Welcome to NECTAR, ANU’s Network for Early Career Teachers, Academics & Researchers

NECTAR is an independent space created by, and for, Early Career Academics at ANU.  It is a direct channel of communication between early career academics and the University Executive, effecting changes that ensure ANU continues to be an attractive workplace for early career academics.

Attending NECTAR events and joining in project development are great ways to meet early career academics from right across ANU. Build support networks, develop your ideas, build confidence, and acquire some of the skills and knowledge to become a future leader.

ANU staff are invited to learn more about NECTAR, what we do and how you can get involved.



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On 7 December 2017 NECTAR and the Joint Colleges of Science Early Career Academic Development Committee presented:

Collaboration across boundaries


Solutions to the world’s intractable problems are more likely to come out of collaborations across disciplines, such as between industry, government and academic institutions, than out of isolated disciplines (ANU Strategic Plan 2017). This event offers an opportunity to network and build collaborations across these boundaries. This will showcase the future leaders: early career researchers and academics of ANU as well as potential collaborators from invited Industry and government bodies.

The Early Career Academic Network of ANU (NECTAR) and the Joint Colleges of Science Early Career Academic Development Committee invite you to participate.


9am – 10am       Morning tea and poster set up – NFSA Hall

10am -12pm      Building industry collaborations – panel discussion – NFSA Theatrette

Building industry collaborations and philanthropy through other sources of funding (Not ARC or NHMRC) workshop and panel discussion. Various academic and professional staff from the University will speak about other funding sources available to fund research and describe what is classified as Category 2, 3 and 4 funding and philanthropy and the services at the University to facilitate access to these funding sources.

12pm -1pm    Poster session – with lunch and Jazz from the ANU School of Music – NFSA Hall

Poster session and art exhibition, with canapé lunch. This exhibition will showcase early-mid career researchers from ANU who are interested in building ‘collaboration across boundaries’ as well as potential collaborators from invited industry and government participants. Industry and Government representatives will judge a competition for the most engaging poster. The Prizes will be research funds of a total value of $2000 (details below).

~1pm – 1.30pm    Leading the future 

Early Career Academics who make collaborations across boundaries may well lead the future. Key note speaker: Professor Brian Schmidt, ANU Vice-Chancellor and Nobel Laureate, followed by award ceremony.

1.45pm – TBA     Short Film screening of artistic work Michal Glikson (art work above) and Kim Cunio 


20171207-_MG_4313NECTAR launches a new channel to cross-disciplinary collaboration at ANU

OUR first Collaboration across boundaries – a cross-disciplinary industry engagement – last Thursday (7 December) was a great success. Over 100 people attended to see 41 posters, including 5 posters presenters form CSIRO, 4 films and 4 artwork series.

NECTAR thanks the Industry representatives who attended and judged the competition including CSIRO, the Capital Health Network, the ACT Primary Health Network, and the Saudi Arabian Embassy among others.

NECTAR volunteers were instrumental in making this event a success, particularly Dr Elizabeth Sturgiss and Dr Umme Habiba Hossain. Thank you to all our NECTAR volunteers.

We would also like to thank our partners the Joint College of Science Early Career Academic Development Committee, particularly Julia Sharwood, and the Heritage Early Childhood Centre.

Congratulations to the winners:

Christina Spry won: Most engaging poster or art work – her prize was $2000 research funds!

Vini Gautam won Outstanding poster or artwork – with a prize of $100 to take a collaborator out to dinner at University House.

Michal Glikson won Outstanding poster or artwork with her interactive poster/ website http://www.michalglikson.com/ See also her film – what happens if you create in a space that is totally unpredictable?

Aparna Lal and Alice Richardson won the Audience Choice Award with the globe poster “Health in a Changing Environment”.

Congratulations and thanks to all participants.

If you have ideas on how to develop this event for next year please contact us!

What will exalt ANU’s PhD graduates?

NECTAR has been invited to write another letter toward the redefinition of the ANU PhD. Our questions to you are:

  1. What would make ANU’s PhD graduates not just employable but highly sort after?
  2. Describe the pros and cons of oral thesis defence?
  3. How do we enable Candidates so they are not vulnerable to the power dynamics inevitable in HDR supervision relationships?

NECTAR will take your comments and write them up into a letter from our collective voice. Your identity will be kept secret (unless you want to own a particular idea).

We are looking for blue sky ideas!

Email your thoughts to nectar@anu.edu.au


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Regular NECTAR Events

cropped-IMG_9692-4.jpgNECTAR Fortnightly Lunchtime Business Meeting

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 16 Aug

Wed 31 Aug,

Thu 13th Sep 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).

NECTAR Monthly Social afternoon

First Thursday of every month.

Next on Thursday 7th Sep 2017 – speaker TBA – location University House

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.

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