Seef success stories

FUTURE 21 National Conference, 2022

With over 100 participants attending the 2022 Future 21 National Conference, Young Australians in International Affairs hosted speakers, from a range of institutions such as The Australian National University, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, CyberCX, Nous Consulting Group, Lowy Institute, and more. The event attracted both students and young professionals alike, leading to invaluable networking opportunities. According to the participants the quality of speakers very highly and found the overall the experience "refreshing", "innovative" and "thought-provoking". The event also exposed participants to expert debate, helping the participant consolidate their own perspectives on responding to the emerging international issues. Subsequently, Future 21 encouraged participants to engage deeply with the key strategic questions of our century and build the skills to further their career progression in international affairs.

The DOHaD 2022 World Congress, 2022

The DOHaD 2022 World Congress in Vancouver, Canada was held from 27-31 August 2022 with over 1000 attendees from around the world specializing in various research areas within the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. SEEF funding supported participation in extracurricular events at the World Congress. This included presenting posters of my PhD research which provided invaluable networking opportunities for me with the international research community. Funding also supported attendance at a number of trainee networking events where joining with other trainees helped in learning more about work/life balance within academia, ethically presenting our research on social media, writing with impact and communicating effectively with policy makers, and seeking effective mentors while building a successful life after postgraduate studies.


Environmental Photography (2021)

The project 'Environmental Photography' was a joint Graduate House (GH) and University House at Toad Hall (UH@Toad Hall) venture for the residents to appreciate the surroundings and the environment we live in. The project involved clicking pictures of 'planting a tree' or 'a beautiful scenery' by the residents. This project targeted aimed not only to develop the photography skills of residents but also to encourage them to find unusual shots of the environment outdoors and to form a stronger community within ANU. 



‘Battered’: A virtual reality tour into a Filipino coastal village reeling from Climate Change (2021) 

"Battered" is an exhibition of an interactive 360-degree video that immerses visitors into a coastal village in the Philippines that has been suffering from extreme weather events and sea-level rise caused by climate change. A portion of the exhibition also showcased photos that were captured by internally displaced persons (IDPs), which were previously exhibited in the Philippines. 

The virtual reality tour featured a coastal community in the central islands of the Philippines that is considered the ground zero of the landfall of Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the world’s most powerful tropical storms, that killed at least 6,000 people in 2013. The village has been declared a hazard zone which, per Philippine regulations, should not be inhabited. However, nearly a decade after the super typhoon, residents continue to temporarily live there as they wait for government shelters to be completed in designated relocation centres. The government housing projects for Haiyan-displaced residents have been delayed due to corruption issues. 


The Colours of Anthropology photography exhibition. Submitted by: Committee from CASS & CAP (2018)


The exhibition represents a successful collaboration between student organizers from the School of Archaeology and Anthropology (CASS), the School of Art (CASS) and the Department of Pacific Affairs (CAP). As hoped for, we received photographic contributions from 27 anthropologists, predominantly postgraduate students from schools or departments within CASS and CAP. This year we encouraged a strong engagement with visual media and representation by setting an overarching theme for the exhibition. As a result, the Colours of Anthropology exhibition is a visual representation of the role of colour in the ways in which people shape the world around themselves, and how they are shaped by it, be it through religious, artistic, political or ethnographic practice.

The photography exhibition was an impressive and diverse showcase of anthropological research at the ANU. Opening night provided a rare opportunity for staff and students of all levels to engage with each other at an anthropologically themed event, and the exhibition served to increase awareness of the anthropological work happening across the various anthropology schools and departments of the ANU. It has also been incorporated into an undergraduate class on visual anthropology.

The exhibition also helped raise the profile of the ANU as a leading institution in anthropology. The opening evening was a resounding success, attracting roughly 100 visitors, including undergraduate and postgraduate anthropology students, academic staff, and members of the wider ANU and Canberra community. The exhibition was registered and advertised as part of Australia's inaugural Social Sciences Week.

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Fenner Hall Musical 2018 ‘City of Angels’. Submitted by: Fenner Hall (2018)

Fenner Hall’s 2018 production of City of Angels has lived up to the reputation of previous Fenner productions in providing an inclusive and supportive platform for students to develop their artistic and organisational skills. Around 70 residents were involved in the cast, production, band, makeup and backstage teams - the highest number in the production’s 25-year history.

For many, the show was their first foray into theatre as a first-time actor, singer or band instrumentalist. We have provided students who would not normally be willing to step outside their comfort zones with an opportunity not normally accessible elsewhere. For the first time in recent years, several international and exchange students were part of the cast, highlighting the Hall’s emphasis on diversity and inclusivity.

We believe that, with continued SEEF support for college productions (and beyond) in the future, boundless creative, organisational and character-based talent from students could be unleashed - which, fully developed, has the potential to influence and enrich the lives of other students, as well as campus culture, at an unprecedented scale, bringing countless benefits to the wider ANU community.


Participation in 2018 NSW/ACT State Championships. Submitted by: ANU Cheerleading Club (2018)

The attendance of the ANU Cheerleading Club at AASCF Sydney State Championships was a great success. 23 members accompanied by one coach and two assistant coaches attended the competition including over 4000 competitors and 800 entries.

The team prior to the competition had been working hard at training by putting in extra hours to be as prepared as possible for their event. The club competed in the All Girls Level 2 University division and placed 4th. The routine was one of the best run-throughs we have performed and are very proud of what we achieved in representing the ANU’s first time competing against other university teams as a club.

The experience has prepared us for future competitions such as UniGames this September 2018. As a result of competing we were able to understand our strengths and weaknesses to work on in future training sessions. All the members have gained valuable new skills from this experience including self-confidence, a stronger passion for cheerleading and taking pride in representing women in sport and the university. The club was also able to compare ourselves to other clubs and see the best of what the NSW/ACT region has to offer.


"Speak Up!" (A '3-Minute Thesis' styled postgraduate event). Submitted by: ANU University House & Graduate House - Graduate Common Room Committee (GCRC) (2018)

The Speak up event was a successful event which attracted more than 70 residents, 11 presenters, 4 judges and management team and ECAFs.

The “speak up” training session has happened on 14th July 2018. We went through the rules and tips for 3MT style of presentation and we checked the criteria. Some speakers practice their speech and others commented on it.

On 25th July, Speak up competition hold in University house common room. All of the event was live broadcasting on GH Facebook page. 11 presenters had 3 minutes to speak about their research, and 4 judges selected the first three speakers based on 3MT criteria. People vote for their favourite speech. At the end of this part of event we thanked PARSA and SEEF and everyone who took part in the event and invited them to the following dinner.


College of Arts & Social Sciences: Submitted by Katherine Carrington (2016)


We set out to achieve greater cohesion within the College of Arts & Social Sciences and to promote & support the events that Arts-based Clubs/Societies on campus are already putting in. Overall, we reached this aim. The Arts Exhibition saw School of Art students engage with the wider ANU community and non-art CASS students engaging with the School of Art.


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