CDU HDR Conferences


CDU held its first HDR Conference in May 2017 and it's second HDR conference in September 2019. These Conferences provide a friendly, safe environment for CDU HDR students to hone their conference presentation skills as well as allowing opportunites for networking, connection and community building.

2019 HDR Futures Conference

The 2019 HDR Futures Conference was hled from Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th September.

View Full  Program (includes key note speaker abstracts,  HDR candidate presentation titles)

View the HDR candidate abstracts


Thank you to everyone who attended and presented and helped make the 2019 HDR Futures Conference a success.

See here for a list of people we would like to acknowledge.


We have received a lot of positive feedback about the conference. See below for some of them. If you would like to provide feedback and go in the draw to win one of five coffee vouchers,

Fill in our survey here

feedback survey

“I just wanted to say what an amazing job everyone did with the Student HDR Conference… the sessions I attended were really well run and professional. Food was great too!”

Kim Robertson, HDR Student

"Thanks for the great organisation of the event, it was fabulous. The food and the entertainment were very nice and I think everyone had great time presenting their work as well as attending the sessions and the key speakers’ talks. “

Lillyana Toushek, HDR Student

“Thank you for a very well organised and managed HDR event. Compliments to your team.”

Nicolas Gromik, HDR Supervisor

“What a lovely evening it was with some great conversations.”

Dr Birut Zemits, HDR Supervisor

"Thank you so much for a fabulous REP Block and the HDR conference. I just wanted to get in touch to say how valuable I found the whole experience. As you know, I am in the first semester of my PhD and I was just starting to feel a bit overwhelmed with how different doing a PhD is, compared to the job that I just came from. The REP week and conference could not have come at a better time....

Thank you and your colleagues for all of your help and for putting on such a well organised, useful and enjoyable event. I didn't have a chance to catch you at the end of the conference, but I really wanted you to know how much I appreciated this week."

Jenny House, HDR Candidate

“I just wanted to express appreciation for last week’s HDR conference.  The fact that everything went like clockwork was testament to the hard work, planning and professionalism of the organising team and staff who supported the event.

 The conference was a great mix of thought-provoking keynote presentations, networking with other students and showcasing all the interesting research being done at CDU.  It was a highlight of my time at CDU to be able to leave my PhD bunker, be inspired by the great work other students are doing and reflect on the issues raised.

 The chance to practice abstract preparation, presenting and chairing in a safe environment was excellent professional development, while the networking was good for morale.  Thanks again!”

Jane Munday, HDR Candidate


For a great selection of photos from the conference, see our Photo Gallery.

Photo credit to Mujiburrahman, Lillyana Toushek and Tanya Kalinowsky


We received a lot of positive feedback from the conference. See here to view the comments.

If you have any suggestions for next time, please fill in out brief survey


See below for the winners of the 5 conference prizes.

Prize CategoryDetailsRecipient


(Credit to Mujiburrahman)

Best Abstractchosen by the Abstracts Assessment CommitteeSimon CraseSimon Crase and Ben McNeil
Best Indigenous Engagement Approachchosen by the Student Chairs and Academic MentorsCathy BowEve-Marie Cranmer and Cathy Bow* photo by ORI staff
Best Spectatorfor questions/ feedback to a HDR presenter - chosen by the Student Chairs and Academic MentorsSydney CollettN/A
Best and Most Inspiring Presentation - Day 1chosen by the delegatesKim HunnamKim Hunnam and Keynote Ben McNeil
Best and Most Inspiring Presentation - Day 2chosen by the delegatesFaisal Bin BadarFaisal Badar and Keynote Ben McNeil

 2017 HDR Conference

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.