NECTAR Co-Chairs

The NECTAR Co-Chairs are appointed annually as the representatives of ECAs at ANU and leaders of NECTAR.

The Co-Chairs lead the advocacy NECTAR as a representative of the ECAs of ANU as follows:

  • Take a lead in NECTAR governance, particularly in relation to advocating the needs of ECAs.
  • Take turns to act as spokesperson and represent NECTAR at key meetings with the University Executive.
  • In conjunction with NECTAR staff, facilitate and maintain close working relationships between NECTAR and other stakeholders concerned with the welfare of ECAs at ANU.

NECTAR Co-Chair nominations are closed.

Express any concerns or endorse the new Co-Chairs, by getting in touch with NECTAR office at latest by Thursday 2 September 2021.

Shaam Al Abed

ANU College of Health and Medicine

John Curtin School of Medical Research

I’m a French postdoctoral fellow at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, and I have worked at the ANU for the past 3 years. My research explores the cognitive defects in Autism, from genes to psychological processes.

To me, being NECTAR Co-Chair is an opportunity to make a difference. I’m prepared to dedicate my time and energy towards fostering and harnessing the diverse talent of early- and mid-career academics at ANU as an asset to provide an alternative vision and contribute to shaping the institution for the greater good. I’m very keen in building bridges across schools and colleges to implement bold and translational research and teaching programs.

I’m passionate about uplifting every student and academics to reach their full potential; as such, I’ve been engaged in supervision and mentoring, including within the NECTAR program. As I progress in my career, I’ve been increasing my contribution to committees, and I aim to try and be a provider of constructive ideas. With the very difficult year and half we all just experienced, I believe there is a unique opportunity to transform the university into a more inclusive place, and bring our community closer together to reinvent the way we operate.

Ian Carter

College of Science

Research School of Physics

I'm a NECTAR custodian, and a Research Fellow studying the fundamentals of nuclear reaction dynamics at the ANU.

I joined NECTAR after completing the 2020 NECTAR Mentoring Program, of which, I got a lot of value from engaging with.  For one, it taught me the importance of stepping up to initiatives where I can drive to create lasting impact and public value.

NECTAR is an excellent platform to do just that. By bringing my leadership skill and passions to the table, I want to empower ECAs to enable and lift research performance through improved equity, productivity, value, and recognition.

Unfortunately, Covid-19 has widened the equity gap globally, and for lots of us, we may have even have less job security than we had before. I want to try my best to make sure this is not the case for our ECAs community at the ANU. Therefore, I want to represent ECAs through Nectar, by advocating and ensuring the leaders of our university, colleges and schools can hear our voices.

Bin Lu

ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering

This is a particular time – things changed quickly and lots of things are out of control due to Covid-19. Our early-career academics are more vulnerable to this situation, as many of our jobs are short-term contracts relying on external or internal funding, so we usually have less job security. Therefore, it is important that the Executives of the University, colleges and schools can hear our voices, and take them into account when making decisions.

NECTAR is a “platform” where early-career teachers, academics and researchers across the campus can share information, thoughts and work/life experiences. I think NECTAR is building a bridge between the Level D and E executives and the Level A, B and C staff. This can be an effective channel of communicating with the senior management group to express our ideas, thoughts and concerns.

The University’s Strategic Plan 2020-2023 highlights building a culture of collegiality and engagement. As an active member of NECTAR, I’m keen to contribute time and energy to lead future NECTAR initiatives and work with you during this particular period of time.

Bin Lu Represents Early Career Academics on the University Research Committee.

Hieu Nguyen

ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering

I worked at Intel Corp for two years as an engineer before joining academia. At ANU, I conduct research in energy materials and solar cells, convene a double-badged Photovoltaic Technologies course for undergraduate and Master students and lead a group of 10 people (PhDs, Masters, research assistants). I have received two back-to-back research fellowships, won several small, medium and big-size grants, participated in many media interviews, established a few optical labs and publish many journal papers. On the other extreme, I have also had many research grant proposals failed and a countless number of journal submissions rejected. All these experiences, both good and bad, have happened to me only within the last several years. Therefore, I can integrate my real experiences to develop initiatives and programs to help ECAs navigate through their careers during this challenging time at ANU.

I received several awards in teaching (2 College Dean awards) and supervision (1 College Dean and 1 university awards). As a Co-Chair, I would be particularly interested in enabling ECAs to be excellent supervisors and to further support a push for a more collegial culture at ANU. In my last term as NECTAR Co-Chair, since August 2020, I have worked with partners across ANU to introduce a few initiatives to the ECA community. These include workshops on HDR Supervision Professional Development and the EFS Scheme. This coming term, I am looking forward to more exciting initiatives to support ECAs.