Welcome to NECTAR, the Network for Early Career Academics at ANU!

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5 February 2019

Applications for the ANU NECTAR Mentoring Program 2019-20 are now open!

Are you struggling to feel confident about your career? Do you find it difficult to balance your teaching and research commitments? Are you thinking of changing career direction? Would you like to get some advice and guidance from someone a bit more experienced?

Apply to become a Mentee in the ANU NECTAR Mentoring Program for ECAs.

Applications will close 3 March 2019. Limited placements available, eligibility criteria apply.

29 January 2019

NECTAR Strategic Planning Meeting 2019

Have your say on how ANU supports ECAs and make a difference through NECTAR in 2019.

Thursday 14 February 2019, 10am-1pm (lunch included on RSVP)

More information here.

19 December 2018

Thank you for a fantastic 2018!

The NECTAR Office will be closed from 24 December 2018 to 2 January 2019.

6 December 2018

Congratulations to the winners of the Pitch and Poster competition at the Collaboration across Boundaries 2018 Conference!


Best Pitch and winner of a $3,000 research grant from the Theo Murphy Initiative (Australia): Caitlin Byrt, The University of Adelaide

Best Poster and winner of a $3,000 research grant from the Theo Murphy Initiative (Australia): Dominique Van der Saag, The University of Sydney

Outstanding Pitches and Posters: Joshua Chu-Tan, Nilisha Fernando, Ekavi Georgousopoulou and Thilina Ranbaduge; all The Australian National University

25 October 2018

All ECAs at ANU are now represented by the NECTAR Co-Chairs!


Congratulations to Rebecca Gidley, Umme Habiba Hossain, Claudia Munera and Mohammad Saadatfar (from left to right) who have been endorsed by the NECTAR Custodians as the first Co-Chairs of NECTAR!

These fantastic ECAs have self-nominated to lead the Network on behalf of all ECAs at ANU and to give it a strong voice in academic governance. No additional nominations were received; an election is therefore not required.

Learn more about the Co-Chairs and their visions for NECTAR here.

20 September 2018

Registrations for Collaboration across Boundaries 2018 now open!

The Collaboration across Boundaries 2018 Conference, supported by the Theo Murphy Initiative (Australia), aims to create a space where early- and mid-career researchers (EMCRs) from ALL disciplines can explore opportunities that collaborations can create for their research.

The Collaboration across Boundaries Conference will be held on Tuesday 4 December 2018 and is open to researchers and representatives from universities, government and the private sector. Postgraduate and research students are also welcome to attend.

The conference will be preceded by a skills development workshop on Tuesday 20 November.

Presented by NECTAR, the Network for Early Career Academics at ANU, CSIRO and the Australian Academy of Science.

For more information and to register, please visit the event website.

17 September 2018

Do you have what it takes to be a leader? Nominations for NECTAR Co-Chairs now open!

At the NECTAR AGM on 25 July 2018, NECTAR decided to change its leadership structure and appoint three Co-Chairs to give the Network a stronger voice in academic governance. If you would like to gain real leadership experience and help the Network to grow even stronger, self-nomiante today by sending an email to NECTAR briefly outlining why you would like to become a NECTAR Co-Chair. All ECAs employed by or affiliated with ANU with a strong commitment to NECTAR are invited to self-nominate. Nominations close 14 October 2018. If more than three nominations are received, an online poll will be conducted in October.

For more information and eligibility criteria, please refer to the Role Description.

30 August 2018

NECTAR's professional development training calendar Aug–Dec 2018 now online!

The NECTAR office has been busy and has put together an exciting professional development training calendar for the second half of 2018. From ARC to NHMRC grant writing workshops to career development workshops to collaboration building workshops and opportunities, NECTAR has you covered.

For a full list of events please click here. Registrations are now open (limited placements apply).

10 August 2018

NECTAR's Big 7 – Have your say!

At the NECTAR Forum 2018, Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt invited NECTAR to propose a list of seven changes which NECTAR would like to work on collaboratively. Join us on Thursday 16 August, 12–1pm, at Fellows Cafe to brainstorm our list of seven!

10 August 2018

NECTAR's new website now live!

It took a while but the new NECTAR website is finally live. Let us know what you think!

26 July 2018

NECTAR Forum 2018

Thanks to all the attendees of the NECTAR Forum 2018 at the National Museum of Australia for making this event so special!