New format for Flinders In Touch

Flinders In Touch has been an effective way to keep in touch with University news and activities. From next week, FIT will have a new format making it even more informative and user friendly. A new version of the email FIT will be distributed at 2pm each Tuesday. It will comprise a series of headlines and brief summaries with links to take readers to the new Flinders In Touch blog, where the full items will be available. The blog will be devoted to news or information items and will have the option of an accompanying graphic or photograph. Stories can be submitted by you – we want to know what you want to know. People who wish to submit items to be included in FIT can upload them using an electronic form. Please note that items have a limit of 200 words. The submitted items will be edited, and the blog will be updated twice weekly. To be included in the email summary on Tuesdays, items need to be submitted by noon on the previous day. The new format will also include links for adding events, downloading templates, and contributing news and Inspiring Achievers tips. We hope you continue to enjoy staying in touch with Flinders in Touch. Do provide us with your feedback.

Matthew Flinders sculpture

Matthew Flinders has been in the international news lately thanks to a project driven since 2012 by Flinders alumnus, Mr Matt Johnson, Deputy Agent General for South Australia in the UK. A committee commemorating the bi-centenary of Flinders’ death in 2014 is fundraising for a commemorative life-size statue of Matthew Flinders at Euston Station in London. Further details of the project can be read here .

Gardening workshops on Wednesdays

Starting on 14 August, permaculture and organic gardening workshops will be run each Wednesday from 12 noon for four weeks at the University’s Community Permaculture Garden, located on the south side of Sturt Drive 100 metres from the University Drive intersection. A set of simple skills and a basic understanding of how to cultivate healthy plants and soil will set you on your way to growing your own organic, sustainable food at home. All are welcome. More information is available from the relevant University Facebook page .

Enterprise Bargaining

Enterprise Bargaining has commenced with two meetings recently held on 22 July and 1 August 2013.  A webpage has been developed to enable you to keep up to date with news from enterprise bargaining and can be accessed from here. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know by emailing them to

Flinders Staff OHS Responsibilities

The participation in events has become a part of university life at Flinders. There is an expectation that events will be enjoyable, well organised and safe. The responsibility for these outcomes is on the event coordinator and/or event planning committee. Please make sure you do the following: fill in an event safety checklist (choose small or large) for every event; provide the details of the event at least two weeks prior to the event for most small events (larger events require a longer period of time); make sure you contact the OHS Unit for support of the event safety checklist (email ); make sure you contact Security, and other relevant stakeholders such as may include Services, Caretakers, Maintenance, Flinders One and other parties that may be affected by your event.

Flinders in the news

Dr Ken Pidd of the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction was quoted in South Australian and Victorian regional newspapers in stories on workplace drug and alcohol testing. Biologist Professor Sonia Kleindorfer spoke on Radio National about factors involved in the decline of Little Penguin numbers in SA. School of Medicine cardiologist Professor Richard Chew was quoted in The Age on a study on variations in heart attack treatment due to location.


Yunggorendi seminar - from management to governance in cultural institutions

Yunggorendi will present a model informed by practices of Indigenous governance that have developed over the past 20-30 years as a possible antidote to persistent neo-colonialism in museums, archives and other cultural institutions. Presented by Dr Robin Boast, Professor of Cultural Information Science, Media Studies Department, University of Amsterdam, and chaired by Flinders Associate Professor Daryle Rigney, Dean of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement,the seminar will be held on Thursday, 15 August, 4-5.30pm, Lecture Theatre 1.09, Health Sciences Building. All welcome to this free event, but places are limited. RSVP

Disaster Research Centre (DRC) Information/Discussion

On Tuesday, 20 August, 9-11am, N-001, Sturt Campus, guest speaker Ian Mannix, Manager Emergency Broadcasting, ABC Local Radio will discuss 'ABC local radio emergency broadcasting and recovery broadcasting - a world first'. The ABC has established itself as a reliable place for all emergency warnings to be issued on radio and online. The work has developed over the past ten years, and this year it has created the world’s first media policy on Emergency Broadcasting. Registration

