Graduate researcher from Queensland is happy to ‘Bee’ here

Posted 12 Apr 2017

Story by CBR Canberra

Canberra has some of the best education facilities in the world, with our future leaders offered a smorgasbord of learning opportunities.

This in turn attracts may interstate and international students to Canberra.

Graduate researcher, Jack Simpson, re-located to Canberra from Queensland to further his studies at Australian National University (ANU), a world -leading centre for education and research ranked #1 in Australia and #22 in the world according to QS World University Rankings 2016-17.

“I moved here in 2013 from Queensland to do my honours research project with CSIRO looking for genetic makers on a parasitic mite of the European and Asian honeybee,” he said.

“I’ve been writing software to uniquely mark and track multiple honeybees within the hive in order to study their behaviour over an extended period of time.”

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Jack says the research department at ANU has been very helpful and has introduced him to endless possibilities.

“Doing a PhD at ANU’s School of Biology has been a great experience, everyone is willing to help. I now have access to so many experts that I can go to for advice which I didn’t have before,” he said.


Jack has also been impressed by Canberra’s innovation ecosystem, where he has been able to meet likeminded people from a diverse range of industries.

“Canberra’s networking opportunities are great, I have met several local people and businesses through events like CBR Innovations Network’s First Wednesday connect.

These events have allowed me to expand my network and reach people I wouldn’t normally be associated with which is great,” he said.

Canberra’s unique quality of having a small-town vibe whilst being connected with international thought leaders and institutions, is one that has attracted many to the nation’s capital.

“I do like living in Canberra. I used to live in regional Queensland, so one of the things I really like about Canberra is that it has all the shops and infrastructure of a major city without all the packed-in craziness,” he said.

This small-town vibe is reflected through Canberra’s community support, with Jack already welcomed into the Beekeepers Association of the ACT where he presents his research.

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“The ACT Beekeeping Society is a large and active community within Canberra (several hundred members) that promotes beekeeping, helps newcomers learn, and they also maintain several society hives that they will open up to the community at times to learn more about beekeeping,” he said.

“I am happy to have the support of the Beekeeping Society, not only for my work but I have also made a lot of friends there.”

Jack is thrilled with the opportunities offered by Canberra’s education network. “I can definitely recommend Canberra as a place to study. It has some fantastic research institutions and there’s always interesting seminars being presented by visiting researchers,” he said.

For more stories of students who moved to Canberra to learn, check out Thea, Max and Hayley.

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