Graduate School Forum

The Graduate School Forum is held weekly during semester and provides an opportunity for our research candidates to:

  • Build a sense of community.
  • Share research interests and experience.
  • Demonstrate the breadth of research undertaken within the Graduate School.
  • Establish networks for current and future research.
  • Gain experience in presenting research, for conferences and examination.
  • Engage the wider community in the research process and problem solving.

Forum format

There are three to four presentation sessions at each Graduate School Forum, grouped together by research interests. Presentations run for around 20 minutes, and are given by PhD candidates in the second and third years of their candidature. Each presenter is asked to reflect on an element of their research to date.

A session chair (also a PhD candidate) briefly introduces presenters, and facilitates a discussion with presenters and audience at the conclusion of the presentations.

The forum audience is expected to engage critically and sympathetically with the material and offer further references and possible areas of investigation and development to each presenter.

Forum attendance requirements

All PhD candidates are required to attend the Graduate School Forum once they have completed their first year of candidature.

PhD candidates must present a paper on the current state of their research in both the second and third years of their candidature. Candidates in the fourth year of the program and/or who have already presented twice should chair a session instead of presenting.

Session chairs meet with the scheduled presenters in the week prior to the Forum to familiarise themselves with the presenter's background, research area and presentation topic.


The Forum is held most Wednesdays from 4 - 5.30pm in the SCA Boardroom, Level 1, Building 24 (unless otherwise specified).

8 March Information session

Justin Trendall

5 April Graduate Forum 1



12 April Graduate Forum 2

Janelle Evans 

Stephen Burstow

David Corbet

26 April Graduate Forum 3
Rose Vickers  Glenn Wallace
Salvatore Panatteri 
17 May Graduate Forum 4 Simon Cooper Katherine Fries
Fiona Davies
24 May Graduate Forum 5 Mark Visione Hanna Kay-Wand
Kenneth Mitchell
7 June Graduate Forum 6 Karen Banks  Jane Shadbolt
Elwira Tatan
Semester break 3 July - 28 July
2 August Graduate Forum 7 Jessica Olivieri Melissa Howe 
Brigid Noone
9 August Graduate Forum 8 Adrian Clement Jennifer Orchard 
Majella Barbe
16 August Graduate Forum 9 Mark Pemberton Camilla Cassidy

Merryn Hull

Tamara Voninski

6 September Graduate Forum 10 Terence Wright Belinda Howden
Bronwyn Bancroft
13 September
Graduate Forum 11 Danica Knezevic Yiorgos Zafiriou
Thomas Isaacs
20 September Graduate Forum 12 Sarah Robertson Brianna Munting
Saffaa Hassanein