We are very excited to announce an incredibly diverse and high-quality program of workshops! We believe that these workshops are relevant to all HDR students attending the conference.

DUHRS are currently finalising the workshop schedule. Be sure to check back here for more information on what the workshops will cover!


with Associate Professor Julia Pitcher

This session will demonstrate to HDR students how to position themselves for success as an early-career researcher. The session will also cover the benefits of networking, and how academics can go about planning for it, doing it and getting the most out of your interactions. This will include some discussion about mentors versus sponsors, and why you need both. In addition, Julie will help our attendees work on developing an “elevator pitch” for networking.

Open Science and Global Collaboration

with Dr. Mathew Ling

Transparent or “open” research practices are becoming more common internationally, with a growing pressure from funders to make work accessible and reusable, however it can seem like this is making more work for researchers with limited individual benefits. This session will overview these open practices, but also discuss some case studies where adoption of open practices have facilitated new types of global collaboration, built reputations and connections, and laid the groundwork for a research culture built around collective achievements and the advancement of science, rather than personal glory and ego.

Social media and Research Dissemination

with Dr. Katherine Livingstone

Achieving reach and impact with your research is becoming increasingly important. This workshop will aim to give examples and practical tips for how you can use tools such as social media, the media and public and policy events to connect with others, disseminate your research and further your career objectives. It will include interactive activities and opportunities for discussion of key concepts. Dr Katherine Livingstone is an NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow in the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) and chairs the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences Social Media Committee. She is actively engaged with disseminating her research and that of the School, and was awarded a 2020 Victorian Young Tall Poppy Science Award in recognition of this.


with Prof. Sean McGee

In this session I’ll provide an overview of grant writing and assessment, from the point of view of both the applicant and the grant assessor. At a high level, I will also cover some of the simple things that can be done to increase your chances of grant success and what to do (and how to feel) when grants don’t get up.

Teaching and education

with Prof. Judy Currey and Josh Allen

This workshop will provide participants an opportunity to reflect on their skills, knowledge and experience of higher education teaching and learning, and plan some ‘next steps’ towards a career incorporating higher education. The workshop will cater to HDR students with varying experience in teaching and learning, from being a novice to the experienced teaching academic looking to create a teaching and research nexus.

Careers for HDR Students Outside Academia

with Prof. Dineli Mather

Over the past decade there has been an increasing trend for HDR graduates to build careers outside academia. In fact in many disciplines a majority of HDR graduates are now employed in business, industry and government roles. Whilst it is getting harder to break into academic roles, Universities and Research Organisations value employees who have gained industry experience and business acumen so working outside the higher education sector can also be a stepping stone to an academic career. This session will highlight the need for HDR students and graduates to think broader about the employment and career opportunities available to them, the transferability and future value of the skills developed during an HDR degree and the change in mindset required to build a successful career outside academia.


with Ms. Brooke Cotton

Placements provide valuable learning experiences, allowing students to ‘test the waters’ in industry and gain practical skills and knowledge. It is an opportunity to build networks, expand career pathways and employability, and foster research partnerships to build foundations for future collaborations. This presentation will outline how the program works, what kinds of opportunities are available and how to get involved!

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