NECTAR provides a professional development program aiming to enable ECAs to be successful.

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Write on-site at ANU
Tuesdays, 1pm-3pm
Need a space to keep you focused on your writing? This NECTAR community-led writing group meets in-person and online most weeks to offer a dedicated, regular environment for people to write together. If you're attending on-campus, tea and coffee are readily available, and short breaks are offered throughout to keep attendees refreshed.

Come and get stuck into that paper or chapter you have been meaning to finish! At present there is just one group which meets on a weekly basis, but there is room to grow. If you wish to organise a session, especially one that works for your schedule, then do consider becoming part of the organising team. All are welcome.

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Wednesday except for Christmas break
NECTAR Walking Group
Wednesdays @ 1pm-2pm
Meet at the end of Joplin Lane on the ANU Acton Campus, next to Fellows Oval
This weekly NECTAR walking group is open to all, with a focus on folks in the early or middle stages of their careers in the university sector who could use a stretch of their legs or the site of some new faces. All ECAs, ECRs, EMCRs, HDRs and casual and professional staff seeking to connect and expand their networks here at ANU are welcome.

The group of regulars keep a casual and accessible pace and route, and usually walk for an hour from 1pm to 2pm, though you are welcome to peel off as you need.

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Afternoon tea discussion on Australia's Research Future and farewell Tribute to our Vice-Chancellor 

Friday 17 November, 2:30pm-4pm 

Union bar space with University House catering, 3 Rimmer St (In the ANU Union building, next to the Food Co-op) 

NECTAR and NECTAR executive champion, Professor Ann Evans, invite the ANU early and mid-career university worker community to a two-fold event: an enlightening discussion with our Vice-Chancellor, Distinguished Professor Brian Schmidt, on Australia's future research workforce, with time for Q&A, followed by a farewell afternoon celebration in his honour.  

Register by 10 November.  




Developing your research career beyond academia

Thursday 18 May

10 am - 12 pm

Face-to-face on Acton campus

Do you want to do research with, or for, people in non-academic organisations? Back by popular demand, we have entrepreneur Zoe Piper, who has extensive experience working with government & businesses, to help you get started. Zoe regularly mentors researchers with an interest in working outside academia, including via IMNIS (STEM PhD students looking to work in Industry) and CSIRO’s ON Prime program (supporting researchers to commercialise their research). This workshop will condense advice that she regularly gives mentees looking to secure opportunities outside academia. It will include new models which work, communicating as an expert with non-academic audiences, and engaging and building connections beyond academia.



Thinking resiliently as a researcher

Thursday 20 April 1.00 pm - 2.30 pm

on zoom

As an early career researcher, it can be common to question your right to belong in this space. You might see yourself as an imposter, or lacking the knowledge and skills that you perceive your peers and colleagues possess. But these are unhelpful thought patterns that can impact on psychological wellbeing and may impede research progression.

This workshop, delivered by the experienced psychologist and career development specialist, Dr Shari Walsh, will explore negative thought patterns and provide you with a toolkit of skills to think resiliently and positively about yourself as an early career researcher.




NECTAR Social Lunch

Thursday 16 Mar 12pm -1pm

Union bar space with University house catering, 3 Rimmer St (In the ANU Union building, next to the Food Co-op)

Join us for a light Social Lunch, an opportunity to meet Early and Mid-Career Researchers and teachers (EMCRs) and their colleagues from across and beyond ANU. Come and meet ANU EMCRs! You can also meet Sophie from the NECTAR Office and find out about ANU NECTAR. Family members are welcome at all NECTAR events. Please invite your colleagues to come with you, as they may not feel comfortable coming on their own and inclusion is an active process.




Mentor's optional Info Session - for Mentors and potential mentors

Thursday 16 Mar 10am -11am


Are you thinking about enrolling as a mentor in the ANU NECTAR Mentoring Program? Come and find out about the program and ask your questions - mentor enrolments due by 20 March. (Note Mentee applications are due early March and mentees will get plenty of time to ask your questions in other sessions.) Note that Mentors are welcome at all NECTAR events and can also ask questions about this program and meet previous participants at most other NECTAR events.

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Round table discussion with ANU Executive on Enabling EMCRs

Wednesday 8 March 10am - 11am

Participate in a conversation with the ANU Executive - Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation, Professor Keith Nugent, - about equity and support and opportunities for EMCRs in the ‘post-COVID’ world.

Register here.



Mentoring Program Info Session online


Come and find out about the ANU NECTAR Mentoring Program - career development available for 2023, applications due by 5 March. Ask your questions and find out about NECTAR more broadly. Note that you can also ask questions about this program and meet previous participants at most other NECTAR events.

Get the zoom link here.



NECTAR Social Lunch

Thursday 16 Feb 12pm -1pm

Fellows@rimmer, 3 Rimmer St (In the ANU Union Building, next to the food co-op)

Join us for a Social Lunch at the University House Cafe (currently temporarily located in the ANU Union building on Rimmer st). This is an opportunity to meet other EMCRs from across and beyond ANU and find out about what they do in their research and teaching. You are likely to also meet participants of the ANU NECTAR Mentoring Program. Family members are also welcome.



NECTAR Strategic Planning meeting 2023
Zoom - followed by face to face lunch at Fellows@RimmerTo participate you must first join the NECTAR volunteers for 2023. If you have questions get in touch.

Please click here to see a list of 2022 events.