The OPUS Webinar Series

OPUS regularly host webinars that cover a range of topics and skills geared towards students, researchers and the general public. Browse through our videos to learn something new!

Webinars so far


Dr Kieran O’Sullivan (Uni of Limerick) talks about the public perceptions of lower back pain and how to start changing it.

We highly recommend reviewing reference material (found here) developed with Dr Mary O’Keefe (a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at Uni of Sydney) prior to this session. Presentation slides can be found here.

Dr Darshini Ayton (Monash University) provides her tips and tricks on how to present a thoughtful and engaging presentation that avoids boring your audience to tears! A perfect introduction and refresher for students and researchers preparing for an upcoming conference.

Review Darshini’s slides here and ensure you view slide #11 in slide show mode to get the most out of the embedded video.

Linked In vs Twitter – Which platform is best for you?

Deenu Rajaratnam, a marketing specialist at the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne, discusses pros and cons, tips and tricks to cultivating an audience as an academic. Deenu has been working with academics and researchers for more than a decade to help take their work to the world.

Using multimedia and online resources to enhance research impact and reach

Dr Christian Barton is an academic physiotherapist researching non-surgical alternatives for end-stage osteoarthritis with the University of Melbourne and LaTrobe University. He is the communications manager at the LaTrobe University’s Sport Exercise Medicine Research Centre, and associate editor and deputy social media editor for the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Learn more about the flaws in the current academic journal model, why researchers must influence media, how to optimise altmetric scores and the Kardashian Index…
Presentation slides can be found here.

Mental Health and Wellbeing on Social Media: Revelations, Risks and Recommendations

Introducing A/Prof Peggy Kern from the Centre for Positive Psychology within the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. Her research draws on multiple fields of inquiry, including health, positive, social, personality and developmental psychology. More recently she has conducted studies on the influence of social media on mental health. With both personal and academic experience in the overlapping spheres of mental health and the world wide web, we cannot think of anyone better suited to conduct this fantastic and topical webinar. 
You can find her presentation slides here.

Webinar schedule

See what’s coming up on the OPUS Webinar Series. Click on the presenter to go straight to the webinar at the time prescribed!

Please be aware that by agreeing to participate in a webinar, you provide your consent to release video/audio/written recordings of yourself to the community. All recordings remain the property of OPUS and are not permitted to be duplicated in any way.

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