Seminar: 'Establishing a research centre in the humanities that is an international centre of excellence'

Posted on January 21, 2016

You are invited to attend a seminar at the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship in Old College House on the Hatfield Campus. The seminar will be presented by Professor Gary Dowsett from the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University.

Professor Dowsett is a sociologist and has long been interested in research on sexuality, particularly the rise of modern gay communities. Since 1986, he has been researching the HIV epidemic, particularly in Australia's gay communities. He has worked on many international HIV/AIDS and sexual health projects since the late 1980s and has published six books, 97 refereed journal articles and book chapters, 32 research reports, and 70 other publications.


Date: Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Time: 16:00–18:00

Venue: Old College House, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria

RSVP: [email protected]



The Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University, where Prof Dowsett works, recently received a score of five (the highest possible score, indicating ‘evidence of outstanding performance well above world standard’) in the Australian national research excellence assessment (equivalent to the RAE in the UK). This is the second time in a row that the centre has received the maximum score in this assessment.

Prof Dowsett will discuss his experience of establishing and sustaining such an outstanding research centre and will engage with the audience on the strategies that can be used to ensure that a centre of this kind flourishes and becomes recognised as a world-class centre of research excellence.


- Author Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship

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