way we, as Australians, think about our world and its inhabitants, and to look at nature with respect.”

Across all her work, Bernadette carries a deep appreciation for nature and culture, the way it has shaped our past, and its impact on our future. Above all, she is committed to seeing her work lead to change for individuals and our world.

“The goal is to make an impact on an individual level but also at a policy-making level, adjusting the lens through which our land, its unique flora and fauna and its human occupants are viewed.”

Creatives for change

Dr Bernadette Drabsch combines her research, teaching and illustration skills to bring humanity’s past into vibrant colour and forge a more sustainable future for our planet.

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Career Summary

Biography

Biography

Dr Bernadette Drabsch is a researcher, lecturer and polymath illustrator who has a passion for transdisciplinarity.   Her current teaching and research projects combine art, science and the humanities, reflecting her academic training in Ancient History, Archaeology, Natural History Illustration and Design.  Bernadette combines her love of the natural world and her desire to design a more sustainable future, with her research skills, developing networks of key stakeholders within industry, government and academia.   


Research expertise

There are two main themes to Bernadette’s research:  Visual Humanities and Art/Science collaborations. Her visual humanities research correlates with her exploration into early forms of visual communication and ancient art.  Bernadette began this field of research during her PhD, where she contextualised and re-created the 6000-year-old frescoes from Teleilat Ghassul in Jordan.  This led to ongoing research in the field of ancient near eastern art and society, resulting in numerous publications, collaborative opportunities and high levels of engagement. 

Bernadette’s recent research focuses on the development of innovative and effective science communication and sustainability.  She is working collaboratively with academic, industry and government partners to help communicate stories of biodiversity loss, changing climatic conditions on the coast of NSW and Geological trails/tales. Using field work and design thinking methods to gather the data and a range of visual communication techniques to share it, Bernadette hopes to use her design and research skills to make a difference to our every day lives, following the Creatives for Change ethos.

Teaching Expertise

Bernadette likes to share her passion for collaboration with her undergraduate and postgraduate students, encouraging them to work in transdisciplinary teams, both within academia and industry, on real-world (WIL) projects.   She has taught at the University of Newcastle since 2012 and her dedication to her students always results in positive student feedback.  Bernadette and her colleague, Dr. Andrew Howells, with the support of other UoN staff, produced and delivered the award-winning online course, ‘Drawing Nature, Science and Culture: Natural History Illustration 101’ on the edX platform. To date, the free course has provided world-class tuition to 110,000 students of all ages, from all around the world.

Collaborations

Reflecting her focus on transdisciplinarity, Bernadette’s collaborators are wide and varied.  Every second year, for the past ten years she has travelled to Pella, Jordan with the University of Sydney, to work as a volunteer archaeological illustrator and researcher.  She has also co-authored papers with the director of that archaeological dig, Dr. Stephen Bourke, on the artefacts from a neighbouring site, Teleilat Ghassul. 

Bernadette often collaborates with Dr. Andrew Howells and they are currently working on a cross-institutional research project with the Nicholson Museum to digitally re-colour a 26th dynasty Egyptian coffin belonging to a priestess, Mer-Neith-it-es.  The animation of the re-colouring will be on permanent display at the new Chau Chak Wing Museum, along with Bernadette’s PhD work.

Other collaborations include a partnership with local fashion house, High Tea with Mrs Woo and the ‘Zero-waste, Slow Fashion’ research group.  The group aim to develop a more sustainable fashion in Newcastle and have designed a gender-neutral collection called ‘Six Seasons’ based on the changing seasons and colours of Australia.

New collaborations include the development of the Biodiversity Education and Engagement Network with conservation ecologists and colleagues from within the School of Creative Industries.  The Coastal Councils Communication Project, focusing on coastal erosion and inundation and the development of the NSW Geotrails app in collaboration with colleagues from earth sciences and Government.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Natural History Illustration (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Ancient forms of visual communication
  • Archaeological Illustration
  • Art History
  • Art of the Ancient Near East
  • Chalcolithic period in the Southern Levant
  • Frescoes
  • Green art
  • Indigenous rock art
  • Natural History Illustration
  • Prehistoric Art
  • The history of illustration and early illustrators
  • Visual Communication
  • art/science collaborations
  • design thinking
  • eco-art
  • polymath illustration
  • sustainability

