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Graduate Research Conference

Keynote Speakers

'Beyond the doctoral degree'

Monday 23 - Friday 27 May

We have five amazing Keynote speakers!

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one link to access every session!

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Keynote Speakers
You can read more about our amazing line up of Keynotes here 

Michelle Jamieson  - Monday 23 May 12:30-1:30 pm

Falling apart and together again: A fresh look at wellbeing in the light of the pandemic
Over the past two years, the novel conditions of the COVID19 pandemic have highlighted increasing challenges to maintaining wellbeing in the workplace. The need to continuously adapt to changing and uncertain circumstances, and to live with the discomfort these produce, have led to widespread experiences of stress, anxiety, fatigue and burnout. But how well were we before COVID? How comfortably did we balance our personal and professional commitments? And how much did we enjoy, and thrive in, our jobs? 
This presentation takes a fresh look at wellbeing in the light of the pandemic. Drawing on the lessons of recent years, it explores what a mindfulness-based perspective has to offer how we think about and practice wellbeing in an academic context. Specifically, it examines the relationship between health and work, and the role that self-awareness plays in keeping these elements in balance. Importantly, it emphasises the centrality of the physical body – of the embodied, sensate and felt – to these discussions, especially given the uniquely cerebral nature of academic work. Broadly, the paper advocates for a view of wellbeing as a lifelong practice that is foundational to a healthy career, and offers suggestions for ways to begin engaging consciously with this process. 

Prof Nick Hopwood (University Technology Sydney) - Monday 23 May 4:00-5:00 pm

How research can, and must, change the world 

Research should contribute to positive change in the world. This seems uncontroversial, but the implications of this can be quite radical! I will argue that we need to debunk disguised ideology of neutrality to avoid upholding a status quo that is far from okay. I suggest we can – and need to be – committed in our research, and overt in those commitments. This does not negate empirical and conceptual rigour, but may lead us to think differently about objectivity, what makes good research, and how we make a difference. I will build a case that rather than describing or explaining reality, research should be trying to undo the boundary between the real and the (im)possible: not accepting what seems beyond reach, but striving to make viable what is currently unthinkable, unachievable, and unheard of. By doing this, research can truly claim to play a role in making the world worth living in.

Susie Miles (University of Manchester, UK) and Nicholas Merton - Tuesday 24 May 7:00-8:00 pm

How is it possible to teach leadership in a way that transforms researchers into being effective leaders?

The transformational leadership course, “Being a Leader: An Ontological/Phenomenological Model” has been offered in universities as diverse as Canada, Kenya and Vietnam over the last decade or so. It has a revolutionary approach which leaves participants actually being effective leaders, rather than merely knowing more about leadership.
This keynote will answer the following question: “How is it possible to teach leadership in a way that not only informs students about leadership but also transforms them into actually being effective leaders?"
Susie Miles and Nicholas Merton will share their experience and demonstrate the methodology used in the ‘Being a Leader’ course, which defines leadership as “making a future happen that wasn’t going to happen anyway”. The course is being delivered primarily to doctoral and early career researchers as part of a wider commitment to promote inclusive leadership at the University of Manchester, UK

Cecile Badenhorst (Memorial University, Newfoundland)- Wednesday 25 May 9:35-10:35 am

Where the writing begins: conceptualising research
Research conceptualization is often not viewed as a central part of the writing process and yet, without a coherent picture of a research project, countless students find themselves stuck in their writing. Many students and supervisors still hold a product-oriented view of writing where writing is the final stage of a research process. In this presentation, I advocate for research conceptualization as part of the writing process and discuss practical techniques to navigate the complex task of research problem formulation.
Ken Mahon (Campus Plus) - Thursday 26 May 12:05-1:05 pm

Engaging industry and defining the value you bring
Increasingly the focus for research and researchers is on engagement and impact which requires much greater collaboration with external partners in Industry and Government. But often that engagement is much shorter in duration and seeking outcomes sooner than the time frame for a PhD or broader research strategies. We will discuss the how researchers can identify the value they bring to external partners, some simple approaches to creating effective commercial relationships that deliver value and support research programs, professional development and a career in academia and/or Industry.
Miri (Margaret) Raven (UNSW, Social Policy Research Centre) - Friday 27 May 12:05-1:05 pm

Indigenous Protocols: understanding what can and can't be done
There are unspoken and unwritten rules for working with Indigenous peoples and our knowledge. International law, through the Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biodiversity, calls on Parties to ‘take into consideration indigenous and local communities’ customary laws, community protocols and procedures, as applicable, with respect to traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources’ and to support the development of these protocols. This keynote will present ideas on what exactly are protocols, how can we understand them, how are they enacted by various players, and how can they support biodiversity conservation.
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Seminars, Round Tables and Workshops
Insights for HDR Students; a seminar with Sub Deans (Graduate Studies)- with Sandra Savocchia, Ramudu Bhanugopan and Sam Bowker
Wednesday 25 May 10:45 -12:00 am

In this seminar session, the Sub Deans (Graduate Studies) will discuss their own perspectives on navigating the doctoral process. Each faculty will be represented by a 15-minute presentation, addressing students with insights from across all schools and their diverse research. They will discuss behind-the-scenes insights into planning, success stories, overcoming obstacles, and other challenges facing HDR in Australia.
Insights for Supervisors: a round table for Supervisors with Sub Deans (Graduate Studies)
Wednesday 25 May 12:45 - 1:45 pm 

In this round table discussion, the Sub Deans will review current issues facing postgraduate research across the Australian tertiary sector. They will discuss how new and experienced research supervisors are navigating the best outcomes for their HDR students, reflecting on examples from Charles Sturt University and beyond.
School Research Seminars: Strategies for Sustainable Success
Moderated by Sam Bowker (SDGS, FOAE)
Wednesday 25 May 2:00-3:00 pm

This workshop will demonstrate effective solutions to scheduling, marketing, recording and amplifying the diverse and innovative research-in-progress within our schools. Based on his coordination of weekly school research seminars in 2019 through 2021 for the former SCCI and FOAE, this workshop will showcase inclusive ideas that have been successful for all involved
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Plenary Sessions
Discussion Panel Interdisciplinary Research
In this plenary session our panel of CSU academics will explore the pros and cons of interdisciplinary research and how to make it work.
Tuesday 24 May 3:05 -4:05 pm

Discussion Panel – You can’t ask that!
In this plenary session our panel of CSU academics will answer questions about research and the HDR program that students have submitted anonymously in advance.
Tuesday 24 May 6:00-6:55 pm
Discussion Panel Publishing
In this plenary session panelists will share their knowledge and experiences of all things to do with publishing: including tips for finding the right publications, common writing mistakes to avoid, co-authoring, and citations.
Wednesday 25 May 2:35-3:35 pm

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Themed breakout sessions
Our themed sessions will feature papers and e-posters about research, research journeys and research support by Graduate Research candidates and academic and professional staff.

Monday 23 May 1:45 - 3:45 pm
Methodologies (Quantitative) and Research Practice
Methodologies (Qualitative)
Well-being and self-management

Tuesday 24 May 4:05 -5:50 pm
Open themed research papers

Thursday 25 May 1:15 -1:45 pm

Thursday 24 May 4:10 - 5:50 pm
First Nations Research

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