International stage for Griffith University doctoral students

Nine Griffith University doctoral students have been selected to attend the International Student Research Forum (ISRF). This year’s Forum is hosted by the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) in Beijing from 12 — 16 June 2016.

Now in its eleventh year, the ISRF aims to attract the world’s brightest upcoming scientists. Attending the Forum provides Griffith students with an opportunity to forge relationships that can help positively yield scientific advances.

The multicultural Griffith delegation is from a broad range of research areas and countries, with all of the students this year being international.

Led by Professor Sarah Todd, Vice President (Global), and Professor David Shum, Dean of Research, Griffith Health, the delegation will be presenting on their PhD topics related to this year’s research theme – Life Science and Medicine.

Professor Todd said that the ISRF provides the opportunity for students to have their work critiqued by peers from around the world, as well as giving them the opportunity to build their own international networks for the future.

“Griffith is committed to all PhD students having an international experience as part of their studies, and the ISRF is an amazing event to be part of, with some of the brightest students in their respective disciplines coming together to discuss challenges that require a multidisciplinary and multinational approach to solve.”

Professor Shum also noted that it was exciting and pleasing to see young and enthusiastic researchers from all different parts of the world sharing their PhD projects.

The ISRF broader research parameters of Drug Discovery and Infectious Diseases, or Health and Chronic Diseases are highly consistent with Griffith’s research strengths and areas of strategic investment.

Since its inception in 2005, almost 120 Griffith University Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates have benefited from the ISRF, with some being lucky enough to attend more than once.

Griffith University has hosted the ISRF in 2009 and 2013 and is one of five founding members. This year’s event saw students and faculty from Australia, Scotland, China, the United States of America and Denmark participating.