Occasional Hawke Lecture

You are invited to hear Dr Elizabeth Blackburn, Nobel Laureate discuss New perspectives on the role of telomeres and telomerase in human diseases and health on Friday, 23 August, 12.30pm for 12.45pm start, Allan Scott Auditorium, Hawke Building, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide. This lecture is suitable for those with biomedical and advanced scientific academic backgrounds. RSVP/registration

2013 B-HERT Annual Collaborative Awards now open

The awards were established in 1998 to recognise outstanding achievement in collaboration between business and higher education in the fields of research and development, and education and training. Closing date for applications is 2 September. For further information about the Awards email Guidelines and online applications can be found at:

Two-day ride to support FCIC

Professor Ross McKinnon, Director of the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC), will lead a group of cancer investigators and clinicians on the Ride to Conquer Cancer for the FMC Foundation later this year to help raise money for vital research and care projects at the FCIC. The two-day ride will be held on 30 November – 1 December. Click here to register to join Ross and his team or to show your support by sponsoring one of your colleagues.

Social media guidelines

Flinders University is experiencing increasing levels of engagement with our community via social media. This development is consistent with Flinders University’s vision, community expectations, and the increasing use of social media by Universities to connect and engage with their communities. The Flinders University social media guidelines for staff aim to ensure that participation in social media is consistent with our policies and procedures, protects our reputation and the professional reputation of staff, is respectful of the views and privacy of individuals and is in accordance with the generally accepted standards of use in social media communities. The guidelines also provide a process for the establishment of any social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, etc)  that represent Flinders University. If you have any questions about the use of social media and the guidelines contact the Head, Online Communications, in the Marketing & Communications Office.

Become StrokeSafe

One in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime, but did you know that stroke can be prevented? The Occupational Health and Safety Unit is presenting a talk on Thursday 22 August at 12.30pm, Council Room, Registry building, by an ambassador from The National Stroke Foundation to help improve awareness of: what stroke is; the effects of stroke; how to prevent a stroke; how to recognise the signs of stroke and what to do if someone is having a stroke. To book, contact Kerry on 1-3117 or

Discount for Spanish language course

Flinders staff are offered discount rates on the School of Humanities introductory Spanish language courses. Two classes will be held, one for complete beginners, and the other for people with basic conversational skills. The course, taught on-campus by native Spanish speakers with years of teaching experience, will run from 2 September–23 October and will consist of eight 90-minute sessions over eight weeks. Current staff and students will receive a 10% discount from the full $350 cost. Further information

Wednesdays @ One - Books in My Life

You are invited to attend this monthly series of lunch-hour talks by prominent Australians held in the Hetzel Lecture Theatre, State Library of South Australia at 1 pm. On Wednesday, 4 September, James Smith, former ABC concert manager, wine retailer, lecturer and consultant and author. Also a regular host of jazz programs on Radio Adelaide, Jim has produced CDs on SA jazz history for the SA Jazz Archive.

Do you have a son aged 8-13?

Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer invites you to participate in a short online questionnaire investigating parents’ intentions to vaccinate their son against HPV (human papillomavirus). It will only take about 30 minutes, and you will go into the draw to win an iPad mini valued at $369.  Further information and online questionnaire 

Australian Science and Mathematics School (ASMS) 10 year celebrations

ASMS, in partnership with Flinders University, has developed an interdisciplinary science and mathematics curriculum which articulates into a full range of options in Year 12 and university. To celebrate their 10th anniversary a series of inspiring forums are being presented throughout the year. You are invited to attend the forum entitled 'Getting students turned onto science' at the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus), 55 Exchange Place, Adelaide from 5.30-7.00pm on Tuesday, 3 September. The forum will be chaired by Dr Paul Willis, Director, RiAus, with a panel comprising Associate Professor Jim Davies, Professor Karen Reynolds and Professor Joe Shapter. RSVP: 23 August. The final forum entitled 'Making sense of maths' will be held on Tuesday, 5 November, 5.30-7.00pm and will be chaired by Professor John Rice, University of Sydney, with a panel comprising Associate Professor Jim Davies and Associate Professor Susan Hyde. RSVP: 25 October to

