Previous Webinars for Those Seeking Inspiration

Previous webinars for those seeking inspiration available below.


Lifelong Learning: Real stories from the mature student experience

Making the decision to go to uni as a mature student can take a lot of consideration as you navigate the balance between work, home life, and study. Hear inspiring real stories from JCU alumni about their experiences as mature students and find out insider tips and tricks on how they adapted to challenges and went on to achieve study success.

If you are a mature student looking to upskill, re-skill or simply learn something new, you will hear from people who have developed advanced skills to build rewarding careers.

Tape Decks to TikTok: How can Gen X educators teach Millennial and Gen Z brains?

PowerPoint may have been cool in 1997, but an entirely new educational approach is needed for a generation that has never known life without a smartphone. The technology gap between Gen X and those who belong to the Millennial and Gen Z generations is the equivalent to computers that were once the size of a car are now able to fit in your hand and follow your every waking moment.

Join Dr Anthony Marinac on a journey through the generations as he discusses how those of us who once played Pac-Man and Space Invaders can connect with and teach students who live their lives online.


Atomic testing in Australia during the 1950s has been shrouded in mystery and secrecy for decades, but JCU Associate Professor Liz Tynan is blowing the history open with her latest book, The Secret of Emu Field: Britain’s Forgotten Atomic Tests in Australia. In this webinar, Liz shares the stories of the Operation Totem atomic tests in 1953 and their lingering effects on the people, the landscape, and the wildlife at Emu Field in South Australia.

An award-winning author and academic, Liz previously wrote Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story, for which she won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Australian History and the CHASS Book Prize in 2017. She is also the Co-ordinator of the Professional Development Program for the JCU Graduate Research School. Liz draws on her extensive experience as a science journalist and researcher to bring light in this webinar to the forgotten fate of Emu Field, long after the mushroom clouds dispersed.

We live in an ever-increasingly energy-thirsty world. Our mouths, our devices, our houses and our cars all require more fuel than ever before. What does the future of energy look like as economics, rising populations and sustainability collide?

Featured Panellists:

  • Paul Brophy, President of EGS Inc
  • Benn Barr, Founder and CEO, Avant Garde Innovations
  • Arun George, Chief Executive of the Australian Energy Market Commission
  • Jack Growden, Founder and CEO, LiteHaus International

In homicide cases, the location of human remains is typically used to create a criminal profile of an offender – allowing investigators to determine the nature of the crime and draw inferences regarding the offender’s personality and characteristics. However, what about instances where victim remains are yet to be located?

JCU PhD student and Queensland Police Service Senior Sergeant Jim Whitehead is conducting a world-first study exploring the use of criminal profiles to identify viable search areas for their victims’ remains. Join Mr Whitehead to discover how he is using Queensland homicide cases to develop a system of statistical analysis that may help bring closure to grieving families, and assist in securing a conviction.

Farming is ‘man’s work’ – or is it? The Internet of Things (IoT) is heralding a much-anticipated era of agriculture where adopting ag-tech will be critical to creating agricultural management efficiencies. With increasing demands for Australian beef and a shortage of rural workers, farmers are turning to on-farm technology to help manage livestock, crops and horticulture to boost productivity. While both men and women farm, it is women who are driving the technology from the farmhouse to the paddock, meaning women are playing a larger role in decision making in agri-business. As empowering as this shift in leadership is, the battle for equality is far from won. While men are adopting technology faster than ever before, women are primarily responsible for the purchase, installation and maintenance of adopted technologies, creating more responsibility for farming women.

Gain a fresh perspective with JCU’s Dr Rachel Hay into how Australian women are pivoting to embrace tech-based beef production practices. In this webinar, you’ll explore the engagement of women and technology in agriculture, especially the importance of rural women’s roles in managing technology and the valuable skills they bring to decision-making in management and leadership.

Australia lies within the Asia-Pacific region, with interwoven relations and links to South-East Asia through trade, diplomacy and the millions of its citizens born there. Nonetheless, ‘Asia literacy’ is seen by some as sorely lacking amongst Australians. Join our expert alumni panel as they explore the connections between Australia and the nations that surround it.

Featured Panelists:

  • Bill Tweddell, JCU Chancellor
  • Eleanor Mak, President of the Australia-ASEAN Business Council; Managing Director & Co-founder of Venturenauts
  • Brent Anderson, Regional General Manager-South & South East Asia, Tourism Australia
  • Jack Growden, Founder and CEO, LiteHaus International

How can art, rubbish and climate change be linked? Find out how they are coming together to shine a light on some of the most pressing issues of the 21st century.

JCU’s Associate Professor Robyn Glade-Wright is using art as a medium to draw attention to important messages in relation to our changing world. Robyn is a practising contemporary artist and arts educator with over 40 solo exhibitions in public and private galleries. In this webinar, Robyn will present a range of her artworks in order to discuss climate change and environmental pollution.

The works of art were created primarily from discarded materials washed up on Australia’s beaches. Materials include cigarette lighters, floats, children’s toys, plastic tops and rope. Experience how art can encourage us to reflect on our place in the environment and prompt us into action to stop the tide of plastics from polluting the environment and the food we eat.