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
190104 Visual Cultures 25
120307 Visual Communication Design (incl. Graphic Design) 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Creative Industries
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
26/11/2019 - 24/11/2020 Co-lead Biodiversity Education and Engagement Network
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/1/2013 - 31/12/2014 Membership - Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
Colombia
1/1/2010 - 31/12/2016 Membership - Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation
University of Sydney
Australia
4/2/2016 - 30/11/2016 Natural History Illustration Research Group Natural History Illustration Resarch Group (NHIRG)
Natural History Illustration Research Group
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
27/1/2009 - 16/12/2016 The University of Sydney Pella Project

Senior staff member and head illustrator

The University of Sydney Pella Project
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2016 Faculty - Team Award for Collaboration Excellence
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle | Australia
2016 Vice Chancellor's Award for Collaboration Excellence
NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY

Distinction

Year Award
2010 University Medal
University of Newcastle

Prize

Year Award
2017 edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning
edX

Recognition

Year Award
2011 3MT prize
University of Newcastle
2010 Australian Postgraduate Award
Australian Government
2010 Graham Gilchrist Natural History Illustration Prize
University of Newcastle
2009 DVC Research Honours Scholarship
University of Newcastle
2008 William Coleborne Memorial Prize in Greek
University of Newcastle
2007 Williams Classics Scholarship
University of Newcastle
2006 Ann Lowry Memorial Prize in Latin
University of Newcastle
2006 James King Memorial Prize in Greek
University of Newcastle
2005 Staff Prize in Classical Civilisations
University of Newcastle

Research Award

Year Award
2017 Women In Research Fellowship
University of Newcastle
2010 Dorothy Cameron Fellowship
University of Sydney

Manuscript Reviews

Year Title Publication Type Publisher Description
2019 An Analysis of Interactive Technology’s Effect on the Appreciation of Traditional Chinese Painting: A Review of Case Studies Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal (HERDC) The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts From a perspective of safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage, this paper discusses how to enhance the appreciation of traditional Chinese painting through the support of interactive technology. The author analyses extensive yet current case studies based on the findings from the interactive appreciation of and engagement with paintings. The author then summarises four aspects of how to design interactive technology in order to support the appreciation of and engagement with traditional Chinese paintings: (1) deepening the aesthetic understanding of traditional Chinese paintings should not be a neglected aspect during the design process; (2) current case studies have not considered distinguishing the user experience between professional artists and amateurs (who are unskilled at painting); (3) it is vital to exploit interactive technology to improve the originality and subtlety of traditional Chinese painting; and (4) employing interactive systems to engage users in participatory appreciation (through encouraging them to talk about art or discussing their understanding of it) could provide potential design insights for future studies.
2019 Botany through the looking glass: Cognitive neuroscience and its role in the use of art in botanical education Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal (HERDC) International Journal of Innovation and Science and Mathematics Education Student engagement within the discipline of Botany is not always limited to scientific content. The patterns, colours<br />and shapes that are produced when investigating plant anatomy via sectioning are highly aesthetic and can immediately<br />engage students. The boundaries between aesthetics and science are often blurred or, more correctly, imagined.<br />Nurturing and developing the inspiration drawn from the integration of these two worlds provides an alternative way<br />of engaging students in the theoretical content of the discipline. Student exposure and engagement with native<br />Australian Flora and botanical education is too often limited and finding novel ways to engage students with Botany<br />is critically important; even more so in this current era of Plant Blindness and climate change denial (Jacobson et al.,<br />2016; Wandersee &amp; Schussler, 2000). To combat this, contemporary neuroscience and cognitive psychology research<br />show promise toward the use of visual mediums to enhance memory, leading to an improvement in educational<br />outcomes (Bigelow &amp; Poremba, 2014; Cohen, Horowitz, &amp; Wolfe, 2009; Corballis, 1966; Gloede, 2015; Jensen, 1971;<br />Kim &amp; Olaciregui, 2008). Therefore, encouraging students to engage with botanical content, via microscopic imagery,<br />scientific/artistic depictions, and more specifically, the production of drawings and artworks (Fernandes et al., 2018;<br />Rosier, Locker, &amp; Naufel, 2013) should be further incorporated into curricula to increase engagement and establish<br />a deeper connection to Botanical subdisciplines such as plant taxonomy, morphology and systematics. In this paper,<br />with reference to established research and an example of a science-art project, we discuss the ways in which the fusion<br />of the aesthetic and scientific worlds creates a feedback loop from which the creative process inspired from scientific<br />material develops a deeper enquiry-based understanding of the material itself

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
NHIL4003 Exegesis and journal
NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY
This course expands on the foundational studies developed in 4002 and focuses on how to write a reflective account of a creative process.
Lecturer 5/12/2016 - 5/1/2017
NHIL3004 Natural History Field Studies & Culture Compressed winter course
NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY
This compressed course includes a field trip and individualised projects related to areas of cultural importance in the Hunter Valley. 
Lecturer and course co-ordinator 5/12/2016 - 5/1/2017
DESN4215 Design Research Methods and Planning
School of Creative Industries, Factulty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Course Co-ordinator 27/2/2018 - 1/12/2021
NHIL3003 Natural History Illustration External Project
NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY
This course encourages students to work in collaboration with external partners on a project of their choice or to explore and develop new techniques.
Lecturer and course coordinator 5/12/2016 - 5/1/2017
NHIL4002 Natural History Illustration Honours - theory
NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY
This course covers project and research development and planning.  It explores the theoretical underpinnings of practice based and practice led research. 
Lecturer 5/12/2016 - 5/1/2017
NHIL3002 Natural History Illustration Dissertation
NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY
This course explores the theory around practice based research.  It covers areas such as methods and methodology, literature and practice reviews and writing an exegesis. 
Lecturer and course co-ordinator 5/12/2016 - 5/1/2017
NHIL2002 Natural History Illustration Theoretical Studies
NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY
This course explores Natural History Illustration from the Mesolithic to the modern day.  Students learn to research, analyse and write in an academic manner while exploring artists and cultures of their choice.
Lecturer 26/1/2016 - 5/1/2017
Edx MOOC Drawing Nature, Science and Culture: Natural History Illustration 101x
NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY
This comprehensive course was developed to cover the foundations of Natural History Illustration.  The online delivery mode made it available to students from all around the world.
Lecturer and developer 5/12/2016 - 5/1/2017
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Howells A, Drabsch B, Atkins D, Sailer P, Weekes TC, Observe, Research, Create Case Studies in Natural History Illustration PhD Projects, Common Ground Research Networks, University of Illinois Research Park | 2001 South First St., 202 | Champaign, IL 61820 USA, 102 (2018) [A1]
DOI 10.18848/978-1-61229-978-5/CGP.
Co-authors Andrew Howells, Prue Sailer
2015 Drabsch BS, The mysterious wall paintings of Teleilat Ghassul, Jordan: In context, Archaeopress Archaeology, Oxford, 210 (2015) [A1]

Chapter (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Drabsch B, 'Nude, Robed and Masked Processions: Considering the Figural Images in the Teleilat Ghassul Wall Paintings, Jordan', Human Iconography and Symbolic Meaning in Near Eastern Prehistory, Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, Vienna, Austria 111-129 (2019) [B1]
2018 Drabsch BS, 'Learning by Observing, Learning by Doing, Learning by Sharing: A Conversational Account of a Researched Practice Case Study', Observe, Research, Create Case Studies in Natural History Illustration PhD Projects, Common Ground Research Networks, Champaign, Illinois 51-68 (2018) [B1]
DOI 10.18848/978-1-61229-978-5/CGP

Journal article (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Drabsch B, Howells A, Lloyd C, 'Blending Graphite with Pixels: Natural History Illustration Online', The International Journal of Arts Education, 14 1-13 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.18848/2326-9944/CGP/v14i02/1-13
Co-authors Andrew Howells, Clare Lloyd
2019 Drabsch B, Bourke S, 'Early Visual Communication: Introducing the 6000-Year-Old Buon Frescoes from Teleilat Ghassul, Jordan', Arts, 8 79-93 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/arts8030079
Citations Web of Science - 2
2017 Drabsch BS, 'The Wandering Star of Ghassul: from the east to the west - and back again?', The Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation Bulletin, 59 19-22 (2017)
2015 Drabsch BS, 'Drawn into the Star: Recreating the Ghassulian Wall Paintings', The Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation Bulletin, 58 17-19 (2015) [C3]
2015 Drabsch BS, 'The wall art of Teleilat Ghassul, Jordan: When, where, why, to whom and by whom', Expression, No 8 50-58 (2015) [C1]
2014 Drabsch B, Bourke S, 'Ritual, art and society in the levantine chalcolithic: The 'processional' wall painting from teleilat ghassul', Antiquity, 88 1081-1098 (2014) [C1]

