CDU HDR Futures Conference 2019


5 & 6 September 2019

Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, Research and Innovation, Professor John Finlay-Jones, invites you to the CDU Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Futures Conference to be held at the Casuarina Campus on 5 and 6 September 2019.


The themes of the conference are “sustainability” and the “future”. The aims are:

  • Showcase CDU HDR research activity, partnerships and impacts undertaken across CDU
  • Provide an opportunity for HDRs to promote and explain their research to peers
  • Learn about different types of research design and methodologies across disciplines and within disciplines
  • Be inspired by keynote speakers and hear about researcher skills for future careers
  • Make new connections among the CDU HDR cohort and with other academics
  • Interact with other HDRs and the CDU research community through social activities

The conference will feature key note speakers, HDR candidate presentations, opportunities to connect, prizes for outstanding presentations and a talent show. The conference is a chance for the CDU research community to come together, to build on the university’s research culture and encourage friendships, networks and collaborations.    

The two-day program aims to be of great interest to HDR candidates at all stages of their candidature. Supervisors, other academics and other interested parties are also welcome to attend. Conference training will be provided during our Research Enhancement Program(REP) workshop block in May. The Conference will also follow three days of REP training including workshops to help put the final touches on presentations.

The Conference Organising Committee is now Calling for Abstracts.

Higher degree by research candidates at all stages of their candidature are encouraged to submit abstracts to present in the supportive atmosphere of conference. This includes candidates how have not yet completed their confirmation of candidature who are invited to give 5 minutes presentations on their proposed research.  

Candidate presenters are asked, where possible, to consider the sustainability and future aspects of their research. Each presenter is asked to broadly address the question, “What can we do today for tomorrow?” in relation to their research. For example, in respect of research significance or contribution and application of findings.

Please submit your abstract using the Abstract Submission Online Form by 31 May 2019. Please be sure to refer to the Presentation Guidelines (PDF 158KB)

Conference Timeline

1 May 2019

Call for Abstracts

13-17 May 2019

HDR Futures Conference training How to write an abstract as part of Research Enhancement Program (REP) Workshops

31 May

Abstracts Close

21 June

Abstracts outcomes

31 July - 2 August

Presentation Skills Training

2 - 4 September

'Final Touches' HDR Futures Conference training and other REP workshops

5 - 6 September

HDR Futures Conference 2019, Casuarina Campus CDU

To find out about the last CDU HDR Conference, including abstracts booklet, prize winner and photo gallery, go to our 2017 Conference webpages.

If you have any suggestions or queries regarding the conference, please email or call 08 8946 7460.