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May 2021

Upcoming professional development events


The NECTAR office has been busy putting together a diverse events calendar for May.

From resilience and managing uncertainty to foundations of HDR supervision to EFS series and academic writing workshops, we are excited to invite you to one (or all) of our events.

Check events calendar here for all NECTAR events.



23 March 2021

Meet NECTAR – An open forum for ECAs

Come along on Tuesday 23 March, 11.30am, and meet the NECTAR Co-Chairs, staff and active volunteers. This is also an opportunity to table issues you are facing and to share experiences with other ECAs.

Subscribe to the NECTAR mailing list or contact us to receive Zoom details.

2 February 2021

Applications are now open for the NECTAR Mentoring Program 2021!

Find out more about the program here or get in touch at mentoring.nectar@anu.edu.au.

Applications to participate as a Mentee will close on 28 February. Placements are limited and eligibility criteria apply.

20 January 2021

Join the team!

What are your plans for 2021? Are you looking for an opportunity to gain leadership skills? Would you like to meet other engaged ECAs and work together to make a difference? Then join the NECTAR Custodian team. We strive to recruit a diverse team of Custodians and encourage ECAs from all backgrounds and walks of life to join, including casual academic staff, visiting fellows and PhD candidates.

And if you are looking for something that requires a little less time commitment: become part of NECTAR’s network across all schools, centres and institutes through the newly created role of NECTAR School Representative. We are currently looking for ECAs from all areas within ANU who would like to join the School Representatives team.

Ready to join? Submit your expression of interest through this short form or email nectar@anu.edu.au. In your expression of interest, please include a short paragraph on why you would like to become a Custodian and/or School Representative.

Questions? Get in touch!

23 December 2020

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

What a year it has been... Against all odds, NECTAR has had another fantastic year - thank you for being part of it!

We wish you a safe and restorative summer break and we look forward to seeing you again in 2021!

The NECTAR Office will be closed until 11 January 2021.

19 August 2020

New NECTAR Co-Chairs

Congratulations to Mari Kondo (2nd term), Bin Lu, Hieu Nguyen and Kai Zhang, who have been elected NECTAR Co-Chairs! Mari, Bin, Hieu and Kai will lead the network on behalf of all ECAs and give NECTAR a strong voice in academic governance. Learn more about the new Co-Chairs and their visions for NECTAR.

A big thank you to the outgoing Co-Chairs, whose terms have just ended: Siva Karuturi, Ehsan Kheradpezhouh and Sean Perera. Thank you for your contributions and leadership during a particularly challenging time.

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