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PhD students with the Aurora Australis in Hobart.
PhD students with the Aurora Australis in Hobart.
Release date
19 May 2016
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Dr Michael Rumsewicz
Former Research Director

Advice on getting to the PhD finish line

The CRC has held a PhD student development day for 14 PhD students.

With a dramtic choice of venue - the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC rooms on the Hobart waterfront -  our students spent the day becoming wiser on everything it takes to see a PhD through to the finish line, with advice from ones who have made it, and inspiration from one who knows how to break the ice, the Aurora Australis.

The day was structured around what happens after a PhD, the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC research program and the role of research in emergency management. Students gained a range of insights on completing a PhD by former Bushfire CRC PhD students Dr Steve Curnin and Dr Briony Towers (with Dr Towers now a Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC researcher), moving research into policy and practice from former Bushfires NT Director Steve Sutton (Steve is now a CRC PhD student) and preparing for life upon PhD completion by Dr Tom Remenyi of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC.

Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Contract Research and Education Manager Lyndsey Wright said the CRC is looking forward to celebrating the achievement of completing a PhD with the students.

"It is exciting to be talking to our scholarship recipients about life after their PhD, knowing that a number of them will complete their studies in the next few months," Ms Wright said.

The student development day was held directly before the main two day Research Advisory Forum, enabling all of the PhD students to attend the RAF, see the range of research underway and network with more than 130 CRC researchers and end-user partners. Read what PhD student Charles Newland took out of both events on his blog.

Learn more about the CRC's education program and meet our PhD students here.

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