About Conference

The theme of the conference is “Deep engagement, lasting impact: Making a difference through research” which reflects the CDU Strategic Plan 2021-2026.

The conference gives future changemakers the opportunity to share their own research, learn from their peers, and engage in discussions about the best ways to make a lasting real-world impact through their work. The conference aims to inspire researchers to think deeply about the role they can play in shaping the future and to develop practical strategies for achieving real-world impact.

The event provides an opportunity for all Higher Degree by Research (HDR) and honours students to present their research to a wider audience across Charles Darwin University (CDU), researchers and the non-research community.

Research students will have the opportunity to effectively explain and promote aspects of their work and to hone their presentation skills. It is a great opportunity to also share ideas, build networks, and meet potential industry collaborators.

How to register

Registration details

Program booklet

Download the program booklet to read the abstracts, showcasing the range of HDR topics in Charles Darwin University

Program Schedule

The biennial Higher Degree by Research (HDR) conference brings together and showcases the extraordinary contribution made by our research candidates and honours students across disciplines, colleges, research centres and institutes at Charles Darwin University (CDU).

It is a two-day conference that presents keynote speakers and presentations from research students across Colleges & research institutions. Research students will benefit from various social and networking events.

We aim to grow stronger and more meaningful relationships with partners and research end-users – community, industry, government, and non-government sectors across Australia and Asia-Pacific.

Meet the speakers

Amy Thunig, Macquarie University
Keynote speaker: Sovereign Women: Why Academia?

Dr Christabelle Darcy, NT Government

Keynote speaker: Making a leap out of academia

Emma Nesbitt, COO of Darwin Innovation Hub
Keynote speaker: Research Commercialisation and Industry Engagement


Register to attend the Conference at the CDU Casuarina Campus & Online