External seminars

The University of Newcastle collaborates and engages with industry partners and educators through external seminars. Below are some of the external seminars previously held in Singapore in conjunction with our industry partners.

If you would like to collaborate with us on any of our seminars and workshops, please email uonsevents@newcastle.edu.au - we will be delighted to tailor these sessions to your needs.

Date: 26 January 2018

Venue: Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations, 96 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187967

Ms Kate Duff - Australia's Deputy High Commissioner to Singapore
Ms Isabelle Claus Teixeira - Founder and Managing Director of BHD Asia
Ms Roslina Chai - Entrepreneur, Lawyer, Innovation-Practitioner, Lecturer and Life Coach
Datuk Dr Wong Lai Sum -  Former CEO of Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation
Ms Yeap Mei Yi - General Manager (Asia) of Peatix

Brief Description:

Women at different levels of leadership gave talks on concerns and matters unique to their industry, providing attendees with insights on both the opportunities available to women at the workplace and the institutional and personal obstacles that can hinder their advancement.

The keynote address was delivered by Datuk Dr Wong Lai Sum, the former CEO of the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE). Datuk Dr Wong has a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry, a Master degree in Public Administration, and a PhD in Business from the University of Malaya. She has served in various capacities in Malaysia's civl service since 1980. Her areas of expertise include international business, taxation, financial and corporate management, and strategic planning. Her twenty-four years at the MATRADE, under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry has given her much insight into what it takes to advance business across borders. As its former CEO, she has done extensive studies on the export competitiveness of companies from various industries. Dr Wong was actively involved in policy design and developmental projects to advance trade and economic growth for Malaysia, as well as ASEAN and OIC countries.

The seminar also include a discussion panel of women leaders from different sectors and different stages of their career.

Date: 17 January 2018 (Wednesday)

Time: 3.00pm to 5.00pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, PSB Academy at 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, #03-200, Singapore 039594


In this session, we will look into and unpack specific strategies of influence and persuasion and look at how we can incorporate the science of choice into the decisions that we make (or want other people to make) in our everyday professional and personal lives. We will delve into the cognitive biases that impact and affect our decision-making ability, and look at ways to take advantage of them across a range of different circumstances and situations. We aim to help participants understand how people think and how they make decisions in certain environments and contexts, and we hope to be able to provide new thinking and perspectives on how to improve decision-making skills and how to nudge people in directions that can ultimately make their (and our own) lives better (at work and at home).


  1. Specific strategies of influence (based on the latest in academic research) to help you become a master of choice and a master of persuasion.
  2. How these strategies have and can be used to:
    • Frame the context in which other people make decisions
    • Achieve more desirable outcomes
    • Better promote yourself and your products/services
    • Build better relationships with colleagues and those around you
    • Sell and close deals more effectively
    • Attract new clients and improve acceptance, retention and satisfaction

About the Facilitator:

Hassan holds an Economics degree, a Law degree and a Master of Business Administration degree, he is an alumni and graduate of Harvard Business School, and is currently undertaking further research and study at the University of Cambridge. He is also a certified Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Hassan has spent the best part of the last decade working with leaders and helping them successfully lead significant change and transformation efforts. His work has been focused on and around Leadership Development, and enabling companies to formulate and then accelerate the implementation of their most important strategies. He has completed extensive research on Personal Leadership, Leading Change and Behavioural Decision Making, and he has studied in depth the function and practice of Leadership and its ability to mobilise people, groups, organisations and cultures to achieve and produce results. His Leadership Development firm was created to help build high performance cultures within organisations by improving/developing the capabilities of high potential and senior Leadership employees within those organisations.

Date: 29 April 2015

Venue: Nanyang Polytechnic, Centre for Professional and Leadership Development 

Presenters: Professor Carol Miles and Mr Keith Foggett, Centre of Teaching and Learning, University of Newcastle

Brief Description:

In today's world of higher education, teaching and learning has become paramount in empowering all students to take ownership of their own learning, resulting in active learners who are independent, resourceful, flexible and innovative. In order to achieve this, student engagement with the lecturer and fellow students is necessary, and methods of engagement continue to evolve with the student body. The workshop conducted by the Centre for Teaching and Learning, University of Newcastle, will also cover the concept of the Flipped Classroom, an instructional methodology that encourages more active learning and engagement between instructor and student, and how it can contribute to desired learning outcomes.

Date: 24 November 2014

Venue: A*STAR - Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences, Center for Life Sciences (CELS)

Presenter: Professor Caroline McMillen, Vice Chancellor and President of the University of Newcastle, Australia

Brief Description:

There is a U shaped relationship between birth weight and adult fat mass, with a higher prevalence of adult obesity occurring in individuals with birth weights at either the low or high end of the birth weight distribution. Currently more than half of all adults in Australia, the US and other developed countries are either overweight or obese including women of reproductive age and there are now concerns about the emergence of an 'intergenerational cycle of obesity'. For heavy mothers, there appear to be separate contributions of maternal weight before pregnancy and glucose intolerance during pregnancy to birth weight, infant fat mass and the risk of later obesity. This presentation will review a series of experimental studies which have investigated how exposure to either maternal overnutrition and/or weight loss at different stages of development, including around the time of conception, can program the metabolic health of the offspring. Experimental studies highlight that there may be separate influences of maternal obesity during the periconceptional period and late gestational on the adiposity of the offspring. Development of dietary interventions for obese mothers during the periconceptional period requires a stronger evidence base which allows the effective weighing up of the metabolic benefits and costs for the offspring.