Data-lovers rejoice, we have the Lightning Talks for you!

Finally, the Lightning Talks for all the data-loving librarians among us is here!

Advance Australia F.A.I.R. is happening on the Thursday 24 October at the Gold Coast campus. There will be an expert panel ready to answer our toughest questions and give us all the lowdown on open access.
Still developing your open access knowledge? No worries, before the panel check out more information on Open Access Week.

And if you’ve not caught our other Lightning Talks you can catch up on all the previous one Lightning Talks . If your lunch break doesn’t give you enough time to traverse the M1 and make it to the GC for this one, you can also catch this Lighting Talk live on that same link or watch it after. It’s open to all…see what we did there?

Need a place to study? Griffith Libraries are here for you! 

We have extended opening hours over the study and exam period with Gold Coast and Nathan campus libraries open 24 hours on weekdays.

So whether you prefer a late night, early morning or all night study session, we have you covered!

Visit the library website to check out the opening hours for your campus library or you can find us on Google Maps!

Stressed out from study and up-coming exams?  

Studies have shown that colouring in can help with symptoms of anxiety and depression. So why not relieve your exam stress and take a break at one of our Relaxation Stations where we have a range of activities to help you unwind including board games, puzzles and colouring in.

You can also leave a message of support on our Positivity Wall and gain some encouragement from your peers. Don’t feel left out if you are off campus as you can participate by posting to our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.

The Relaxation Stations and Positivity Wall will be available in each campus library from Week 12 until the end of the exam period 30 September to 19 October 2019.

Look out for the signage or ask your friendly campus library staff to point you in the right direction.

Who you gonna call? Goal Busters!

Assoc Prof Jim Smart, Prof David Peetz, Assoc Prof Susan Harris Rimmer, Prof Rebecca Ford, and Riley Theidecke

GOAL BUSTERS – Transforming Our World Lightning Talks transformed Nathan Library into a people’s forum for Griffith Sustainability Week on Thursday September 5 and proved again world changing powers at play when library staff and Griffith researchers to save the world.

Assoc Prof Jim Smart, Prof Rebecca Ford, Prof David Peetz, Assoc Prof Susan Harris Rimmer, and Griffith student Riley Theidecke proved that Griffith “ain’t afraid of no goals” by setting out how their research tackles the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (or SDGs for short) and what actions they are taking to create peace and prosperity for the people and the planet now, and into the future.

Goal 2

Zero Hunger. Food security researcher Rebecca Ford highlighted the standard has moved (in the right direction!) from ‘adequate nutrition’ to ‘ongoing access to the right nutrition’. But with an expected world population of 10 billion by 2025 how can we ensure this?

Goal 5

Gender equality. In this era of hard men leaders Susan Harris Rimmer argued that although we are seeing gratifying progress relating to gender on the international stage, there are changes in other directions such as criminalizing homosexuality in some countries, and things could change so quickly.

Goal 13

Climate Action. Despite climate change being the core problem of our generation, there is still extreme gender bias at the highest levels, and the decision making tables. Interestingly, while there is desire for action for this common objective, groups don’t often talk to each other.

One of the highlights of the event was inviting student participation – Griffith Business School entrepreneurship student Riley Thiedecke has developed FarmCube, a vertical hydroponic 40 foot shipping container for developing countries with low soil quality. FarmCube was one of the top 6 qualifying teams for the prestigious Hult Prize in 2019.

Prof David Peetz

David is a professor of employment relations at the Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing here at Griffith University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia as well as the author of Unions in a Contrary World (1998) and Brave New Workplace (2006) and co-author of Women of the Coal Rushes (2010), in addition to numerous other academic articles, papers and reports.

Assoc Prof Susan Harris Rimmer

Susan is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the Griffith Law School. She is an Adjunct Reader at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University and a Research Associate at the Development Policy Centre in the Crawford School. She is a non-resident Research Associate at Chatham House in the UK. Susan’s Future Fellow project is called ‘Trading’ Women’s Rights in Transitions: Designing Diplomatic Interventions in Afghanistan and Myanmar.

