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: 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.