IGNITE13! is an annual postgraduate conference hosted by the Creative Industries Faculty that brings together research students from across QUT. The conference aims to give postgraduate research students at all stages of their degrees an opportunity to present and receive feedback on their work in a supportive and collaborative environment.

Although designed as an environment for the presentation and showcase of postgraduate research through papers, exhibitions and performances, IGNITE13! also provides an opportunity for students to network with their peers, academic staff and scholars, and industry professionals. IGNITE13! will be both a rewarding professional experience and an enriching social event that will enable postgraduates to get to know each other and strengthen QUT’s research culture and community among Creative Industries disciplines.

IGNITE13! is intended to benefit postgraduate students by building skills and serving as a warm-up event for larger academic conferences. Importantly, students will gain presentation experience, receive peer review feedback on current work, increase their visibility within QUT’s research community, and engage in discussions about career challenges. A prize will also be awarded for ‘best paper’, as judged by QUT academic staff, and a selection of student papers will have an opportunity for mentoring to assist them in developing a paper for publication submission.

The conference emphasises the interdisciplinary nature of Creative Industries and the diversity of postgraduate research within the Creative Industries Faculty. IGNITE13! will have a variety of sessions, including: project, and paper presentations from postgraduate students; performances and exhibitions of creative work; and panel discussions about research trends and issues. Additional events, including a roundtable discussion and evening reception will encourage participants to build new relationships, and engage in critical discussions about industry, academic career projections, and their research experience.