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Event | Defence Human Sciences Symposium 2020

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. DHSS 2020 will be held over three days as an online event co-hosted by Deakin University and Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group.

The theme for DHSS 2020 is 'Achieving More Together'. The Defence Strategic Update 2020 and DST Strategy 2030 both highlight the need for collaboration to build future defence capability. With the increasing demand from defence stakeholders for research focused on enhancing human performance, there will be a need for integrated human sciences efforts across the research enterprise. This will likely require academia, industry and DST working with the Australian Defence Force, National Security, other government agencies and overseas partners.

DST has a rich history of working with industry and academia. Recent Defence collaboration initiatives such as the Human Performance Research Network (HPRnet) and Research Network in Undersea Decision Superiority (RN-UDS) provide an opportunity to reflect on how we can work together more effectively to meet the needs of defence stakeholders. DHSS 2020 will provide a forum for delegates from academia, industry and defence to showcase examples from the human sciences where collaboration (including multidisciplinary teams) is helping to achieve more together for the warfighter.

Submission requirements

The arrangements for this year’s symposium have changed reflecting the impact of COVID-19. Abstracts of no more than 500 words are to be submitted in DHSS abstract template via EasyChair by Monday 5th October. The abstract template is available here. The review committee will accept submissions describing theoretical and applied research, as well as discussion papers, and papers describing work-in-progress. All submissions must be Official, Public Release. Authors of accepted submissions will be asked to provide a digital recording of them giving the presentation prior to the symposium. Posters sessions are also planned and successful authors will be asked to provide electronic versions.

Preliminary program

The DHSS 2020 program will be held over three days with a diverse range of speakers including those from with the Research Network for Undersea Decision Superiority (RN-UDS) initiative. DHSS 2020 will be held in conjunction with the HPRnet Symposium and details of the HPRnet event will be made available soon.

Because of the uncertainty brought about by COVID-19, DHSS 2020 will be held online. Pre-recorded presentations, live question and answer sessions, electronic poster sessions and discussion forums will be supported by a virtual conferencing platform.

The full program will be released closer to the date and abstract submissions for DHSS 2020 are invited that address the topics below. These topics are indicative rather than all-inclusive. All submissions relevant to the symposium theme and the defence human sciences will be considered by the organising committee.

Defence Operational Domains

  • Maritime
  • Land
  • Air
  • Information and Cyber
  • Space

Defence Focus Areas

  • Future Technologies (e.g. Human Biotechnology)
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Individual and Team Performance
  • Training & Education
  • Support to Operations
  • Health, Wellbeing and Resilience

Human Performance

  • Anthropometry & Biomechanics
  • Cognitive enhancement and augmentation
  • Cognition (perception to decision making)
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Physical Augmentation (assistive technology)
  • Physiology


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

Human Systems Analysis

  • Ergonomics & Human Systems Engineering
  • Human Systems Integration

Organisational Effectiveness

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


Registration is free for students and AUS$50 for all others

Presenter and Moderator Training

Online training sessions will be provided to presenters and session moderators. The training will run through the process of how the sessions will run and provide information about using WHOVA to deliver presentations. Presenters will be contacted with more details. Date and time (AEDT) for the training sessions are as follows:


  • Thursday 3rd December 10am to 10.30am (AEDT)
  • Friday 4th December 10am to 10.30am (AEDT)


  • Thursday 3rd December  11am to 11.30am
  • Friday 4th December 11am to 11.30am


If you have any questions about DHSS 2020 abstract submissions, please email or contact the organising committee. The point of contact for the HPRnet Symposium is also provided.

Organising Committee

NamePhone numberEmail address
Dr David Crone +61 8 7389 3246
Dr Chris Best +61 3 9626 7252
Dr Sam Huf +61 8 9553 3571
Dr Steven Talbot +61 8 7389 4242
Dr Susan Cockshell +61 8 7389 5683
Ms Lisa Headley (HPRnet POC) +61 400 505 549

Event information

Date and time

Mon 7 Dec 2020 (All day) to Wed 9 Dec 2020 (All day)

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