Throughout this session our panellists look to explore the interrelationship between the occupants of the Earth: humanity and nature. What are the critical issues facing the world’s fauna, flora and humans? Amidst diminishing resources, how do we all share the planet sustainably?

Featured Panelists:

Take control of your business and save your organisation time, energy and money by turning conflict into opportunity.

Conflict management and resolution skills are essential in supporting innovation and creating highly engaged and productive workforces. With organisations now operating in an environment of unprecedented complexity with globalisation, sustainability, technological advancement, automation and increased workplace diversity all key influencing factors, this is a webinar which you can’t afford to miss.

Join the JCU Conflict Management and Resolution team for a panel discussion with conflict management practitioners, leaders, and managers on how conflict management skills, knowledge, and practice can contribute to tackling workplace challenges.

Featured Panelists:

  • Claire Holland - Senior Lecturer and Director of the Conflict Management and Resolution Program, JCU College of Business, Law & Governance
  • Peter Raffles - Principal, Conflict Solutions Pty Ltd
  • Tina Hoyer - Senior Lawyer, Australian Taxation Office


What does it take to build a resilient economy? From natural disasters to pandemics, economies can be vulnerable to a range of external risks. Traditional methods of addressing external risks often fail vulnerable communities or to recognise their adaptive capacities. Find out why transformative growth and fundamental reorientation of resources must be seen as integral parts of the solution.

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Find out more about the 2021 International Conference on Business, Economics, Management, and Sustainability below:

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The Conversations with Alumni webinar series is hosted by JCU's Alumni Team. It explores topical global issues such as rising inequalities, climate change, and emerging from economic downturn. 2020 has been extraordinary and unparalleled year in global history. In this session, panellist will explore the economic, socio-political and health impacts of the difficult times we have recently endured.

Featured Panellists:

  • Dr Alex Robson, Ambassador to OECD at DFAT
  • Natasha Smith, High Commissioner to Canada at DFAT
  • Dr Erin Bromage, Assistant Professor at University of Massachusetts
  • Jack Growden, JCU Alumni Relations

‘I became an Australian historian in Townsville as a result of teaching Australian history for the first time….beginning research in the north and about the north….and above all by living and working in Townsville for more than thirty years. My contribution to Australian intellectual life has been intimately connected with those years that Margaret and I spent in Townsville’.

Henry Reynolds was born and educated in Tasmania and wrote an MA thesis about colonial politics before living and teaching in London for two years. His time in London came to an unexpected end when he received an invitation to take up a lectureship at the Townsville University College, which later became James Cook University.
Henry’s wife, Margaret, was elected to the City Council and then for sixteen years was the ALP's North Queensland Senator. "Margaret was the activist and quickly became involved in Aboriginal issues ... she worked on the campaign for the 1967 referendum and we were meeting lots of people, among them Eddie Mabo, Bobby Sykes and Burnum Burnum. "We were immersed in the race question."

Henry became one of the pioneers of the history of White/Aboriginal relations and has published twenty books many of which were best sellers and were awarded literary prizes. He is best known for his pioneering work on the history of settler-indigenous relations which became widely known with the publication of The Other Side of the Frontier in 1981. It was this publication that attracted the attention of many.

During this time the friendship with Murray Islander Eddie Mabo was growing. Eddie was a groundsman at the university and the two often talked.

The rest is now history!

After having her heart set on becoming a doctor, Hayley’s dreams were dashed when she was in a serious car crash in her late teens. With her rehabilitation experience making her even more determined to learn how the human body works, Hayley continued to chase her passion for medicine through studying science at JCU, majoring in physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

But it was finding the right mentor that gave her the opportunity to work on breakthrough medical research in the area of emergency medicine, developing a new drug combination that is helping first-responders to save lives from trauma-related blood loss.

Hear how Hayley overcame the many obstacles she faced on her ‘Plan B’ career journey, and how she is inspiring the next generation of doctors to engage with, and contribute to, the many research breakthroughs that are needed for medicine to progress into the future.

What are the pressures that push teams towards the accident zone? What are the resilience traits that keep us at the ‘edge of chaos’? What does this mean for the development of skills and intelligence in complex work environments?

In complex organisations, hovering around this edge of chaos is all about equilibrium. Too much tension or stress and we can be pushed into the ‘accident zone’ where we lose control over the outcomes of our work. Not enough tension and we can quickly disengage. This session will take participants on a fast-paced journey through some of the latest thinking on resilience, chaos, complexity, leadership, and emotional intelligence.

Hear from JCU experts, Ben Freedman and Claire Holland, as they speak about how we can optimise our work and engage our best thinking when we are working in the space between order and chaos.

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As the cyclone season approaches, a timely reminder to prepare is almost cliché. There is more you can do to prepare for a cyclone than putting away the patio furniture and stocking up on canned food. Hear from JCU Cyclone Testing Station experts on building resilience, as well as advice on how you can prepare your own cyclone check list.

