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Speakers

Professor Chris Hutchison
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation

Professor Chris Hutchison commenced at Federation University Australia on 1 March 2019.  Professor Hutchison holds a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences (University of Sussex) and a PhD in Biochemistry (University of London). He has a strong international research track record in biomedical sciences, ageing and health, with competitive grant income awarded from an impressive range of national and international government and philanthropic research agencies.

Professor Hutchison is an experienced supervisor of Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students and also holds a number of patents and licenses on his inventions and materials.


Professor Wendy Wright
Dean, Graduate Studies

Wendy is currently the Dean, Graduate Studies at Federation University. Her substantive appointment is as Professor, Conservation Biology in the School of Science, Psychology and Sports. Wendy’s vision for the Graduate Research School is to support life changing research training, creating researchers who change lives.  Her own research is focussed at the intersection between human populations, modified landscapes, wildlife and wild places; and is informing the development of evidence-based environmental management policy in Australia and internationally. Wendy has supervised 20 HDR students either as Principal or Associate Supervisor.

Keynote Speaker

Dr Amity Latham
BApSc(NRM), MSAg, PhD

Over the last 20 years Amity has achieved a career by remaining in rural areas and working with agricultural-dependent communities. In October 2016 she was offered a full time scholarship and stipend from Regional Development Victoria Grampians Region and Federation University for a PhD in Social Science to address rural population decline and dispersal. This research in the Wimmera Southern Mallee led her to consider the theory of alienation and political economy in relation to farmers’ control over their production. In 2021 Amity joined the research team at the National Centre for Farmer Health, a partnership organisation between Western District Health Services and Deakin University in Hamilton.