2015 Whisper Workshop

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

What happened at Whispercon…

Agenda and other details

9:00 am – 5:00 pm,
Monday 31 August 2015
Pavilion 1, level 10, The Design Hub,
Corner Victoria and Swanston Streets [Map to the Design Hub]
RMIT University, Melbourne.
If you are lost or have questions, please phone Jonathan O’Donnell on 0425 755 829.

The inaugural Whisper Workshop brings together twenty-five key people interested in linking universities and the GLAM sector. It is specifically designed to increase networks & partnerships among our different research communities.

The key themes for the 2015 workshop include:

  • New opportunities for partnerships & engagements, especially through social media.
  • Increasing opportunities to secure research funding and grants.
  • Early career researcher development.
  • Involvement of, and learning from, post graduate students.

Deciding the program

After allowing for lunch and tea breaks, we’ll have time for 12 x 25 minute discussion slots, with five minute breaks between. We will use the first slot to decide what the actual program would be. Each person writes down what they want to talk about, and then we just vote on the topics.

There is enough expertise in the room to easily fill the slots available. Come along prepared to contribute, if you have something that you want to say. This might be a new development that you are working on, or a problem that you need help with. It might be a half-baked idea that needs a bit of critical love. Or it could be that your area of expertise could be helpful to the other people in the room.

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. RMIT has provided us with temporary wireless log-on for the day, so you will be able to connect to the world while you are here.


7 – 9 am: Breakfast at the T-Square Club cafe for those who are interested.
T-Square Club is at 150 Victoria Street, Carlton. Enter via long ramp. [Map to T-Square]

9 – 9:25 am: Introductions and decide the program.

11 – 11:30 am: Coffee break at T Square Club cafe, downstairs.

12:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch upstairs at Stax Cafe, 16 Little Latrobe Street, Melbourne. [Map to Stax]

3 – 3:30 pm: Coffee break at T Square Club cafe, downstairs.

5 pm: Finish proceedings.

6 pm onwards: Dinner at a nearby restaurant, for those who can stay on.

Key participants

Jonathan O’Donnell, Convener

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 Museum3

Kylie Budge

Kylie is a researcher, writer, educator, printmaker, and advocate of art and design. She has a particular interest in researching art/design and creativity, social media and its intersections with art/design. In the museum context, she is researching the ways in which embodiment and the senses are brought to the fore through material culture.

Kylie on LinkedIn | Kylie on Twitter (@kyliebudge)

Tseen Khoo

Tseen has written on research funding issues, early career researcher experiences, alternative academic streams, and racial diversity issues in Australia. Since its creation in 2006, she has been the convenor of the Asian Australian Studies Research Network (AASRN).

Tseen on LinkedIn | Tseen on Twitter (@tseenster)

Narelle Lemon

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

Narelle on LinkedIn | Narelle on Twitter (@rellypops) | Narelle on Museum3

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)


Rosemary Chang, Project Manager, RMIT University.

Sophie Couchman, Curator, Chinese Museum, Melbourne.

Jason Downs, Lecturer in Management, RMIT University.

Katherine FirthHead of Academic Programs at Trinity College, the University of Melbourne.

Sally Gray, Visiting Scholar in Cultural History, UNSW | Art & Design

Andrew Hiskens, Manager, Learning Services at the State Library of Victoria

Lynda Kelly, Head of Learning, Australian National Maritime Museum.

Ben KraalPostdoctoral Research Fellow in Design, Queensland University of Technology

Andrew Maher, University Region Leader, Arup.

Ian McShane, Senior Research Fellow, RMIT University

Denise MeredythPro Vice Chancellor of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, University of South Australia.

Jan Molloy, Program Coordinator for the Humanities, Immigration Museum – Museum Victoria.

Susannah RadstoneDean of Research & Research Education, Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, University of South Australia.

Angelina Russo, Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra.

Joyce Seitzinger, Founder, Academic Tribe.

Tim Sherratt, Manager, Trove, National Library of Australia & Associate Professor of Digital Heritage University of Canberra

Kim Tairi, University Librarian, Swinburne University.

Jenny Underwood, Senior Lecturer, School of Fashion and Textiles, RMIT University.

Jacolyn Weller, Lecturer, Department of Education, La Trobe University.

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