Postgraduate Day

As part of the Institute of Australian Geographers and New Zealand Geographical Society 2014 joint Conference, the IAG, NZGS and Melbourne University invite students to attend the annual Postgraduate Event. The event provides a forum to discuss topics important to students at all stages of candidature, as well as opportunities for informal contact with fellow students, IAG Council members and invited speakers.

This year the event includes 2 sessions. These sessions are intended to equip students with practical knowledge about several key aspects of academic practice and provide an informal opportunity to build relationships with fellow colleagues whilst exploring the surrounds of Melbourne city. The program involves a morning panel session on: publishing; obtaining work following study; and the use of digital media for professional purposes. This first session will be followed by lunch with the IAG Council to meet and connect with some established academics prior to the conference. Session 2 will be a graffiti walking tour of Central Melbourne and casual drinks.

Date: Sunday 29th June
Melbourne University, (Venue TBC)


11.00 – 12.30   Session 1: Panel presentation
12.30 – 14.00   Lunch Break
14.00 – 16.00   Session 2: Graffiti walking tour around Melbourne city followed by casual drinks

Program detail:

Session 1 – Life beyond postgraduate study: publishing, obtaining work and digital media technologies

The aim of this session is to cultivate an open dialogue on three broad themes that affect postgraduates following their study. The session will include three panellists speaking about publishing do’s and don’ts, tips on what hiring panels are looking for, and the use of digital media and information communication technologies for professional purposes.

In the past ten years digital media and information communication technologies (ICTs) have become increasingly common-place and important to the everyday lives of academics (including students, teachers, researchers and publishers). By utilising tools such as: video conferencing, Skype, Google+ (hangouts), web access nodes and social media, academic time-space at once straddles multiple scales from the global to the desk top. It is not unusual for a range of academics to conduct professional interviews, oral examinations and research interactions from a mobile device (bringing work to home and home to work) which can create a further blurring of work and non-work spaces.

Considering the importance of ‘new’ ICTs in our everyday professional and private interactions, relatively little has been explored around the benefits and pitfalls of these technologies for geographers and emerging researchers.  With this session, we hope to create a supportive and dynamic space for all postgraduates to critically engage with aspects around publishing, job opportunities post study and using ICTs for professional purposes to build networks, construct an e-profile, publicise and share research.

Useful links:

Digital Sociology Panel at Australian Sociology Conference – includes link to digital sociology network in Australia

37 reasons to blog about your research – these concepts link into work about open access publishing etc.

Digital Sociology and professional/career applications

Session 2 - Graffiti walking tour around Melbourne city followed by casual drinks

This aim of this session is to provide a relaxed format for postgraduates to continue building relationships while also exploring the city of Melbourne through a graffiti walking tour. The tour will take approximately 1.5 hours? And will be followed by drinks at a local bar.