© Antiquity Publications Ltd. The fragmentary &apos;Processional&apos; wall painting from Teleilat Ghassul in Jordan is here shown to depict a religious procession involving eight... [more]

© Antiquity Publications Ltd. The fragmentary 'Processional' wall painting from Teleilat Ghassul in Jordan is here shown to depict a religious procession involving eight individuals rather than the three identified in the original 1970s reconstruction. All of the figures wear masks and carry objects, but elaborately robed leaders, members perhaps of a dedicated priestly class, are clearly distinguished from their naked attendants. The scene belongs to the Late Chalcolithic period when Levantine society was becoming increasingly hierarchical, and the wall painting as a whole illustrates the prominent role of elites in ritual practices at this critical period of social transformation.

DOI 10.1017/S0003598X00115339
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
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Conference (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Drabsch BS, 'A Procession of Chalcolithic Villagers: Reconsidering Hennessy's 'Processional' wall painting from Teleilat Ghassul, Jordan', Proceedings of the 8th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, Warsaw (2014) [E1]

Creative Work (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Drabsch B, Howells A, Thutmoses III mural - Nicholson Museum, Connections Exhibit, Nicholson Museum (2018)
Co-authors Andrew Howells
2016 Weekes TM, Endangered and Extinct, Maitland Regional Art Gallery (2016)
2016 Bonfiglioli C, Drabsch B, Cincunegui G, Donnelly P, Petrie C, Pax hominibus bonae voluntatis, Oxford (2016)
2015 Drabsch BS, Mulubinba: Place of Sea Ferns, The University of Newcastle Gallery (2015) [J2]
2015 Drabsch BS, Signature: Celebrating our artist graduates, The University Gallery (2015) [J2]
2015 Howells A, Atkins D, Weekes T, Sailer P, Dedman L, Purnell T, et al., Illuminating Science, Lovett Gallery (2015) [J2]
Co-authors Prue Sailer, Andrew Howells
2015 Drabsch BS, Atkins DP, Illuminating Science, Lovett Gallery, Newcastle Library, Newcastle City Council (2015) [J3]
2015 Howells A, Atkins D, Weekes T, Sailer P, Dedman L, Purnell T, et al., Illuminating Science, Lovett Gallery (2015) [J2]
Co-authors Andrew Howells, Prue Sailer
2014 Drabsch BS, 'Transformations: 40 years of the Open Foundation Program', The University of Newcastle Gallery (2014)
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Other (17 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Drabsch B, Howells A, O'Donnell L, 'Recolouring the coffin', (2019) [O1]
Co-authors Andrew Howells
2019 Drabsch B, 'Imagination, Illustration, Interpretation - Drawing at Pella', (2019) [O1]
2019 Drabsch B, Howells A, 'Drawing on the Past', ( issue.24 pp.26-29). Sydney: The University of Sydney (2019)
Co-authors Andrew Howells
2019 Wood M, Harrison T, Carter E, Whitford M, Drabsch B, Howells A, et al., 'The Mer-Neith-it-es Project', (2019) [O1]
Co-authors Andrew Howells
2019 Drabsch B, Howells A, 'Digitally re-colouring the coffin of mer-neith-it-es: a 26th dynasty egyptian priestess', (2019) [O1]
Co-authors Andrew Howells
2019 Howells A, Drabsch B, 'The Mummy Project - Public Lecture at Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney', (2019) [O1]
Co-authors Andrew Howells
2018 Drabsch BS, 'Dolmen Construction - diagrams illustrating stages of quarrying and extraction', (2018) [O1]
2018 Drabsch BS, 'Dolmen Construction: Schematic reconstructions of a possible sequence involved in transporting and positioning the slabs', (2018) [O1]
2018 Drabsch B, 'The latest technology or traditional recording methods - why not both? An argument for including artists in rock art recording teams', (2018) [O1]
2018 Drabsch B, 'Blending Graphite with Pixels: Natural History Illustration Online', (2018) [O1]
2018 Fraser JA, Harrison T, Wood M, Lord C, Drabsch B, Howells A, Carter E, 'Spectroscopic Analysis of pigments from the coffin of the 2500-year-old Egyptian mummy Mer-Neith-it-es for digital recolouration', (2018) [O1]
Co-authors Andrew Howells
2018 Howells A, 'Blending Graphite with Pixels: Natural History Illustration Online', (2018) [O1]
Co-authors Andrew Howells
2016 Drabsch BS, 'Evolving Symbolism: Continuity and Change in Artistic Repesentation during the South Levantine Late Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Ages', (2016) [O1]
2016 Drabsch BS, 'Society and Symbolism of the Late Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age Periods in the extended Fertile Crescent', (2016) [O1]
2016 Drabsch BS, 'Visualising and Contextualising the rock art sites of the Hunter: Conservation through Education', (2016) [O1]
2016 Drabsch BS, 'Nude, Robed and Masked Processions: Considering the Figural Images in the Teleilat Ghassul Wall Paintings, Jordan', (2016) [O1]
2016 Drabsch BS, 'Iconography and Symbolic Meaning of the Human during the Southern Levantine Chalcolithic', (2016) [O1]
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Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Drabsch BS, Contextualising the wall paintings of Teleilat Ghassul, Jordan, University of Newcastle (2014)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 10
Total funding $241,031

