DocFest, Graduate Research Conference 2023

Save the dates 22-26 May  12.00 - 4.30pm daily

The Evolving Researcher

Announcing ... DocFest23 Graduate Research Conference 'The Evolving Researcher'

As researchers we evolve over time - we learn new skills, broaden our thinking, and expand our horizons and networks.

The world in which we work is also evolving - in some ways we are more connected than ever and in others more disconnected, and the global challenges we face are many. Just as academic employment opportunities are becoming more limited and increasingly precarious, the opportunities outside of academia are growing and the skills you develop as researchers are more in-demand by industry, business, and the not for profit and public sectors than ever before.

At DocFest23 we will explore how we as researchers can evolve to meet these challenges and much more!


What is DocFest?

DocFest is our annual tri-faculty virtual conference for graduate research. It features:

  • Themed breakout sessions - where candidates, supervisors and research support staff can present papers about their research and a wide range of related research topics
  • Keynote speakers – to inform, challenge and inspire us
  • Plenary discussion panels - to tease out some of the core aspects and practices of successful research and researchers
  • Research writing clinic -developing our writing practice is something we need to keep working on across our degrees and research careers. Here’s a chance to learn a few tips from some of our best
  • Three-minute Thesis competition heats – say it clearly, say it vividly and say it in 3 minutes!

Who is it for?

DocFest is for anyone who is interested in graduate research but especially if you are:

  • A graduate research candidate
  • An ECR
  • A supervisor
  • Research support staff
  • An Honours student
  • Interested in doing a PhD in the future

Call for Papers, DocFest23

DocFest23 are inviting contributions to various themed breakout sessions.

Call for Posters, DocFest23

Prizes will be awarded to the best poster presentations.

3 Minute Thesis Competition, DocFest23

We are delighted to once again host the 3MT heats as part of DocFest23.

Keynote Speakers

DocFest has a diverse range of keynote speakers, offering presentations and workshops.

Recordings and Resources, DocFest22

Access many of DocFest22 recordings and resources


DocFest23 is proudly bought to you by the Office of Research Services and Graduate Studies.  Email any questions or enquiries.

Program (2023)

DocFest23 program will be released soon!