Events Archive


Join the discussion on redefining the ANU PhD Program

You are invited to Open Forums where you can have your say in this important discussion. (See below).

NECTAR has also been offered the opportunity to nominate a representative for the Committee of Inquiry. Expressions of interest for this position to NECTAR by 10am, 30th June.

Here is the letter from Prof Imelda Whelehan (ANU’s Dean of HDR)

Dear NECTAR

We are redefining the ANU PhD program.

During the development of the new Strategic Plan we made a commitment to redefine our PhD program.  We are now starting to work out what this will mean for our academic staff, supervisors and students.

ANU has the highest HDR load per total student population of any Australian university, consistently high research rankings and an enviable international reach. To continue to provide some of the best academic programs around the world and to give our students the best opportunities for their futures, we have a responsibility to reflect on what we do well, and to discuss what we might review and change. We are inviting you to help shape our discussions and have your say on what the new ANU PhD of the future could look like.

To start the discussion I will be hosting open forums for all interested staff and students. Please register below for one of the forums.

Questions will include:

  • What should a 21st century PhD look like?
  • How can we ensure that the ANU secures our position as a world leader in graduate research education?
  • What is best practice for PhD delivery worldwide?
  • What changes can we make?

In these forums I will be using Poll Everywhere to allow live interactive audience participation. Bring a mobile device (phone, tablet, laptop or iPad) to enable you to join the interactive discussions.

Please join me.

With best wishes

Imelda

Professor Imelda Whelehan

Dean, Higher Degree Research Office of the Vice-Chancellor | Chancelry 10 East Road

FORUMS AVAILABLE

Wednesday, 5 July from 10am-11.30am Venue: R214 Seminar Room, Ian Ross Building #31 ANU Register here.

Tuesday, 25 July from 1pm-2.30pm. Venue: The Drawing Room, University House, 1 Balmain Crescent ANU Register here.

Thursday, 3 August from 10am-11.30am Venue: ANU. Exact venue to be confirmed shortly. Register here.

Tuesday, 8 August from 10am-11.30am Venue: The Drawing Room, University House, 1 Balmain Crescent ANU Register here.

Thursday, 10 August from 10am-11.30am Venue: 1012, Fred Gruen Economics Seminar Room, HW Arndt Building #25A50 Register here.

 

 

cropped-IMG_9692-4.jpgNECTAR Fortnightly Lunchtime Discussions

Join us to initiate, discuss and make decisions on current issues of relevance to the ANU ECA community, plus hear from interesting speakers.

Fortnightly on alternating Wednesdays and Thursdays, as follows: Thu 6 Jul, Wed 19 Jul, Thu 3rd Aug and further to that pattern.

12-1pm at Fellows Café, University House (which is the cafe tucked under the South West corner of University House, see map).

NEXT

6th July – Agenda on debrief after the NECTAR Retreat 2017.

19th July – Agenda: discuss and collaborate on the ANU Grand Challenges Scheme

3rd August – Agenda responding to the ANU Vice-Chancellors invitation to write ‘well structured’ letters.

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NECTAR First Thursday Social afternoon

First Thursday of every month

from 4:30-6pm at Fellows Cafe/Bar, University House (map).

Grab a drink or a meal under $15 on NECTAR! Thursday is pie night and they are delicious! (Hot food available from 5.30pm).

Next on Thursday 3 Aug 2017

Who can attend?

Family members are actively encouraged to attend all NECTAR events.

NECTAR events are for Early Career Academics. Does that include you? We choose to define that group inclusively and welcome you to attend. This is most relevant to those between the final stages of PhD and Staff of Level D. Others who are welcome include: ANU Research Assistants, technical staff, sessional staff, PhD fellows and Honours students. Also some professional staff may also consider themselves Early Career Academics and you are welcome to attend, bearing in mind that NECTAR’s meetings need to be a safe place were ECA can express their concerns in confidence.

 


Full program: NECTAR_RetreatProgram2017Finalforweb.pdf

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

Program highlights

Register at Eventbrite! (Registrations by 16th June.)

Registration ensures you get free food to your needs and pre-event information.

Promotional poster: 20170516NECTARRetreatposterprogram.pdf


Register now, limited places, don’t miss out!

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

More info:

Contact us

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Image of NECTAR Retreat 2016

We now have video & podcast links recording highlights from the NECTAR 2016 Retreat sessions for:

  •  The NECTAR 2016 Retreat Roundtable with ANU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Brian P. Schmidt
  • The Teaching & Learning session led by Glen O’Grady, Director of the ANU Centre for Higher Education, Learning and Teaching (CHELT).

VC Roundtable Highlights (Videos)

NECTAR 2016 Roundtable with ANU VC, Professor Brian P. Schmidt: How can ECAs make a difference?

NECTAR 2016 Roundtable with ANU VC, Professor Brian P. Schmidt: PhD and postdoctoral internships

NECTAR 2016 Roundtable with ANU VC, Professor Brian P. Schmidt: Short term contracts and parental leave

NECTAR 2016 Roundtable with ANU VC, Professor Brian P. Schmidt: Training PhD students for alternative careers

NECTAR 2016 Roundtable with ANU VC, Professor Brian P. Schmidt: Small grants and ECA support

NECTAR 2016 Roundtable with ANU VC, Professor Brian P. Schmidt: Gender equity, research funding and quality of publications

Teaching & Learning with Glen O’Grady (videos)

NECTAR Teaching & Learning session with Glen O’Grady (CHELT): Understanding your TPI results

NECTAR Teaching & Learning session with Glen O’Grady (CHELT): Explaining the TPI model: What kind of teacher are you?

