DERC is a global network and welcomes international researchers and PhD students to visit the Australian office.

As we have a rolling list of visitors we ask that you make contact with an appropriate DERC person in your field of research to ensure that the office can accommodate your visit. *Please note all visits are self-funded.


  • Make contact with a DERC academic and discuss your research interests and potential visit
  • Submit an expression of interest 
  • If your visit is approved by the DERC Executive (they meet every month), the DERC Cordinator will arrange an official RMIT letter of support to assist with your Visa application.
  • The DERC Coordinator will then need to obtain some personal information so you can be allocated an RMIT email address (this will provide you with a network login, security access, library access and printing services – this is best arranged prior to your arrival)


To contribute to the DERC community we would like all visitors to give a presentation on their research during their stay.

Please provide the following:

  • Presentation title
  • Subtitle/ context
  • Talk abstract (300 words)
  • Biography (200 words)
  • Social media/ contact information
  • Head shot 2000 x 2000 pixels
  • Image relating to presentation (3000 x 3000 pixels)
  • Consent form to record presentation

If you agree, we will film and record you doing your presentation so that we can create a video/ podcast of your talk. This presentation will be made available on the RMIT and DERC websites and social media streams (YouTube, Soundcloud, iTunesU, Facebook, Twitter).




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