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The NECTAR Retreat 2017 

Tue 20 – Wed 21 June

Please save the date. Registrations open.

Proudly presented by NECTAR, The Network of Early Career Teachers, Academics and Researchers of The Australian National University, an independent space built by Early Career Academics.

Full program will be loaded here, soon.

For further information please contact the NECTAR Coordination Team on nectar@anu.edu.au

Did you miss the NECTAR 2016 Retreat? NECTAR 2016 Retreat resources now available

We now have video & podcast links recording highlights from the NECTAR 2016 Retreat sessions for:

  •  The NECTAR 2016 Retreat Roundtable with ANU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Brian P. Schmidt
  • The Teaching & Learning session led by Glen O’Grady, Director of the ANU Centre for Higher Education, Learning and Teaching (CHELT).

VC Roundtable Highlights (Videos)

NECTAR 2016 Roundtable with ANU VC, Professor Brian P. Schmidt: How can ECAs make a difference?

NECTAR 2016 Roundtable with ANU VC, Professor Brian P. Schmidt: PhD and postdoctoral internships

NECTAR 2016 Roundtable with ANU VC, Professor Brian P. Schmidt: Short term contracts and parental leave

NECTAR 2016 Roundtable with ANU VC, Professor Brian P. Schmidt: Training PhD students for alternative careers

NECTAR 2016 Roundtable with ANU VC, Professor Brian P. Schmidt: Small grants and ECA support

NECTAR 2016 Roundtable with ANU VC, Professor Brian P. Schmidt: Gender equity, research funding and quality of publications

Teaching & Learning with Glen O’Grady (videos)

NECTAR Teaching & Learning session with Glen O’Grady (CHELT): Understanding your TPI results

NECTAR Teaching & Learning session with Glen O’Grady (CHELT): Explaining the TPI model: What kind of teacher are you?

NECTAR Teaching & Learning session with Glen O’Grady (CHELT): Five different teaching approaches: The TPI model

NECTAR Teaching & Learning session with Glen O’Grady (CHELT): The importance of teaching philosophy statements for evidence of teaching

NECTAR Teaching & Learning session with Glen O’Grady (CHELT): How do I evidence capability in teaching and learning?

Or you can listen to the podcast versions here

Enjoy!

From the NECTAR Team

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

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

NECTAR 2015 Retreat – Prof Ian Chubb, Prof Anne Kelso & Dr Fiona Jenkins: Guest Speaker Video Clips Now Available

With the kind permission of our guest speakers, NECTAR has now prepared and published several short video clips comprising highlights from three guest speaker presentations at NECTAR’s 2015 ANU Early Career Academic Retreat, 10-11 June: those by Prof Ian Chubb, Prof Anne Kelso and Dr Fiona Jenkins. 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

Prof Anne Kelso, CEO of NHMRC, at the 2015 NECTAR@ANU ECA Retreat:

https://vimeo.com/137803845

Dr Fiona Jenkins, Convenor of the ANU Gender Institute, at the 2015 NECTAR@ANU ECA Retreat

https://vimeo.com/137804165

We hope you enjoy these clips!

From the NECTAR Team

ARC CEO Prof Aidan Byrne’s presentation at the 2015 NECTAR Retreat

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Professor Aidan Byrne
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Research Council (ARC)
BSc and MSc (Auckland), PhD (ANU)

Professor Aidan Byrne was an invited keynote speaker for NECTAR’s 2015 Early Career Academic Retreat, held 10-11 June 2015. NECTAR was delighted that Professor Byrne could speak to us at the retreat.

Professor Byrne has kindly made available a copy of his presentation slides which you can now access from the ARC website on the presentations page. (See the entry: 10 June 2015: NECTAR Early-Career Academic Retreat – The Australian National University – (30 pages, 2MB, PDF) – (30 pages, 4MB, Powerpoint). In his presentation, Professor Byrne highlighted the ARC’s DECRA grant scheme for Early Career Researchers and recent changes to the scheme including new rules reflecting understanding of the career interruptions that are increasingly part of post-PhD life, and also provided advice for building a research career.

Professor Aidan Byrne is CEO of the Australian Research Council. He was appointed in July 2012. Professor Byrne is a welcomed force at the ARC to help deliver its key priorities and deliverables.

Previously the Dean of Science and the Director of the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Professor Byrne brings with him a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise particularly in the Physical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering.

Professor Byrne completed a BSc and MSc degrees at the University of Auckland before commencing a PhD degree at the ANU in 1981. Following the completion of the degree in Department of Nuclear Physics he held positions with the University of Melbourne and spent over two years in Bonn, Germany as a von Humboldt fellow. He returned to the ANU in 1989 as a Research Fellow and in 1991 commenced a joint appointment between the Department of Physics, in the Faculty of Science and the Department of Nuclear Physics, Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering. He was Head of the Department of Physics from 2003 to 2007.

His research interests involve the use of gamma-rays as probes to determine the structure of heavy nuclei and as probes in the examination of the atomic level structure of materials (especially semiconductors); he has published over 200 papers.

 

Combating gender inequality, helping ECRs to find work-life balance

This article was forwarded to NECTAR from an ANU ECR, following NECTAR’s 2015 retreat discussions around gender equity issues.

The article highlights mechanisms that one research institute has put in place to address gender inequalities and to help researchers to balance work and home lives.

http://www.nature.com/news/practical-policies-can-combat-gender-inequality-1.17856

 

 

NHMRC CEO Prof Anne Kelso’s presentation at the 2015 NECTAR Retreat

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Professor Anne Kelso AO
Chief Executive Officer, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
BScHons, PhD (University of Melb)

Professor Anne Kelso AO was an invited keynote speaker for NECTAR’s 2015 Early Career Academic Retreat, recently held 10-11 June. Professor Kelso recently joined the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) as its new Chief Executive Officer and NECTAR was thrilled that Professor Kelso could speak to us at the retreat. Professor Kelso has kindly made available a copy of her presentation slides which you can access here: Kelso Retreat Slides In her presentation, Professor Kelso highlighted Early Career Researchers and the increasing focus on gender equity by the NHMRC.

Professor Kelso was previously Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza in Melbourne, a role she commenced in 2007.

Professor Kelso previously spent her research career at the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, where she earned her reputation as a leading researcher in the field of immunology.

From 2000 until 2006, she was also Director/CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Vaccine Technology. She has previously served as President of the Australasian Society for Immunology, as Secretary-General of the International Union of Immunological Societies and as a member of several governing boards and advisory groups, including the Council of QUT, the Boards of the Telethon Kids Institute and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, and committees advising the WHO and the Australian Government on influenza. She was appointed Officer in the Order of Australia in June 2007 for service to science.