UNE Postgraduate Conference 2020

'Intersections of Knowledge'

Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 January 2020 on campus at UNE

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Welcome to a unique collaboration of UNE disciplines

The purpose of this event is to create "Intersections of Knowledge", by bringing our postgraduate researchers together and provide an opportunity demonstrate resilience created through research to colleagues and interested individuals from across UNE and the community. This year's sub-theme is Community Engagement.

This higher degree research event showcases fields such as: education, teaching and learning strategies, sustainable environments, worldwide ethics, policy and law, agricultural technologies advancement in science and organisational management and leadership.

In 2019 there were 80 presentations and five special presentation sessions including presentations by UNE supervisors.

Attending the conference

Everyone attending the conference needs to register as soon as possible, including guests who do not wish to present.
Please note the date for Bio and Abstract submissions has been extended to the 2nd December 2019.

The PowerPoint and Poster Presentation must be submitted by COB Friday 20th December.

Registration for presenters is a three-step process:

If you are attending the conference, you need to complete the registration form:

Registration form

If you require assistance with completing the online forms please contact HDR via email: unepgconference@une.edu.au or phone 02 6773 3715.

NOTE if you are presenting at the 2020 conference, your Abstract and Bio must be submitted by Monday 28th October 2019. Extended now to the 2nd December 2019.

Biography submission:

Instructions / Requirements - Please take note of the 150 word limit. Your Bio must be submitted by Monday 28th October 2019. Extended now to the 2nd December 2019.

For an examples on how to complete a Biography, please click here.

Abstract submission

Instructions / Requirements - Please take note of the 300 word limit. Your Abstract must be submitted by Monday 28th October 2019. Extended now to the 2nd December 2019.

For an example on how to complete an Abstract, please click here.

Please ensure you have read and understood the below guidelines for Oral and Poster presentations for the Postgraduate Conference 2020.

Bio and Abstract Submission Form

Before you submit your presentation. Please Note:

Have you read and understood the guidelines for your Oral and Poster presentation for the Postgraduate Conference 2020.

Have you registered to attend the 2020 conference?
Have you submitted your Bio & Abstract?
Does your PowerPoint Presentation have no more than 15 slides?
Your first slide must be the Conference PowerPoint template? This template can be downloaded below.

PowerPoint and Poster Presentations must be submitted by COB Friday 20th December 2019.

Submit Presentation


Please ensure you read these guidelines before submitting your poster or oral presentation. If you are interested in chairing a session, please read the guidelines carefully.

PowerPoint Guidelines

Download the UNE Postgraduate PowerPoint Template  (PPTX, 76.42 KB)

NOTE: You may just want to use the UNE template slide for your 1st slide so as to provide more opportunity and room to be creative within the rest of the slides of your presentation.

To assist you in your presentation design see link to Jane Clothier’s PowerPoint (PDF, 1493.96 KB) presentation.

In addition, we strongly recommend that you do not exceed 15 slides in your PowerPoint Presentation as you have a maximum of 15 mins to present your research. That is one slide per minute for your content, the introduction and acknowledgement slides do not count in the 15.

Your presentation (max 15 slide) must be provided by the COB Friday 20th December 2019. This provides time to prepare the communications technology at the venue to ensure your presentation is ready to go for your session.

Your presentation MUST:

  • Be on the PowerPoint template provided, at least Title slide
  • One minute per slide. It’s a best practice is to use more slides, with less content per slide, if at all possible
  • One idea per slide
  • No more than 5 to 6 lines or points per slide
  • 5-6 words per line/bullet point
  • Use a font that easy to read such as Arial, Times New Roman or Verdana. (San Serif fonts)
  • Use Arial for headings and another for content
  • Make font large enough (Titles – 44 pt size, Body 32 pt size)
  • Depending on content minimum font size 20 -13 for content
  • Use fewer fonts no fancy fonts, don’t use punctuation as they can clutter the slide
  • Limit the use of animations and transitions
  • Use Photos, Charts and Graphs: these can add variety and interest
  • Dark text on a light background is best
  • Every bullet is followed by a capital letter
Poster Guidelines

A poster presentation is the presentation of your research information at the UNE postgrad conference with an academic or professional focus. Below are the guidelines for your Poster Presentation:

  • The recommended total maximum size for the poster is A1 (59.4cm x 84.1 cm). Your poster MUST be bigger than A3 paper size.
  • The theme of your poster must be different to your Oral Presentation. 
    NOTE: You CANNOT present the same content twice, once in your Oral presentation and once in your Poster Presentation.
  • The Orientation and configuration of your poster are up to you. It can be either portrait or landscape but MUST be A1 in size.
  • Please bring your printed poster to the conference venue ready for display in the foyer of the (Venue- TBC). Arrive early to set up your poster, as it will be your responsibility. There will be a People's Choice award for the best poster.
  • A digital copy of your poster must be uploaded via the Presentation submisson form by 10th December 2019

Your poster MUST include:

  • Your full name,
  • The Title of your presentation; and must be
  • Readable from a distance of 1 metre.

