NECTAR News - Archive

16 October 2020

Join the team!

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? NECTAR is currently recruiting NECTAR Custodians to join our working groups. You can join an existing team or take the lead in an area you’re passionate about.

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 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!

17 July 2020

NECTAR Annual General Meeting

Have you ever attended a professional development workshop or social event organised by NECTAR? Have you benefitted from NECTAR and its initiatives?

Show your support for NECTAR by coming to NECTAR's AGM on Tuesday 4 August, 10.30-11.20am. Meeting agenda here.

RSVP here to receive Zoom details or to submit your apology.

14 July 2020

NECTAR Co-Chair nominations now open

NECTAR needs a strong leadership - now more than ever! We are seeking nominations from engaged ECAs to join the NECTAR Co-Chair team.

Find out more about the Co-Chair role and eligibility criteria here. Nominations will close on 2 August.

21 May 2020

NECTAR's 5 people challenge

Restrictions are beginning to ease, and we are slowly returning to campus. But life is still far from being normal, and will be for quite some time.

We would like to encourage you to take a moment and get in touch with 5 people you know; the colleague from the office down the corridor, the student who usually sits in the back of your class, the friend you usually have lunch with in the tearoom. Or maybe you know someone who you think might be at risk of feeling isolated and anxious, such as the colleague who started a new job at ANU just before the lockdown? Reach out to them and find out how they are doing. Sometimes it only takes a few friendly words to bring a smile to someone's face and remind them that we're all in this together.

15 April 2020

NECTAR Co-Chair team back to full strength

Welcome to Ehsan Kheradpezhouh and Mari Kondo who have just joined the NECTAR Co-Chair team. Ehsan and Mari have self-nominated to take on this leadership role as part of the latest recruitment round and are replacing Rebecca Gidley and Youssef Hafiz who have left ANU. You can find out more about Ehsan and Mari and their visions for NECTAR here.

A big thank you to Co-Chair alumni Rebecca and Youssef for their contributions to NECTAR.

20 March 2020

Stronger together

Feeling the impact of these exceptionally challenging times? NECTAR is working on developing ideas and initiatives to support the ECA community at ANU during this crisis.

Starting from next week, we will have an online meeting place to come together and share ideas, fears and stories. And if you are keen to learn a bit more about your fellow ECA's research, join our fortnightly webinar series 'Learning never stops'.

12 February 2020

Non-traditional funding hack and blue-sky brainstorming session

Registrations are now open for two fantastic events on 3 March at University House.

Non-traditional funding hack  – Get an insight into alternative ways to surf the research-funding drought and create meaningful work opportunities other than ARC or NHMRC funding.

Blue-sky brainstorming session – How to 10-fold improve staff development at ANU

More info...

3 February 2020

Applications for the NECTAR Mentoring Program 2020 are now open!


To find out more about the Program and to apply to participate, please click here.

Applications for Mentees will close 1 March 2020. Limited placements available, eligibility criteria apply.

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 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.

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 2018 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 welcome to attend.

The conference will be preceded by a skills development workshop on Tuesday 20 November 2018.

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-nominate today by sending an briefly outlining why you would like to become a NECTAR Co-Chair. ALL ECAs employed by or affiliated with ANU with 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 fro 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.

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!