NECTAR Teaching & Learning session with Glen O’Grady (CHELT): Five different teaching approaches: The TPI model

NECTAR Teaching & Learning session with Glen O’Grady (CHELT): The importance of teaching philosophy statements for evidence of teaching

NECTAR Teaching & Learning session with Glen O’Grady (CHELT): How do I evidence capability in teaching and learning?

Or you can listen to the podcast versions here

Enjoy!

From the NECTAR Team

Want to navigate the world of scholarly communications and get publish-ready?
We can help you!

The ANU Library has recently created Publish and prosper, the first module of its Small Private Online Course (SPOC) designed to enhance your scholarly publishing knowledge and capabilities.

Please join us for an informal, interactive seminar exploring topics such as publication ethics, predatory publishers, finding a best-fti publisher, peer review and copyright.

The sessions will be facilitated by our resident expert, University Librarian Roxanne Missingham, who has over 180 articles published and is passionate about scholarly communications. There will be an opportunity to ask questions throughout the session.

For those unable to attend, feel free to follow along and engage on Twitter using #scholcomms #scholpub

Speaker: Roxanne Missingham, University Librarian,
Chief Scholarly Information Officer, Scholarly Information Services
The Australian National University

Date & Time: Thursday 25 August 2016, 11am–12pm
Location: Graneek Room, Chifley Library, ANU

Registration required: ilp@anu.edu.au
Session will include light refreshments

Presented by ANU Library
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Looking to get published? In cooperation with the ANU Library, Springer Nature is hosting an Author Symposium on Book and Journal Publishing.

The Symposium is aimed at early career researchers. Springer’s Senior Publishing Editor for hard sciences, cell biology & biochemistry, Dr Thijs van Vlijmen, will present on the following topics:

An introduction to Springer Nature

  • Australia in a global scientific context
  • Journal publishing with Springer
  • Academic book publishing with Springer – how it works
  • An ANU author’s perspective on publishing with Springer

The Symposium will be held in McDonald Room Menzies Library on Tuesday 13th September from 10:30-12:00

Bookings are required and can be made via the registration link on the ANU Library website.

There will be opportunities for discussion with Thijs van Vlijmen after the Symposium. Space is limited, so please do reserve your spot ahead of time.

A full day writing retreat will be held on Saturday August 20th for ANU Indigenous Studies HDR students and Early Career Researchers!

The session will be 9-5 at Mount Stromlo and include morning/afternoon tea, lunch, tea and coffee. Thanks to NECTAR and PARSA, there is no cost to this event however spots are limited to 25 people.

The session will run similar to the thesis bootcamp with a series of writing blocks throughout the day and time to discuss your research and ideas with peers along the way. If you are interested in coming please forward an abstract of your research, and any dietary requirements to either Annick (annick.thomassin@anu.edu.au) or Annie (annie.teone@anu.edu.au) by July 31st.

Please feel free to forward this to anyone who might be interested.

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NECTAR 2016 ANU EARLY CAREER ACADEMIC RETREAT, 7-8 June 2016

Read the outline below, and the full retreat program is now available here!

When: Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th June, 2016.
Where: Peninsula Room, National Museum of Australia, Acton.

The annual NECTAR ANU Early Career Academic Retreat is a key opportunity for ANU Early Career Academics from across all Colleges of the University to come together to hear about, discuss and develop topics of relevance to early career academics, including final year PhD candidates continuing with academic careers.

Over the course of the two days, retreat attendees will be able to hear from and dialogue with academic and professional experts on a range of topics related to early career academics, to learn about a range of early career academic support, and to connect with and workshop ideas with fellow ANU Early Career Academics.

This year’s retreat includes a fantastic line-up of workshops and guest speakers on a range of topics including:

  • Mentoring and career navigation
  • Impact and engagement inside and outside academia
  • ECAs and the funding environment
  • Career pathways outside university
  • Teaching approaches, opportunities and training
  • A round-table discussion with ANU Vice-Chancellor Prof Brian Schmidt … and much more!

Retreat registration is free, and includes all workshops and catering for each day! We strongly encourage participants to join us both days.

Please RSVP on Eventbrite by Tuesday 31st May at the latest to assist us with preparations.

Contact the NECTAR Coordinator for further information on x57165 or nectar@anu.edu.au

We look forward to seeing you there!

From the NECTAR Team

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The ANU Network for Early Career Teachers, Academics & Researchers (NECTAR) warmly invites all ANU Early Career Academics and final year PhD students to the

5th Annual NECTAR ANU Early Career Academic Retreat on 7-8 June, 2016.

To be held at the National Museum of Australia, we have a fantastic line-up of workshops and speakers on issues that matter to Early Career Academic staff and final year PhD students at ANU, including:

  • Mentoring and career navigation
  • Research impact and engagement
  • ECAs and the funding environment
  • Career pathways outside university
  • A round-table discussion with ANU Vice-Chancellor Prof Brian Schmidt … and much more!

Retreat registration is free, and includes all workshops and catering for each day! We strongly encourage participants to join us both days.

Please RSVP on Eventbrite by Tuesday 31st May at the latest to assist us with preparations.

Contact the NECTAR Coordinator for further information on x57165 or nectar@anu.edu.au

We look forward to seeing you there!

From the NECTAR team

ANU CMBE ECA Workshop: ‘Know Your Institution’ — An initiative of the CMBE Early Career Academic Development Committee

Date: March 24
Time: 2-4pm
Venue: Slatyer Seminar Room, RN Robertson Bldg (46)

RSVP Essential, by March 17 to science.events@anu.edu.au

Purpose: If you want to get something done, or understand why a particular decision affecting you has been made, you need to understand how your Institution works, and who to consult. This workshop aims to provide ECAs with an overview of the University’s administrative structure, and the lines of responsibility of key members of the leadership team.

