Research News February - April 2020

Message from The Research Society President

What a dramatic start to 2020 it’s been. Between fires, storms and health pandemics, we hope you, your family and community have kept well and safe.

We know that one of our members, John Grono and his wife, lost their house in the fires and our thoughts are with them as they rebuild. We have posted a list of fire-affected areas and links to support resources on our website. I encourage those conducting surveys of any kind to be aware of the possible impact that the bushfires have had and avoid affected areas where possible.

Your Board has been working on a number of very exciting changes and new launches for 2020. These will be rolled out progressively over the next few months. We turn 65 years old this year, so it is auspicious that we are planning some fundamental changes and updates to ensure we continue to drive successful careers and dynamic businesses as the research industry evolves.

One of our main responsibilities is to offer state of play learning opportunities for our members so they can continue to grow their careers and stay up to date. This year we have significantly revised and extended the 2020 AMSRS Professional Development Program and we encourage you to find the courses you need to achieve your next career goals. We have training opportunities from fundamentals right through to advanced classes for research, insights and analytics professionals to upskill and keep you up to date on contemporary challenges such as researching in the fake information era, using social media for data collection and digital media analytics to name a few.

As part of this renewal, we are pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with Ashton Media, an organisation operating in the data, research, analytics, CX, UX and insights space and presenters of the Customer Insights Symposium. This partnership will give our AMSRS company partners access to Ashton Media events at discounted rates and see us work together to provide the highest professional standards, education and event experiences and opportunities for our respective communities.

In addition, the Professional Standards Committee has recently concluded their regular review of the Code of Professional Behaviour to ensure it remains the final word on standards for our industry. We will be conducting webinars to update members on the changes and implications. Further details can be found on page 5.

It hasn’t been an auspicious start to the year for Australia, but what 2020 will surely continue to rely on is the understanding and insights our profession provides; we are privileged to work in an industry that affects change and makes a difference. I look forward to seeing you all through the year. Just contact me if you have any thoughts or contributions you want to make.

Dr. Vicki Arbes, President, The Research Society

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