Much of the human character is developed through childhood experiences. While the formula to create “great people” is complex and controversial, evidence-based research has shed light on some of the ways we can influence children to fulfil their potential.

UQ’s panel of field-leading experts will share some of their discoveries in the areas of parenting, education, and music & creativity – and discuss how the application of their findings can influence a single child and an entire society. 

Panellists will offer inspiring insights, field questions from the audience and mingle with guests at the networking reception following the panel. Join us to hear a few of UQ’s “stars” in this unique inter-disciplinary take on one of society’s most passionate issues. 




Professor Matt Sanders
Matthew Sanders is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre at The University of Queensland. He is also a consulting Professor at The University of Manchester, a visiting Professor at the University of South Carolina, and holds adjunct Professorships at Glasgow Caledonian University and The University of Auckland where he heads up the Triple P Research Programme and Triple P Research Group respectively. As the founder of the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program, Professor Sanders is considered a world leader in the development, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of population based approaches to parenting and family interventions. Triple P is currently in use across 22 countries worldwide, translated into 18 languages, with over 62,000 practitioners having delivered the intervention to over 7 million children. Matt was honoured as Queenslander of the Year in 2007 and in the same year was awarded the APS President's Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in Australia.  

Professor Bob Lingard
Bob Lingard has been Professorial Research Fellow in the School of Education at The University of Queensland since June, 2008. He is also affiliated with the Institute for Social Science Research. Bob held the Andrew Bell Chair of Education whilst Professor at the University of Edinburgh (2006-2008) and was also professor at the University of Sheffield in the UK from 2003-2006. From 1989-2003, he worked in the School of Education at The University of Queensland, where he was professor and for a period, Head of School. Bob has an international research reputation in the areas of sociology of education and education policy. He is the author/editor of 15 books and about 100 journal articles and book chapters. Bob is a member of the board of the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education. Bob was recently elected as a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia; one of the highest honours awarded for individual contributions to the social sciences in Australia. 

Professor Margaret Barrett
Margaret Barrett is Professor and Head of the School of Music at The University of Queensland and President-Elect of the International Society for Music Education (becoming President in July 2012). Her research projects encompass the investigation of the role of Music and the Arts in human cognition and social and cultural development. Her research has addressed problems in the areas of aesthetic decision-making, the meaning and value of the Arts for young people, young children's musical thinking, young children's identity work in and through music, teaching and learning practices in the arts, and creativity. A key aspect of her work has been the development of innovative arts-based inquiry methods in music and music education. Margaret's record of service to music education includes: Chair of the Asia Pacific Symposium of Music Education Research (2009 2011); Commissioner to the ISME Research Commission (2006 - 2012); ISME Board member (2008 - 2010); and National President of the Australian Society for Music Education (1999- 2001). Margaret is editor of Research Studies in Music Education, and Associate Editor of Psychology of Music. Margaret has held visiting professorships at a range of institutions, including the Institute of Education, University of London, and the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki. 

Professor David de Vaus 
David de Vaus joined The University of Queensland in 2009 as the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. As a sociologist, David has contributed extensively to research in family sociology both as the Director of Research at the Australian Institute of Family Studies and in his university-based research career. His research has focussed on the changing nature of partnering, changing family forms in which children are raised, changing patterns of family stability, intergenerational relations, retirement transitions, and more recently, on the factors contributing to the large number of people living alone. His books include Letting Go: Relationships between Adults and their Parents and Diversity and Change in Australian Families. In addition to teaching, research and academic management he has been active professionally on a number of editorial boards including Journal of Sociology, Journal of Family Studies, Journal of Social Issues and Sociology. In addition, he has worked as sociological consultant at Local, State and Commonwealth levels and internationally with the World Health Organisation. His research contributions have been recognised by his appointment to a Personal Chair in 2004 and by his election to the Academy of Social Sciences, Australia in 2006.



About Global Leadership Series

The Global Leadership Series (GLS) is a lively program of events for alumni and community members. Join us for lectures and discussions with the best of the best UQ-related speakers on matters that impact your community and shape your ideas of the world.

The series is an opportunity for you to engage with great minds on global matters, participate in thought-provoking discussions and network with UQ alumni and community members. All alumni, parents, community members and friends are welcome to attend the Global Leadership Series events.

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