HDR Mid-Year Conference

9:00am Thursday, 4 July 2024
6:00pm Friday, 5 July 2024
RMIT University
124 La Trobe St City Campus
Melbourne, Victoria 3000


We are excited to announce that registrations are now open for the SMAANZ Mid-Year HDR Conference, in association with The Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) and The Australasian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS).

This year’s HDR Conference will span two days. Day one will be an online-only event on Thursday, 4th July, and day two will be an in-person event on Friday, 5th July, at RMIT University (City Campus) in Melbourne. The event will also be hybrid, using Microsoft Teams, for those who cannot attend in person on day two.

Here is some information about the conference, including a tentative schedule (please note that all times are approximate and subject to change based on feedback and communication):

You may notice that the in-person conference on day two includes a paper writing workshop marked as PART 1. This workshop will continue with PART 2 as an 'In-treat' writing day during the HDR Day at the Annual Conference, to be held at Deakin University, Geelong, Waurn Ponds Campus, in December. These sessions are designed to help students build on the knowledge gained in PART 1 and come prepared with further ideas for the HDR day later in the year. Key academics will join these sessions, providing a peer-review process towards journal writing. It is hoped that, by engaging in both the Mid-Year and Annual Conference HDR days, students will have a comprehensive understanding of journal writing and a near-complete first draft of a journal article by the end of the December conference.

We would be delighted if you could join us for this free event. Please note that students must be members of SMAANZ, CAUTHE, or ANZALS to attend. We encourage you to share this invitation with your HDR student groups and encourage them to attend and present their research. This is an excellent opportunity to present your research to peers and the academic community. Additionally, we will be offering two workshop sessions on specific topics of interest.

We are currently accepting abstracts for presentation at the conference. Whether you are just beginning your PhD journey or are further along, we invite you to submit a short abstract or encourage your PhD students to do so. This mid-year conference provides a fantastic opportunity to present and workshop your research with other HDR students and academics.

If you are interested in attending the conference, please register through the following link (and indicate if you wish to present): https://forms.gle/K58FRWYNwrgh6xG69. These are due on Sunday 23rd June, 2024. Please note that travel bursaries are available to SMAANZ members only. Further details on travel bursaries can be found here.

If you have any questions about the Mid-Year or Annual Conference HDR days, please contact me at efaulkner@swin.edu.au.

I look forward to seeing your submissions soon.

Ellie Faulkner
SMAANZ HDR Representative

Contact Information

Ellie Faulkner

If you have any questions about the event, please contact our SMAANZ HDR Representative.