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20204 grants / $126,644

Early Career Researcher HDR candidate scholarship$110,384

Funding body: Australian Federal Government

Funding body Australian Federal Government
Scheme Australian Postgraduate Award
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2023
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Biodiversity Education and Engagement Network$10,000

Building from collaborative work between SOCI and Biological Science researchers this network is designed to develop partnerships with key industry associates and local community members. We will use this pilot project within a longer-term strategy to builds UoN’s profile in this space, based on cross-faculty, trans-disciplinary collaboration around measuring biodiversity literacy and working with local stakeholders to develop educational materials to raise levels of community knowledge around biodiversity.  We will use this foundation to develop the Biodiversity Literacy Survey (BLS) - an annual, longitudinal research survey, building from results to provide a knowledge base for an ARC Linkage application (and working towards a larger international project with multiple collaborators from other countries replicating the survey in their own contexts). This seed funding will support a one-day engagement and collaboration workshop involving relevant industry partners, community members and UON academics. The workshop will help establish a network of external collaborators, identify specific case studies for follow-up projects, and provide consultation on the BLS. This will be followed with targeted follow-up field trips with specific stakeholders to develop initial production materials around local environmental case studies.  We will use these opportunities to develop real world problem-solving projects for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Funding body: FEDUA - Faculty of Education and Arts, UoN

Funding body FEDUA - Faculty of Education and Arts, UoN
Project Team

AProf Craig Hight (Lead), Dr Bernadette Drabsch, Dr Simone O'Callaghan, A/Prof Matthew Hayward, Dr Andrea Griffin, Dr Kaya Klop-Toker and Dr Alexandra Callen

Scheme Strategic Network and Pilot Project Scheme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Tales of a Changing Climate from Speleothem Fabrics$5,000

Funding body: AINSE (Australian Institute of Nuclear Science & Engineering)

Funding body AINSE (Australian Institute of Nuclear Science & Engineering)
Project Team Doctor Bernadette Drabsch, Professor Silvia Frisia, Dr Daryl Howard, Miss Nicole Pierce
Scheme Honours Scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo G2000592
Type Of Funding C3112 - Aust Not for profit
Category 3112
UON Y

2020 Faculty of Education and Arts Strategic Early Advice and Feedback Scheme$1,260

Funding body: Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Dr Bernadette Drabsch

Scheme 2020 FEDUA Strategic Early Advice and Feedback Scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20191 grants / $10,000

Low Waste, Slow Fashion Future$10,000

Investigating and Implementing design and digital print textile solutions for a sustainable fashion industry

Funding body: The University of Newcastle

Funding body The University of Newcastle
Project Team

Faye Nielson, Bernadette Drabsch, Brett McMahon, Giselle Penn

Scheme University of Newcastle Small Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20181 grants / $15,398

The Visualsing Humanities Research Project$15,398

Funding body: University of Sydney

Funding body University of Sydney
Project Team Doctor Bernadette Drabsch, Doctor Andrew Howells
Scheme Nicholson Museum
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2020
GNo G1800102
Type Of Funding C3112 - Aust Not for profit
Category 3112
UON Y

