Hermeneutic Phenomenological Research in Practice

Engaging in lived experiences


11 and 12 April 2016  l  Flinders University, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide

The convenors of the Hermeneutic Phenomenology (HP) Conference invite participants interested in applying HP for research and scholarship within the domains of the human sciences, to engage in this 2 day event. The conference is structured around being in conversation. Day 1 is an Open Day where lived experiences will be shared, and the practice of HP will be discussed. Day 2 is a hands-on Master Class for students who are using HP as their methodology, and for those who are considering using HP in their research.

Day 1: The Artistry that is Hermeneutic Phenomenology

A day of inspiration, instigation and integration. It includes exploring the history of HP, individual researchers’ stories of their HP research journey,  and how HP is being used as a practice.

Day 2: Unpacking the Mystery: A Master Class

This day involves participants who are starting to engage with HP, and those students who are thinking of doing it. Experienced HP researchers will cover aspects of the HP research journey systematically by way of personal stories and case studies. It includes working together in small groups to discuss the HP process and meaning during  the different stages of research.


The Conference costs are as follows:

  • 2 day attendance = $110
  • Day rate = $66
  • 2 day attendance for non-earning student = $55
  • Day rate for non-earning student = $33

The registration process has two steps:

  1. filling out a registration form to send to marja.vanbreda@flinders.edu.au. Registration form: (DOCX 59KB)
  2. Go to Flinders Online Payments: https://pay.flinders.edu.au/educ/menu

When you have finished with your payment, a Tax Invoice/Receipt will automatically be created. Please make sure that you save and/or print this, as no copies will be able to be sent out to you.

Our refund policy is as follows: A full refund available for requests received earlier than 18 March 2016. No refunds will be possible after 18 March 2016.

Flyer: Hermeneutic Phenomenological Conference 11-12 April 2016 flyer and program

Accommodation: If you require accommodation in Adelaide, please read the following options: Accommodation options and rates as of 2015


The Brain and the Nature of Knowledge

Presentation: Tuesday, 29 March 2016

by Professor Billy O'Connor, Head of Teaching and Research in Physiology, University of Limerick, Graduate Entry Medical School (Ireland)

The relationship between our left and right brain-hemispheres is not just as an interesting neurological problem but provides differing insights, values and priorities in shaping language and reason; in how we understand ourselves in the world and what we choose to learn from it. This talk reports on the latest findings from brain research to explain how and why the brain learns and to clarify how attention and empathy contribute to optimal learning.

Professor William T. (Billy) O’Connor is Foundation Professor of Physiology at the University of Limerick Graduate Entry Medical School since 2007. Prior to this appointment he was Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, and Head of Neuroscience Research at University College Dublin, Ireland. In 2014 he spent a one year sabbatical at the Department of Health Professional Education at Flinders University School of Medicine where he worked on the-brain-science-of-learning or neuroeducation as it is sometimes called. This arose from his long-standing interest in education, particularly those factors which allow the human brain to learn optimally. Professor O’Connor has a strong commitment to scientific outreach and communication. This is best illustrated through his popular Inside-the-Brain website, Facebook and Twitter which report on the latest from the world of brain research.

Sound file: Prof Billy OConnor lecture 29.03.2016 (MP3 62MB)  

FEFRI & The Prideaux Centre for Research in Health Professions Education

Combined Research Forum

Friday 1 April 2016  l  Health Sciences Board Room (3.33)

Presentations by Professor Lambert Schuwirth, Prideaux Centre, and Associate Professor David Curtis, FEFRI, School of Education

For details and RSVP: FEFRI and Prideaux Centre Research Forum 1.04.2016