Career Development Symposium

Monday 27 November

Aimed at early career academics and researchers (postdocs, early career faculty), this inaugural one day OzCHI Symposium will provide discipline-specific career guidance and development. Participants will get the opportunity to learn from senior HCI mentors as well as from their peers, and will come away with a better understanding of how they want to develop as a successful HCI researcher. The event is open to HCI people who have received their PhDs in the past five years.

The symposium will run according to open space principles: that is, the participants will define the agenda to ensure that it best meets their needs. Each participant will be given a short time to introduce themselves, and will get feedback on his/her current professional activities. There will also be a panel of senior HCI experts who can share stories of their academic history and experiences. The rest of the agenda is for the participants to define! This process will be facilitated by the organizers and supported by senior faculty mentors, who will be present throughout the day to provide advice to participants.

Examples might include:

  • Building a cohort group of fellow HCI researchers.
  • Establishing a successful career path in academia, industry, and the nonprofit sector
  • Selecting and developing a research trajectory.
  • Identifying potential funding sources and preparing proposals.
  • Getting involved in professional service.
  • Communicating your work and strengthening your public profile
  • Balancing work, family and social life.
  • The Symposium will be modeled after the successful Career Development events at CHI16 & CHI17.

    Important Dates

    • 04 Sep: Submissions
    • 12 Oct: Submissions
    • 19 Oct: Notifications

    Submission Format

    A single-authored paper of no more than 3 pages, using the OzCHI proceedings template. This template is in Word format, but submissions should be in PDF format.

    Submission Content


  • Educational background and current position
  • Current research
  • Career Development.

  • Career, research and professional service goals for the next 5-7 years
  • Current challenges.
  • What you hope to gain from participating in the Symposium

    Submission System

    Submissions should be in PDF format and emailed directly to the chairs at

    Career Development Symposium Chairs

    Geraldine Fitzpatrick, TU Wien

    Jon Whittle, Monash University

    Email queries can be sent to