20171 grants / $17,989

East Coast Rock Art Project - Preliminary stages$17,989

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Bernadette Drabsch
Scheme Women in Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1701396
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20151 grants / $15,000

Archaeological Illustration Industry Scholarships - Saruq al-Hadid Archaeologcal Research Project$15,000

Three archaeological illustration industry scholarships were established with the University of New England and the Municipality of Dubai i connection with the Saruq al-Hadid Archaeological Research Project

Funding body: The University of New England

Funding body The University of New England
Scheme Saruq al-Hadid Archaeological Research Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding C3232 - International Govt - Other
Category 3232
UON N

20102 grants / $56,000

Australian PostGraduate Award$51,000

Funding body: Australian Federal Government

Funding body Australian Federal Government
Scheme Australian Postgraduate Award
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding C2120 - Aust Commonwealth - Other
Category 2120
UON N

Dorothy Cameron Fellowship$5,000

Awarded to conduct research into the role of women in the culture, rituals and belief systems of prehistoric societies.

Funding body: The University of Sydney

Funding body The University of Sydney
Scheme Dorothy Cameron Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current6

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2020 PhD Reconstructing the Extinct Avifauna of the Cenozoic Era: Developing a Comprehensive Framework using Australian Examples PhD (Natural History Illustr), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2019 PhD Exploring Novel Scientific Communication Methods in Order to Enhance Biodiversity Literacy and Pro-Conservation Engagement: an Examination of the Hunter Region PhD (Comm & Media Arts), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2018 PhD Understanding the Molecular Mechanisms of Stillbirth Through Animation PhD (Natural History Illustr), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 PhD Can Illustrated Cultural Heritage Mapping Make a Difference to Community Attitudes: A Documented Case Study of the Natural and Cultural Environment of the Darkinjung People on Central Coast of Australia PhD (Natural History Illustr), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2017 PhD A holistic framework for valid archaeological reconstructions: A case study of the ‘Migdol’ temple of Pella, Jordan PhD (Natural History Illustr), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Visualising Life: Illustration as a Vehicle for Communicating the Development and Aging of the Human Placenta PhD (Natural History Illustr), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Research Projects

Re-animating Mer-Neith-it-es 2017 - 2020


Biodiversity Education and Engagement Network 2019 - 2020

Building from collaborative work between SOCI and Biological Science researchers this network is designed to
develop partnerships with key industry associates and local community members. We will use this pilot project
within a longer-term strategy to builds UoN’s profile in this space, based on cross-faculty, transdisciplinary
collaboration around measuring biodiversity literacy and working with local stakeholders to develop
educational materials to raise levels of community knowledge around biodiversity.


Low Waste, Slow Fashion 2019 - 2020

Our slow fashion collection is inspired by our love of the environment and our desire to protect it.  We seek to create a local fashion industry that is sustainable and eco-friendly, using zero-waste pattern layout and purposeful printing (ie. only printing where and when it is needed using a digital fabric printer).  We want to create designs that are gender-neitral, durable and timeless, designs that are inspired by the seasonal colours and patterns of the Australian bush.  We want to show respect to the Indigenous knowledge of these seasonal changes and create a collection that reflects their frugality and connection with the land.  Our designs will be made specifically for the Australian environment, being cool, loose and protective in summer and cosy in winter.  Our tags and labels will be made out of fabric scraps, with the labels embedded with local, endemic seeds, so they can be planted after purchase to help restore our local biodiversity. We want to design for the future, using smart, sustainable design choices to challenge the fast, disposable fashion ethos that currently exists.


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News

Taking conservation to the community through art

September 4, 2020

An exciting new event is taking the science of conservation out of the lab and into the community, using the power of art.

World-first UON course draws international recognition

December 8, 2017

Taking out the prestigious edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions in Online Learning and Teaching at an international ceremony

Women In Research Fellowships awarded

October 27, 2017

Thirteen UON researchers have been awarded a Women in Research (WIR) Fellowship thanks to Research Advantage.

World-first online course grants access to leading Australian artists

September 28, 2016

Natural History Illustration online course grants access to leading Australian artists

Dr Bernadette Drabsch

Position

Lecturer
School of Creative Industries
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email bernadette.drabsch@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6371
Links Research Networks
Research Networks

Office

Room SOCI office - Level 4, Newspace
Building Newspace
Location City

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