Engagement beyond the academy

Linking the University with its external stakeholders.

A successful researcher is an engaged researcher who is linked to industry, the community and government. To tap into, contribute to and draw from these networks will significantly enrich your work and add a whole new depth to your research.

Engagement and Impact Beyond the Academy A practical two-part workshop for early career researchers

Part 1

Monday 24 September 2018

10.30am – 12.30pm Registration closed
Part 2

Monday 8 October 2018

10.30am – 12.30pm Registration closed

G.01 Ground Floor, Elisabeth Murdoch Building,

University of Melbourne, Parkville


Feedback from previous sessions:

“This is mind opening. Thinking about social impact is an area of weakness for me and it's great to see the big picture, realising that the landscape is really changing.”

“Provided a completely different perspective, which I think will be very valuable for my career. Very useful.”

“[Most valued] The self assessment worksheet exercise - help to know where I am in terms of the areas that I can develop further”


Societal and industry engagement is increasingly part of academic life – to get projects funded, unlock the potential of your research, open up promotion and career options, and make a difference in the world.

This interactive, two-part (each 2-hour) workshop helps early career researchers:

  • Explore societal and industry engagement and impact trends; the context surrounding your focus and research (e.g. megatrends); and gain an insight into corporate / industry, government and not-for profit priorities and perspectives;
  • Gain an understanding of societal / industry relevance and impact capability areas (referenced to the Geri capability framework);
  • Self assess your current proficiency across these capabilities, and consider potential future proficiency needs;
  • Explore potential proficiency gaps (individual or team), professional development needs and how these might be addressed; and
  • Explore in detail 3 proficiency areas (prioritized by participants), with specific examples and leading practice insights.


Dr Gary Veale will facilitate this session. Gary is a Director with Growing Human Potential, and splits his time between his own research (focused on the human relationship with nature) and working to help universities and academics unlock the potential of their research.

He is an Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne, industry supervisor to Monash’s MBA program and a former Director with KPMG. At KPMG he sat on the firm’s innovation council, and led a number of teams, including the firm’s national grants practice, global sustainable supply chain client offering, Australian environmental response, and various strategy, facilitation and performance improvement engagements with public and private sector clients, and not-for-profit organisations.

NB attendance at both workshops is a requirement of registration.

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