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Under the Microscope

University of Melbourne academics and researchers have experienced much on some amazing journeys – and share them here.

  1. 31 August 2016 – Indigenous, Indigenous Performers, Opera

    Come behind the scenes of Short Black Opera

    Deborah Cheetham, proud Yorta Yorta woman and one of Australia's leading sopranos, reflects on the journey her opera Pecan Summer took to the Sydney Opera House

  2. 29 August 2016 – Music, Performance, Victorian College of the Arts

    All we are saying is give beats a chance

    World-renowned drummer David Jones discusses meditation and music in the run-up to his Peace Lounge series of concerts at the Victorian College of the Arts.

  3. 25 August 2016 – Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Music, Music History, Opera

    Instrumental reward of the harpsichord

    Dr Erin Helyard has been praised as a virtuosic soloist as well as an inspired and versatile conductor. Here he talks opera, harpsichord and music education.

  4. 15 August 2016 – Film, Geography, India

    Stories from the Indian Himalayas

    Researcher Jane Dyson spent years living and working in a remote, high-altitude village in the Indian Himalayas, and tells the story of its people through film.

  5. 25 July 2016 – Architecture, Community, Design, Environment, Sustainability

    Building a society that thrives, not just survives

    We need to move beyond the concept of sustainability in relation to the built environment, and think about ways our society can not only survive, but thrive.

  6. 18 July 2016 – Australian Politics, Economics, Housing, Public Policy, Social Welfare

    The economist who knows us all

    Overseeing the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey has given Professor Roger Wilkins a unique insight into the state of Australia.

  7. 27 June 2016 – Domestic Violence, Family Violence, Psychology, Women's Health

    Stepping up to the challenge of domestic violence

    Professor Kelsey Hegarty is working closely with health practitioners to recognise domestic violence as a health issue, so they can intervene and help

  8. 13 June 2016 – Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Music, Music Therapy

    Music therapy from woe to go to AO

    Denise Grocke initiated Music Therapy as a discipline in Australia in the face of stern opposition, and is being celebrated with the Order of Australia

  9. 3 June 2016 – Climate, Environment, Geography

    The climate legacies in our lakes

    Dr Michael-Shawn Fletcher works to understand the environmental history of Tasmania and Chile, by using lake cores – what is considered a 'natural archive'.

  10. 9 May 2016 – Immunology, Leukaemia , Lupus

    From life in the zoo to breakthroughs in the lab

    Professor Fabienne Mackay’s passion to make a difference drove a breakthrough in the treatment of lupus