My Melbourne with Kelvin Param

May 14 / 136

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Hello and welcome to My Melbourne. Joining us today is Kelvin Param. Thank you for joining us.

Thank you for inviting me.

Tell us Kelvin, what is your role at the University?

I have a couple of roles but my major role is that of Executive Producer of Up Close, the research talk show. Up Close is a weekly audio talk show about research. Each we week we look at a piece or body of work that a researcher has been involved in over a period of time in some detail.

Each episode is about half and hour, and we try to go into that research with some depth, but at the same time make it accessible to the general public. Up Close is the product of a whole team of people.

How long have you been working at the University?

KP: I’ve been at the University for almost 14 years but not in the same role. I started in 2000 as an IT manager, and the opportunity came up to move into Digital Media, and in 2006 I instigated Up Close to help promote research and help people understand what research is, and the benefits it has in their lives. So we’re seven plus years down the track, and last week we published our 300th episode.

How would you describe your typical day?


My typical day varies a lot, it depends on what’s on the calendar, but one of the key things we spend a lot of time on is selecting guests, and their research for interviews, and Up Close involves a lot of preparation work, so the production team will go through journal articles and book chapters to glean a story we can turn into an interview.

What do you think is the best thing about working at the University?

One of the best things about the University for staff, at least for me, is the opportunity to come up with ideas and innovate, to take an idea and run with it, so seven years later Up Close has legs, and has an audience in more than 100 countries and in more than 300 cities in China.

Where’s your favourite place to get food and coffee on campus?

I don’t have a particular favourite, but I spend time getting food and reading Up Close materials is Shanti Bhagwan at the Alice Hoy Building, or getting coffees at Kere Kere, up near the Engineering Precinct.

Is there a particular piece of advice you’ve received that you’d like to share?

No one particular piece of advice, but I am very grateful for a senior colleague who showed me the ropes when I was starting out in 2000 I was hired as an IT Manager who’d come from a very different organisation and culture, and a person who is no longer with the University spent some time showing me the ropes. I hope to be able to pay it forward.

Thanks Kelvin, and thanks for joining us.

Thank you.

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