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.

20 -21 June 2017

National Museum of Australia

Registrations now open.

More info: nectar@anu.edu.au

Full program coming soon.

Description

NECTAR, the Network for Early Career Teachers, Academics and Researchers of The Australian National University, is proud to present:

NECTAR Retreat 2017

The annual NECTAR Retreat is where Early Career Teachers, Academics and Researchers of ANU get together to build cross-campus connections. It’s an opportunity to reflect on their unique challenges, in direct and collegiate discussion with the university executive and key stakeholders.

This year’s NECTAR Retreat is themed: ‘Strategic Directions’. Events on the program include a discussion of navigating from PhD to Mid-Career Success with Professor Joanne Tompkins, ARC’s HCA Executive Director, and Professor Graham Durant, Director of Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre.

Participate in a round table with ANU’s top three executives: Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt, Vice-Chancellor; Professor Margaret Harding, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research); and Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic). We aim to take this opportunity to discuss how ANU’s Strategic Plan 2017-2021 will affect Early Career Academics of ANU, and how in turn NECTAR can support this plan and help lead ANU to a successful future.

The full program will be available on NECTAR’s website soon.

What is NECTAR?

NECTAR, the ANU Network for Early Career Teachers, Academics and Researchers, is an independent space created by, and for, ECAs at ANU. It is also a direct channel of comunication between ECAs and ANU Executive Staff, and provides space and resources with which to develop ideas, build confidence in leadership, develop cross-college networks, and acquire skills and knowledge required to lead each other and ANU towards a successful research and teaching future.

What does the Retreat cost?

Yes – registration is free for ANU students and staff. NECTAR is supported with funding from ANU’s Vice-Chancellor. Free registration also applies to those who have recently submitted a PhD to ANU. Your family members are actively encouraged to attend, free of charge, on consultation with the NECTAR Coordinator, +61 2 6125 7165. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call.

Looking forward to seeing you at the retreat!

More info:

NECTAR Coordinator

+61 2 6125 7165

nectar@anu.edu.au

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Image of NECTAR Retreat 2016

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