The SMAANZ HDR Hour series aims to provide an opportunity for our SMAANZ community to collaborate and feel a sense of inclusion. The online series is open to everyone and is free to attend! Whilst it is focused on HDR students (similar to our mid-year HDR program), we encourage all levels of the SMAANZ community to be involved in order for this to be a success.

Due to the success of the first series (May 1 – June  12, 2020), we will be running a second series. The SMAANZ HDR Hour Series 2, will include four sessions and run fortnightly from Friday 17th July to Friday 28 August, 2 pm AEST. We have taken our community feedback into account and made a number of small changes to the format of series 2.

    • Each session will feature 1-2 HDR Students and/or Early Career Researchers presenting their research in a 5-minute presentation. Following the presentation, there will be 10 minutes of opportunity for the SMAANZ community to ask questions /provide feedback. We highly encourage the wider SMAANZ community to attend for engagement/feedback – this is a vital part of our session!
    • Each session will feature a 25-minute interactive professional development session. These sessions are targeted to the HDR / ECR area and are voted by the SMAANZ Community
    • Following the SMAANZ HDR Hour – we have extended the session to include an “optional” 15-20 minute post-session conversation. This will be a place to have casual conversations, interact with members of the SMAANZ community and reflect on the previous session.
    • We have also changed our platform for delivery. We will no longer be using Microsoft Teams. We will be announcing our new platform shortly.

We will also be adding a one-off virtual social event- watch this space!

This is your chance to present your research!  HDR students and Early Career Researchers are invited to each give a short presentation (maximum five minutes), and then receive constructive feedback from academics and your fellow community. This presentation could be a practice for SMAANZ Week 2020, a journal article/thesis chapter, or if you’re in the early stages of a Masters/PhD you could present your proposed project. This is an opportunity to develop your presentation skills in a friendly and welcoming environment, and to get feedback. To apply to present, lease complete the online Presentation Proposal form, by 12th July, 2020. 

We will be in touch via email on submission of your form. We are limited to 8 presentations at this stage, so we will run based on a first-in, first-served basis. Please note, this is open to all HDR students and Early Career Researchers to apply, however, priority will be given to current SMAANZ members. We will make an announcement via our website when we are at capacity. All applications will be finalised by 13th July 2020  including a presenter schedule and further detail about presentation requirements.

We are still in the final stages of planning the schedule of events. We will update each of these with presentations when they have been confirmed (see application form above to apply to present).

  • Friday 17th July 2020  – TBC
  • Friday 31st July 2020 – TBC
  • Friday 14th August 2020 – TBC
  • Friday 28th August 2020 – TBC

Note: We will be updating the below shortly with an RSVP link, however when this has been finalised, you will need to RSVP by clicking on the relevant event below and filling in our short RSVP form. Upon filling out the form, you will be emailed an access link to the event within 48 hours of the event commencing.

Questions can be directed to Sarah Wymer (

Did you miss the SMAANZ HDR Hour Series 1? See what some of the participants had to say about the series:

  • “The sessions ran very smoothly and were easily accessible. I think the mix consisting of individuals with years of experience (e.g., professors) in contrast to individuals at the beginning of their journey (e.g., PhD Candidates) was also great”
  • “Thank you so much for putting this initiative together. I was encouraged to apply for the membership as I saw great value on being able to engage on the was fantastic!”
  • “I enjoyed the short presentations giving the opportunity for different presenters, the fact that is one hour, the willingness of some participants to have their cam on (so I could put faces on the names I’ve read or who were recommended to me), the presence of some well-established researchers in the meeting”
  • “I was inspired to attend the event to know more about SMAANZ, networking, see what people have been doing research on, different methodologies and similar academic aspects”