PhD Virtual Wednesday Workshops

Virtual Wednesday Workshops with the theme ‘The PhD in unprecedented times’ aims to support current PhD students in their study progress during this challenging COVID-19 period. The workshops provide an opportunity to present your research on an online interactive platform and receive constructive feedback from senior academics and your fellow students. Along with PhD presentations, the workshops will feature senior academic presentations about PhD related topics based on the current situation. This presentation will provide an opportunity for you to practice for a paper presentation at the CAUTHE conference in February.


NB: WE HAVE REACHED THE LIMIT OF 8 PROPOSALS FOR THE FIRST ROUND OF PRESENTATIONS. If you would like to be considered for a potential second round of workshops, please submit your proposal and we will get back to you.

To apply to present, please complete the online Presentation proposal form. Please provide max 400 words. A brief description of the context, problem and/or issue that the presentation will address. A brief description of the activity (work, innovation), and the processes undertaken. A brief summary of evidence, outcomes and implications of the work. The first round of applications will be finalised by 6 July 2020. You will be emailed a PhD student presenter schedule and further details about presentation requirements.

We are limited to eight presentations at this stage, and we will accept presentations on a first-in, first-served basis. Please note, you must be a current CAUTHE Student Member to be eligible to present your work at one of the workshops.


Four virtual workshops will be held from 12-1pm (AEST) fortnightly starting on 15 July. Each each online one-hour session will feature:

  • 2 PhD students presenting their research in 6-8 minutes. After each presentation, there is an opportunity for students and scholars to ask questions and provide feedback. Each PhD presentation, followed by Q&A, will take up to 15 minutes.
  • 1 presentation by a senior academic which is relevant to PhD development topics.
Date Session Ideas Presenters
Session 1 – 15 July Well-being and resilience (adapted to the current situation)  Assoc Prof Judith Mair | Dr Michael Hughes
Session 2 – 29 July Publishing conceptual papers (how to publish your literature review) Prof Marianna Sigala
Session 3 – 12 Aug Becoming reviewers for journals / Kindness campaign: editors from tourism academic journals to give some advice on how to get involved in editorial work effectively. Dr Edmund Goh | PhD candidate Yawei Jiang
Session 4 – 26 Aug Methodology (qualitative, quantitative, mix): Since the outbreak of COVID-19 some HDR students have had to change their research methodology due to the travel bans and difficulties in accessing their potential participants. The session will address these issues and provide opportunity to discuss solutions for those whose research has been affected. Prof Sara Dolnicar | Prof Noel Scott

A complete overview of each of the Virtual Workshop Wednesdays will be announced on the website once confirmed.


Registration is open and the workshops are free for everyone to attend, however, priority will be given to current CAUTHE members if space is limited. You will need to register on the Event RSVP. Once you registered, you will receive a Zoom meeting link via email within 48 hours of the event commencing.


Please do not hesitate to contact CAUTHE PhD Student representative Mahdis Madani if you have any questions.