Masterclass with Lesley Warren

Tuesday, 19 February 2019,
Institute of Advanced Studies, UWA
Postgraduate Students, Early Career Researchers, Academics, Professional Researchers



Embedding interdisciplinarity in your research: building and working with diverse teams to achieve new insights

A masterclass with Professor Lesley A. Warren, Director, Lassonde Institute of Mining, University of Toronto and UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

The pace of modern scientific research, powered by the rapid expansion of research tools and methodologies available to us, has yielded unprecedented insights into how the world around us works. Many of the big scientific breakthroughs are generated by multidisciplinary teams, with members each bringing their discipline-specific expertise and applying it in collaboration with others to tackle research questions in new ways. The critical foundation to effective transdisciplinary research is a willingness to admit you do not understand disciplines outside of your current expertise, so that you can explore more deeply critical concepts in these new areas, and ultimately bring them in to shape a new world view of how systems may function. This requires adaptability in your world view of what can drive important processes, a life-long learning approach to your scientific practice, and a willingness and drive to seek out other researchers with expertise outside of yours and talk with them to drive effective multidisciplinary research. The goal of this masterclass is to instil the core skills required for early career scientists to embed an interdisciplinary approach into their scientific research programs.

Dr Lesley Warren leads the Lassonde Institute of Mining at the University of Toronto as Managing Director and Chief Principal Investigator. She also holds the Claudette Mackay-Lassonde Chair in Mineral Engineering in the Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto. She has an internationally recognized track record of integrated geochemical and microbiological investigation in mining wastewater and reclamation contexts. As a leading expert, she has partnered with numerous energy and mining industry companies, consortiums and governmental agencies around the globe. Dr. Warren’s work is breaking new ground and helping strengthen the mining industry today and into the future.

As Chief Principal Investigator at Lassonde, her research develops transformative industry advancements for water and tailings strategies through integration of geochemistry with emerging molecular biological techniques. Some of her current research projects partner with Glencore, Hudbay, Rambler Metals, and Syncrude to develop new biologically integrated management, mitigation and reclamation strategies that will be more sustainable, efficient and cost effective.

The Lassonde Institute of Mining is a global leader in interdisciplinary mining research and industry-academic partnerships. Linking world-renowned Principal Investigators from engineering, applied sciences, earth sciences, physics, finance, law and public policy, the Lassonde Institute pioneers practical technologies. With world-class facilities, the Lassonde Institute provides unparalleled opportunities for students, researchers and the mining community and trains the future mining leaders of tomorrow.

Professor Warren is a 2019 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.