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


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.



From the Coordinator – NECTAR 2015 Retreat Wrap Up!

Sincere thanks to everyone who participated in NECTAR’s 2015 ANU Early Career Academic retreat and helped to make it such a success! There was lots of positive feedback received over the course of the 2-day retreat, and lots of appreciation for the valuable advice and support of leaders in the field and the opportunity to engage and share experiences with fellow ECA peers.

ANU Early Career Academics were treated to presentations from leading figures in the university sector, including Prof Aidan Byrne (CEO ARC), Prof Anne Kelso (new CEO NHMRC), Prof Ian Chubb (Australia’s Chief Scientist), and at the ANU from DVC-R Prof Margaret Harding, Prof Kiaran Kirk (Dean CMBE), Prof Jan Provis (Assoc Dean ANU Medical School), Prof Michael Martin (Prof of Statistics CBE & Promoting Excellence Team, CHELT), Glen O’Grady (Director, CHELT), Prof Peter Kanowski (Master University House & Prof of Forestry, Fenner School). Participants were truly privileged to have the opportunity for direct dialogue with these esteemed leaders in the field and NECTAR acknowledges the support of all the guest speakers who gave of their time and offered their advice to current Early Career Academics.

We also heard from ECA peers involved in the inaugural ANU Early Career Academic Fellowship program established by University House (Dr Hilary Howes, Dr Anne-Sophie Dielen, Dr Niraj Lal, Dr Adam Henschke, and Dr Aparna Lal), and those involved in the Education Fellowship Scheme run by ANU’s Centre for Higher Education, Learning and Teaching (CHELT) (Dr Chris Browne and Dr Anna Von Reibnitz).

All up, it was a fantastic 2 days to celebrate the talent of ECAs at ANU, to discuss the current challenges facing ECAs, and to think through opportunities for the future.

NECTAR will gradually provide further feedback and highlights from the retreat at our website, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, here are some photos from the retreat, below. Enjoy!

Dr Michelle Antoinette, NECTAR Coordinator







NECTAR ECA Retreat Program now available!

Have you registered for NECTAR’s 2015 ANU Early Career Academic Retreat?  

Early Career Academics and final year PhD students at ANU are warmly invited to:

NECTAR’s fourth annual ANU Early Career Academic Retreat on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th June at ANU Commons.

Registration is free, and includes all workshops and catering for each day. We strongly encourage participants to join us both days. We have planned a fantastic line-up of workshops and speakers on issues that matter to early career academics, including a round-table discussion with ANU DVC-R, Prof Margaret Harding. …

The full NECTAR retreat program is now available with further confirmed key speakers!

Please visit the following link to see the full program: http://nectar.anu.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/NECTAR-ANU-EarlyCareerAcademicRetreat-2015.pdf


  • Prof Ian Chubb, Australia’s Chief Scientist
  • Prof Anne Kelso AO, Chief Executive Officer NHMRC
  • Prof Margaret Harding, ANU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
  • Prof Aidan Byrne, ARC Chief Executive Officer
  • Prof Jan Provis, ANU Medical School Associate Dean and Chair of the CMBE Early Career Academic Development Committee
  • Dr Fiona Jenkins, Senior Lecturer and Convenor of the ANU Gender Institute
  • Prof Kiaran Kirk, Dean, ANU College of Medicine, Biology & Environment
  • Prof Michael Martin, Promoting Excellence Team CHELT & Professor of Statistics, ANU CBE
  • ANU Prof Peter Kanowski, Master of University House
  • Early Career Academics from the ANU University House Early Career Fellowship initiative
  • Glen O’Grady, Director, Centre for Higher Education, Teaching and Learning (CHELT), ANU
  • Early Career Academics who have participated in the ANU Educational Fellowship Scheme

Please register by Tuesday 2nd June to assist us with catering.  To register please visit:


For further information on NECTAR please contact the Coordinator, Dr Michelle Antoinette, on x57165 or nectar@anu.edu.au



5/37 Grand Challenge Scheme entries are NECTAR collaborations

Of the 37 entries to the grand challenges scheme – at least five are from teams of EMCRs who met at recent NECTAR events!

One of these has now had the most views of all the submitted videos!

Even if you have not submitted to the scheme yet – you can still get involved!

NECTAR hosts: Grand Challenges team building and networking event Wednesday 16 August Register here

You can view the films on the ANU Grand Challenge portal.

ANU Grand Challenges Scheme Guidelines.

What have we been up to?

Program of the NECTAR Early Career Academic Retreat 2017 Download the PDF here

At the NECTAR retreat Prof Brian Schmidt invited NECTAR to write more ‘well structured’ letters to him, like the one we wrote on the Futures Scheme. We are currently investigating equitable treatment and inclusion of casual staff. See more here.

Continue this discussion at the next NECTAR events

NECTAR has been invited to nominate candidates and speakers to a number of important discussions, find out more on our news page.

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Why get involved with NECTAR…

Attending NECTAR events and joining in project development are great ways to meet Early Career Academics (includes PhD students and Mid-Career Academics) from across ANU. Take charge of your own network, develop your ideas, build confidence, and acquire some of the skills and knowledge to lead the future.

Family members are actively encouraged to attend.

Check out our Regular Events and meetings:


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Image from NECTAR Retreat 2016

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