Student Activities

Student Workshops & Mixer

student workshopDate: Sunday, 23rd September 2018
Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Glenelg, short stroll from the conference venue
Cost: Complimentary


If you wish to attend Workshop & Mixer, you will need to sign up in the add-on section via your online registration.


Session 1. The Journal Editor’s Guide to Academic Publishing

So, you’ve done your research and written your manuscripts. Along the way, you’ve had plenty of advice about scientific writing and maybe even some tips on choosing the most appropriate journals.
But what are editors looking for, and how can you enhance the likelihood of acceptance? How are referees chosen? Why does it sometimes take so long to get comments back? What happens when reviews are conflicting? What is the best way to revise a paper? What are some of the silly mistakes that even experienced authors make, and how can these be avoided?
With over 50 years of experience Phil Boon and Andrew Boulton will present the “editors’ perspective”. These presentations will provide insights into what happens after your manuscript is submitted and will be structured to encourage discussion, allowing workshop participants to share their own experiences and to ask plenty of questions.

Catered Lunch

Session 2. Alternative Ways to Communicate Your Science

Want to turn a thesis into a viral news story? Dr Tullio Rossi ( will explore how we can get more out of our PhD, Masters and Honours research by rethinking how, and where, we present our research.

Session 3. What Next?

The day will come (so I’m told) when our theses will be completed and we will re-enter the world as work-ready scientists... Then what?
The final session of the day explores the bright light at the end of the tunnel. Presenters will include representatives from academia, government and the private sector, who will retell their pathways to employment, and provide tips on getting noticed and weathering capricious funding cycles.

Student Mixer

The day concludes with a chance for students to mingle over some tasty beverages (provided) before the official welcome drinks. Those who wish, may take part in the mentoring program where we will introduce you to experienced members of the society who are happy to mentor you throughout the conference. This is an ace resource for students attending their first AFSS conference! Take this time to connect with experienced academics and professionals in a casual, friendly environment.


This session is proudly sponsored by Australian Rivers Institute: GRIFF1 STD RGB