Engage with fellow student researchers

The Student Research Symposium is an opportunity for student researchers to come together and share their work in a safe environment. The event aims to provide a supportive atmosphere where EFRI-affiliated candidates can present their work and receive feedback, be informed of current research, and further develop presentation skills. As active participants, students are strongly encouraged to be involved in the organisation of the symposium, partake in presentation sessions, and facilitate feedback mechanisms for student presentations and the overall symposium.

HDR Student Representatives

Each year the Environmental Futures Research Institute Management Committee appoints a student from Gold Coast and Nathan Campus to be part of the committee and to represent the students voice within the committee. The EFRI Student reps also run and facilitate the EFRI Student Symposium. The EFRI Student Symposium is run by the students and for the students and is a great opportunity to hone their presentation skills while networking with peers.

Gold Coast Student Representative

  • Sadegh Imani Yengejeh

Nathan Student Representative

  • Jasmin Gross


The Environmental Futures Research Institute believes in encouraging and supporting the HDR Students, as such cash prizes and certificates are awarded for Pre Confirmation, Post Confirmation and Approaching Graduation. Cash prizes range from $300 for 1st Prize, $200 for 2nd Prize & $100 for runners up with a total prize pool of $2400. Students can present their work as oral presentation or poster presentation.

A full spoken presentation (12 minutes)

These are typical conference presentations, given within a strict 15 minute period and allowing for a few minutes of questions.

A short presentation (5 minutes)

These shorter talks are suitable for people just beginning their research and is a great opportunity to introduce themselves and their topic. These short talks are presented in groups of three.

A poster presentation

Authors are expected to remain near their poster for the duration of the poster session.

Students are encouraged to utilise this opportunity to network with fellow EFRI scholars and obtain peer feedback on their research. Please note, this in an informal event.

Event date

The Student Representatives will contact all  Environmental Futures Research Institute candidates via email with an invitation to attend and to participate. Particiaptation is not mandatory but it is encouraged.

Abstract submission

To register your abstract, please complete the Student Research Symposium Abstract Template and forward to Dian Riseley via email (d.riseley@griffith.edu.au).

Please ensure your abstract meets the following requirements:

  • No more than 200 words
  • Describes the research conducted including summarised background, aims, methods, key findings and main conclusions
  • Times New Roman, 12 point font
  • Presenter name highlighted in bold
  • Name your abstract file a title that includes surnames and initials (e.g. A.Smith&S.Visor.docx)
  • Please also specify which presentation format you would like (full spoken, short or poster).

Want to know more?

Contact the Environmental Futures Research Institute