Many of society’s most pressing challenges are complex and multi-faceted, such as global pandemics, climate and biodiversity disasters, the tensions caused by socio-economic inequalities, and the risks posed by emerging technologies.

Being able to successfully address these complex challenges requires research that is co-designed with a diverse range of participants to help ensure impact is considered throughout the process, and not just applied or translated afterwards.

Join us in a masterclass panel discussion with Hugh Possingham, Laurie Buys, Andrew 'Alf' Garnett, and Cristyn Meath as we explore the why, what, and how of co-designing high-impact research at scale to address complex challenges.

The event is hosted by the Research Impact Nexus at the Global Change Institute and will be facilitated by Dr Crighton Nichols.

Who should attend?

  • UQ executives
  • Industry/government partners
  • Researchers
  • Research support staff
  • Students
  • Alumni


Staged in the Global Change Institute Atrium, this event will be be streamed via Zoom. 

Due to Covid-19 guidelines, a reduced number of guests will also be able to attend in-person. 

In-person and online tickets available here.

Key health messages

  • Please stay at home if you are unwell.
  • If you become unwell during the event, please notify an event staff member who will escort you to the first aid officer for assessment.
  • Maintaining physical distancing requirements is the responsibility of each attendee, please ensure you stay 1.5m away from other attendees during the event unless in allocated seating.
  • There will be enhanced public health measures in place at the event to monitor the health and safety of all attendees.
  • All attendees coming in-person will be required to download the Check In Qld app prior to attending the event and check-in at the event using the QR codes provided.

Please do not attend the event in-person if:

  • you are waiting for a COVID-19 test result
  • you have been in close contact with a person who is positive for COVID-19
  • you are positive for COVID-19
  • you have had a fever, cough, sore throat, headache, distorted sense of taste, shortness of breath, chills, vomiting, or any cold/flu-like symptoms in the last 72 hours
  • you have travelled overseas or to a declared COVID-19 Hotspot, exposure site or place of concern in the previous 14 days, as defined by the Chief Health Officer.

Workshop details

Where Global Change Institute Atrium, Building 20, The University of Queensland, St Lucia
When Wednesday, 15 September  2021 (10.00 am – 12 midday)
Parking Detailed information about casual parking at UQ is available here.
Public transport: Five-minute walk from UQ Lakes Busway.
Registration Order tickets via the UQ Research Week website.

About Research co-design masterclass

Lunchtime session moderated by GCI Research Nexus Manager Crighton Nichols featuring leading UQ researchers who will outline how they have successfully navigated research co-design pathways.

Register via the UQ Research Week website.


Staff House Rd
GCI Atrium (Building 20)