Events The Joint Higher Degree by Research Conference

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Wed, 4 Sep 2024

The Joint Higher Degree by Research Conference

When: 4 September 2024, 9am to 5 September 2024, 6pm
Location:Sunway University

Research HDR event

The Joint Higher Degree by Research Conference is an annual collaborative effort by doctoral candidates from participating universities. JHDRC 2024 will be hosted by Sunway University, Malaysia (SU) in partnership with James Cook University, Singapore (JCUS), Taylor’s University, Malaysia (TU) and University of Reading, Malaysia (UoRM). This year’s conference theme "Innovate, Collaborate, Elevate" references the shared experience of all Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates pioneering & contributing knowledge to their respective fields, fostering social & research collaboration, and disseminating our research & knowledge to others. We aim to celebrate the variety and diversity of research topics explored by candidates in our South-East Asia region and beyond, the shared experience of candidature milestones, and to develop an international, supportive and collaborative research community.

Date: 4th - 5th September 2024
Venue: Sunway University, Malaysia




Call for abstract opening date 1 April 2024
Last date for submission of abstracts 24 July 2024
Notification of acceptance TBA
Registration opens TBA
Registration closes TBA
Conference dates 4-5 September 2024

Any abstract submitted after the deadline will not be considered.


  1. Format and Content:
    • Abstracts should be written in Times New Roman font, size 12, with double spacing.
    • The abstract should be 200-300 words long and include 2-5 keywords.
    • The title of the abstract, body of the abstract, and keywords should be on Page 1 of the document.
    • Page 2 should include the name and affiliation of the primary author and supervisors or other co-authors, primary discipline of your research, areas of interest for collaboration, country of residence, and stage of progress (e.g., year 1/beginning, year 2/middle, year 3-4/end).
  2. Document Naming and Submission:
    • Name the document as follows: [Family Name in uppercase][Given Name]_[Discipline]. For example: ZHANJuan_TU_Hospitality&Tourism.
    • Submit your abstract as a Word document (.doc or .docx) via email to [email protected].
  3. Presentation Format and Multiple Submissions:
    • In your email, please indicate your presentation format: Oral or Poster.
    • If presenting more than one paper, please specify this in your submission email.
  4. Physical Presence Requirement:
    • Note that only physical presentations are accepted; virtual presentations are not available for this conference.
  5. Abstract Submission Template
  6. Download Abstract Template

The primary author will be notified of the review committee’s selection. Additional instructions for the conference will be provided then.


Oral Presentations

  • Duration: 20 minutes per presentation (15mins presentation, 5mins Q&A).
  • Format: Presenters will have access to a projector and computer. Please prepare your presentation in PowerPoint (.ppt or .pptx) format.

Poster Presentations

  • Size: [A1] [Portrait orientation] [33.11” x 46.81”].
  • Format: Posters should be readable from a distance of 1 meter. Include your title, authors, affiliation, introduction, methods, results, and conclusions.
  • Setup: Posters will be displayed in a designated area. Presenters are responsible for setting up and taking down their posters at the specified times.
  • A general poster template is provided, participants are encouraged to adjust accordingly in terms of length/width within the fixed dimensions: Download Poster Template


  • 1.1 Online Registration
    • TBA
  • 1.2 Registration Benefits
    • Registration includes access to all conference sessions, a conference kit, refreshment breaks, lunch, and entry to the networking event. Participants will also receive a certificate of attendance.




Nicholas SEET Wei Kiat, James Cook University, Singapore
NYIEW Ke Ying, Sunway University, Malaysia,
ZHAN Juan (Leona), Taylor's University, Malaysia,
Yishan WONG, University of Reading, Malaysia


Anansa Consumido-Dijan, Taylor's University, Malaysia

Organizing Committee Members

Angela MENG Junyi, James Cook University, Singapore
Pamela ARUMYNATHAN, James Cook University, Singapore
Aliff AQID, James Cook University, Singapore
LIN Yingxuan (Celina) , James Cook University, Singapore
Raahilah Essa, Sunway University, Malaysia
Afsaneh Rotsami, Sunway University, Malaysia
Md Abu Zaed, Sunway University, Malaysia
Zahida Sharif, Sunway University, Malaysia
Sophie LIANG Hong Yu, Taylor's University, Malaysia
Guo Yueyun (Cassie), Taylor’s University, Malaysia
Felicia Luvena Albert, Taylor’s University, Malaysia
Lok Mei Liang, Taylor’s University, Malaysia
Juliana Hoo, University of Reading, Malaysia

Committee Advisors

Sze-Ee LEE, Taylor's University, Malaysia
Catherine TOH, James Cook University, Singapore

Committee Mentors

Associate Professor Denise Dillon, James Cook University, Singapore
Associate Professor Dr Alexander Trupp, Sunway University, Malaysia
Associate Professor Keith Kay Hin Tan, Taylor's University, Malaysia
Associate Professor Dr Kai Li Chung, University of Reading, Malaysia




About the Host

Sunway University is Malaysia’s leading, not-for-profit private university, dedicated to quality education, research focused on key global problems under the umbrella of Planetary Health and the Sustainable Development Goals, and supporting innovation and entrepreneurship. The University is based in Sunway City, a thriving green resort and digital smart city built on reclaimed former tin-mining land, on the western side of Kuala Lumpur in the heart of the Klang Valley. The University was established in 2011 and is relatively young by global standards, but already ranked within the top 2% of universities in the world (QS World University Rankings), in the top 1.5% of universities in Asia, as well as in the top 150 universities in the world under 50 years old.


Sunway University
No. 5, Jalan Universiti, Bandar Sunway, 47500, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia


There is a range of backpacker/hostel type accommodation in Bandar Sunway (PJS8, PJS9) and Subang Jaya (SS15) areas. We encourage visitors to explore online to find suitable accommodation within individual budgets.