We ended 2022 with our first hybrid Forum and our first time being face-to-face since 2019. It was wonderful to reconnect with old friends and meet so many new friends. There were thought-provoking and varied presentations from keynote speakers, and engaging and informative sessions from all our presenters. The generous sharing of knowledge and experience to a supportive group of passionate professionals is what makes the AAIR Forum so very special.
We were fortunate to have the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MSGM) to both host and support the 2022 AAIR forum. A big thank you to Andrew Bradshaw and Chandrama Acharya who did so much work liaising with MSGM to ensure that we held a successful Forum. Don Johnston, our Vice President, again did a brilliant job coordinating and leading the Forum. Our own Executive Committee also made up the Forum organising committee. We continue to be thankful for the outstanding support from Victoria McIver and Brittany Lee from Leishman and Associates who continue to ensure our Forum runs seamlessly and is cost-effective. If you didn’t get the opportunity to attend the 2022 AAIR Forum, I would encourage you to plan to be with us in Melbourne later this year.
To reflect our themes of building our capability and building our community we welcomed Ilse Hogendorf (Honorary Secretary), and Pallavi Khanna (committee member) to the Executive Committee, as well as some role changes for existing committee members. Andrew Bradshaw has taken on the role of Newsletter Editor and Dr Lizzie Li is our new Honorary Treasurer. Supporting our Special interest groups (SIGs) as SIG Chairs are:
- Cassie Saunders
Surveys and Evaluation SIG Chair
- Jason Mazanov
Surveys and Evaluation – Qualitative Research and Analysis SIG Lead
- Juan Laverde Velasco and Alex Sieniarski
Load Management and Planning Co-SIG Chairs
We ended 2022 by saying goodbye to AAIR Honorary Treasurer and life member Greg Jakob, Past President Kathie Rabel, and Honorary Secretary, Pam Rayner. They have all retired from the committee after providing considerable value and regarded service.
As you return to work mode for 2023, you might have a burning question you want answered about institutional research, or perhaps you have a story from your own institution to share. Please let us know by contacting any of our committee members (please refer to our committee on our website), or go directly to our Executive Officer, Liesha Northover, at email@example.com.