UNE Postgraduate Conference 2020-21

'Intersections of Knowledge'

Researcher innovation and resilience – in a challenging environment

Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 June 2021

Online and on campus at UNE

Welcome to a unique event showcasing higher degree research from across UNE’s academic disciplines.

This conference provides opportunity to highlight existing UNE "Intersections of Knowledge" while  encouraging new researcher connections within our higher degree community.  This event also provides an excellent and accessible stage to demonstrate the innovation and resilience of our higher degree researchers.

Come and share your stories with UNE colleagues and the broader community!

The two day event will showcase 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.

This year's sub-theme is Researcher Innovation and resilience in a challenging environment.

Presenting authors are encouraged to highlight the research challenges faced and the creative responses to those challenges that have been employed within their research, over the course of 2020 and 2021.

A special session is planned to discuss the challenges and innovation of researchers, during this pandemic.

Conference Format

A hybrid design conference including face to face and online/digital attendance has been created, acknowledging that we will need to comply with current Covid-19 policy.  This means presenters will be able to perform face to face at the Armidale UNE campus or online, from another location of their choice.

Face to face presenters will be able to speak in lecture theatre on the UNE campus to a live audience made up of session presenters and supervisors, Chairs, organisers and where possible invited guests.

All presentations, face to face or online, will be streamed to the larger virtual audience attending the event.

Please Note: For the organisers to cater for this format it is important that those intending to participate, as a presenter complete the online registration, paying particular attention to the options available.

Welcome to your conference, and as always, your participation will ensure we have a successful event

Attending the conference

Please note that everyone attending the conference needs to register including online guests.


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

Presentation or poster submission

If you are a registered conference presenter, you will need to submit your presentation and/or poster by Monday 7th June 2021.

Program Available

View the Postgraduate Conference 2020-21 Program Coming Soon

Building Location and Car Parking

W055 Natural Resources Building   https://goo.gl/maps/wzQ8ZUYXg86VyVrY7

Western Carpark                              https://goo.gl/maps/H5wziMQD7Q5gxySr5


Please ensure you read and understand these guidelines before submitting your Poster or Oral Presentation. If you are interested in Chairing a session, please read the Chair 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 Monday 7th June 2021. This provides time to prepare the communications technology at the venue to ensure your presentation is ready to go for your session.

Read the guideline for PowerPoint Marking Criteria - TBA

Your presentation MUST:

  • Be on the PowerPoint template provided, at least Title slide
  • One minute per slide. It’s best practice 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 is 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 Postgradute 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.
  • A digital copy of your poster must be uploaded via the Presentation submission form by Tuesday 22 June 2021 

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 by the COB Monday 21 June 2021 - it is advisable, to have your poster to the printers no later than  4:00 pm Wednesday 16th June 2021 to ensure you meet this deadline.

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

Supported Browsers
  • Windows: 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 2021 this meeting will be held, on the Tuesday 22 June 2021 at 3:00 pm at the Resource Management Building - Building No. W055 – Room EM1 Rm 272 at UNE. Covid-19 procedures will be in place.

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) - please 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, slide clicker
  • Postgrad Conference 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


23RD and 24th June 2021 

Social and Special Activities to be advised

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 will announce the prizes at a later date.

Poster Presentations

The prize amounts for the Poster Presentations will be will announce at a later date.

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