Current Projects

Every idea needs a champion

NECTAR is not about other people doing it for you. It is about you taking a leadership role to effect change. The NECTAR team will help you to navigate the path from your idea to a proposal to be put to the ANU Executive, but it is up to you to determine what your proposal is about, why it is important, and what ANU can do to make it happen.

Check out our current projects below.


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NECTAR Retreat is ANU’s Early Career Academic Retreat

20 -21 June 2017 at the National Museum of Australia, Peninsula Room

  • Be heard,
  • Take charge of your own network, and
  • Lead the future strategy of ANU!
Program highlights

(Full program available here.)

  • Roundtable discussion with Professor Brian Schmidt, ANU Vice-Chancellor
  • Direct collegial discussion with both ANU’s Deputy Vice-Chancellors!
  • Strategic directions: What does it take to see your vision realised?

With Professor Graham Durant, Director of Questacon; Professor Joanne Tompkins, Executive Director (Humanities and Creative Arts), ARC, and Dr Tony Willis, Executive Director, NHMRC.

  • Workshop on innovation in teaching with Glen O’Grady, Director CHELT
  • Engaging with industry to advance your vision through strategic partnerships

With Professor Michael Breadmore (1 of only 3 Australians in Analytical Sciences top 40 under 40) and world leading anthropologist Professor Genevieve Bell

  • Engaging with the public as an expert, Dr Rod Lamberts, Deputy Director CPAS
  • How to improve supervision at ANU and develop a culture of mentoring, with ANU’s new Dean of Higher Degree Research, Professor Imelda Whelehan  

Register for the NECTAR Retreat, by 16 June!

Early bird registrations (by 12 June) are FREE and go in the running for a free massage

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Would you like to know more about Open Access publishing?
Do you have a colleague who’s always talking about open access? Maybe they bore you with the benefits, or are completely confused by the whole thing? (read more…)

Early career academics are taught that we “should have a mentor. Mentoring was a hot topic at the 2014 NECTAR Retreat. The following is a summary of the feedback and comments provided by Retreat attendees. (read more…)

NECTAR will be hosting a workshop in Semester 2, 2014 as part of our efforts to  give ECA’s professional development that is not usually covered by strictly academically focused opportunities. (read more…)

A strong theme emerging from the 2014 NECTAR Retreat is the development of cross-disciplinary collaborations. NECTAR already provide opportunities for this through the Cross-Disciplinary Research Exchange program. Following is a summary of the feedback and comments provided by Retreat attendees. (read more…)

A strong theme emerging from the 2014 NECTAR Retreat is the development of cross-disciplinary collaborations. NECTAR already provide opportunities for this through the Cross-Disciplinary Research Exchange program. Following is a summary of the feedback and comments provided by Retreat attendees. (read more…)

A consistent theme of all NECTAR events since we launched in 2011 is the provision of support when applying for research funding. NECTAR have provided additional review in 3 rounds of DECRA applications, and a library of successful applications will soon be available to ECA. Here are the thoughts and ideas of participants at the 2014 NECTAR Retreat.

First meeting of this group: Monday 23 June, 12 noon, Fellows Bar, University House. Please come along! (read more…)

At our 2014 NECTAR Retreat there was a lot of discussion around researchers who are employed as professional staff, and the differences in flexibility and employment conditions compared to academic staff. Here are the thoughts from our Retreat attendees (read more…)

Following a passionate discussion on the state of parking at ANU, 2014 Retreat attendees were charged with finding a solution to the problem. Here are their suggestions. What do you think? (read more…)

Would you like to know what research is going on around ANU?
Maybe you’d like an opportunity to share your research with ECA from across campus?
Or perhaps you have access to resources or equipment that could be used in research collaborations?

Our first exchange will be to Mt Stromlo on Thursday 31 July. More information here (read more…)