Benefits of Hosting an ACUR conference

Benefits for students

  • Engages students in research-based learning, while validating and building confidence in their work
  • Develops professional skills including personal and professional skills including communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills, and a more advanced understanding of how scientific knowledge is built
  • Provides opportunities to engage with other undergraduate research scholars and build peer and professional networks
  • Provides opportunities to learn more about research in their chosen discipline areas as well as explore interdisciplinary approaches to research challenges

Benefits for staff

  • Provides an opportunity for teaching staff to introduce or extend student learning and assessment through research-based learning
  • Provides an opportunity for staff to view and discuss the work of students from other institutions and countries
  • Broadens networks, including with research supervisors and potential early career researchers

Benefits for the institution

    • Raises the national and international profile of your institution’s undergraduate research provision and achievements
    • Provides opportunities to for undergraduate students to participate in presenting their research work at an international conference without leaving the campus
    • Provides an opportunity for undergraduates at the institution to participate in conference organisation
    • Extends knowledge of your university’s undergraduate research effort amongst the staff of the institution
    • Encourages students to pursue postgraduate study

Guidelines and criteria for an Australasian Conference of Undergraduate Research

ACUR conferences all share a set of key characteristics, in that they:
    • are open to all undergraduate students and recent graduates including Honours students (within 12 months of Graduation at Bachelor’s level) to present
    • adopt an inclusive approach
    • involve an academic peer review process
    • are primarily a face to face
    • offer a range of options for students to disseminate research
    • are affordable for student delegates
    • have a social programs
    • involve undergraduate students in the organisation and running of the conference
    • welcome staff, including supervisors, institutional representatives and members of the ACUR Steering Group as delegates
Download the full Conference guidelines.

Applying to host a conference

Host institutions are universities or other higher or tertiary education institutes in Australia, New Zealand or nearby territories. In the first instance, potential hosts are advised to submit an Expression of Interest to the Chair of the ACUR Executive Group.
A signed proposal will then be required. You can access the template for proposals here.
The host institution is asked to detail how their institution will meet the full set of guidelines and criteria for ACUR Conferences. This includes details of administrative support and the facilities available for the conference, and an indicative budget, together with a signed letter from a senior officer, i.e. VC or DVC. More information on the nature of these requirements can be found in the Conference guidelines.
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