NECTAR Events and Initiatives

NECTAR provides a professional development program for ECAs aiming to support ECAs in realising their vision. As part of the program NECTAR offers:

  • skill-building workshops
  • networking opportunities aimed at fostering peer-to-peer support and collaborations across and beyond campus
  • opportunities for direct collegial discussions with the University Executive to inform strategic directions of ANU.

In addition, NECTAR runs a career development Mentoring Program for EMCAs.

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NECTAR Events Calendar 2019

Note, family members are welcome at all NECTAR events.

THU

14

FEB
10am-1pm
NECTAR Strategic Planning Meeting
Have your say on how ANU supports ECAs and make a difference through NECTAR in 2019.
MON

29

APR
12.30-1.30pm
Monthly NECTAR Social Lunch
Join NECTAR’s monthly Social Lunch at Fellows, University House (lunch is on NECTAR) and meet Damien Hughes from the ANU Centre for Continuing Education.

No RSVP required.
FRI

17

MAY
12-1.30pm
Evidencing your promotion application for success
New to applying for promotion in the ANU system? Promotion panels at ANU may have limited knowledge of what success looks like in your field. Join Michael Martin and NECTAR in a discussion over lunch about how you can convince judging panels by supporting your applications with contextual information to evidence your successes. Skills learned here could be useful broadly across job, funding, award and promotion applications.

Registrations for this event have closed.
FRI

24

MAY
12-12.30pm, CHELT Seminar Room, Building 10T1
CCE Information session
Learn about teaching and community engagement opportunities with the ANU Centre for Continuing Education.
If you missed last month’s talk, here is another chance to connect with CCE’s Damien Hughes.

No RSVP required.
FRI

24

MAY
12.30-1.30pm, CHELT Seminar Room
Monthly NECTAR Social Lunch
Come to NECTAR’s monthly Social Lunch! This month in the form of an Indian lunch to follow our seminar at 12pm. Please invite your partner – NECTAR would love to connect with them!

Registrations for this event have closed.
WED

12

JUN
12-1pm, Fellows Cafe
Monthly NECTAR Social Lunch
Join this month's Social Lunch for a discussion on the ANU Grand Challenges 2019.

Guest speaker: Jane Desborough – Grand Challenge winner.
WED

19

JUN
1.30-3.30pm, Australian National Botanic Gardens
NECTAR Partner Activity
Join NECTAR's first 'Partner Activity' for a walk around the Botanic Gardens followed by a coffee/tea. This event aims to connect the partners of ECAs from ANU with each other to build a supportive community.

This is a free event, RSVP by email to nectar@anu.edu.au is essential, by 17 June.
TUE

2

JUL
9.30am-4.30pm, National Museum of Australia
NECTAR Forum 2019
Join the NECTAR Forum 2019 for a direct collegial discussion with the University Executive on how EMCAs can be nurtured to be the leaders of the future.

Registrations for this event have closed.
WED

31

JUL
12-1pm, Fellows Cafe
Monthly NECTAR Social Lunch 
Come along to NECTAR July Social Lunch and meet other Early Career Academics! No guest speaker this month, just a leisurely lunch in good company.

No RSVP required.
FRI

16

AUG
9.30am-12pm, ANU Campus
NECTAR Partner Activity
The NECTAR Partner Activities aim to connect the partners/spouses of ECAs from ANU with each other to build a supportive community. This time, we will go on an Indigenous Heritage Walk around ANU Campus with Ngunawal Elder Wally Bell. This is a free event for the partners of ECAs but places are limited.

Registrations for this event have closed.
TUE

13

AUG
12-1pm, McDonald Room, RG Menzies Building
CSIRO STEM Professionals in Schools information session
Are you passionate about your research and would like to share this passion with the next generation? Are you looking for an opportunity to gain outreach and science communication experience? Come along to this information session and learn more about the CSIRO STEM Professionals in Schools program and how you can contribute to STEM education at Australian schools.