Members of the University’s Executive, Office of the Vice Chancellor, and CMBE’s leadership team will join together at this workshop to provide you with an overview of their areas of responsibility, and will answer your questions about how it works and who is responsible for what.

Speakers:
1. Professor Marnie Hughes-­‐Warrington, DVC-Academic
2. Professor Jenny Corbett, PVC Research & Research Training
3. Mr David Akers, CoS General Manager
4. Ms Liz Eedle, Executive Officer to the VC.

What do they do, and why?
What are the best and worst parts of their jobs?
Do YOU aspire to a position like this?

Further Info: http://intranet.science.anu.edu.au/news-events/events/knowing-your-institution-panel-discussion

Dedoose workshop: Analyzing qualitative and mixed-method data using technology

Presented by Dr Eli Lieber, with support of ANU Crawford School of Public Policy and NECTAR, ANU Early Career Academic Network

Date: Mon, Feb 8
Time: 2 – 4 pm
Venue: Barton Theatre, Level 1, Crawford School (Bldg No. 132), ANU
Register: dedoose.eventbrite.com.au

Dedoose is an intuitive, low-cost, cloud-based analysis tool for the management, integration, and analysis of text, video, audio, survey, and other data.
• Equally useful for those working from traditional qualitative or more comprehensive mixed-methods perspectives.
• Perfect for individuals/teams, students or experienced academic researchers in any discipline.
• Dedoose analytic features and interactive data visualizations support efficient and credible research.
In this introductory session, Eli will discuss technologies for managing qualitative and mixed-method data; provide a brief overview on the history and driving factors behind the development of Dedoose; and tour the typical tasks and the key Dedoose Workspaces. Participants will gain a fuller appreciation for the history and evolution of these technologies, a solid introduction to Dedoose functionality, and a clearer sense of how Dedoose features can be of value to their work.
You are invited to bring your laptop and follow along with Eli as he demonstrates Dedoose functionality.
Please visit dedoose.eventbrite.com.au for more info.

The EMCR community at RSB has gotten together to organize an RSB EMCR Future Conference to share their discoveries, innovations and ideas. Enabled by the generous support of the CoE for Translational Photosynthesis and Plant Energy Biology, as well as the RSB executive, NECTAR and outside partners, the whole RSB community is invited to get up to speed with what the ‘workhorses’ of RSB are up to. An exciting program is coming together, with Prof. A. Byrne (CEO of the Australian Research Council) as keynote speaker, and opportunities for EMCRs to present their research in the form of a talk or poster. Venue: R. N. Robertson Lecture Theatre, Bldg. 46. And the best part: Registration is free. Find out more.

The presentation material for the recent NECTAR ANU Early Career Academic Network and ANU Research Training seminar – “Making an Impact” (Scholarly Communication: From Research to Impact – How to raise your research profile, manage your data and make your work visible), held Tuesday 17 November – has been kindly provided by presenter, Anne Lahey. You can access the presentation here: NECTAR workshop Nov 2015

For any further information about this session, you can contact Anne Lahey with your enquiry via email: Anne.Lahey@anu.edu.au

The presentation material for the recent NECTAR ANU Early Career Academic Network and ANU Research Training seminars – “How research is Measured and What it Means for your Career” and “Understanding Research Fellowships”  – has been kindly provided by Research Services Director, Dr Douglas Robertson. You can access the presentations here:

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OCTOBER 2015

2 x UPCOMING EARLY CAREER ACADEMIC MASTERCLASSES AT ANU SUPPORTED BY NECTAR, with Professor James Coyne

NECTAR is delivering two masterclasses at ANU later this month, led and presented by renowned international academic Professor James Coyne: “How to write high impact papers and what to do when your manuscript is rejected”, and “Developing critical appraisal skills and becoming a responsible, engaged scientist.

Places are limited to 25 people for each workshop and will be accepted in order of registration.

For further information about these workshops and to register your participation, please see below.


“How to Write High Impact Papers and What to Do When Your Manuscript is Rejected”

A NECTAR-SUPPORTED EARLY CAREER ACADEMIC MASTERCLASS with Professor James Coyne

Workshop Background and Purpose

“The good thing about a war is that one morning you will wake up dead and won’t have to write”- Ernst Hemingway.

The publishing of scientific papers is undergoing dramatic changes. Many papers are rejected without being sent for peer review and yet other papers appear on PubMed within weeks of submission. There is an increasing need to capture an editor’s enthusiasm based on the title, cover letter, and abstract alone, if a manuscript is even to be sent out for formal peer review. A well-organized manuscript reporting results of a well-conducted experiment in grammatically correct English sentences may not be sufficient to secure peer review and publication in the highest impact journal possible. Moreover, many journals have new policies concerning “salami slicing”, redundant publications, and self-plagiarism that are enforced with sophisticated web tools that can trap the unwary. And there is an increasing need to write press releases, tweet, and deal with post-publication publicity.

This workshop will introduce strategies for writing journal articles so that the process, although perhaps not effortless and joyous, should be at least less painful and more assured of success.

