2021 Conference: ACUR@ANU

The ACUR@ANU 2020 Conference has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This decision is in line with Government policies around large gatherings and events, and in fairness to students and staff from around Australasia for whom this difficult start to the year may limit their opportunity to attend the conference.

However, the Australian National University (ANU) is proud to be hosting the 2021 ACUR Conference on the 16th-17th September 2021.

Conference organisers will be extending eligibility for presenting at next year’s conference to students who intended to present this year. Therefore, if in 2020 you are eligible to present as a ‘2019 or 2020 undergraduate, Honours or first Master of Research student’, you will still be eligible to present next year.

ACUR@ANU 2021 key dates (indicative):

  • Monday 22nd March 2021: Abstract submission and ticket sales open
  • Monday 5th July 2021: Deadline for abstract submission
  • Tuesday 24th August 2021: Abstract acceptance outcomes delivered to students via email
  • Tuesday 31st August 2021: Deadline for abstract re-submission (where applicable)
  • Tuesday 7th September 2021: Deadline to submit abstract booklet photograph and presentation poster (if applicable)
  • Tuesday 14th September 2021: Conference registrations close
  • 16th-17th September 2021: ACUR@ANU 2021 Conference

The theme for the 2021 Conference is ‘Your Search, Our Future’. We warmly invite students from all academic disciplines to submit an abstract which illustrates how the search they are undertaking in their research offers greater insight into our future, whether this be through a more thorough understanding of the past, a solution for a current problem, the identification of a challenge impacting our future or something else. ACUR@ANU 2021 is a proudly multidisciplinary conference, and we encourage all interested students to submit an abstract.

ACUR@ANU 2021 will take place in our brand new Kambri precinct in the heart of our Acton campus, featuring spacious teaching and learning spaces, lecture theatres, an outdoor amphitheatre, and dining and recreational facilities. The ANU campus is located in Acton, Canberra and on the doorstep of some of Australia’s most significant institutions, including Australian Parliament House, the Museum of Australian Democracy, the National Library of Australia and more. 

In collaboration with the ACUR Executive and Student Committee, we are currently working on a broad and engaging two day program, including workshops, panels and networking opportunities alongside student presentations. We look forward to sharing more details of the program with you as the Conference approaches, via our Facebook pages and the ACUR website.  

Marie Reay Teaching Centre and Di Riddell Student Centre
Kambri precinct at ANU. Credit: ANU Image Library

We are inviting all undergraduate students from the Australasian region, as well as staff (including supervisors and institutional representatives) to register their interest in attending the Conference, via the form below. This will ensure you receive up to date information about Conference dates and deadlines, including opening and closing of the Call for Abstracts, and program announcements. Early bird registration will open in March at a cost of $99. Full registration after this time will cost $120, and we encourage students to submit their abstract as early as possible to allow time to seek financial support from their university as necessary. 

ANU is ranked first in Australia, with excellence in research and education at the centre of all that we do. Undergraduate research is extensively supported by the ANU, including through the ANU Undergraduate Research Journal and our annual ANU Student Research Conference. We are therefore committed to providing opportunities for Conference attendees to present their research and attend the presentations of other students, network with potential employers and peers from universities around the country, and attend multidisciplinary panel discussions and workshops in an environment that supports and encourages critical and creative academic inquiry. We look forward to welcoming you to our campus in September! 

Expressions of interest now open!

Sign up here to receive updates to your inbox on key ACUR@ANU Conference dates and deadlines, program announcements, information about ANU and Canberra, and more.

You can also keep up to date with Conference updates via the ACUR@ANU Facebook page, the ACUR Facebook page and on this website.

Sponsorship

Sponsoring the ACUR@ANU 2021 Conference offers an outstanding opportunity to connect with Australia’s best undergraduates, and support the benefits of undergraduate research. The two day Conference program will offer multiple opportunities for sponsors and exhibitors to connect with students, institutional representatives and ACUR leadership in a unique setting. Sponsors will also be acknowledged in the official Conference program and publicity.

There are currently a number of exciting opportunities available for Conference sponsors including tailored packages for both sponsors and exhibitors. A comprehensive Conference sponsorship prospectus is available by request from src@anu.edu.au