Doctoral Consortium

Call for participation

The OzCHI Doctoral Consortium (DC) aims to provide a collegial and inspiring environment to support doctoral students in successfully completing their doctoral dissertations. The OzCHI DC is an opportunity for PhD students to receive valuable feedback from experienced researchers and colleagues, share and discuss their ongoing research, and explore new research avenues.

We encourage all PhD students who have made concrete progress in their research to apply. Ideal candidates for DC should have chosen a clear research topic, reviewed the literature, and selected a research methodology. DC candidates are expected to have sufficient time remaining in their programs (typically 6-12 months) to incorporate feedback provided during the event. The selection of the candidates is based on the quality and maturity of the proposals, relevance to the field and OzCHI audience as well as the potential level of contribution of the DC to the PhD candidate's dissertation.

Note that there is no fee to attend the consortium. However, you must register for at least one day of the OzCHI conference.


The OzCHI Doctoral Consotrium will take place at Hancock West, Australian National University.

Structure of the OzCHI Doctoral Consortium

The doctoral consortium event is open to all OzCHI participants and consists of three different sessions. The first session will be given by an invited keynote speaker who will focus on common challenges students face during their PhDs. The second session consists of the presentation of research proposals by accepted DC candidates, followed by an interactive Q&A session with DC Chairs and the general public. Finally, the third session consists of a 30-min individual mentoring with an experienced member of our community who will provide more detailed and focused feedback. The individual mentoring session is an opportunity for students to discuss specific aspects of their research, including research goals, methodology, experiments, etc. Students who participated in the mentoring session will be invited to share their experience with their peers, the audience and DC chairs.

Keynote Speaker Professor Inger Mewburn, SFHEA, VRDSF

Director of Researcher Development

Office of the Dean of Higher Degree by Research

The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Head shot of Professor Inger Mewburn

Professor Inger Mewburn (better known as @thesiswhisperer) was born on Nuenonne country, which is now known as Tasmania, Australia (always was, always will be, Aboriginal land). She has a background as a designer and a researcher, which was nurtured at the University of Melbourne and RMIT University.

Since 2006, she has worked exclusively with PhD students and early career academics, helping them finish complex research projects with (sometimes very) demanding stakeholders. She's passionate about helping people reach their potential as researchers and helping to create a kinder, more inclusive academy.

Inger is currently the Director of Researcher Development at The Australian National University, where she oversees professional development workshops and programs for all ANU researchers. Aside from creating new posts on the Thesis Whisperer blog, she writes scholarly papers, books and book chapters about research education, with a special interest in post PhD employability.

Keynote Topic: Academic writing after Covid

Academics often struggle with the question of relevance. With the world in such turmoil, it can be hard to focus on the research and writing tasks at hand. In this keynote, Inger will talk about the common blocks to successful writing and some strategies to overcome them. At the end of the session, she will ask bigger questions about the place of academic writing in the future. All writing is a political act, even if the politics are beneath the surface and hard to see. If academia wants to stay relevant and continue to have the social license to seek support from our community, some academic practices must change.

Submission Details

Students wishing to attend the consortium should submit a 4-page research proposal, including references, as detailed below. Acceptance into the Doctoral Consortium will be offered based on a review of the submitted proposals.

Please include the following in your submission:

Formatting Details

Important Dates

All times are in Anywhere on Earth (AoE) time zone.

Doctoral Consortium Chairs