Topics include:

  • The changing world of scientific publishing: open access and rapid changes in subscription journals
  • Creative use of web-based resources to find references and pick journals and reviewers
  • Don’t be boring: crafting a catchy storyline for cover letters and the abstract
  • The Elevator Talk as a way of organizing abstracts and cover letters and the basic structure of the manuscript
  • Avoiding the perils of inadvertent plagiarizing and salami slicing
  • Integrating daily writing into your lifestyle
  • Writing and rewriting the manuscript
  • Getting your manuscript past the editor and sent out for peer review
  • Post-submission responsibilities
  • Writing cover letters and responses to reviewers’ comments
  • Strategizing when your manuscript is rejected
  • Why you should write press releases
  • Using self-citation, twitter, and publicity to increase early citations.

Date: Monday 19th October, 2015  Time: 9.00am-5.00pm   Venue: Peter Baume Building (Building 42a) Room 2.01, ANU

If you’re interested to take part in this, please register your participation via the following Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/how-to-write-high-impact-papers-and-what-to-do-when-your-manuscript-is-rejected-a-nectar-tickets-18899052575

Please note: Places are limited to 25 people for this masterclass.


“‘Most positive findings are false or exaggerated’: developing critical appraisal skills and becoming a responsible, engaged scientist”

A NECTAR-SUPPORTED EARLY CAREER ACADEMIC MASTERCLASS with Professor James Coyne

Workshop Background & Purpose

Academics are under enormous pressure to publish in the highest impact journals possible and to be publicly engaged so that their work reaches the widest possible audiences. Yet, perverse incentives to publish today are corrupting the scientific literature and the media that covers it. Scientific journals committed to achieving the highest impact factors requires that papers that are newsworthy and immediately attention gathering. Solid science does not necessarily meet these criteria, and getting published too often requires sacrificing robustness and trustworthiness. It is no accident that the highest impact journals have the highest rate of retractions, despite strong barriers to retracting patently bad science.

This workshop will provide the tools for you to see for yourself that many positive findings of false, and many breakthrough discoveries ultimately prove exaggerated or irreproducible. Shortcomings in the scientific literature are amplified in media representations, but much badly reported science in the media can be traced to the excesses of scientists and the university-generated press releases. You will learn how to quickly screen scientific papers and their press coverage and detect bad science.

Workshop Objectives

  • To document that much of the scientific literature and the media that reports it are unreliable.
  • To cultivate participants’ critical skills to detect bad science and bad reporting.
  • To develop participants’ ability to produce and publish responsible, quality research despite perverse incentives encouraging bad research practices and disincentives for good practices.
  • To develop participants’ ability to engage journalists and the media and to encourage responsible reporting of their work.
  • To enlist participants as activists in the fight against bad science and bad media representations of science.

Workshop Methods

  • Didactic presentation and Q&A session (90 minutes)
  • Specific interactive modules for randomized trials, meta-analyses, and policy-oriented correlational epidemiological studies (90minutes)
  • Group projects applying critical appraisal skills and feedback (60 minutes)
  • Interactive reporting of group projects (60 minutes)
  • Participants providing the instructor with examples from the literature and media which he will use to demonstrate curb side, rapid assessment techniques (60minutes)

Date: Wednesday 21st October, 2015  Time: 9.00am-5.00pm  Venue: Peter Baume Building (Building 42a), Room 2.01, ANU

If you’re interested to take part in this, please register your participation via the following Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/developing-critical-appraisal-skills-a-nectar-masterclass-with-prof-james-coyne-tickets-18896865032

Please note: Places are limited to 25 people for this masterclass.


These events are proudly bought to you by NECTAR. For further information, you can contact the NECTAR Coordinator via email: nectar@anu.edu.au 


About the Workshop Leader

James C. Coyne is Professor Emeritus of Psychology in Psychiatry at University of Pennsylvania and former Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, as well as Professor of Health Psychology at University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Dr Coyne is also a blogger at Science-Based Medicine and PLOS Mind the Brain (http://blogs.plos.org/mindthebrain/author/jcyone/) where he sometimes takes editors of high impact journals to task for poor editorial decisions, confirmatory bias and other actions that put bad evidence into the literature.

With the kind permission of our guest speakers, NECTAR has now prepared and published several short video clips comprising highlights from guest speaker presentations at NECTAR’s 2015 ANU Early Career Academic Retreat, 10-11 June.

A video clip of highlights from Prof Aidan Byrne’s presentation is now available, at the following vimeo link: https://vimeo.com/137803525, or you can watch it below:

In a previous post, video clips featuring Prof Ian Chubb, Prof Anne Kelso and Dr Fiona Jenkins were made available. To access these, please visit the following links:

Prof Ian Chubb, Australia’s Chief Scientist, at the 2015 NECTAR@ECA Retreat, https://vimeo.com/137804423, or you can watch it below:

 

Prof Anne Kelso, CEO of NHMRC, at the 2015 NECTAR@ANU ECA Retreat, https://vimeo.com/137803845, or you can watch it below:

Dr Fiona Jenkins, Convenor of the ANU Gender Institute, at the 2015 NECTAR@ANU ECA Retreat, https://vimeo.com/137804165, or you can watch it below:

We hope you enjoy these clips!

From the NECTAR Team

The Early Career Academics at the ANU Medical school are holding a social gathering at Monster Kitchen and Bar at New Acton, on Wednesday 7th October from 6pm. (Drinks at 6pm, dinner at 730pm, or both!)

This is a great opportunity to chat casually with other ECAs, and friends and family are welcome.

This is a non-funded event, food and drink are self-pay.

RSVP to Bridgid Cassells (at) anu.edu.au or Elizabeth Sturgiss (at) anu.edu.au

You can now register for this event at the following Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/how-research-is-measured-and-what-it-means-for-your-career-tickets-18701359269

WORKSHOP: “HOW RESEARCH IS MEASURED AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOUR CAREER” with NECTAR & ANU Research Training

We constantly hear that academics must ‘publish or perish’- but what does it mean in practice? Academic work can be measured in a variety of ways. Different institutions do things in different ways. Publishing without being aware of these differences could affect your promotion and employment prospects in the future.

