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11 December 2020
10:00 am - 11:05 am - 11 December 2020

MRI OPERATIONS MEETING PART 2 – Cyber security challenges

Plenary Session - AAMRI - Room 1

  • Chair: Dr Peter Thomas, AAMRI

10:05 am


Guest presentation from Mina Zaki from AustCyber

AustCyber was established in 2017 as an independent, not-for-profit organisation. Funded by the federal government, AustCyber is an industry growth centre that works to build cyber security capability across Australia. Join us as we hear from Mina Zaki about their latest work as well as the challenges of building cyber security capability in different sectors.



10:30 am


  • Panel discussion and Q&A
  • Chair: Dr Peter Thomas, AAMRI

Whether it's hostile cyber attacks, unauthorised USB drives going missing, or people clicking on links they shouldn't, our panel has seen it all. But how do we mitigate against threats and build a culture where everybody sees cyber security as their top priority? Join our panel of experts as we discuss the challenges of building a cyber secure medical research institute. 
11 December 2020
Presentation - AAMRI - Room 1

  • Chair: Dr Cath Latham, AAMRI

11:05 am


Presentation and Q&A 

How do we get the benefits of flexible working whilst minimizing the risks? Should people continue to work flexibly beyond COVID? Beyond flexibility, what else matters when it comes creating quality work? These questions and more will be discussed in this presentation. Sharon will introduce the SMART model of work design; an evidence-based approach to designing work for maximum employee mental health and productivity. She will also provide practical tips, research studies, and example policy implications.

11:35 am


  • Chair: Dr Cath Latham
  • Panel discussion and Q&A

In 2020, COVID-19 changed the way we work and live - medical research institutes are no exception. We’ve shifted our work and education into our homes, research has been halted and delayed and maintaining connections has been tough. Since March, MRIs have been modifying operations on-site and supporting their workforce off-site while maintaining strict compliance with constantly changing government restrictions. The impact on staff and students at MRIs has varied widely depending on the type of work or research, where the institute is located and whether home circumstances are easily amenable to working at home.

But has all of it been bad?

In this session, the four panel members will share their institute’s journey through the year, exploring what has worked well and what hasn’t, what staff have liked and not liked and what changes could benefit institute staff and students in the longer term.

11 December 2020
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm - 11 December 2020

Day Three – Lunch

AAMRI - Room 1
11 December 2020
Presentation - AAMRI - Room 1

  • Host: A/Prof Paul Watt, Telethon Kids Institute

    Earlier this year, medical research institutes (MRIs) came together to discuss how to build commercialisation capability in the MRI sector. Through case studies and discussion and share different approaches to supporting start-ups and a culture of entrepreneurship at Australian MRIs.

12:30 pm


  • Speaker: Dr Dan Grant, MTP Connect
  • Chair: A/Prof Paul Watt, Telethon Kids Institute
  • Presentation and Q&A

3:30 pm