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RDI Network Conference student committee: Call for expressions of interest

RDI Network Conference student committee: Call for expressions of interest

Interested in sustainable development? Want to be a part of shaping an Australian conference to make impact on sustainable development through partnerships across sectors?

Expressions of Interest are currently being invited from students interested in organising a student forum to take place alongside the RDI Network Conference on June 13-14, 2017. The RDI Network Conference is hosted in partnership with the University of Sydney and the Research for Development Impact Network. The conference will focus on partnerships across sectors and disciplines in sustainable development. The committee will be inviting input and participation from local and international researchers, practitioners, civil society actors, government and private sector representatives.

The student committee of 10-15 members will work with assistance and mentoring from the RDI Conference Organising Committee and the University of Sydney to:

  • Agree on and set the strategic direction relating to the program and speakers
  • Draft relevant documentation including thematic overview and concept note; running sheets; and the final program
  • Approach potential sponsors; invite speakers and other students
  • Act as organisers, facilitators and MCs on the day of the forum
  • Assist the host university with logistics and media

The forum will provide a participatory space for students to contribute to discussions on the theme of the conference – partnering for sustainable development – and identify how student input can be contributed. The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) signals a new phase for international development with its goal of leaving no one behind. With this ambition, comes opportunity to critically assess how new development goals and milestones are likely to be shaped to make the most impact.

All participating student volunteers will receive due recognition and acknowledgement on the conference website and free registration to both the conference and the student forum. There will also be an opportunity to submit a paper to the conference proceedings’ peer reviewed journal on the theme and outcomes of the student forum.

Selection Criteria

All participants must:

  • Be willing to commit significant time to attend committee meetings and the forum in Sydney
  • Have an active knowledge of or interest in international development or sustainable development
  • Have experience or interest in event organisation
  • Be current university students

If you are interested in joining the organising committee for the student forum, please submit an Expression of Interest with your name, university and course, a motivation letter addressing the selection criteria above (1 page max.), and a short CV.

For more information about this call or to submit a completed Expression of Interest, please contact Brendan Rigby at, before the 16th December 2016.


The RDI Network is a network of practitioners, researchers and evaluators working in international development. The Network exists to foster collaboration between Australian universities and NGOs in order to promote high quality and ethical development research, translated as evidence and applied to effective policy and practice.

 Working in close partnership with the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), the Network functions as a key cross-sectoral platform for shared learning and action in the international development sector.


Featured image: Small-scale sustainable farming in Tanzania (Credit: Alun McDonald/ Oxfam, Flickr)

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