Come along to this session to learn about how academic productivity and quality can be measured. At the end of it you will know more about how to publish in formats and locations that can benefit your career. The session will feature experienced research management staff who can answer your technical questions, and will be beneficial to research students and any academic staff who would like clarification on how the system works.

By the end of this session you will:
1) Understand how research outputs are measured and how this might differ between universities.
2) Have an appreciation for the complexities of the contemporary publishing landscape and the importance of being strategic about how and where you publish.
3) Understand how publishing does ¬ and doesn’t ¬ play a role in promotion and career advancement.

Presented by Dr Douglas Robertson, Director of Research Services, ANU (and team members)

A light lunch will be served after the presentation. This will be an opportunity to network with the presenters and other attendees.

This event is proudly bought to you by ANU Research Training and NECTAR.

All current PhD candidates and Early Career Researchers are invited to attend.

Date: Tuesday 10th November, 2015 Time: 10:00am-12:00pm Venue: Finkel Theatre, John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR)

Register for this event at the following Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/how-research-is-measured-and-what-it-means-for-your-career-tickets-18701359269

For further information please contact the NECTAR Coordinator via email nectar@anu.edu.au or phone x57165

You can now register for this event at the following Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/understanding-research-fellowships-the-what-why-and-how-tickets-18703437485

SEMINAR: “UNDERSTANDING RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS: THE WHAT, WHY AND HOW” with NECTAR & ANU Research Training

Fellowships are an important part of the research funding landscape. They are highly competitive but enhance your CV significantly.  How does a Fellowship differ from a project grant? Are there any major things to look out for? Come along to this session which will look at a range of different fellowships and discuss how to fine tune your fellowship writing skills.

By the end of this session you will:

1) have been exposed to a number of different Fellowship schemes

2) appreciate the difference between a Fellowship and a Project grant

3) Understand how to approach a Fellowship application process.

All current PhD candidates and Early Career Researchers are invited to attend.

Date: Thursday 5th November, 2015  Time: 10.00-11.00am   Venue: Finkel Theatre, John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR)

Presented by Dr Douglas Robertson, Director of Research Services, ANU (and team members)

Morning tea will be served after the presentation. This will be an opportunity to network with the presenters and other attendees.

This event is proudly bought to you by ANU Research Training and NECTAR.

Register for this event at the following Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/understanding-research-fellowships-the-what-why-and-how-tickets-18703437485

For further information please contact the NECTAR Coordinator via email nectar@anu.edu.au or phone x57165

With the kind permission of our guest speakers, NECTAR has now prepared and published several short video clips comprising highlights from three guest speaker presentations at NECTAR’s 2015 ANU Early Career Academic Retreat, 10-11 June: those by Prof Ian Chubb, Prof Anne Kelso and Dr Fiona Jenkins. To access these, please visit the following links:

Prof Ian Chubb, Australia’s Chief Scientist, at the 2015 NECTAR@ECA Retreat

https://vimeo.com/137804423

Prof Anne Kelso, CEO of NHMRC, at the 2015 NECTAR@ANU ECA Retreat:

https://vimeo.com/137803845

Dr Fiona Jenkins, Convenor of the ANU Gender Institute, at the 2015 NECTAR@ANU ECA Retreat

https://vimeo.com/137804165

We hope you enjoy these clips!

From the NECTAR Team

ANU Research Training is organising a ‘PhD to Present’ event for October. The theme for the day is academic careers. The event will be at China in the World.

They are convening two panels, one for humanities and one for sciences. They are looking for people at the ANU who are in the first 10 years of their career and prepared to share the ‘warts and all’ story of their journey with HDR students.

If you think you have an interesting Early Career story to share with current HDRs considering a career in academia, please get in touch with the NECTAR Coordinator via email nectar@anu.edu.au or ANU Research Training Community Manager, Dr Melanie Haines via email: melanie.haines@anu.edu.au

Research Training is keen to finalise speakers asap and hopes to hear from interested ECAs by no later than 7th August.  Hope to hear from you!

 

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Professor Aidan Byrne
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Research Council (ARC)
BSc and MSc (Auckland), PhD (ANU)

Professor Aidan Byrne was an invited keynote speaker for NECTAR’s 2015 Early Career Academic Retreat, held 10-11 June 2015. NECTAR was delighted that Professor Byrne could speak to us at the retreat.

Professor Byrne has kindly made available a copy of his presentation slides which you can now access from the ARC website on the presentations page. (See the entry: 10 June 2015: NECTAR Early-Career Academic Retreat – The Australian National University – (30 pages, 2MB, PDF) – (30 pages, 4MB, Powerpoint). In his presentation, Professor Byrne highlighted the ARC’s DECRA grant scheme for Early Career Researchers and recent changes to the scheme including new rules reflecting understanding of the career interruptions that are increasingly part of post-PhD life, and also provided advice for building a research career.

Professor Aidan Byrne is CEO of the Australian Research Council. He was appointed in July 2012. Professor Byrne is a welcomed force at the ARC to help deliver its key priorities and deliverables.

Previously the Dean of Science and the Director of the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Professor Byrne brings with him a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise particularly in the Physical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering.

