Buddy program

Are you new to the HERDSA conference, and feeling unsure about how to navigate your way around all the sessions, events, workshops and more? Would a guiding hand make it a little less overwhelming?

Or have you been here before? Do you know which sessions are ‘not to be missed’, how to navigate the program, rooms and social events? And would you be like to share this knowledge and experience?

Then the HERDSA buddy program is here for you!

Join our buddy program

Are you new to the HERDSA conference? Are you travelling alone? Would like to be introduced to some peers before coming to the conference?

If your answer is ‘yes’ we will pair you with a HERDSA buddy who is familiar with the HERDSA conference and will make you feel welcome and assist in networking with fellow delegates.

You can sign up to be assigned a HERDSA buddy while registering for the conference.

We invite you to be a HERDSA buddy

If you are familiar with the HERDSA conference, you would make a great HERDSA buddy. Your role will be to make new delegates feel welcome, and assist them with networking.

Please sign up as a HERDSA buddy while registering for the conference.

New to HERDSA breakfast

Is this your first HERDSA conference? If so, the HERDSA Executive would like to invite you to attend an informal new to HERDSA breakfast. This breakfast will be held on Tuesday 28 June 2022 from 7:30am – 8:15am at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. This breakfast is designed to make newcomers feel welcome and included in all HERDSA conference activities.

There is no cost to attend the breakfast, but you do need to pre-register through the online conference registration portal. Registrations for the breakfast will close on Tuesday 21 June 2022.


Would you like a HERDSA buddy with whom to connect with at the conference in Melbourne?


Would you like to be a HERDSA buddy who connects with and welcomes those new to HERDSA at the conference in Melbourne?

We hope to accommodate all those new to HERDSA, but participation is dependent on how many buddies (experienced conference delegates) are available. Those new to HERDSA will be matched on a first-in first-matched basis.

If you wish to be allocated a HERDSA buddy or wish to be a HERDSA Buddy for the 2022 Melbourne conference, please confirm your interest during the conference registration process in the online registration portal.

Deadline Monday 30 May 2022. You will receive an email on Monday 6 June to inform you of your buddy’s details!