ANU-NCRM Social-Biological Methods Festival

About the Methods Festival

Exploring social-biological transitions using data that span social environments and biological processes are increasingly at the forefront for many disciplines and fields of inquiry. Large datasets and cohort studies that have traditionally included social and behavioural measures are now also including biological data and being made available to researchers. Many medical and biological studies are now increasingly collecting more detailed social and behavioural measures. This brings a need for social and biological researchers alike to develop new research methods and skills for working with such integrated data. Featuring international and Australian expertise in the growing field of social-biological research, this methods festival will showcase best-practice work in this interdisciplinary area and build skills and capacity of researchers in use of social-biological methods.

The methods festival is convened by Associate Professor Naomi Priest, Centre for Social Research and Methods, ANU


Schedule - Wednesday 12 December

  • 9.30-9.45 : Welcome/Opening (Welcome to Country, Opening remarks etc)
  • 9.45-10.30 : Plenary One – Professor Tarani Chandola, University of Manchester: What can the use of biomarkers in survey data tell us about the social sciences?
  • 10.30-11.00 : Morning Tea
  • 11-11.45 : Plenary Two – Dr Michelle Kelly-Irving, Inserm Unit of Epidemiology and Public Health, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France: Embodiment and lifecourse trajectories: getting to grips with social to biological processes
  • 11.45-12.30 : Plenary Three – Professor Melissa Wake, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute: Generation Victoria (GenV): Building tomorrow’s frameworks for biosocial collaboration
  • 12.30-1.30 : Lunch
  • 1.30-2.00 : Plenary Four – Associate Professor Naomi Priest, Centre for Social Research and Methods, ANU: Using social-biological research methods in Australian primary schools: Learnings and findings from the field
  • 2.00 – 5.00 : Workshop: Professor Tarani Chandola and Dr Michelle Kelly-Irving:  Methodological considerations in Biosocial Research

ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference

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