PhD Symposium

Following the success of the first intensive PhD Symposium held in 2013 in Sydney, the 2015 interactive 2.5 day SOAC PhD symposium will run prior to the SOAC Conference from the afternoon on Sunday 6th to lunchtime Tuesday 8th December.

The PhD Symposium invites doctoral candidates working on any aspect of urban research to share and develop their ideas and research skills. The Symposium will be structured around intensive study modules in small groups, together with plenary sessions and presentations from both senior and early career academic mentors.

PhD candidates will be divided into small groups based on research interests, and assigned both a senior and early career mentor. Each student will be given the opportunity to present on their PhD research, with a chance for discussion and feedback from the mentors and other students in the group. Mentor guidance and plenary sessions will focus on current challenges in the urban and environmental research fields, and issues related to research methodology including data gathering and analysis techniques.


Attendance for the symposium is free of charge, once you submit an abstract you are automatically registered to attend the symposium.

Submissions have reached capacity, if you wish to submit, to be placed on the wait list. 

Six weeks before the Symposium, participants will be expected to submit a research briefing/proposal of 2000-2500 words covering the following:

  • abstract
  • background/rationale for their research
  • main objective of their PhD
  • research questions
  • research design and methods
  • expected outcomes

The proposal will be shared with your group and mentors prior to the workshop.

PhD candidates close to graduation who attend the PhD Symposium are also welcome to attend the Early Career Researcher Workshop (held immediately after the conclusion of the PhD symposium).

To apply for the PhD Symposium, an abstract of 300 words, which indicates the title, topic, research question, brief review of the issues, research design, methods, four key words, and what stage of their PhD student career they are in. The abstract and key words will assist organisers with matching students and mentors in small groups of 6-7 students.

Submissions will be accepted on a first come/first serve basis until capacity is filled.

There will be no charge to participants for attending the Symposium.

Travel Grants will be available to inter-state participants who do not have access to other sources of funding. These details are asked when registering.


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