Sharing our research
The Brain Dialogue, an initiative of the The ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function, shares information about brain research with anyone who has an interest, be they an opera singer, CEO, engineer or chef.
We talk about the progress that is being made and the potential future social, ethical or legal impacts on society. We actively seek out and listen to the views and insights of non-scientists.
Encouraging discussion about brain research
We translate new research findings that are published in research papers into plain language summaries so that they are accessible to industry, the public and researchers working in other disciplines. We encourage discussion through social media, and hold events to explore the social and ethical issues emerging from brain research discoveries.
We support responsive innovation by listening to end-users, such as industry and adopters of brain-based technologies, so that they can influence the direction of brain research and help ensure it aligns with society’s needs and aspirations.
Visit The Brain Dialogue’s website.
The Brain Dialogue Program Coordinator – Dr Rachel Nowak
Dr Nowak runs The Brain Dialogue, an initiative of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function. The Brain Dialogue aims to share new knowledge, discoveries, and ideas about the brain, and to foster open discussion about where brain research should take us.
Rachel is also principal at Rachel Nowak and Associates, a consultancy that develops new and existing enterprises to effectively share scientific knowledge for innovation, Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), improving public health and enriching lives, and to link industry and academia.
She has a PhD and two post-docs in circadian physiology, and an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
Rachel has worked for several US science and biotech publications, including Science, as senior writer covering biomedicine. She has taught science writing at Johns Hopkins University, and worked at New Scientist, firstly as Washington Bureau Chief, and then as Australasian Editor.
She is a member of the Gene Technology Ethics and Community Consultative Committee of the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator, Department of Health; a non-Executive Director of COSMOS Media Pty Ltd; member of the Human Research Ethics Committee at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, and a member of the Advisory Board, ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics.