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Session 3: What will you do when your doctorate is done?

Office of the Dean, Higher Degree Research - ANU

Friday, 1 August 2014 from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm (AEST)

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PhD to Present: a day dedicated to the career pathways of those who have gone before you


If you listen to the stories in the media, the fate awaiting you as a PhD graduate is chronic under-employment or sporadic post-doc opportunities. We all know it can be difficult to get an academic job − but what other options are available? Many people with a PhD have amazing careers that don’t fit the stereotyped notions portrayed in the media, but we hear very little about them. What are they actually doing − and how did they get there?


This event is a chance for you to learn from people who have forged a post-PhD career on their own terms. There will be individual presentations, live interviews and panel discussions with people who are working in a range of areas, including public servants, politicians, freelance consultants, digital entrepreneurs and writers. This event will be of interest to people at all stages of the PhD journey. You can come to the whole day, or just pick sessions that interest you.


Don’t miss this unique chance to listen to stories and ask questions of those who have walked the path from PhD to present before you. This is also an opportunity to meet and talk with a range of ANU research students about the big, wide world of possibilities outside the university gates.

This is the registration page for SESSION 3. To register for SESSION 1 go hereTo register for SESSION 2 go here

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Event hashtag: #PhDtoPresent

ANU Research Training Twitter handle: @ANU_RSAT

9.30 – 10am

Nibbles and networking


SESSION 1 Molonglo Theatre

10 – 10.15am


  • Dr Inger Mewburn, Director of Research Training, ANU (@thesiswhisperer)
  • David Rockawin, Careers Advisor, ANU Careers Centre

10.15 – 10.30am


  • Professor Brian Schmidt AC, Nobel Laureate Astronomer, Mount Stromlo Observatory, Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics, ANU (@cosmicpinot)

10.30 – 11.15am

PhD to public service

  • Dr Subho Banerjee, Deputy Secretary (Science, Research and Skills), Department of Industry − PhD in Physics from ANU

11.15am – 12.15pm

PhD to policy

  • Dr Rhondda Dickson, Chief Executive, Murray-Darling Basin Authority − PhD in Science from ANU
  • Dr Rachel Bacon, First Assistant Secretary Regulatory Reform, Department of the Environment − PhD in Law from the University of Sydney
  • Dr Alexa Shaw, Assistant Director, Strategic Policy, Department of the Environment − PhD in Science from the University of Melbourne

12.15 – 1pm

Nibbles and networking


SESSION 2 Barton Theatre

1 – 2pm

PhD to politics

  • Dr Adam Bandt MP, Deputy Leader of The Greens and Federal Member for Melbourne (@AdamBandt)  PhD in Law & Politics from Monash University

2 – 3pm

PhD to consultancy

  • Dr John Söderbaum, Director, ACIL Allen Consulting − PhD in Nuclear Physics from ANU
  • Dr Sarah Keenihan, freelance science writer (@sciencesarah) − PhD in Immunology from the University of Adelaide
  • Dr Ross Smith, Director, Hydrobiology Pty Ltd (@DrRossSmith) − PhD in Ecology from James Cook University

3 – 3.30pm

Nibbles and networking


SESSION 3 Barton Theatre

3.30 – 4.30pm

PhD and creativity

  • Professor Alison Booth, Professor of Economics, Crawford School and Research School of Economics − PhD from London School of Economics
  • Professor Helen Ennis, Director, Centre for Art History and Art Theory, ANU
  • Dr Caroline Fisher, Lecturer, Journalism & Creative Writing, Faculty of Arts & Design, University of Canberra (@CsquaredFisher) − PhD in Communication from the University of Canberra

4.30 – 5.30pm

PhD to profit

  • Dr Andrew Maher, Leader Digital Innovation, Arup (@DrAndrewMaher) − PhD in Architecture from RMIT
  • Dr Linda Glassop, CEO, ComposeRight Pty Ltd (@LindaGlassop @comwriter)  PhD in Philosophy from Deakin University
  • Dr Janet Hope, Founder, Limina Coaching & Consulting − PhD in Law from ANU

5.30 – 6pm

PhD to parliament

  • The Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP, Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Federal Member for Fraser, ACT (@ALeighMP)  PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University

6 – 6.45pm

Nibbles and networking





Have questions about Session 3: What will you do when your doctorate is done?? Contact Office of the Dean, Higher Degree Research - ANU

When & Where

Barton Theatre, Level 1, JG Crawford Building 132
Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Acton, ACT 2600

Friday, 1 August 2014 from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm (AEST)

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Office of the Dean, Higher Degree Research - ANU

Research training and events for research candidates at The Australian National University.

The Dean, Higher Degree Research provides the academic leadership, strategic direction and oversight of the University's Higher Degree Research Programs (PhD, MPhil, Higher Doctorates) to ensure delivery of high quality, internationally benchmarked research programmes.

Dean, Higher Degree Research 
Phone +61 2 6125 8487
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