2016 NECTAR Retreat Program Now Available!

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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

It’s here again! The annual NECTAR ANU Early Career Academic Retreat, 7-8 June 2016

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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’

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 – Monday, February 8th

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.

ANU Research School of Biology EMCR Future Conference, 11 February 2016

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.

“Making an Impact” ANU Library Presentation material now available

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

NECTAR & ANU Research Training workshops – Presentation material now available

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:

NECTAR Fellowship November 2015 (2)

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Upcoming Early Career Academic Masterclasses in October, with Professor James Coyne

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.

NECTAR 2015 Retreat Guest Speaker Video Clips – Prof Aidan Byrne

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

ECAs @ Medical School Social Event, Wed 7th October, from 6pm

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