CEPET Annual Conference

CEPET Annual Conference

The Inaugural Annual Conference of the Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise, and Training

As part of its commitment to collaboration and knowledge sharing, CEPET hosted its inaugural annual conference in October 10-11, 2016. The multidisciplinary conference held presentations from both academia and industry, with the overarching goal of exploring the latest developments in expertise research.

Here is what delegates had to say about their experience at the Annual CEPET Conference:

  • “As a student of organisational psychology, I really appreciated the opportunity to network with industry experts and develop a greater understanding of current research.”
  • “Very interesting and a wide range of topics and speakers!”
  • “The two day format provided a good introduction, with the practical usage well demonstrated on the second day.”
  • “…the somewhat informal manner encouraged discussion and elicited many interesting points from the audience that might not have occurred under more formal conditions.”
  • “…it was a mini-conference of a very good level. I'm missing events of this level right at my doorstep - at Macquarie.”

We thank all delegates for their contribution to the success of our inaugural conference. We hope to see everyone back next year!

See the full 2016 program.

2016 CEPET Conference Program at a Glance

Day 1: Monday, October 10, 2016




Introduction and welcome


Keynote 1: Prof. William Forde Thompson & Prof. Jane Davidson


Morning tea


Paper session 1: Audition




Paper session 2: Vision


Afternoon tea


Keynote 2: A/Prof. Jason Tangen


Conference networking drinks @ MQ UBAR

Day 2: Tuesday October 11, 2016




Keynote 3: Prof. Ann Williamson


Morning tea


Paper session 3: Transportation




Paper session 4: Health


Keynote 4: A/Prof. Barbara Griffin


Closing remarks and conference close

Keynote Speakers

Professor Bill Thompson

Director of The Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise, and Training, Macquarie University

Bill is Professor in psychology at the Department of Psychology and Chief Investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders. He is also the Director of the Music, Sound and Performance Lab. His research interests include music perception and cognition, music and emotion, violence and music, music and language, disorders of music, and music-based treatments.

Professor Thompson joined Professor Davidson to speak about "Current debates in the acquisition of expertise: The case of music performance".

Professor Jane DavidsonJane Davidson.jpg

Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne

Professor Davidson has five core areas of study: artistic development, arts and health, performance practices, emotion and expression in performance, and vocal studies. She has published extensively in the disciplines of music psychology and education, and now works in history of emotions, as well as reflective practice research. She has been the successful recipient of research grants internationally, and is a frequent reviewer for academic funding bodies and publishers.

Professor Davidson combined with Professor Thompson to speak about "Current debates in the acquisition of expertise: The case of music performance".

Associate Professor Jason Tangen

School of Psychology, University of Queensland

Jason Tangen's research is broadly based on Expertise & Evidence: That is, the perceptual and cognitive changes that occur as we accumulate experiences: Jason has several projects underway on awareness, forensic reasoning, the perception of banknote features, and the flashed face distortion effect: Originally trained in philosophy and cognition, he did a PhD on causal learning at McMaster University in Canada and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of New South Wales: He regularly teaches courses on Critical Thinking, Judgement & Decision Making, and Consciousness & Cognition.

Associate Professor Tangen's keynote address was entitled "Turning novice into experts with style".

Professor Ann Williamson

School of Aviation, University of New South Wales

Professor Williamson has a significant track record of research in safety especially in the areas of workplace and road safety. After working as a Research Scientist for the NSW Government in the Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Health, she moved to the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety where she was Principal Research Scientist and Head of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Unit.

During her time at the Institute, Ann developed a reputation for her work in a number of areas relating to injury, in particular for her work on fatigue and working hours especially involving long distance road transport; her work on the role of behaviour in the causes of injury; and work on the neurobehavioural effects of exposure to workplace hazards. This work has continued following her move to the University of New South Wales, where Ann established the NSW Injury Risk Management Research Centre and was Deputy Director.

Professor Williamson's keynote address was entitled "How could I make an error doing that: I’ve done it hundreds of times?"

Associate Professor Barbara Griffin

School of Psychology, Macquarie University

Barbara is an organisational psychologist and Program Director of Organisational Psychology. She has led a substantial research program investigating adaptive processes across the employee career cycle, including projects on selection, incivility, career transition, and organisational culture, with research conducted in many Australian and multinational companies across the public and private sectors.

Associate Professor Griffin's keynote address was entitled "Selecting for elite performance: Psychometrics vs. lotteries".

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