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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 was 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 was '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 provided 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.


The DHSS 2020 program was held over three days with a diverse range of speakers including those from the Research Network for Undersea Decision Superiority (RN-UDS) initiative. DHSS 2020 was held in conjunction with the HPRnet Symposium.

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


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

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Event information

Date and time

7 December 2020 to 9 December 2020