Find out if you are eligible for a fully government funded NQ Strata Title Inspection report that estimates the resilience of your residential strata property and recommendations on how it can be improved.

Improving the resilience of your home to wind, rain and storm tide may be cheaper and easier than you think!

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The JCU Ideas Lab Fireside Chat is a regular series from JCU Connect of informal Q&A sessions. Guests are from the local entrepreneurship community, global experts from the national and international innovation, technical research, and entrepreneurship sectors.

In this discussion and audience Q&A, Keith Sue, Innovation Facilitator, JCU Ideas Lab, sits down with Kelvin Ross, Director, Queensland AI Hub.

Recording will be available soon.

Throughout this session, panellists will explore how societies and individuals can adapt to a rapidly-changing human experience increasingly living alongside and amongst forms of artificial intelligence.

The age of artificial intelligence is one of the most punctuating moments in history which we all get to witness first-hand so we hope you will join us as our panelists provide fascinating insight into how our species will navigate this mesmerising chapter of the human narrative.

How will COVID-19 impact the education and employment trajectories of young people? Historically, economic downturns have had lifelong consequences for happiness, life satisfaction and lifetime earnings.

Dr Jenny Chesters from the Melbourne Graduate Research School of Education joins Distinguished Professor Stewart Lockie, Director of the JCU Cairns Institute, for this special webinar to celebrate Social Sciences week (7-13 September).

Jenny will draw on extensive data to understand the experiences of previous generations, explain how Australia can avoid the worst-case scenario and explore how young people can build a brighter future.

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In this discussion and audience Q&A, Keith Sue, Innovation Facilitator, JCU Ideas Lab, sits down with Alan Crabbe the co-founder of the Australian equity crowdfunding platform Birchal.

Alan has been a leader in the crowdfunding space in Australia and the Asia-Pacific since 2010, and had distributed over $100 million of investment capital to entrepreneurs and social-change makers through Birchal and its sister platform Pozible.

Topics include:

  • What is equity crowdfunding and how does it work?
  • How have the rule changes around equity crowdfunding and opened new opportunities for founders?
  • What type of venture is best suited to equity crowd funding
  • How founders can best posture themselves to get ‘investment ready

Throughout this webinar our panellists will examine the current state of the world through the lens of the concerning trend of rising inequalities between nations and between individuals across practically every aspect of human development.

Featured Panellists:
  • Professor Sandra Harding AO - Vice-Chancellor and President, James Cook University
  • Professor David Hulme OBE - Professor of Development Studies, Global Development Institute
  • Dr Rose Evaster-Aderolili - Former Chief of Social Development Program, UNECA
  • Jack Growden - JCU Alumni Relations

Tourism plays an important part in the Queensland economy. As we look to the future, how can we make travel more resilient?

Join JCU Tourism experts Dr Laurie Murphy and Dr Denis Tolkach to discuss how we can develop a resilient tourism sector. Discover how we can contribute to community wellbeing and address current challenges while maintaining a long-term outlook. Topics will also include the responsible use and conservation of resources and how to build capacity to adapt to change.

Featured Panellists:
  • Dr Denis Tolkach - Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Hospitality Management, James Cook University.
  • Dr Laurie Murphy - Associate Professor, Discipline of Tourism, Event and Sport Management, James Cook University.

What will be the impact on Australian workplaces once the Government’s support ends? Australian law has changed in order to deal with the challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on Australian workplaces.

Join JCU's Dr Louise Floyd for an analysis of the crucial legal issues involved in employment and corporate law in this tough business climate. Dr Floyd will explore the impacts of job keeper, working from home and telecommuting, along with structural reform of the Australian industrial relations system.

Featured Panellist:
  • Dr Louise Floyd - Associate Professor of Law, James Cook University.

Throughout this half-hour session, we will be exploring the current state of the world and how leadership, diplomacy and compassion will be vital in emerging from the difficult times we find ourselves in at present. Responses to COVID-19, rising geopolitical tensions and social unrest have differed immensely and during this session, our alumni panel will discuss examples of both sound and substandard leadership during recent crises.

Featured Panellists:
  • Bill Tweddell - Chancellor, James Cook University
  • Julie-Ann Guivarra - Ambassador for Gender Equality at Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
  • Winsome Denyer - Producer & Researcher at ABC, Australian Story
  • Jack Growden - JCU Alumni Relations

What is social enterprise? How can it play a part in economic recovery? Explore the nature of social enterprise with JCU’s Dr Narayan Gopalkrishnan. Discover the opportunities social entrepreneurship presents to develop local and global solutions that are economically, socially and ecologically sustainable.

The immediate effects of COVID-19 have shown that ‘business as usual’ is no longer a viable option. Far North Queensland is particularly vulnerable due to large natural resources, relatively small and scattered populations, high unemployment levels, and energy dependency, just to name a few factors. Find out how doing business with a social purpose can provide solutions.

Featured Panellist:
  • Dr Narayan Gopalkrishnan - Course Coordinator, Social Work, James Cook University.