Business Events Perth Regional Aspire Award

As part of Business Events Perth's desire to support our regions, we created this Award to support academics, researchers, experts and Aspire Logo Masterentrepreneurs in rural, regional and remote Western Australia. This $5,000 grant is awarded annually to an individual representing a not-for-profit, association, university, medical or community organisation for the purposes of attending a national or international conference for professional development.

2020 Business Events Perth Regional Aspire Award Winners, Dr Stephanie Godrich and Dr Naomi Godden

Following an influx of outstanding applications, Dr Stephanie Godrich and Dr Naomi Godden will both be sponsored to attend international conferences in their fields thanks to the 2020 Business Events Perth Aspire Awards.

Business Events Perth’s Aspire Awards sponsor local academics and researchers to attend (and often present at) a relevant international conference in their discipline, to further their professional development and profile Western Australian experts on an international stage.

Now in its 21st year, the Aspire Awards, has sponsored hundreds of local academics and researchers to attend conferences.

Business Events Perth Chief Executive Officer Gareth Martin said he was delighted to be able to support the ongoing professional development of such outstanding individuals through the inaugural Regional Aspire Award, as meeting face to face at business events is pivotal in furthering collaboration and innovation.

“We wanted to ensure we were providing access to international conference attendance to researchers and academics in Western Australia’s regional communities, whose work often directly relates to addressing the issues within those communities themselves, to help them further this important work,” Mr Martin said.

With a PhD in public health nutrition, Dr Godrich specialises in food security among children living in rural Western Australia, and has spent time working with almost 50 remote communities to help enhance the work that government and community organisations do in ensuring these children have access to nutritious food at all times.

“I am incredibly grateful to have won a 2020 Aspire Award to support my attendance at the International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Conference, I’ve found the networking opportunities afforded by this conference are the best of any conference I’ve ever been to, and have been extremely beneficial to my career,” said Dr Godrich.

“As I live in a small regional area, networking opportunities are few and far between, not only would attending this conference help me to build my global networks in the nutrition field, it would assist me to share my food security research findings, which are especially relevant due to COVID-19, on a global stage.”

Dr Naomi Godden is a community worker, social justice and environmental activist, and feminist participatory researcher whose research focusses on climate justice and working with social movements at the intersection of climate change and social justice.

“This award will support me to attend the International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability,” said Dr Godden.

“As a climate justice researcher, this conference is an important space to access emerging knowledge in this important field and develop research partnerships for future collaborative work.”

Ms Lyn Farrell, Dean of Edith Cowan University’s South West Campus where both awardees conduct their research, said that ECU research has a strong focus on solving real world problems faced by our local and global community.

“These awards will enable Dr Godrich and Dr Godden to build partnerships with prominent thought leaders in their respective areas of food security and climate justice. The conferences will also give them an opportunity to showcase their research in these important fields,” said Ms Farrell.