We are pleased to release the confirmed conference program for the Respect Prevent Respond conference.
Registration for the conference is now open!
Early bird registration (prior to 30 November 2018): $495
Standard registration (after 30 November 2018): $550
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The Conference Committee
The Conference Reference Group
|Chair: Professor Ann Taket|
|Professor Beth Crisp|
|Associate Professor Michael Flood|
|Professor Debbie Ollis|
|Dr Renee Hamilton|
Professor David Richardson
Title: Vice-Chancellor & President University of East Anglia
Topic: Changing the culture on campus and in university cities: a partnership between the Vice-Chancellor and students
David Richardson is the Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Bacterial Biochemistry at the University of East Anglia (UEA). He joined UEA in 1991, and has also held positions of Dean of Faculty of Science, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor before being appointed as Vice-Chancellor in 2014.
His research group is active in the area of bacterial bioenergetics, and his work has shed important light on the mechanism of greenhouse gas production by bacteria and the molecular basis and function of bacterial nanowires.
David is active in a range of national and regional HE bodies. David also holds an Honorary Chair at the University of Queensland and is President of the Aurora Network of Universities 2017-19.
David was a member of the Universities UK Taskforce examining violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students. The recommendations in the report “Changing the Culture” are being adopted widely by UK universities.
Associate Professor Michael Flood
Topics: Engaging male students and staff on campus in violence prevention & Building norms of consent on campus: Effective strategies for consent education
Dr Michael Flood is a highly regarded researcher on violence against women and its prevention, with an extensive record of community and professional engagement.
Dr Flood has made significant contributions to scholarly and community understanding of men’s and boys’ involvements in preventing violence against women and building gender equality, and to scholarship and programming regarding violence and violence prevention. Dr Flood also is a community educator with a long involvement in advocacy and education focused on men, gender, and violence. He has contributed to social change campaigns, worked with sporting and military organizations, participated in international expert meetings, and shaped national prevention frameworks.
Professor Vanita Sundaram
Title: University of York
Topic: The politics of in/visibility: how institutional conceptualisations of sexual violence enable or prevent effective challenge and change in higher education.
Vanita Sundaram is Professor of Education at the University of York. Her research broadly covers gender and education, focusing more specifically on gender-based violence and teenagers; tackling everyday sexism, harassment and abuse in education across the lifecourse; and lad cultures and sexual violence in higher education.
She is the author of numerous publications on these issues, including Global debates and key perspectives on sex and relationships education: Addressing issues of gender, sexuality, plurality and power (2016); Preventing youth violence: Rethinking the role of gender in schools (2014) and the forthcoming Exploring ‘lad culture’ in higher education: A focus on British universities (with Prof. Carolyn Jackson).
Prof. Sundaram is also an academic member of the NUS Strategy Team on Lad Culture, an advisory board member of The 1752 Group, and is co-chair of the international Gender and Education Association.
Dr Jen Drysdale
Title: Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)
Topic: Student wellbeing and safety in the Higher Education Sector
Dr Jen Drysdale joined TEQSA in 2017 as Assistant Director, Admissions Transparency and has since played a pivotal role in the establishment of a team to monitor and support how providers are responding to the challenge of sexual assault and sexual harassment in the higher education sector. She has held both academic and professional positions in the tertiary sector, and completed a PhD on the development of institutions at the ANU.
Dr Drysdale gained experience in institutional design, public policy, project management and stakeholder engagement, working for local, state and federal government, the United Nations, not for profit organisations, and as a consultant.
Title: Chief Executive, Universities Australia
Topic: Catriona will talk about the significant work Australian universities are undertaking as part of Respect. Now. Always. and how our sector is working with other sectors to eliminate sexual violence in universities.
Catriona Jackson is the Chief Executive at Universities Australia, the peak body for the higher education sector. In this role she leads the team that developed the Respect. Now. Always. initiative to combat sexual assault and harassment universities.
She has carried a life-long commitment to gender equity through a 30-year career in government, universities, advocacy, policy analysis and development, and journalism at the highest levels. Prior to joining UA, Ms Jackson was the Chief Executive Officer of peak lobby group Science & Technology Australia, press secretary and senior adviser to a federal government cabinet minister, director of government relations and communications at the Australian National University and a newspaper and radio journalist.
Professor Ann Taket
Title: Chair in Health & Social Exclusion
Director, Centre for Health through Action on Social Exclusion
School of Health & Social Development, Faculty of Health. Deakin University
Topic: The value of the bystander approach for primary prevention in the university setting
Professor Ann Taket has over thirty years experience in public health related research. The majority of her academic career has been in the UK, and she re-located to Melbourne, Australia in February 2006.
Currently Professor Taket is leading the development of theatre based education programs that aim to change knowledge, attitudes and promote prosocial behaviour. You the Man deals with dating violence and sexual assault and highlights how bystanders can interrupt cycles of relationship violence and abuse. Over the past 5 years the program has been successfully delivered in sports clubs, workplaces, secondary schools, universities and communities across Victoria.
This year sees the first season of Being Frank which covers trans and gender diverse issues. Developed in partnership with Transgender Victoria, this program is intended to promote awareness, empathy and discussion, increasing acknowledgement, acceptance and affirmation and valuing of trans and gender diverse people within society. Both of these programs focus on stimulating prosocial bystander behaviour.
Professor Beth Crisp
Title: Health and Social Development, Deakin University
Topic: Does the curriculum have a place in university efforts to prevent gender-based violence?
Professor Beth Crisp is internationally recognised for her research and leadership in Social Work Education as well as being the Discipline Leader for Social Work at Deakin University.
She is particularly interested in curriculum development and has put her research into practice in development of new qualifying degrees in social work at both the University of Glasgow and at Deakin University. Beth is also co-editor (along with Professor Ann Taket) of the recent volume Eliminating Gender-Based Violence and her keynote paper at this conference brings together her experience in curriculum development with her interest in the prevention of gender-based violence.
Associate Professor Debbie Ollis
Title: Deakin University
Topic: Primary prevention - What can we learn from pre-service teachers’ experience of prevention education?
Debbie is Associate Professor in Education at Deakin University. Her teaching and research intersect in the area of sexuality education, gender and diversity, respectful relationships education (gender-based violence education), and health and student wellbeing.
Debbie has a history in the translation of her own and others research into practice through policy, teacher professional learning, teacher education and school-based curriculum. She has been the principal author of key sexuality education resources and worked in policy and program development in gender and sexuality education at the state and national level in Australia. She is an active researcher in the field currently researching and writing, independently and collaboratively, on capacity building in sexuality education; the implementation of respectful relationships; pre-service teacher sexuality education programs and the role of student voice and engagement in sexuality education.
Other Keynote Speakers will be announced soon. Please check back later.
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