PowerFest’18 successful in strengthening UOW academic – community partnerships
The inaugural Population Wellbeing and Environment Research Lab Festival (PowerFest’18) was held at iAccelerate on December 7th, with over 80 delegates from across the Illawarra and the Sydney metropolitan area.
This was the largest public meeting organised so far by the PowerLab’s Founding Co-Directors, Associate Professors Xiaoqi Feng and Thomas Astell-Burt.
PowerFest’18’s theme was urban greening and health in the Asia-Pacific. Speakers included Associate Professors Feng and Astell-Burt, visiting professors from Uppsala University, National University of Singapore, and National Taiwan University, the Principal Landscape Architect of NSW, the President of Parks and Leisure NSW/ACT, and three of PowerLab’s PhD students. All PhD students in PowerLab also gave poster presentations.
Feedback was unanimously positive from a diverse audience which included representatives of the NSW Ministry of Health, the National Heart Foundation, local health districts in Western Sydney and the Illawarra and Shoalhaven, Wollongong and Kiama councils, as well as academic staff and students.
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