SMAANZ offers numerous networking and development opportunities for HDR (higher degree by research) students throughout the year.


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!

  • Each fortnightly online collaborative one-hour session features:
  • 1-2 HDR Students presenting their research in an enlightening talk format (i.e. 6 minutes, 40 seconds). There will be an opportunity following the presentation for the SMAANZ community to ask questions /provide feedback. We highly encourage the wider SMAANZ community to attend for engagement/feedback
  • A relevant HDR/personal development topic presented by a member of the SMAANZ Board or a SMAANZ program feature in an interactive interview format

We are currently finalising details for Series Two. Please refer here for further details and updates

Annual HDR Workshop

This workshop takes place at the annual SMAANZ Conference and is usually hosted the day before the conference starts in the host city. This workshop includes a variety of development sessions, delivered by senior academics in the SMAANZ community (e.g. publication advice sessions, academic career advice). This workshop is free for all SMAANZ HDR students attending the annual conference, but pre-registration with the SMAANZ Student Representative is essential. Due to the unique environment in 2020, we are finalising details and format for the HDR conference during our planned SMAANZ Week 2020. Please refer here for details regarding SMAANZ Week 2020

HDR Mid-Year Conference

This one day conference occurs in July each year and is an opportunity for HDR students to present their work in a friendly environment and receive constructive peer and academic feedback. The conference is free to SMAANZ HDR members and is also available to non-SMAANZ HDR members (for a fee of $40, which also includes annual SMAANZ student membership). 

Please note there will be no SMAANZ mid-year Conference in 2020. Instead, we will be running the SMAANZ HDR Series.

Generally, the SMAANZ mid-year conference will consist of student presentations and a panel session by senior academics. Students each give a 10-minute presentation, and then receive constructive feedback from academics and their fellow students. This presentation could be a practice for the SMAANZ Conference, 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 from.  

HDR Webinars

Webinars are held throughout the year, providing an opportunity for HDR students to briefly present an issue/problem they’re having with their research and ask advice from their peers.
The sessions consist of a presentation/Q&A session with an academic from the wider SMAANZ community.

Stay tuned for the next SMAANZ HDR Webinar!

HDR online community

In addition to the Webinar program, the SMAANZ HDR members have an online community for ongoing peer support. We are finalising the format for this online community, and will update this page shortly.

HDR students can become a SMAANZ member through purchasing an annual membership ($40) or through attending the annual SMAANZ conference.

For more information or to register for any of the HDR activities, please contact the SMAANZ HDR representative, Olivia Baudinet: