Opportunities for Early Career Researchers at the HSRAANZ Policy and Research Conference

Early career researchers (ECRs) and students of today will be our health services research leaders and policy makers of tomorrow. The 11th Health Services and Policy Research Conference in Auckland on the 4-6th December 2019 has plenty of events and activities specifically designed to support ECRs and students to make connections, learn from the experts and showcase their work. These events are organised by the HSRAANZ’s Emerging Researchers’ Group (ERGO).

So if you are an Early Career Researcher or student, here are 5 reasons why you should come along and join us in Auckland in December!

1. Speed Mentoring session for ECRs – Wednesday 4 December 2019

Our lunch time speed mentoring session is an opportunity for ECRs to have a series of brief conversations with experienced researchers and policy makers, sparking conversations that can be continued throughout the conference.

2. Early Career Researchers Competition*.

As part of this year’s conference program we are running a 3 minute thesis competition for Early Career Researchers. The competition is open to higher degree research students, or Early Career Researchers who have completed a higher degree by research within the last 2 years. Each speaker has strictly 3 minutes to present an overview of their higher degree thesis, in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience using a single power point slide. Research can be from Masters or PhD level studies, and can be at any stage of development – a proposal, work in progress or completed work. The competition will take place in a plenary format, providing an opportunity for exposure of your work to a wide audience. A panel of judges will determine an award for the best presentation, based on several criteria including content and engagement. A People’s Choice award will be based on audience voting.

3. ECR social evening – Wednesday 4 December 2019

On Wednesday 4th December ECRs are invited to come together for a casual game of Ten pin Bowling close to the conference venue. Have a chat, make some friends, and expand your networks.

The ERGO social evening will be at the Metrolanes Bowling alley, 291-297 Queen Street, Auckland (https://www.metrolanes.co.nz/). Participants will be able to wander out immediately after the welcome reception, to enjoy the atmosphere of Auckland CBD. The ERGO social evening is intended to be a relaxed opportunity for casual networking. Food and drinks can be ordered at the bar.

4. The HSRAANZ table in the exhibitor’s hall

The table will act as a hub for you to meet HSR members and executive and other ECR. There will be an opportunity for you to leave messages at the table to identify the most influential speaker at the conference from the perspective of ECRs.

5. A terrific conference program

The conference program includes plenary sessions from highly respected international and local health services research and policy experts, as well as concurrent sessions that cover a broad range of health services topics.

*Early Career Researchers (ECR) are defined as researchers who have not published more than 15 papers as first author and do not hold an academic appointment at Associate Professor level or above. For those who have been awarded a doctorate (PhD) this needs to have been within five years of the conference date (longer periods will be considered on application for those claiming career disruption).