Professor Byrne completed a BSc and MSc degrees at the University of Auckland before commencing a PhD degree at the ANU in 1981. Following the completion of the degree in Department of Nuclear Physics he held positions with the University of Melbourne and spent over two years in Bonn, Germany as a von Humboldt fellow. He returned to the ANU in 1989 as a Research Fellow and in 1991 commenced a joint appointment between the Department of Physics, in the Faculty of Science and the Department of Nuclear Physics, Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering. He was Head of the Department of Physics from 2003 to 2007.

His research interests involve the use of gamma-rays as probes to determine the structure of heavy nuclei and as probes in the examination of the atomic level structure of materials (especially semiconductors); he has published over 200 papers.

 

This article was forwarded to NECTAR from an ANU ECR, following NECTAR’s 2015 retreat discussions around gender equity issues.

The article highlights mechanisms that one research institute has put in place to address gender inequalities and to help researchers to balance work and home lives.

http://www.nature.com/news/practical-policies-can-combat-gender-inequality-1.17856

 

 

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Professor Anne Kelso AO
Chief Executive Officer, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
BScHons, PhD (University of Melb)

Professor Anne Kelso AO was an invited keynote speaker for NECTAR’s 2015 Early Career Academic Retreat, recently held 10-11 June. Professor Kelso recently joined the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) as its new Chief Executive Officer and NECTAR was thrilled that Professor Kelso could speak to us at the retreat. Professor Kelso has kindly made available a copy of her presentation slides which you can access here: Kelso Retreat Slides In her presentation, Professor Kelso highlighted Early Career Researchers and the increasing focus on gender equity by the NHMRC.

Professor Kelso was previously Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza in Melbourne, a role she commenced in 2007.

Professor Kelso previously spent her research career at the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, where she earned her reputation as a leading researcher in the field of immunology.

From 2000 until 2006, she was also Director/CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Vaccine Technology. She has previously served as President of the Australasian Society for Immunology, as Secretary-General of the International Union of Immunological Societies and as a member of several governing boards and advisory groups, including the Council of QUT, the Boards of the Telethon Kids Institute and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, and committees advising the WHO and the Australian Government on influenza. She was appointed Officer in the Order of Australia in June 2007 for service to science.

 

 

NECTAR holds two planning days per year. The NECTAR Planning Day is an opportunity for all ANU final year PhD candidates and Early Career Academics to help plan NECTAR’s ECA-focused activities.

The next NECTAR Planning Day will be held in July 2017, TBC.

Comments to the NECTAR Coordinator via nectar@anu.edu.au

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Sincere thanks to everyone who participated in NECTAR’s 2015 ANU Early Career Academic retreat and helped to make it such a success! There was lots of positive feedback received over the course of the 2-day retreat, and lots of appreciation for the valuable advice and support of leaders in the field and the opportunity to engage and share experiences with fellow ECA peers.

ANU Early Career Academics were treated to presentations from leading figures in the university sector, including Prof Aidan Byrne (CEO ARC), Prof Anne Kelso (new CEO NHMRC), Prof Ian Chubb (Australia’s Chief Scientist), and at the ANU from DVC-R Prof Margaret Harding, Prof Kiaran Kirk (Dean CMBE), Prof Jan Provis (Assoc Dean ANU Medical School), Prof Michael Martin (Prof of Statistics CBE & Promoting Excellence Team, CHELT), Glen O’Grady (Director, CHELT), Prof Peter Kanowski (Master University House & Prof of Forestry, Fenner School). Participants were truly privileged to have the opportunity for direct dialogue with these esteemed leaders in the field and NECTAR acknowledges the support of all the guest speakers who gave of their time and offered their advice to current Early Career Academics.

We also heard from ECA peers involved in the inaugural ANU Early Career Academic Fellowship program established by University House (Dr Hilary Howes, Dr Anne-Sophie Dielen, Dr Niraj Lal, Dr Adam Henschke, and Dr Aparna Lal), and those involved in the Education Fellowship Scheme run by ANU’s Centre for Higher Education, Learning and Teaching (CHELT) (Dr Chris Browne and Dr Anna Von Reibnitz).

All up, it was a fantastic 2 days to celebrate the talent of ECAs at ANU, to discuss the current challenges facing ECAs, and to think through opportunities for the future.

NECTAR will gradually provide further feedback and highlights from the retreat at our website, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, here are some photos from the retreat, below. Enjoy!

Dr Michelle Antoinette, NECTAR Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you registered for NECTAR’s 2015 ANU Early Career Academic Retreat?  

Early Career Academics and final year PhD students at ANU are warmly invited to:

NECTAR’s fourth annual ANU Early Career Academic Retreat on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th June at ANU Commons.

Registration is free, and includes all workshops and catering for each day. We strongly encourage participants to join us both days. We have planned a fantastic line-up of workshops and speakers on issues that matter to early career academics, including a round-table discussion with ANU DVC-R, Prof Margaret Harding. …

The full NECTAR retreat program is now available with further confirmed key speakers!

Please visit the following link to see the full program: http://nectar.anu.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/NECTAR-ANU-EarlyCareerAcademicRetreat-2015.pdf

GUEST SPEAKERS:

  • Prof Ian Chubb, Australia’s Chief Scientist
  • Prof Anne Kelso AO, Chief Executive Officer NHMRC
  • Prof Margaret Harding, ANU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
  • Prof Aidan Byrne, ARC Chief Executive Officer
  • Prof Jan Provis, ANU Medical School Associate Dean and Chair of the CMBE Early Career Academic Development Committee
  • Dr Fiona Jenkins, Senior Lecturer and Convenor of the ANU Gender Institute
  • Prof Kiaran Kirk, Dean, ANU College of Medicine, Biology & Environment
  • Prof Michael Martin, Promoting Excellence Team CHELT & Professor of Statistics, ANU CBE
  • ANU Prof Peter Kanowski, Master of University House
  • Early Career Academics from the ANU University House Early Career Fellowship initiative
  • Glen O’Grady, Director, Centre for Higher Education, Teaching and Learning (CHELT), ANU
  • Early Career Academics who have participated in the ANU Educational Fellowship Scheme

