Engaging with Advocates

28 July 2017


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We are pleased to invite you to 'Engaging with Advocates', an event to connect early career researchers with leading civil society advocates in order to foster collaboration and increase the impact of research. Representatives of organizations working on the sustainability of food systems, promoting healthier diets, and championing consumer rights will share personal experiences of using research in their efforts to improve policy, and offer insights for academics looking to strengthen the practical relevance of their research.

This event will feature keynote presentations by:

  • The Live Lighter Campaign (Heart Foundation Western Australia); and
  • Sustain: The Australian Food Network

This will be followed by a session where participants workshop 'live' policy issues with the aim of generating practical understanding of the needs, working styles and unique strengths of both researchers and advocates, in order to collaborate more effectively for policy impact.

The event will conclude with canap├ęs and informal networking.

Early-career researchers should attend to:

  • Build new connections with leading health, nutrition and food policy advocates;
  • Gain insight into the work advocacy groups do in promoting policy solutions to issues such as unsustainable food systems and unhealthy diets;
  • Learn how to communicate research results effectively to advocates; and
  • Learn how to develop effective relationships with advocates.

Advocates should attend to:

  • Build new connections with up-and-coming researchers in the fields of nutrition, non-communicable disease prevention, health policy, political science, and law;
  • Gain insight into how academic research is designed, conducted and published; and
  • Share knowledge on how researchers can effectively contribute to advocacy objectives. 

Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney

Seminar: Level 6 Seminar Room
Networking event: Level 6 staff lounge

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Presented by the Food Governance and Healthy Food Systems project nodes in the Charles Perkins Centre and Sydney Health Law at The University of Sydney Law School.

Time: 2-5pm, followed by a networking event

Location: Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney

Cost: Complimentary, however registration is essential.

Contact: Professional Learning & Community Engagement

Phone: 02 9351 0429

Email: 1f17341c31261622422a12193452222a3a4c325745470b07