When designing your poster below are a few things to consider:

  • When using colour, avoid using colour or patterns that are hard to read. Use colour mainly to highlight important elements.
  • Think about the use of white space (the areas not covered in text of images). Where are the reader's eyes drawn to?
  • Font type and size; use no more than three different font sizes; the largest for the poster title, second-largest for section titles, and smallest for text (usually 24-point font).
  • Is your poster clear, concise and logical? Avoid clutter.

Printing your poster

You can have your poster printed at UNE Print Room on the ground floor of the ITD building C34.

For posters to be ready COB Monday 20th January 2020 - it is advisable to ensure you meet this deadline you must have your poster to the printers no later than  4pm Wednesday 15th January 2020.

Contact the Print Room on 6771 2420 or email printroom@iinet.com.au

To assist you with designing your poster here is a helpful guide on the use of colour, textboxes, use of font and tips on poster layout.

Online Live Presentation Guidelines

UNE uses Zoom for our online live presentations. To successfully present online, you will need to ensure that your computer/laptop meets UNE's  IT minimum requirements.

Online Zoom System Requirements for PC and Mac

System Requirements
  • An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  • Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
  • A webcam or High Definition (HD) webcam - built-in or USB plug-in
  • Or, a HD cam or HD camcorder with video capture card
Supported Operating Systems
  • Mac OS X with MacOS 10.7 or later
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8 or 8.1

Supported Browsers
  • Windows: IE7+, Firefox, Chrome, Safari5+
  • Mac: Safari5+, Firefox, Chrome
Processor and RAM Requirements
ProcessorSingle Core 1Ghz or HigherDual Core 2Ghz or Higher (i3/i5/i7 or AMD equivalent)

Bandwidth Requirements

The bandwidth used by Zoom will be optimized for the best experience based on the participants’ network. It will automatically adjust for 3G, WiFi or Wired environments.

Recommended bandwidth:
  • For 1:1 video calling:
    • 600kbps (up/down) for high quality video
    • 1.2 Mbps (up/down) for 720p HD video
    • Receiving 1080p HD video requires 1.3 Mbps (up/down)
    • Sending 1080p HD video requires 2.8 Mbps (up/down)
  • For screen sharing only (no video thumbnail): 50-75kbps
  • For screen sharing with video thumbnail: 50-150kbps
  • For audio VoiP: 60-80kbps

Please email unepgconference@une.edu.au if you would like to present via Live Online.

Chair Guidelines

Thank you for volunteering to be a chair

As with all events of this type we need to work closely together to ensure the success of the event.  As a chair your job is important in ensuring the smooth day to day running of the conference. To assist you to do your best, below are some guidelines and information to get you started.

Chair Orientation Meeting – day before

There will be an orientation meeting on the afternoon before the commencement of the Conference. This meeting is mandatory for all chairs as it will be an overview of your responsibility within the PGC and receive your session folder.
For the PCG 2020 this meeting will be held, on the Tuesday 21st January 2020 at 3pm at the Resource Management Building - Building No. W055 – Room EM1 Rm 272 at UNE.

NOTE: Once Chairs have been confirmed a meeting invitation will be emailed out with the details regarding your attendance to the above meeting.  You will then be able to add this invitation to your calendar as a reminder.

Chair responsibility – on the day

  • Ensure presenters have arrived prior to their time slot
  • Presenters know the order of proceedings (most participants should have a copy of the program/ conference proceedings)
  • Check that biographies are in order of presenters (you should practice reading these beforehand) - lease read Bio’s in the 3rd person
  • Open the PowerPoint presentations for each presenter at their allocated time
  • Timing of presenters - There is a total of 20 minutes allocated to each presenter ie 15mins presentation, 3mins question time
  • Ensure that the audience is respectful to the candidate
  • Check IT equipment ie laser pointer, slider clicker
  • PGC Survey - encourage everyone to take part as feedback is important
  • Poster Judging - encourage everyone to view the poster presentations and vote for their favourite
Social Events

Postgraduate Conference 2020 – “Intersections of Knowledge”
22nd and 23rd January 2020 UNE Campus – More than a research event!!