Prof. Rebecca Ford

Rebecca develops novel tools for selective breeding to improve the sustainability and security of “plant-derived” food production systems. This is achieved through the mitigation of biotic and abiotic factors that impact yield and quality and the optimisation of resource inputs used for their management. In particular, Rebecca is researching the application of next generation sequencing and transcriptomics to understand salinity and drought tolerance mechanisms, fungal pathogen population dynamics and the genetic pathways enabling fungal pathogen resistances in temperate legume and broad acre crops.

Riley Theidecke

Riley was part of the 2019 Top 6 qualifying team in the Hult Prize with their development of the modular farming project FarmCube. The annual Hult prize competition is in partnership with the Hult International Business School, the Clinton Foundation and the United Nations Foundation. Riley and the team’s challenge was to solve a social problem related to the sustainability goals outlined by the UN. FarmCube was shortlisted for Build the foundations of a venture that will provide meaningful work for 10,000 youth within the next decade.


FarmCube integrates current vertical hydroponic technology within a closed loop, insulated and climate controlled refurbished 40-foot shipping container. The design and technology allow for innovation and the establishment of micro infrastructure (SDG 9) in geographically challenged areas. Through the power of modular farming FarmCube hopes to reduce poverty (SDG 1) and hunger (SDG 2) within these areas. Furthermore, FarmCube provides access to decent work and economic growth (SDG 8). FarmCube aims to achieve all this whilst leverage a learning base business model that provides quality transferable education (SDG 4) at every step of the supply chain.

Wanna see some more goal busting action? Stream the whole talk and see the live tweets on our Twitter.

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Mental Health Week at Griffith


At Griffith Library we know how stressful it can be balancing studies with every-day life. Take Time during Mental Health week – 9 to 13 September.

Visit your library and ‘Take Time for Mental Health’ by adding your thoughts to the Support Wall. Grab a post-it and add your ideas, comments and coping strategies. Take a break with your friends and play a board game, complete a puzzle or just take time out for yourself and do some colouring in.

Make sure you take a photo and tag @ griffithlibrary on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to show your support online for mental health awareness.


Crimes and Punishments: Criminally Good

Crimes and Punishments Lightning Talks was one highly successful caper!

Griffith Review and Griffith Library teamed up thick as thieves to present an engaging, educating and inspiring event.

Our criminology and justice experts, Professor Susan Dennison, Professor Ross Homel, Dr Sarah Woodland and Dr Lacey Schaefer, had the crowd on their edges of their seats.

Discussions included the ways we can better understand how crimes affect children, how we can do better for people who are incarcerated, and whether prison is even the best option for both the incarcerated and the general community.

Missed out on seeing it live? Don’t worry, it’s not a crime. Catch up on all the evidence via the Library Twitter, or watch the whole thing via our video stream.

A big thank you to our wonderful panel, our excellent MC Dr Ashley Hay, the audience members (especially those with the criminally good questions!) and the Griffith Review and Griffith Library team who made it all possible.

See you at the next one!

Sustainability is important for everyone!

Sustainability – whether visible or not – is important for everyone as every day we make choices that have an impact, both positive and negative, on our environment, locally and globally. Griffith’s Sustainability Week, 2-6 September, creates opportunities for staff, students and community members to be involved with Griffith’s Sustainability agenda. And this year, we would like to encourage discussion around the themes identified through the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

As Griffith’s teaching, research and engagement programs link to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Sustainability Week is an ideal time to share some full-text articles around these Goals, available in Griffith Research Online. Also access the links for each Goal to view short explanatory videos.

Goal 1: No Poverty

Goal 2: Zero Hunger

Goal 3: Good Health and Well Being

Goal 4: Quality Education

Goal 5: Gender Equality

Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Goal 10: Reduced inequalities

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Goal 13: Climate Action

Goal 14: Life Below Water

Goal 15: Life on Land

Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institution

Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

You can also join the conversation at our Griffith Library Lightning Talks GOAL BUSTERS! – Transforming our world featuring Assoc. Prof. Jim Smart, Prof. Rebecca Ford, Assoc. Prof. Susan Harris Rimmer and Riley Theidecke.

For more details check out our post on the upcoming Lightning Talk.