RMIT’s College of Business recently held its Higher Degree by Research Winter Conference.
The Conference took place in the award-winning Swanston Academic Building. More than 50 candidates presented papers on a diverse range of topics for their candidature milestones, as well as two honours presentations.
There were three main objectives of these HDR conferences: to enrich the intellectual and professional experience for our HDR candidates; to manage effectively the University’s HDR milestone requirements for candidate progress; and to provide opportunities for HDR candidates to meet with their peers and expand their personal and professional networks.
The HDR conference started with a welcome address from Professor Geoffrey Stokes, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor Business (Research and Innovation).
“It is my pleasure to open this, our second HDR winter conference, which I hope will continue a tradition of successfully run HDR events,” Stokes said.
The welcome was followed by a keynote address from Professor Elizabeth Waters, University of Melbourne.
Waters’ presentation provided valuable insights into what makes a successful academic researcher.
The rigorous milestone schedule was punctuated with other relevant HDR activities and displays from the RMIT Library and RMIT Careers.
The conference featured school-specific sessions designed to engage students and academic staff on various aspects of the HDR journey, including support for the three-minute thesis competition.
Immediately after these sessions, an entertaining and valuable networking session was run by Dr Pavithra Siriwardhane who talked about the need to actively network with others to increase your knowledge base and expand your peer groups during the PhD.
On the final day of the conference, there was a well-attended Journal Publications Panel with Adjunct Professor Dennis Taylor and Dr Sarah Sinclair.
The presentation reinforced the importance of networking and how to successfully engage in collaborative research and how to publish during and post a PhD.
Stokes thanked the organising committee of Dr Ashton de Silva, Dr Pavithra Siriwardhane, Prue Lamont, Sherrin Trautmann, Priyanka Erasmus, Esther Ng, Emily Kersing, Tania Tambiah and John Pastoriza-Pinol for bringing the event together.