The organising committee has value-added your conference this year so while sharing your research and story you can also join in the fun!

Photo Booth
Get a professional profile photo taken for free.

Catch a movie
* Two movie nights with selected movies at the Belgrave Cinema on Tuesday 21st January and Thursday 23rd January. First twenty postgrads to submit their abstracts will get free tickets. Ultra cheap tickets will be on offer for everyone else.

Catered Socialising
* Presenter’s Free Networking Sausage Sizzle BBQ on Wednesday 22nd January. Enjoy bbq cuisine.
* At the BBQ join in Line Dancing and/or Bali Dancing.
* Breakfast at Bool, with guest speaker, on the morning Thursday 23rd January. Details to be released soon.
* Meet and greet for off-campus postgrads coming to the conference.

Awards for your PP designs

* Prizes for best presentations.

Visiting Scholar and Professional presentations
* Keynote Speakers for 2020 will include Dr Sally Isberg – Director of the Croc Research Centre Northern Territory and Dr Darren Keegan – Deputy Director for New England and North West, NSW Office of Regional Economic Development. Other will be announce shortly

The New England Award

The New England Award (NEA) program is designed to encourage, recognise and reward students’ personal and professional development through participation in extra-curricular activity. It is open to all UNE students, and is targeted at ‘whole person’ development. A collaborative framework incorporating internal and external partners provides development opportunities to UNE students, unifying otherwise unrelated activities under one ‘umbrella’. The NEA provides students with a structure within which to plan and reflect upon their learning and development. The NEA contributes significantly to student development and personal growth, and provides learning experiences which have a positive impact on student engagement.

If you wish to apply for this award, please complete the New England Award section in the Abstract and Biography Submission Form.

Enquiries: unepgconference@une.edu.auContact details for the HDR office.

PG Conference  Prizes

PowerPoint Presentations

The UNE PG Conference is pleased to announce the prizes for the PowerPoint Presentation, based upon the criteria set out, on the website.
1st Prize =$800
2nd Prize = $500
3rd Prize = $300
If you are, a successful in placing in the top 3 your faculty will match the amount contributed by the Research Services Directorate. The money will be awarded to the candidate through their Faculty/School for the purpose to attend a conference of their choice.

Poster Presentations

The prize amounts for the Poster Presentations will be as follows:
1st Prize = $250
2nd Prize = $175
3rd Prize =$100

PG Conference Survey

Please feel free to leave your feedback on the Conference Feedback Survey

UNE's Postgraduate Conference showcases HDR research to colleagues and the wider community by in-person or video presentations.

This Conference is partially funded by the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)

2019 conference proceedings

The UNE Postgraduate Conference was held 15 - 16 January 2019.

The Postgraduate Conference included:

  • Keynote speakers: Dr Kate Wilson
  • Invited Speaker, Mr James Horsburgh
  • Invited Speaker Special Presentation: Professor Lewis Kahn
  • Free entry
  • Available to anyone from UNE and the community

Program of Events

Conference Proceedings Book

2018 conference proceedings

The UNE Postgraduate Conference was held 15 - 16 January 2019.

The Postgraduate Conference included:

  • Keynote speakers: Dr Kate Wilson
  • Invited Speaker, Mr James Horsburgh
  • Invited Speaker Special Presentation: Professor Lewis Kahn
  • Free entry
  • Available to anyone from UNE and the community

Program of Events

Conference Proceedings Book

2017 conference proceedings

The UNE Postgraduate Conference was held 17–18 January 2017.

The Postgraduate Conference included:

  • Keynote speaker Profesor Annabelle Duncan
  • Motivation speaker Olympic volleyball player, Kerri Pottharst
  • 20 special presentations
  • Free entry
  • Available to any one from UNE and the community

Program of Events

Conference Proceedings book

2016 conference proceedings

The inaugural Postgraduate Conference was held 19–20 January 2016.

The Postgraduate Conference included:

  • Keynote speakers: Professor Ray Cooksey and Professor Robert van Barneveld
  • Free entry
  • Availability to anyone from UNE and the community.

Postgraduate Research Conference Proceedings

Program of Events