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Event | Defence Human Sciences Symposium 2019

The Defence Human Sciences Symposium (DHSS) is the principal Australian forum for those interested in the application of human sciences research to enhance Defence capability.

The 2019 DHSS will take place on 19 and 20 November at the University of Canberra.  The symposium will include a number of keynote speakers as well as presentations.

The theme for this year's symposium is "Human Sciences Impact for the Warfighter". Defence is dependent on government departments like Defence Science and Technology, private sector organisations and universities to conduct research and development activities that ultimately affect the way that that Defence fulfils its roles and missions. Having an impact in tomorrow's complex Defence environment will be a key challenge for human sciences because of the complex nature of modern operations.

Call for abstracts

The DHSS Organising Committee is aiming for a diverse program. Abstract submissions are invited for presentations in a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, the following.

Defence focused themes

  • Future technologies (including Biotechnology)
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Resilience
  • Support to operations
  • Trusted Autonomous Systems

Human Performance themes

  • Anthropometry
  • Cognitive enhancement and augmentation
  • Cognitive performance: From Perception to Decision Making
  • Food and nutrition
  • Physical augmentation (assistive technologies)
  • Physiology

Human Systems Analysis themes

  • Ergonomics and Human Systems Engineering
  • Human Systems Integration
  • Training and Education

Human Sciences in National Security themes

  • Cyber security
  • Evaluation of software tools and techniques
  • Mathematical and statistical modelling of social processes
  • Social and cultural analysis of groups
  • Social media exploitation

Methodologies themes

  • Ethics
  • Measurements and Metrics
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Multidisciplinary Research
  • Tools and Techniques

Organisational Effectiveness themes

  • Health and Safety
  • Organisational Culture
  • Personnel Selection and Retention

 The above topics are indicative rather than all-inclusive. All submissions that directly relate to delivering human sciences impact for the warfighter will be considered.

Extended abstract submissions

  • Extended Abstracts of no more than 500 words are to be submitted by Monday 23rd September via EasyChair. Full papers are not required.
  • Submission instructions and abstract template are available for download under attached files on this page.
  • The review committee will accept submissions describing theoretical and applied research, as well as discussion papers, and papers describing work-in-progress.
  • All submissions should be Unclassified.


Registration is now open. Student registration is $100 (limited to 20). Registration is $325 (limited to 130) for all other delegates. Registration includes access to the symposium on the 19th and 20th November. Morning and afternoon tea, lunch and the symposium dinner (19th November; at the same venue) is also included. Please click the following link to register,

HPRnet Symposium

Delegates interested in hearing more about the Human Performance Research network can attend the HPRnet Symposium which will be held on 21 and 22 November, also at the University of Canberra.


If you have any enquiries please email or contact the organising committee:

HPRnet enquiries

Event information

Date and time

Tue 19 Nov 2019 (All day) to Wed 20 Nov 2019 (All day)


Ann Harding Conference Centre University of Canberra
24 University Drive S
Bruce, ACT 2617

Abstract submissions close

23 September 2019


Registration for DHSS2019 is now open at

Attached files