IAG 2013 – an invaluable experience

Post by Justin Westgate

I had the opportunity to attend the Institute of Australian Geographers’ conference in July which was held in Perth. Having only recently begun doctoral studies here in Australia, and moving across from the more ‘creative’ space of design, the conference not only allowed me to get a gauge on the current landscape of research situated in Australia, but both posed and helped to answer questions about how my own research – which still draws on my creative practice background might intersect with other research strands currently being investigated. Continue reading

Reflections on the 2013 Institute of Australian Geographers Conference

AUSCCER’s Alex Tindale and Charles Gillon attended the 2013 Institute of Australian Geographers Conference in Perth from July 1 to 4. Here they reflect on their experience.

Alex Tindale
Early this month I attended the 2013 Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) Conference in Perth, Western Australia. In the lead-up to the conference I was quite nervous. As a first-year postgrad student, I was a little intimidated by the thought of presenting alongside some of Australia’s most prominent and respected geographers. Having only commenced my PhD candidature four months ago, I was still a little anxious at the (apparently common!) thought that perhaps my research wasn’t valuable or significant enough for the academic world. I had planned to present some preliminary research findings, and was falling into the trap of doubting myself as I prepared my presentation in the days leading up to the trip. I had no idea at that stage that a conference like this was going to be exactly what I needed. Continue reading