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The Research School of Population Health (RSPH) Student Conference is a yearly event that has been run since 2014. The conference is organised by RSPH PhD students and is attended by students and staff from all of the Centres. Students are encouraged to present their research as oral presentations and posters on a broad range of population health topics, showcasing the work of students across the School. The event provides an opportunity for students to communicate their research locally.
The 2017 RSPH Student Conference had 81 registrations, and attracted more attendees than in previous years (25 in 2015, 65 in 2016), including PhD, Masters and Honours Students, prospective research students and staff from across the school and Australian National University. The thirteen student presenters (with one unable to present due to an illness) shared their own research on a diverse range of topics. We were privileged to welcome three guest speakers: CHM Dean Jane Dahlstrom, ACT Minister Meegan Fitzharris (Health and Wellbeing; Higher Education, Training and Research; Transport and City Services) and RSPH Director Archie Clements. SEEF funding from PARSA this year and last enabled us to continue to grow the conference by providing for the costs of advertising, catering and modest gifts for our guest speakers. The event was advertised through posters around the RSPH, JCSMR, Graduate House and in and around the Pop-up Village; emails to School staff and students; and through broader ANU media. To help perfect their presentations skills, the presenters were given valuable feedback from other students and a panel of judges from across the school and a guest panellist (Will Grant) from the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science. The panel of academic judges chose the best talks in the 15 minute and 3 minute presentation categories. A third prize was awarded the people’s choice winner. Each winner received a certificate and a $500 prize (provided by the RSPH Research Committee) to be used towards their research activities.