EPS Symposia

Symposia occur 5-6 times each year as a gathering moment for postgraduate students and staff to discuss a range of topics and ideas.

The purpose of symposia is to 'help postgrads and staff flourish in their workplaces and see how all knowledge finds its fullness in Christ.'

The Next Symposium:

Navigating Difficult Relationships in the Academic World | 12–1pm May 27 | Eastern Avenue 315 and Online

No matter how specialised your studies become or your expertise in a given field, there is always the same problem that occurs - having to work with other people. As people move forward in their careers, interpersonal relationships can become even more complex and more frustrating as co-workers and ideas bump up against each other. This seminar will consider the particular context of challenging relationships in the postgraduate sphere, and think about how you can work on bringing not only academic competency, but also maturity, to relationships with peers, supervisors and others. 

This symposium will be running both in person and online. To attend online, please register here.




Our Presenter: Lauren Errington
Lauren Errington is a Mental Health Social Worker and Clinical Family Therapist who has worked over the past few years at ANU Counselling with undergraduate and postgraduate students. She is currently on faculty with the Family Systems Institute and offers counselling with the Family Systems Practice.



Previous Symposia

  • Faith in Science: Living Well as a Christian in Science (with Dr Liz New (Chemistry), Dr Peter Kim (Maths), and Dr Luke Barnes (Physics))
  • Justice (with Jacob Sarkodee from International Justice Mission)
  • Doctrine of Creation (with Murray Smith from Christ College, Sydney)
  • History (with Dr Meredith Lake, award winning author of The Bible in Australia and presenter for ABC Radio)
  • Mental Health Seminar (with Leissa Aitken, clinical psychologist and PhD candidate)
  • The Ethics of Technology (with Rev Dr Andrew Sloane from Morling College. Sydney)
  • Everyday Peacemaking (with Bruce Burges from PeaceWise)
  • Mental Health (with Rev Dr Keith Condie (PhD Sydney) from ADM Mental Health and Pastoral Care Institute)
  • Prayer and Academia (with Rev Dr Mark Earngey from Moore Theological College)
  • November 14 – Conflicts of Interest (with Prof Liam Semler (English), Dr Sophie Lewis (CPC), Stephanie Dunk (PhD candidate Business School), Tori Grimes (University Development Office) and Kellia Chiu (PhD candidate Pharmacy))
  • Theological Anthropology & Genre (with Rev Dr Michael Jensen from St Mark's Church Darling Point)
  • Mental Health & COVID-19 (with Dr Jenny Brown from The Family Systems Insititute)
  • Teaching Symposium (with Prof Liam Semler, Dr Di Warren, and Dr Jennifer E. Nicholson)