2019 Events archive

20 December 2019

NECTAR wishes you a fantastic summer break and we look forward to seeing you again in 2020!

2019 has been a fantastic year for NECTAR and we would like to thank you for being part of it.

The NECTAR Office will be closed until 13 January 2020.

21 October 2019

Meet NECTAR's new Co-Chairs

Congratulations to Rebecca Gidley (2nd term), Youssef Hafiz, Siva Karuturi and Sean Perera, who have been endorsed by the NECTAR Custodians as the 2019-20 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 new Co-Chairs and their visions for NECTAR.

A big THANK YOU to the 2018-19 Co-Chairs, whose terms have just ended: Rebecca Gidley, Umme Habiba Hossain, Claudia Munera and Mohammad Saadatfar. Thank you for your past and ongoing contributions to NECTAR.

23 September 2019

Casual Sessional Academics - We need your input!

Are you a casual sessional academic at ANU? Would you like to share your experiences to raise awareness? Do you have suggestions for how your colleagues can better support you?

We are seeking input for our CSA awareness week later this year. Contact us with ideas for stories or events, and encourage CSA colleagues to share their stories as well.

23 August 2019

Nominations for the NECTAR Co-Chair roles are now open!

Would you like to gain some real leadership experience? Self-nominate as a NECTAR Co-Chair, lead NECTAR as a representative of the ECAs of ANU and make a difference to the ECA experience at this University.

All ECAs employed at or affiliated with ANU with a strong commitment to NECTAR are invited to self-nominate, that includes academic staff, casual sessional staff, PhD candidates and Visiting/Honorary Fellows. Send your nomination to nectar@anu.edu.au briefly outlining why you would like to become a NECTAR Co-Chair by Monday 23 September. If more than four nominations are received, an online poll will be conducted.

Any questions? Please refer to the Co-Chair role description, contact one of the current Co-Chairs  or give us a call on + 61 2 6125 7165.


6 August 2019

Professional development training calendar now online

Are you looking for professional development opportunities? Registrations are now open for NECTAR's professional development program for the second half of 2019. From time and project management to grant writing and resilience in a high-pressure environment and publishing, NECTAR has you covered.

Want to know more? Have a look here. Limited placements for all workshops, registration is essential.

17 July 2019

NECTAR Annual General Meeting 2019

Are you curious what NECTAR has been up to in the last 12 months? Do you want to learn more about how NECTAR works? Are you keen to hear how you can make a difference through taking on the role of NECTAR Co-Chair? Then come to the AGM!

Thursday 15 August 2019, 12–1pm

Graduate Lounge, University House

Register or send your apology here.

25 June 2019

See you at the NECTAR Forum 2019!


Registrations for the NECTAR Forum are now closed. If you would like to attend, please contact us directly and we will see whether we can squeeze you in.

3 June 2019

Registrations are now open for the NECTAR Forum 2019!

The NECTAR Forum 2019 will bring together the early- and mid-career teachers and researchers (EMCAs) from ANU for a direct collegial discussion with the University Executive on how EMCAs can be nurtured to be the leaders of the future. Preliminary program here.

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 9.30am–4.30pm

Register today! Registrations will close 16 June 2019.

18 April 2019

Evidencing your promotion application for success

Interview panels may have limited knowledge of what success looks like in your field. During this workshop, you will learn to contextualise your teaching, research and service/outreach achievements and improve your ANU promotion application. Skills learned here could also be useful for job, funding or award applications.

Friday 17 May 2019, 12–1.30pm

What? Discussion over lunch (light lunch provided)

With? Professor Michael Martin, experienced promotion interview panelist

RSVP? Please register for catering purposes, by COB Monday 13 May

17 April 2019

Save the date – NECTAR Forum on 2 July 2019!



The NECTAR Forum 2019 provides a space for you to

  • voice your ideas and be heard
  • gain skills and contacts to be successful in your career
  • lead the future strategy of ANU.

What outcomes do you want from this event? Tell us here (2-5 min).

17 April 2019

NECTAR's letter to the VC

At the NECTAR Forum 2018, Professor Brian Schmidt, Vice-Chancellor, invited NECTAR to write a letter with some ideas for projects we could collaborate on to improve ANU for the better.

We sent him a letter with a list of ideas (created though focus groups of early- and mid-career academics, the order of priority was determined through an open poll). Read this letter here.

Now we need volunteers in NECTAR to help take these projects to the next stage. If you are interested in helping us, please contact the NECTAR Office.

5 February 2019

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


What will make the difference between success and not being successful in your career? Do you have a mentor you can ask?

Apply to become a Mentee in the ANU NECTAR Mentoring Program and we will help you find a suitable mentor.

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

29 January 2019

NECTAR Strategic Planning Meeting

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

Thursday 14 February 2019, 10am-1pm

More information here.