NITRO-Oceania Workshops – planning for impact 2021

March 3, 2021: Workshop a success!

Eleven NITRO-Oceania members and 15 participants from the community, funder and research sectors met virtually to move thinking forward on “How organisations best support and encourage research for impact.”

Workshop results will be posted here soon.

Congratulations to the Impact Dialogue Working Group for another great event!

March 2021: See you soon at the workshop! Before the workshop, please watch these three pre-recorded keynote presentations. These will not be shown in the workshop but will form the basis of the workshop and so need to be viewed in advance. It will take you 15-20 mins in total and we think you will really enjoy them:

a) Christine Kenney: Joint Centre for Disaster Research, Massey University

b) a disability advocacy organisation based in Samoa
Annika Tierney Lemisio and Ari Hazelmen: Nuanua O le alofa (NOLA)

c) Petra Lungren: Global Change Institute, University of Queensland

Contact us if you haven’t received the e-mail with the agenda and the powerpoint slides from Christine Kenney’s talk.

February 2021: Registrations Open for March 3 NITRO-Oceania workshop “How organisations best support and encourage research for impact” (see below).

This workshop will provide an opportunity for you:

  • to connect with others who are involved in and influence, or have oversight of, the design of research programmes which focus on change “on the ground”
  • to learn about designing for impact from a range of perspectives, including funders, researchers, and communities
  • to share experiences of success and failure and identify the key elements needed for good outcomes

Speakers and panellists for the workshop are:

  • Cassie Kenney, Joint Centre for Disaster Research, Massey University
  • Petra Lungren, Innovation Broker, Global Change Institute, University of Queensland
  • Teatulohi (Lohi) Matainaho, chairman of the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Science and Technology Council and the Chief Science Advisor to the government of PNG
  • Liz Wedderburn, Emeritus International Ambassador for AgResearch Ltd. Formerly Assistant Research Director responsible for International Collaborations, Adoption and Practice Change
  • A fifth speaker, yet to be confirmed, who will represent community perspectives

The speakers will pre-record short presentations which you will be able to access prior to the workshop and will join us for a panel discussion on the day. Attendees will then further explore issues and share experiences through breakout groups.

The workshop will be run over two and a half hours, at the following times:

Western Australia (AWST) 07:00-09:30
Papua New Guinea (PGT) and Queensland (AEST) 09:00-11:30
South Australia (ACDT) 09:30-11.00
ACT, Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania (AEDT) 10:00-12:30
Fiji (FJT) 11:00-13:30
New Zealand (NZDT) 12:00-14:30
Samoa (WST) 13:00-15:30

We will provide details on how to connect into the workshop, and other information, prior to 3 March.

There is no attendance fee.

To register for this workshop, please go to

December 2020: The next NITRO-Oceania workshop will be on Wednesday 3 March 2021. As with the successful impact narratives workshop we held in June 2020 (see below), this will be a virtual meeting, using Zoom or a similar platform and will be up to 3 hours long.

The topic will be “How organisations best support and encourage the planning of research for impact”. We are targeting those people who are involved in, and influence or have oversight of, the design of research programmes which aspire to have inter- or transdisciplinary methodologies at their heart. We want to explore questions such as:

  • The role of communities and stakeholders in programme development.
  • The ways in which indigenous knowledge systems inform transdisciplinary research practice and positive outcomes for indigenous peoples.
  • Shared experiences in co-design – what has worked and what hasn’t, and what are the key success factors in impactful research?

We are interested in examining these issues from multiple perspectives, including those of researchers, practitioners, funders and communities. The workshop will use a mix of pre-recorded presentations, panel discussion, and group work in breakout mode, to improve our understanding of how we (as leaders) can drive the design of research programmes that will contribute to meaningful changes “on the ground”.

Updates will be posted on this webpage.