Events - 19 Jul 19



14 March 2019 - 22 August 2019

Venture Café Sydney connects innovators and entrepreneurs with high-impact programming and interactive sessions. It provides an opportunity for researchers, students and professional staff to build relationships, learn and grow together.

Join the Thursday Gathering @Venture Café, Sydney’s largest weekly innovation experiment. See this week’s program:

Each week people from Sydney’s amazing innovation and startup community gather to enjoy, connect, engage and learn from each other.

3-8pm. Every Thursday. See you there!

Find out more about Venture Cafe here.

Student challenge – Macquarie Business School & Moody’s Analytics Real Estate Forecasting Challenge

3 July 2019 - 15 August 2019

Moody’s Analytics, the leading provider of financial intelligence, has teamed up with Macquarie Business School to host the Real Estate Forecasting Challenge as part of the Finance Decision Lab.

This event will provide students with hands-on learning that mimics real-world application in a collaborative and fun environment.

The Challenge: Produce the most credible forecasts and scenarios

  1. As part of a team, build forecasts for 2-3 countries using Moody’s Analytics Scenario Studio.
  2. Assess both short and long-term forecasts and implement an economic downside scenario.
  3. Describe the impact of the scenario, leveraging interactive dashboards, charts and data.
  4. Document your analysis in a written report and present your results for consideration.

Applications for the challenge are now open.

Important Dates

Friday 16 August 2019 12.30pm – 4.30pm Day 1: Pre-event Training – Practical (Group work)
Moody’s Economist to Demo the forecasting platform and Competition Launch. Learn how to produce forecasts and scenarios using Moody’s Analytics Scenario Studio.
Friday 30 August 2019 5pm Submission deadline of written report
Monday 2 September 2019 Finalists announced
Friday 6 September 2019 3.30pm – 6.30pm Day 2: Finalists (Group presentations)


Attendance at both days is recommended. At a minimum, 1 team member must attend Day 1, though we encourage the whole team to attend so everyone has the knowledge to participate in the challenge.

Teams must submit their final report (format template to be provided on the launch day) by 5pm on 30 August. The reports should be emailed to Reports submitted after the deadline will not be assessed.

Finalists will be announced by email on 2 September to attend Day 2.

What now?
Before clicking on register, make sure:

  1. You know who will be in your team
  2. You have everyone’s Macquarie University Student ID and Student Email Address ready
  3. All team members are eligible to participate

RSVP – Registrations are open now, register by Thursday 15 August, 5pm

Dissidence and Persecution in Byzantium: 20th Australasian Association for Byzantine Studies Conference

19 July 2019 - 21 July 2019

The Byzantine empire was rarely a stable and harmonious state during its long and eventful history.  It was often in strife with those outside its borders and with those within them, and with so much power invested in its political and ecclesiastical structures it was ready to implode at times.  This could result in persecution and the silencing of dissident voices from various quarters of society. The mechanisms by which the authorities controlled civil disorder and dissent, as well as discouraging criticism of imperial policies, could be brutal at times. In what sense was it possible, if at all, to enjoy freedom of speech and action in Byzantium?  Was the law upheld or ignored when vested interests were at stake?  How vulnerable did minorities feel and how conformist was religious belief at the end of the day? The theme of the conference aims to encourage discussion on a number fronts relating to the use and abuse of power within the history of Byzantium.


Professor David Olster, University of Kentucky
The Idolatry of the Jews and the Anti-Judaizing Roots of Seventh- and Early Eighth-Century Iconoclasm

Associate Professor Jitse H. F. Dijkstra, University of Ottawa
The Avenging Sword?  Imperial Legislation Against Temples in the Fourth and Fifth Centuries

To find out more about the program, download papers and register for the event please click here.

3rd Infants and Toddlers Conference

19 July 2019 - 20 July 2019


It has been 30 years since the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. During this time, many questions have been asked about how human rights can and should apply to very young children, in particular infants and toddlers. In this 3rd Infants and Toddlers conference, we aim to tackle some of these questions.

How can infant-toddler educators uphold the human rights of our youngest children? What about the rights of educators and how do these impact on those of the child? How might ideas about human rights vary across communities and cultures?

In this conference, we bring together practitioners, researchers, and advocates to discuss and debate these questions and more. A packed program, including keynote addresses, presentations by educators and researchers, and discussion panels will ensure that there will be lively conversations and debate. In this way, we uphold our theme – A right to learn – A right to thrive – for both our youngest children and the dedicated professionals who are committed to their care and education.

Our Aims:

  • provide a focused time and space for critical debate and reflective discussion about contemporary approaches to infant-toddler education and care
  • support the development of a support network for those working in, researching and managing infant-toddler education and care programs
  • enhance the professionalisation and profile of specialised infant-toddler practice, pedagogy and research

Conference tickets:

  • Standard registration(Academics and Educators): AUD $390pp (incl GST)
  • Students: AUD $350pp (incl GST)
  • Group discount: AUD $350pp (incl GST) when 5 or more tickets are purchased in one registration.


NSW GovCompleting the 3rd Infants and Toddlers Conference will contribute 10 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 6.2.2, 6.3.2 and 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. You must provide your NESA number during registration to validate your accreditation.

To find out more about the program and register please click here.

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