25 episodes

Hello and welcome to Research for What? The podcast that discusses scientific research, its purpose and impact. I am your host Rom Bouveret. 
 
Each week I will interview recognised thought leaders who share the same passion for science and research and invest their energy, time or money!!
 
We will talk about the challenges and opportunities for research. I am also very keen to find out how experts define impact and what methods are used to measure impact. Every week, I will ask the question: Research for what?

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Research for What‪?‬ Rom Bouveret

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Hello and welcome to Research for What? The podcast that discusses scientific research, its purpose and impact. I am your host Rom Bouveret. 
 
Each week I will interview recognised thought leaders who share the same passion for science and research and invest their energy, time or money!!
 
We will talk about the challenges and opportunities for research. I am also very keen to find out how experts define impact and what methods are used to measure impact. Every week, I will ask the question: Research for what?

Photo by Shalaka Gamage on Unsplash

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    Culturing a woolly mammoth meatball on a Petri dish

    Culturing a woolly mammoth meatball on a Petri dish

    In this episode of Research for What?, I am very privileged to discuss with George Peppou, CEO and Founder of VOW, one of Australia’s most innovative food tech start-up.
     
    VOW’s mission is clear and simple – to ‘make ridiculously good meat’. It does this by culturing animal cells from traditional and new species. In fact, VOW’s aim is to bring any animal on the menu and recently made headlines for producing a woolly mammoth meatball. Last year, VOW raised ~US$50M in Series A funding.
    In this episode, I asked George how he went from developing an idea built on academic research to opening the largest cultivated meat facility in the southern hemisphere. Research and Development are key to VOW’s growth and innovation. They have hired or trained an incredible team of entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, innovators, engineers, artists, and chefs!
     
    Listen to this episode where George also talks about the attitude, culture and skills required to lead a successful start-up built on science, technology and research.
     
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    • 34 min
    Cochlear - smart research and commercialisation

    Cochlear - smart research and commercialisation

    In this new episode of Research for What?, I am very privileged to discuss with Dig Howitt, CEO and President of Cochlear Limited, one of Australia’s most celebrated advanced manufacturing success stories.
    Cochlear Limited was established in 1983 as a subsidiary of Nucleus, to commercialise the cochlear implant, also known as the bionic ear, an innovative technology developed by Professor Graeme Clark at the University of Melbourne. After more than 40 years of innovative research and sustainable commercialisation, cochlear implants have made significant strides in improving hearing outcomes for individuals with severe-to-profound hearing loss. To date, Cochlear Limited has provided more than 720,000 people with cochlear implants and has a global market share of more than 60%. Their commitment to advancing technology and improving patient outcomes has led to numerous breakthroughs in cochlear implant technology. In this episode, Dig Howitt explains why excellent research and development combined with smart commercialisation, are key elements of Cochlear’s innovation and success. A must listen!!
    For direct access to your preferred platform, go to Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spotify or Google Podcasts.
    Note: this episode was recorded before the last federal election so any reference to the current government actually applies to the former Government.

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    • 20 min
    Bringing art and research together to bring down barriers for people with disabilities

    Bringing art and research together to bring down barriers for people with disabilities

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    In this week’s episode of Research for What?, I learn about the work of legally-blind artist and researcher Dr Erica Tandori. Erica creates artwork to exhibit science to people with vision or hearing impairment, who traditionally don’t have access to research. Erica has spent the last couple of years in the Rossjohn Lab at the Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University to understand, articulate and exhibit research and science using multiple senses like vision, touch, sound and smell.
    Here, Erica describes the similarities and parallels between art and research. She explains how bringing both together, in harmony, can be relatively easy and immensely rewarding. Erica’s mission and unique approach to making knowledge accessible to everyone are impressive and inspiring.
    In this episode, we are also joined by audio-designer and composer Stuart Favilla from the School of Design at Swinburne University. Erica and Stu produce extraordinary pieces, which not only touch artists and members of the public who are not familiar with research and its practice, but also speak to scientists and clinicians. They help researchers, who have been studying fundamental mechanisms and diseases for years, to see their work differently, as artists, turning structural biology models into sculptures. 
    Erica and Stu recently launched a multisensory book titled ‘My Goodness’ (preview here). My Goodness is a series of 10 interactive ‘books’, combining tactile artworks, audio sonifications, braille-inspired protein molecules, large print, audio narration and braille supplements, which allow low-vision, blind, hearing-impaired and general audiences alike, to explore research on gut health, nutrition and immunity. It even comes with a pop song that can be heard at the end of this episode!
    Find more examples of Erica’s and Stu’s artwork including:
    Erica’s websiteThe Monash Sensory Science initiative (video of the 2019 Sensory Scientific exhibition here)Covers of scientific journals that Erica created (here)The HIV data projection project (video here) and the HIV CousCous Project (video here)
    For direct access to your preferred platform, go to Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spotify or Google Podcasts.

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    • 31 min
    Who Needs a Mentor?

    Who Needs a Mentor?

    In this episode of Research for What?, I find out who needs a mentor. And how to find a great mentor!
    This recording is from a live free panel discussion with three inspiring experts and scientists:
    Dr Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan, an EMBL Australia group leader at the EMBL Australia Node in Single Molecule Science at UNSW Sydney. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor in the Centre for BioSystems Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. She is passionate about mentorship both as a mentee and a mentor. Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea, Executive Director of the Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) at the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and the co-founder and CEO of Women in STEMM AustraliaDr Melina Georgousakis, founder of Franklin Women, an Australian women's organisation for women working in health and medical related careers. Melina also works as Policy and Research Manager for the Bupa Health Foundation.  
    The 3 fantastic panellists share their passion and experience and give lots of practical tips to find a great mentor! Some of the quotes in the chat were:
    "thank you so much .. such a great session"; "I’m hoping to start my PhD in 2021, and have found this discussion to be hugely helpful. I will definitely be actively seeking mentors as I move forward. Very grateful to each of the speakers for your practical tips and insight!""Thank you to all presenters for a wonderful session! I am one newly minted PhD grad who is now feeling very inspired!"
    This event was supported by SMS, the ARC Centre of Excellence in Advanced Imaging and Research for What?. 
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    • 57 min
    Collaborate: why, when, how? with Mark Elliott - Collabforge

    Collaborate: why, when, how? with Mark Elliott - Collabforge

    In this week’s episode of Research for What?, I talk with Mark Elliott, Managing Director and Founder of Collabforge. 
    Mark has made it his career and business to help individuals and organisations collaborate. Here he shares tips on how to establish successful collaborations that will deliver innovative outcomes. A clue? Setting clear expectations early. He also explains how to keep momentum through long and multi-disciplinary projects. 
    If you want to learn when and how to collaborate efficiently in a complex team, what to do before, during and after a large collaborative project, listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spotify or Google Podcasts.

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    • 39 min
    Why publish and who decides what a great paper is? with Justin Gooding - ACS Sensors

    Why publish and who decides what a great paper is? with Justin Gooding - ACS Sensors

    In this week’s episode of Research for What?, I talk with Prof Justin Gooding, ARC Laureate Fellow in the school of Chemistry at UNSW Sydney and Editor-in-Chief of ACS Sensors.
    Justin shares his views about the benefits of publishing for researchers from both academia and industry and tips to find the most suitable journal. Justin explains his role as editor-in-chief in attracting and selecting 'the best science'. We discuss the peer-review process, open access and who decides what makes a great paper. Justin also shares his thoughts on impact and impact factors...
    Listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spotify and Google Podcasts for tips to get your work accepted.

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    • 39 min

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