Please register by Tuesday 2nd June to assist us with catering.  To register please visit:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/nectar-early-career-academic-retreat-2015-tickets-16906077533?ref=enivtefor001&invite=Nzk3MTc5MC9uZWN0YXJAYW51LmVkdS5hdS8w&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&ref=enivtefor001&utm_term=attend

For further information on NECTAR please contact the Coordinator, Dr Michelle Antoinette, on x57165 or nectar@anu.edu.au

 

 

NECTAR 2015 ANU Early Career Academic Retreat: 10-11 June 2015, ANU Commons

We are excited to announce that NECTAR will be holding its fourth annual ANU Early Career Academic Retreat.
 
When? Wednesday and Thursday 10-11 June. We recognise that everyone is busy, so we welcome your participation in any sessions you can attend over the 2-day program as suits your interest and schedule.
Where? The venue this year will be ANU Commons, on the corner of Barry Drive and Marcus Clarke Street.
Any cost? There is no charge to attend and meals will be provided during the retreat.

About the Annual Retreat:
NECTAR’s Annual Early Career Academic Retreat has been held since 2012. Retreat attendees representing all 7 ANU Colleges engage in facilitated discussions, supported by key invited speakers, on topics including ANU college structure and processes, research funding, recognition for teaching excellence and the position of early career academics at ANU. Our retreats invite attendance by all ANU’s ECAs, senior leaders at ANU and/or external to the ANU. Past participation by ANU leadership includes the Vice Chancellor, DVC(A), DVC(R), and College Deans. In 2013 we were also joined by Prof Aidan Byrne of the ARC.

We do hope that you can all participate in the 2015 retreat.

Further information on this year’s 2-day programme will be sent out soon. For any preliminary enquiries please email nectar@anu.edu.au
In the meantime, we do hope you can save the date!

Best wishes, from the NECTAR team

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Together, we’ve had a busy and very successful year for early career academics at ANU, so to celebrate we’re hosting an end of year party!

When: Thursday 4 December
Where: Larry Sitsky Recital Room, ANU School of Music
Time: 4-6pm (read more…)

party2Don’t miss the NECTAR End of Year Party

Thursday 4 December
4-6pm
Larry Sitsky Recital Room, ANU School of Music

REGISTER NOW via EventBrite (read more…)

 Special Early Career Academic Event

 Using social media to write and promote your scientific papers

 Facilitator:  James C Coyne PhD  http://blogs.plos.org/mindthebrain/author/jcyone/

Date: Wednesday 10 September
Time: 9-10:30 or 11-12:30
Venue: Chelt Seminar Room, Building 10T1

Each session is strictly limited to 20 ECA/HDR (read more…)

Early Career Academics holding a DECRA, NHMRC-ECF, Future Fellowship or similar are invited to join a networking group.

Next Coffee: Today, 10 August, 2:30-3:30pm, Fellows Bar, University House. Find us in the ‘orange corner’ looking out through the glass doors.

This group meets monthly to share ideas and experiences of independent funding, managing budgets, supervising staff, applying for the next grant… For more information on this initiative please contact Dr Julie Preston, NECTAR Coordinator, nectar@anu.edu.au

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Photo by [Ed]. Source: Flickr.

Writing workshops specifically for early career academics. DON’T MISS OUT. REGISTER NOW.

Build up your own academic writing practice and learn to better support your students with two writing seminars. Presented by Rowena Murray, Director of Research at the University of the West of Scotland.

Thursday 4 September 2014
Seminar Room, Centre on China in the World (read more…)

Mt StromloNECTAR’s successful Research Exchange program will begin again for Semester 2 with a visit to Mt Stromlo. Early Career Academics from across ANU will meet with ECA from the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics to learn about their research and share potential collaboration opportunities.

You can find out more about the Cross-discipline research exchange program and other approaches to enhancing research collaboration on our website, or by contacting the NECTAR Coordinator on nectar@anu.edu.au

Money TreeGot a great idea for a project? Thought about crowd funding but don’t know where to start?

NECTAR has brought together two experts to share their insights and experiences of using crowd funding to support research projects. This event is open to ANU staff and HDR students, but the focus will be on supporting Early Career Academic staff project development.

Tuesday 26 August
Seminar 9:30am-12pm
Workshop 2-5pm
(read more…)

NECTAR’s Cross-Discipline Research Exchange is commencing the Semester 2 program with a visit to Mt Stromlo on Thursday 31 July, 4-6:30pm

You will hear short research presentations from Early Career Academics of the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics. There will also be a chance to gaze at the stars. (read more…)

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NECTAR’s third annual Early Career Academic Retreat was held at the Commonwealth Solar Observatory Common Room, Mt Stromlo Observatory, on 3-4 June 2014. (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…)

Early career academics and final year PhD students at ANU are invited to our third annual NECTAR Retreat.

We have planned a fantastic line-up of workshops and speakers on issues that matter to early career academics, including a round-table discussion with ANU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Ian Young. (read more…)

NECTAR’s popular First Thursday social event returns TODAY. Join us from 4:30 to 6pm and beyond near the Pool Table in Fellow’s Bar.

Your first drink is on us.

A BIG thank you to everyone who attended our March Planning Day, as well as those who couldn’t make it in person but sent through suggestions and ideas before the event.

