2018 Colloquia Series

2018 Colloquia Series

Most Recent CEPET Colloquium


Dr. Egbert Stolk, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Dr. Egbert Stolk is an urban designer and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Dr. Stolk focuses on improving the theoretical basis of urban design, by learning from design practices and studying complexity and cognitive sciences. In his PhD research, Dr. Stolk developed a complexity-cognitive approach to urban design, which he applied to analyse and improve the design-dimension of the spatial planning policies of the Province of North-Holland. As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, he evaluates the State Design Review Panel for the Government Architect New South Wales. Click here to read more about Dr. Stolk's research.

  • Title: Grip on Complexity: Learning from urban design expertise
  • Where: Room 3.610, Level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Wednesday June 27, 2018
  • Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm
  • RSVP: Kirk Olsen (kirk.olsen@mq.edu.au)
  • Abstract: The colloquium ‘Grip on Complexity: Learning from urban design expertise’ will focus on the relationship between cities as complex systems and urban design expertise. By playing a city game, participants will familiarise themselves with some essential characteristics of cities and urban design. After the game, we will reflect on its outcomes. The Colloquium continues by discussing how expert urban designers get a grip on the complex nature of cities by using a case study from the Netherlands. Expert urban designers approach urban design as (1) both a top-down and a self-organising process; (2) a complex cognitive-social process; (3) a multi-level and multi-scale system; (4) a link between abstract future images and concrete design interventions. It is concluded that expert urban designers can be a rich source of knowledge to get a grip on complex systems in general.

Completed CEPET Colloquia in 2017-18

Professor Peter Keller, Western Sydney University, Australia

  • Title: Individual differences in real-time interpersonal coordination skills
  • Where: Room 3.610, Level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Wednesday March 21, 2018
  • Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Professor Nora S. Newcombe, Temple University, USA

  • Title: Mapping and Cognitive Mapping
  • Where: Room 3.610, Level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Thursday January 25, 2018
  • Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Assistant Professor Jared Medina, University of Delaware, USA

  • Title: The cognitive neuropsychology of body representations
  • Where: Room 3.610, Level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Thursday November 23, 2017
  • Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Associate Professor Manolya Kavakli-Thorne, Macquarie University, Australia

  • Title: Expertise building in design using augmented reality
  • Where: Macquarie University’s Senate Room, Building C8A, Room 310
  • When: Wednesday September 13, 2017
  • Time: 1:00-2:00pm

Emeritus Professor Gerry Fogarty, University of Southern Queensland, Australia

  • Title: Psychology, high performance, and military aviation
  • Where: Macquarie University’s Senate Room, Building C8A, Room 310
  • When: Tuesday August 22, 2017
  • Time: 1:00-2:00pm

Professor Dan Simons, University of Illinois, USA

  • Title: Do 'Brain Training' Programs Work?
  • Where: Macquarie University’s Senate Room, Building C8A, Room 310
  • When: Tuesday June 20, 2017
  • Time: 1:00-2:00pm

Associate Professor Donna O'Connor, University of Sydney, Australia

  • Title: Youth high-performance football environments: Current research and trends
  • Where: Room 3.610, level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Tuesday May 23, 2017
  • Time: 1:00-2:00pm

Professor Robert Vallerand, Laboratoire de Recherche sur le Comportement Social Université du Québec à Montréal and the Australian Catholic University

  • Title: On the two roads to excellence: The role of passion
  • Where: Macquarie University’s Senate Room, Building C8A, Room 310
  • When: Thursday February 16, 2017
  • Time: 12:00-1:00pm

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