Healthy Development Adelaide (HDA) seminar

Flinders School of Social and Policy Sutides and HDA will present Professor Candace Currie, Director, Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit, University of St Andrews, UK on Wednesday, 28 August, 6-7.45pm, Flinders in the City, 182 Victoria Square. Professor Currie will discuss Social determinants of adolescent health: international perspectives meets SA opportunities. RSVP by 22 August to:

Upcoming Events

  • To add your event to the Flinders Online Events Calendar refer to event submissions.  

Events are constantly being added, so check Flinders Events Calendar regularly to keep up to date with all the latest information.

  • Lunchtime Concerts - held every Wednesday during semester at 1pm in Noel Stockdale Room. Central Library.

Flinders Art Museum & City Gallery

Flinders University Art Museum is a cultural facility that collects documents and promotes engagement with visual art and craft. Through the City Gallery it presents exhibitions and public programs  that aim to stimulate, enliven and enrich the communities it serves.

Crystal Palace

Evocatively titled this exhibition incorporates historical material from collections held by Flinders University, SA Museum and Santos Museum of Economic Botany, Botanic Gardens of Adelaide. Curated by Lisa Harms it also features new works by local and interstate artists Morgan Allender, Troy-Anthony Baylis, Domenico de Clario, Lisa Gorton, Siamak Fallah, Juile Henderson, Brigid Noone, Lee Salomone and Sera Waters. Flinders Art Museum Director, Fiona Salmon said the project represents one of its most conceptually and logistically ambitious in recent years, "pivoting on metaphors and legacies of the original Crystal Palace erected in London's Hyde Park to house The Great Exhibition of 1851, Harms' project offers poignant post-colonial readings around the idea of sovereignty".

Exhibition runs until 29 September. 

Gallery hours: Tuesday to Friday 11am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday 12-4pm. State Library of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide.

Fiona Salmon, Director, Flinders Art Museum, 0404 349 961 or

Flinders University's City Gallery Shop is co-located with Flinders City Gallery at the State Library of South Australia and stocks a range of high-quality giftware sourced from Aboriginal communities and ethical, collaborative enterprises. Original works for sale from across Australia include paintings, prints, textiles, sculpture, jewellery, ceramics and basketry. It also stocks a large selection of art cards showcasing works from the Flinders University Art Collection. All staff members are entitled to a 10% discount on purchases on presentation of their staff card. For further information email:

Stay informed

Send news tips to Marketing and Communications Office

Flinders University Alumni – Is your faculty, department, centre or institute considering, or planning, an Alumni reunion? Are you an academic staff member travelling overseas to conferences or for Flinders University business – if so, we encourage you to meet with Flinders alumni offshore. Geoff Sauer - Flinders Alumni Relations Officer - will be happy to assist you with any alumni activities. Please phone 8201 2511.

Flinders University Templates - Visit the Flinders Press website to download a variety of generic templates for use in the production of flyers, conference posters, powerpoint and also to access corporate stationery, University logo requests, or to discuss your printing requirements.

Our Inspiring Achievers are amongst the latest contributors to Flinders fine standing in higher education, in Australia and overseas. Know an inspiring achiever? Contact Charles Gent, phone (08) 8201 2965.

Flinders One is dedicated to the needs of students, providing essential services, promoting equality, collaboration, diversity as a social asset and active participation in campus cultural life.

How to submit your message

Submit a message for FIT.

Submissions are welcome by close of business on Mondays, as FIT is usually distributed on Tuesday.