FINAL DAY TO REGISTER! — Research Impact & Your Academic Career — NECTAR Seminar THIS THURSDAY 10 November

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THIS THURSDAY 10 November, 10.30am-12.00pm


An ANU ECA focused seminar supported by NECTAR ANU Early Career Academic Network, with ANU Research Training & Skills, and ANU Research Services Division

We constantly hear that academics must ‘publish or perish’ – but what does it mean in practice? After all, academic research and its impact can be measured in a variety of ways.

This seminar explores “the increasing focus on showcasing or measuring the societal benefits from research, and a need for better coordination in reporting and promoting the impact of these research outcomes”. In this, research impact is generally understood as “the demonstrable contribution that research makes to the economy, society, culture, national security, public policy or services, health, the environment, or quality of life, beyond contributions to academia.” (ARC 2015)

This seminar will comprise a presentation from Dr Douglas Robertson, Director of Research Services, ANU, and talks by a panel of leading ANU academics who will speak about their research and its impact, and how successfully attending to both has benefited their academic career:

  • Associate Professor Antonio Tricoli, Research Fellow & Lecturer, Engineering and Computer Science, CECS;
  • Dr Deborah Apthorp, NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow, Research School of Psychology, CMBE; and
  • Dr Catherine J. Frieman, Lecturer in European Archaeology, School of Archaeology & Anthropology, CASS.
  • Dr Nicholas Farrelly, Deputy Director (Impact and Engagement) for the Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, CAP.

Dr Douglas Robertson will help us learn about how academic impact, productivity and quality can be measured, how to publish in formats and locations that can benefit your career, and help clarify how the publishing system works:

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.

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

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

 Date & Time: Thursday 10 November, 10.30am-12.00pm, followed by light networking lunch 12.00-1.00pm
Location: Finkel Theatre, JCSMR Building, Bldg 131, ANU
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This event is proudly bought to you by NECTAR with the ANU Research Skills and Training team and Research Services Division. For further information, you can contact the NECTAR Coordinator via email:

Speaker Biographies

Associate Professor Antonio Tricoli is head of the nanotechnology Research Laboratory at the Australian National University. His group focuses on the engineering of advanced materials for enhanced fluid-light interaction. He received his master in Mechanical and Process Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) in 2004 with his thesis “Numerical calculation of the blood flow through a cerebral aneurism featuring MR-reconstructed real geometry and an elastic artery wall” under the supervision of Prof. D. Poulikakos. Immediately after, he joined the Renewable Energy Laboratory of Prof A. Steinfeld at ETH where he worked on the production of hydrogen from solar energy. He continued his PhD studies in 2005 at the Particle Technology Laboratory of ETH Zurich working with Prof. S.E. Pratsinis on advanced nanomaterial synthesis by scalable flame reactors. In 2010, he received his PhD in the field of Nanotechnology with his thesis “Gas sensitive nanostructured films by direct flame synthesis and deposition”. His thesis received numerous awards including the prestigious HILTI Prize for the most innovative PhD thesis of ETH Zurich in 2010. He continued his work as research fellow and lecturer at ETH Zurich working on the nanofabrication of nanoparticle and nanowire layers for renewable energy production and medical devices. In 2012, he joined the Australian National University under the Future Engineering Research Leadership Fellowship, and founded the Nanotechnology Research Laboratory at the Research School of Engineering. His research efforts have been recognized by numerous awards including one of the four Westpac Research Fellowships awarded in 2015 in Australia.

Dr Deborah Apthorp is currently an NHMRC Early Career Fellow at the ANU Research School of Psychology. After earlier careers as a classical musician, parent, and self-employed businessperson, she began her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Macquarie University in 2002. Graduating with first-class Honours and the University Medal in 2006, she went on to complete her PhD at the University of Sydney under the supervision of Dr. David Alais in 2011. After brief stints as a postdoctoral researcher at Sydney and then at the University of Wollongong, she was awarded the NHMRC Early Career Fellowship in 2013, and moved to ANU to carry it out. She was recently awarded a Perpetual Impact Philanthropy Foundation grant for her research into postural sway in Parkinson’s Disease. She has established an EEG (electroencephalography) lab at the Research School of Psychology as well as a Parkinson’s Research Lab at the Canberra Hospital, in collaboration with Professor Christian Lueck. Her collaborators at ANU also include scholars from the Research School of Engineering, the John Curtin Medical School, the Research School of Population Health (CRAHW), and the ANU Medical School. Her research interests include visual perception, attention, EEG, postural control, neurodegenerative diseases, and non-linear dynamical approaches to data analysis.

Dr Catherine Frieman is a lecturer in European archaeology in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology. Previously she was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art at the University of Oxford and a lecturer in archaeology at the University of Nottingham. She received a BA in archaeological studies from Yale University and an and D.phil in archaeology from the University of Oxford. Catherine’s D.phil examined the adoption of metal objects and metallurgy in 4th-2nd millennium BC northwest Europe through a close study of various lithic objects long thought to be skeuomorphs of metal. Her primary research interests include innovation and conservatism, and she is a material culture and technology specialist with a particular interest in stone tools. She has ongoing fieldwork in the UK, is lead Chief CI of an ARC Discovery project looking into human mobility and the diffusion of innovations in prehistoric Iberia and the Pacific and she has also worked on lithic material and technology from Neolithic sites in Vietnam. In addition to her research, Catherine is a passionate teacher and her contributions to education at the ANU have been recognised by teaching excellence awards from CASS, the Vice-Chancellor’s office and the Australian Office of Learning and Teaching.

Dr Nicholas Farrelly is Deputy Director (Impact and Engagement) in the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. After graduating from the ANU with First Class Honours and the University Medal, he completed Masters and Doctoral theses at the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In 2006, Nicholas co-founded New Mandala, which is nowadays a prominent website on Southeast Asian affairs. Over the years he has undertaken political and social research in Thailand,  Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, China and Myanmar. He recently completed an Australian Research Council fellowship focussed on political change in Myanmar, for which he spent 6 months living in Naypyitaw. Nicholas also writes a weekly newspaper column for The Myanmar Times.

Dr Douglas Robertson is Director of the Research Services Division at the Australian National University reporting to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research; an appointment he took up in July 2013. Douglas started in the field of University Research Administration and Support at the University of Leeds, UK in 1983. This was then followed by a period as Contracts Manager at the University of Strathclyde, UK from 1987 to1993. In 1994 Douglas was appointed as Director of Research Business Development at Nottingham University, UK with responsibilities covering research, procurement, insurance, conferences and technology Transfer. In 2003 Douglas assumed the role of Director of Business Development at Newcastle University, UK with wide ranging responsibilities covering all aspects of externally funded project activity including research support, regional economic development and technology transfer. Major projects included project direction of a significant museum refurbishment project and part of the senior team responsible for initiating development of overseas campuses in Malaysia and Singapore and development of an entirely new city centre property development in Newcastle, UK focusing on co-location of university and industry activities.