PhD forum a great success

The Centre hosted its first PhD Students’ Forum at the end of January in Melbourne.

Eighteen of the Centre’s PhD students were in attendance from universities including Central Queensland University, Monash University, Swinburne University, University of Queensland, University of Technology Sydney and University of Wollongong.

The forum was split into two days, with the first day focused on teaching the students about the Rail Manufacturing CRC and the Australian rail industry, with guest presentations from ARA’s Danny Broad and Bombardier’s David Collomb. The day also included a thorough 90 minute speed networking session, where the students got the chance to meet each other and other industry representatives in attendance from Knorr-Bremse, SNC Lavalin and Downer.

Day two was a full day Power Pitch training course, where the students were provided with the skills to write, finesse and present engaging three minute pitches about their PhD research topic, which were all delivered (and filmed) at the end of the day. Thanks to the students for their enthusiasm and engagement during the forum – it was a real joy for the entire Rail Manufacturing CRC team to be present during the final pitches on day two.

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