No RSVP required, just come along. Feel free to bring a packed lunch.
THU

15

AUG
12-1pm, Fellows Cafe, University House
NECTAR Annual General Meeting
Join us for this year's AGM and find out what NECTAR has been up to in the last 12 months and help us set future priorities. At the AGM you will also learn about how you can make a difference through taking on the role of NECTAR Co-Chair.

Registrations for this event have closed. Meeting Minutes.
WED

21

AUG
9.30am-12.30pm
Managing time and workload
In this workshop with Eric Leape from Berrico Consultants you will look at strategies and actions that will make you more productive as an individual and a team. It is a practical workshop that will help you generate ideas to overcome key problem areas and develop tools for managing multiple demands. The workshop will be followed by lunch, 12.30-1pm. More...

Registrations for this workshop have closed.
WED

21

AUG
1-4pm
Introduction to project management
In this workshop with Leanne Coveney from Berrico Consultants you will look at project management concepts and techniques and how you can manage projects more effectively in your role/s. The workshop combines project management theory with a simulated project activity, enabling you to immediately practice your new skills. The workshop will be preceded by lunch, 12.30-1pm. More...

Registrations for this workshop have closed.
WED

28

AUG
2.30-3.30pm, Badger & Co
Monthly NECTAR Social
Join us for an afternoon catch-up and meet John Debs from ANU MakerSpace. MakerSpace is a community and space where all ANU staff and students can build and make anything to support their education, research or hobbies. John will talk about the MakerSpace mission and projects, and will explain how you can become a ‘Maker’ yourself. After the short talk, stay on to socialise with John or fellow ECAs. Refreshments and savoury nibbles are on NECTAR.

No RSVP required, just come along.
TUE

10

SEP
9.30am-12.30pm
Thrive – don't just survive
This workshop with Shari Walsh focuses on practical ways you can maintain your resilience and psychological wellbeing throughout your early academic career. Rather than feeling like you are just surviving, the workshop will help you identify how to manage stressors and steps you can take to thrive. The workshop will be followed by lunch, 12.30-1pm. More...

Registrations for this workshop have closed.
TUE

10

SEP
1-4pm
Managing life in the vortex
This workshop with Shari Walsh focuses on building sustainable work habits to enable you to manage the demands of your academic life without jeopardising your wellbeing. You will explore and discover practical steps you can take to overcome and manage work pressures. The workshop will be preceded by lunch, 12.30-1pm. More...

Registrations for this workshop have closed.
THU

12

SEP
12.30-4.30pm
Graphic design workshop – Develop your own graphics to communicate your knowledge
In this workshop with Stacey McCormack from McCork Studios you will learn the basics of graphic design and explore why developing graphics is worth the time investment. If you want to increase the visibility of your research and learn the skills to share your knowledge in interesting, understandable and appealing formats, this workshop is for you. More...

Registrations for this workshop have closed.
FRI

20

SEP
5-8pm, ANU Union Bar (3 Rimmer St, Acton)
Monthly NECTAR Social
In collaboration with PARSA, the ANU Postgraduate & Research Students’ Association, this event is an opportunity for you to enjoy some great music, meet new people, and unwind before the weekend. Feel free to invite a friend/colleague to come along. And as always, family members are welcome too. Light nibbles are on us, and refreshments will be at reduced cost from 5-6.30pm.

No RSVP required, but please come see us at the NECTAR banner when you arrive at the venue.
THU

26

SEP
9.30am-12pm
NECTAR Partner Activity
The NECTAR Partner Activities aim to connect the partners/spouses of ECAs from ANU with each other to build a supportive community. Come join us for a leisurely stroll between the tulips of Floriade - Canberra's celebration of spring.

