The theme of the conference is “Connect and Succeed”: From Research to Real Life Impact to reflect on the CDU Strategic Plan 2021-2026.

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.


  • Professor Scott Bowman AO, Vice Chancellor and President, Charles Darwin University
  • Professor Steve Rogers, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation, Charles Darwin University
  • Claire Pamenter, Director, Office of Research and Innovation, Charles Darwin University
  • Organising Committee

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 three-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