Queensland Universities’ 2018

Connecting Queensland’s Researchers:

Networking for Innovation

Customs House, Brisbane


A consortium of eight Queensland Universities came together with Trade and Investment Queensland to host a free networking function in July 2018 to increase connections with emerging and experienced researchers, innovators, and businesses.

“I was very happy to meet people from the government at this event.” – PhD student (2nd year) from Costa Rica, at JCU

“This was a great networking event!” – PhD student (3rd year) from India, at CQU

“It was really well organised and orchestrated, and the location was perfect!” – International PhD student (2nd year) at JCU

Thank you to all who came to this event and made it a fantastic evening!

Click here for more photos of the event


Connecting Queensland’s Researchers was opened by the Honourable Kate Jones MP, Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development, and Minister for the Commonwealth Games.

This event provided an opportunity to converse over drinks and canapes with a select cohort of Queensland’s international postgraduate research students and alumni, along with invited guests from industry organisations, businesses, national companies, and government bodies.

Further information

Connecting Queensland’s Researchers concluded the EQUIP Researchers Conference. Both of these events were part of the HDR1 Experience and Employability Project, a state-wide project that aims to:

  • Establish a network of international ambassadors for Queensland;
  • Build cultural competency and global citizenship capabilities in Queensland’s PhD and Masters by Research students; and
  • Equip our research students with the professional capabilities and employability skills valued by Queensland employers.

Click here for conference details.
Click here for information about the project.
Click here for details on the project alignment with state and national agendas.


1HDR stands for Higher Degree Research. In Australia, our HDR students (known as ‘candidates’) are completing a research degree, usually referring to a PhD. Click here for more information on what this means.