2018 Whisper Workshop

The Whisper Workshop. New ways to network. New ideas for research.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm,
Friday 14 September 2018.
La Trobe University City Campus,
Boardroom, Level 20, 360 Collins Street, Melbourne [Map].
If you are lost on the day, please telephone Jonathan O’Donnell on 0425 755 829.

The Whisper Workshop (#Whispercon) brings together twenty people interested in discussing and sharing their expertise. It builds our networks and brings people together to share their practices and processes. Basically, how – and why – do you do the things you do?

The key theme for the 2018 workshop is research communication.

Past #Whispercons: 2015 | 2016 | 2017

The program for 2018

09:00am 09:45am Introductions.
09:45am 10:30am Narelle Lemon: #circleofniceness – how do we make it happen?
10:30am 11:00am Morning tea = 30 minutes
11:00am 11:45am Lisa Godinho with Jen Martin: Does good science communication require cultural intelligence?
11:45am 12:30pm Jonathan O’Donnell: Micro-patronage as research communication
12:30pm 01:30pm Lunch = 1 hour
01:30pm 02:15pm Terry Mulhern: Research Impact is not (can’t be?) measured by ‘scholarly citations’.
02:15pm 03:00pm Shainal Kavar / Tseen Khoo: Corporate expectations of new graduates & new hires with a specific emphasis on communications / Research comms ‘internships’.
03:00pm 03:30pm Afternoon tea = 30 minutes
03:30pm 04:15pm Inger Mewburn: Strategies for creating institutional change
04:15pm 05:00pm Wrap up = 45 minutes

Afterward, we are invited to join local Wikipedians and Andy Mabbitt for drinks and dinner at ACMI cafe, Federation Square.

We set the topics for Whispercon through an ‘unconference’ voting process, so that things that most people are interested in can float to the top.

The room will have the standard university facilities – overhead project with sound and access to the Internet.  If you want to use overheads, bring them along on a USB stick. There will be temporary wireless access for the day, or you can use EduRoam to connect to the world for the day.

Key participants

Tseen Khoo

Tseen has researched and published on research funding issues, early career researcher experiences, alternative academic streams, and racial diversity issues in Australia. She is the founding convenor of the Asian Australian Studies Research Network (AASRN; 2006-2017). Her research interests include scholar activism, social media literacy, and academic community-building.

Tseen on LinkedIn | Tseen on Twitter (@tseenster) | Tseen on Instagram (@tseenster) | ORCID: 0000-0002-5447-061X.

Narelle Lemon

Narelle focuses on engagement and participation in the areas of teacher and learner capacity building and cultural organisations in galleries, museums and other alternative education settings; social media for professional development including Twitter, Pinterest, blogging and Instagram; and working in academia.

Narelle on LinkedIn | Narelle on Twitter (@rellypops) | Narelle on Instagram (@rellypops) | ORCID: 0000-0003-1396-5488.

Inger Mewburn

Inger has been specialising in the study of research education and research student support since 2005. Prior to this she lectured in architecture in various universities and worked in architecture offices for around a decade. Her main areas of research interest are doctoral education theory and practice, research practice and policy, design teaching and online education.

Inger on LinkedIn | Inger on Twitter (@thesiswhisperer) | ORCID: 0000-0003-0683-5255.

Jonathan O’Donnell

  • Co-founder, Research Whisperer.
  • Research Developer, Design and Social Context, RMIT University.

Jonathan specialises in finding funding for interesting people. At RMIT he works with artists, designers, educators, architects, fashion designers, writers, poets, media scholars, social scientists and humanities researchers. He is currently researching the use of crowdfunding to finance university research.

Jonathan on LinkedIn | Jonathan on Twitter (@jod999) | Jonathan on Instagram (@jodonnell999) | ORCID: 0000-0001-5435-235X.


Farrah Abdullah, Digital Communications Designer, Aurecon.

Kath Albury, Professor of Media and Communication, Swinburne University of Technology.

Carolyn Beasley, Deputy Department Chair, Media and Communication, Swinburne University of Technology.

Divya DasCouncil for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

Jason Downs, Business – Learning and Teaching, RMIT University.

Lisa Godinho, BioSciences, University of Melbourne.

Jasonne Grabher, Strategy, Policy & Engagement Advisor.

Karen Hutchings, MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development, Western Sydney University.

Shainal Kavar, Chief Information Officer, Spotless Group.

Jen Martin, Science Communication, University of Melbourne.

Anthony McCosker, Media and Communication, Swinburne University of Technology.

Sharon McDonough, Faculty of Education and Arts, Federation University.

Terry Mulhern, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Melbourne.

Lareen Newman, Education Arts and Social Sciences, University of South Australia.

Ian Solomonides, Vice President, Learning and Teaching, Victoria University.

Liz Stainforth, Endeavour Scholar, University of Leeds.