The University of Sydney is turning Nick & Nora’s Parramatta into a classroom next week as Raising the Bar comes to Western Sydney for the first time.
Now in its fifth year, Raising the Bar sees academics take their research to the people, with 21 scholars speaking across 11 bars in Sydney, Surry Hills and, for the very first time, Parramatta.
Dr Cameron Webb from the University of Sydney’s Westmead Clinical School and NSW Health Pathology will bring the free event out west for the first time when he steps into Nick and Nora’s cocktail bar in Parramatta to explore the rise of mosquitoes.
“I hope those in attendance can pick up some tips and tricks on avoiding mosquito bites this summer. I also hope they’ll leave with a greater understanding and appreciation of mosquitoes but that could be a tougher ask,” Dr Webb said.
Cameron is a mosquito researcher with over 20 years’ experience in beating their bites. Based at the Westmead Precinct, Cameron works as a Clinical Lecturer with the University of Sydney, and a Principal Hospital Scientist with the Department of Medical Entomology at NSW Health Pathology.
His primary focus is understanding the role of environmental management and urban development in reducing the risks of mosquito-borne diseases.
“The diverse community of Western Sydney bring a different perspective to learning and their experiences often add to what knowledge I have to share,” Dr Webb said.
“When it comes to future mosquito-borne disease threats, an educated community will be a healthier one too, so it’s important to take these talks public. Confining discussions about this to the lecture hall won’t change people’s attitudes and behaviours.”
Date: Wednesday 16 October
Time: 6pm – 7pm
Location: Nick and Nora’s, Level 26/45 Macquarie St, Parramatta NSW 2150
Raising the Bar is a popular worldwide initiative that started in New York and has since spread to Hong Kong, London and other Australian cities and towns, including Orange and Dubbo.
Find out more about Raising the Bar and other speakers at: https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2019/09/23/sydney-universitys-raising-the-bar-returns-wednesday-16-october-.html