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Here’s a handy list of links associated with the Planning Day. We invite you to continue the conversation online through the comment box, or in person at one of our regular NECTAR events. (read more…)

What should our Annual Retreat look like this year? How can we work together to increase opportunities and support for early career academics at ANU? (read more…)

NECTAR’s popular First Thursday social event returns TODAY. Join us from 4:30 to 6pm and beyond near the Pool Table in Fellow’s Bar.

Your first drink is on us.

NECTAR’s popular First Thursday social event returns TODAY. Join us from 4:30 to 6pm and beyond near the Pool Table in Fellow’s Bar.

Your first drink is on us.

With so many people applying for the academic jobs you want, how do you distinguish yourself from the pack? If people already know your work, before you even walk through the door for the interview, your chances of getting one of those jobs are vastly improved. A strong public profile, in mainstream media and social media, is the key. The time to start building your profile is while you are doing your PhD or postdoc – and ANU is here to help.

The Finkel Theatre
The John Curtin School of Medical Research
Tuesday, 4 March 2014, 8:30-12
Hosted by ANU Research Skills and Training (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? 

Join in NECTAR’s cross-discipline research exchanges to build networks and support research collaboration. (read more…)


What should our Annual Retreat look like this year?
How can we work together to increase opportunities and support for early career academics at ANU?

Our strategic planning day will focus on:

  • developing a plan for the June Retreat;
  • building on ideas for innovation programs and events, open access publishing seminars and grant application support programs;
  • strengthening communication channels across campus; and
  • continuing to pursue our 2014 priorities as determined by our members

Date: Wednesday 19 March
Time: 9am-1pm, including morning tea and lunch
Venue: Chelt Seminar room, Building 10T1

Please RSVP to Dr Julie Preston, NECTAR Coordinator, on 61275 7165 or nectar@anu.edu.au

Here’s what we discussed at the last NECTAR Planning Day in September 2013.

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This interactive workshop will give ANU Early Career Academics and HDR students insights into how their existing skills can be valuable to innovation, commercialisation and entrepreneurial initiatives.

It will also offer an opportunity to meet representatives from local organisations to provide ways to further develop your commercialisation skills and research projects. (read more…)

Thank you to everyone who came along to celebrate our achievements in 2013.

Click “read more” to see photos and a movie from the event.  (read more…)

Together, we’ve had a busy and very successful year for early career academics at ANU, so to celebrate we’re hosting an end of year party!
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When: Thursday 5 December
Where: ANU Commons
Time: 4-6pm

(read more…)

Together, we’ve had a busy and very successful year for early career academics at ANU, so to celebrate we’re hosting an end of year party!
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When: Thursday 5 December
Where: ANU Commons
Time: 4-6pm

The festivities will include music, drinks and canapés. So that we can be sure there is plenty for everyone, please RSVP to nectar@anu.edu.au by Thursday 28 November. We look forward to seeing you there!

ANU Commons Function Centre
Cnr Barry Drive and Marcus Clarke Street
Acton ACT 2601

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DVC(Academic) Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington is looking for up to 12 early career academics for an external consultation process.

Discussions with an external consultant will occur on Tuesday 12 November, 4:30pm over a glass of wine. If you’d like more information, or want to participate in this process please email nectar@anu.edu.au

MONDAY, 21st October
12-2pm
Coombs Extension Building, Room 1.04

Together, we are working on a range of initiatives to improve communication, networking and career prospects for Early Career Academics at ANU, and we’d like your input to help shape each one. Here are just a few examples:

  • A library of successful grant applications
  • Inter-disciplinary Research Lunches to exchange ideas and resources
  • Seminars on industry collaborations and innovations

If you’d like to attend a research-exchange lunch or help us increase grant application support opportunities for all early career academics, please join us TODAY, Monday 21st October.  Alternatively, you can comment on our projects on the NECTAR Website at https://nectar.anu.edu.au/current-projects/

NECTAR priority areas for 2014 can be viewed here: https://nectar.anu.edu.au/priorities-for-2014/

 

First Thursday Drinks are on again TODAY, Thursday 3rd October 4:30-6pm

We meet at Fellows Bar, University House. You’ll find us near the pool table. Please join us and your early career academic colleagues to catch up on all the latest from 4:30pm and on until 6pm or later.

Your first round is on us!

Our first round of research visits starts on Wednesday, 25th September with an insight into Neurophotonics with Dr Vincent Daria. Our initial group will be limited to 10 participants, so if you would like to join in please contact nectar@anu.edu.au asap.

Who will be sharing their research?

How would you describe NECTAR? Here’s our word cloud from the Strategic Planning Day in September 2013. Do you agree? Let us know what’s missing… (read more…)

A BIG thank you to everyone who attended our planning day today, as well as those who couldn’t make it in person but sent through suggestions and ideas before the event. I will be posting your discussion points, priorities, summaries and solutions over the coming days, and I invite you to engage in continuing the conversation online or in person.

Links to Planning Day discussions and outcomes

For more information please contact Julie Preston, NECTAR Coordinator, on 61275 7165 or julie.preston@anu.edu.au

Today’s monthly working group session has been postponed. Instead, we invite you to join us at the Strategic Planning Day, Wednesday 18th September. Please email nectar@anu.edu.au for catering.

A BIG thank you to everyone who attended our planning day, as well as those who couldn’t make it in person but sent through suggestions and ideas before the event. I will be posting your discussion points, priorities, summaries and solutions over the coming days, and I invite you to engage in continuing the conversation online or in person. (read more…)

NECTAR facilitates a network of independently funded early career researchers who meet monthly to share experiences and build collaborations. (read more…)