ATN Frontiers is an innovative Higher Degree by Research professional development program from Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN). 

Co-created and delivered by expert academic and practitioner staff across ATN member universities, the program offers a suite of futurist-focused learning modules free of charge to ATN Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students.  

Each module is designed by subject matter experts from across ATN to suit students from all academic and professional with a range of ambitions for where their research degree leads them in their career, roles and industries


The program consists of three levels of modules for candidates to complete sequentially: 


Level 3
Level 2 Masterclasses
Future of Project
Policy and
Impact Futures
Level 1 Online modules
Future of Work
and Innovation
of Data
Future of
Future of
Future of
Future of
Already developed
To be developed


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The Future Professional: Crossing the Bridge - Industry, Academia and You 

Calibrate your disciplinary skills and construct this into a marketable asset for future and lifelong employability. HDR students face an ever-changing professional future. Where change is a constant and is all around, this module reinforces the recognition that ultimately, change begins with from within. The content included in this module is suitable for students at all levels of knowledge and experience in these areas.

2022 dates
  • Online learning commences from 7 February | live online workshop 3 March
  • Online learning commences from 11 April | live online workshop 3 May
  • Online learning commences from 4 July | live online workshop 28 July
  • Online learning commences from 12 September | live online workshop 6 October

The Future of Data: Data Analytics in Research - Concepts, Principles and Practices

Increase your confidence and ability to handle better data as you navigate and prepare for the demands of roles in a data-driven world. Over the past decade, the digitalization has vastly increased the availability, use, and value of data, and thereby transformed nearly every industry. Data and the need for data analytics has been rapidly growing, with companies looking to generate insights and innovations as well as drive their business with the help of data.

2022 dates
  • Online learning commences from 1 March | live online workshops 17 March and 31 March
  • Online learning commences from 3 May | live online workshops 19 May and 2 June
  • Online learning commences from 2 August | live online workshops 17 August and 31 August
  • Online learning commences from 11 October | live online workshops 27 October and 10 November


The Future of Work and Innovation: Thinking, Testing, Solving like an Entrepreneur.

Strengthen your ability to shape the future of academic and industry work through entrepreneurial methodologies. Whether students stay in academia or pursue careers in industry, they’ll face professional landscapes that are being rapidly reshaped by disruption. But no matter their disciplinary background, they can adapt their research skills to make real-world impact through entrepreneurial problem-solving

2022 dates
  • Online learning commences from 21 March | live online workshop 14 April
  • Online learning commences from 30 May | live online workshop 23 June
  • Online learning commences from 5 September | live online workshop 29 September
  • Online learning commences from 24 October | live online workshop 17 November