This is a free event, RSVP by email to nectar@anu.edu.au is essential, by 19 September.
MON

30

SEP
9.30am-12.30pm
ARC DECRA workshop
In this workshop you will not only learn about the nitty-gritties of a DECRA application but we will also look at what makes a winning project. Guest speakers may include past ARC grant winners, reviewers and assessors. This workshop is a collaboration between ANU Research Managers and NECTAR. The workshop will be followed by lunch, 12.30-1pm, for an additional opportunity to talk to Research Managers and successful grant applicants.

Registrations for this workshop have closed.
MON

30

SEP
1-4pm
ARC Future Fellowship workshop
What makes a winning application? How to promote yourself successfully? Meet Future Fellows and learn from their experience. Guest speakers may include current Future Fellows and assessors. This workshop is a collaboration between ANU Research Managers and NECTAR. The workshop will be preceded by lunch, 12.30-1pm, for an additional opportunity to talk to Research Managers and successful grant applicants.

Registrations for this workshop have closed.
THU

3

OCT
9.30am-12.30pm
NHMRC Fellowships workshop – Emerging Leadership Investigator Grants
This workshop is aimed at early-career researchers with a maximum of 10 years since PhD award. Learn more about the NHMRC grant guidelines and what makes a winning idea, and practice writing about your research impact. Guest speakers will include a recent NHMRC fellowship winner and grant review panellist. This workshop is a collaboration between the SHM College Research Office and NECTAR. The workshop will be followed by lunch, 12.30-1pm, for an additional opportunity to talk to Research Managers and successful grant applicants. More...

Registrations for this workshop have closed.
THU

3

OCT
1-3pm
NHMRC Fellowships workshop – Leadership Investigator Grants
This workshop is aimed at mid-career researchers applying at the Leadership levels 1, 2, and 3. Learn more about the NHMRC grant guideline changes and the new assessment process. Guest speakers will include a recent NHMRC fellowship winner and grant review panellist. This workshop is a collaboration between the SHM College Research Office and NECTAR. The workshop will be preceded by lunch, 12.30-1pm, for an additional opportunity to talk to Research Managers and successful grant applicants. More...

Registrations for this workshop have closed.
THU

10

OCT
2-3pm, CHELT Seminar Room
Monthly NECTAR Social
October is Mental Health Month. Join us on 10 October, World Mental Health Day, for an afternoon tea and relax in a friendly environment. Meet our guest speaker Gail Frank, ANU Adviser to Staff, and learn what support is available to you and your family at ANU. Gail will also give you some tips on how you can maintain your wellbeing.

No RSVPs required, just come along.
WED

16

OCT
9.30am-12.30pm
Write that journal article in 7 days
In this workshop with Inger Mewburn from ANU Research Skills and Training you will look at a 'fast track' method for getting a journal article together from work you already have. You will explore some publishing strategies and do a series of exercises designed to help you give your article focus and touch on the tricky subject of sharing authorship. Lastly, you will learn about some alternative writing techniques which can speed up the process of producing an article. This workshop is delivered in collaboration with ANU Research Skills and Training.

Registrations for this workshop have closed.
MON

4

NOV
9.30am-5pm
Confidence building workshop
This workshop with Kylie Holyland from the Australian Institute of Management is relevant to anyone interested in learning how to (further) build their confidence. More...

Registrations for this workshop have closed.
WED

13

NOV
1.30-4pm
NECTAR Partner Activity
The NECTAR Partner Activities aim to connect the partners of ECAs from ANU with each other to build a supportive community. For our last activity, we will hold a potluck picnic in a park near Civic.

This is a free event (but please bring a dish/snack to share). Email Melde via nectar@anu.edu.au for further details and to RSVP.
FRI

22

NOV
12-1.30pm
NECTAR End-of-Year Social – Celebrating ANU ECAs
Wrap up the year in style and join NECTAR in celebrating the achievements and diversity of ECAs at ANU. Experience a taste of what Australian Indigenous food has to offer with a Bush Tucker-inspired BBQ featuring kangaroo and crocodile (vegetarian option available as well).

Placements are strictly limited, RSVP here.

Please click here to see a list of 2018 events.