ANU Social Research and Methods Training

The ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods, in partnership with ANU Enterprise, has launched a series of executive education short courses to be run in October and November 2016.

Information on the courses and presenters is available here

You can also view information at the ANU Research School of Social Sciences webpage:

A Short Course Primer on Data and Evidence for Public Policy

This course introduces the main issues in data collection, analysis and interpretation in public policymaking, policy analysis and policy evaluation. Participants will learn about designing and executing policy projects, critically analysing or evaluating data from surveys or other databases and also gain an appreciation of the tools and methodologies for measuring policy or program impact. Co-delivered by Dr Nicholas Biddle and Prof Matthew Gray

12-13 October 2016

Microsimulation Modelling for Policymakers: Strengths, Weaknesses and Predictive Power

If you have always wondered how simulation modelling can reliably predict the social and economic impact of taxes and budgets, then this is a course you should attend. Participants will gain insights from simulation modelling and discuss its predictive capabilities, strengths and weaknesses. Delivered by Ben Phillips, formerly of NATSEM, UC and now based with the Centre for Social Research ad Methods at ANU.

18 October 2016

Designing and Running Field Trials for Policy Insight

Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) are now gaining popularity as a powerful instrument or tool for evaluating public policy. RCTs are increasingly used in behavioural economic-style pilot interventions to test the efficacy of behavioural change outcomes. Public Sector participants will be introduced to the theory and practice of carefully designing and implementing RCTs that can reliably inform them about policy or service interventions that work or not work and why. Presented by Dr Nicholas Biddle.

3 November 2016

Collecting Survey Data: Principles, Design and Execution

A must for anyone involved in the commissioning of social surveys as part of their role (e.g. project managers and policy analysts), and those who have direct involvement in social surveys and data collection in the APS or private sector. Participants will learn to identify and co-develop survey designs to answer key social research or policy evaluation questions and, overall, develop a more critical awareness of available social survey instruments, measures and methodologies. Co-delivered by Dr Steven McEachern, Dr Nicholas Biddle & Mr Shane Compton.

8-9 November 2016

Evaluating Policies and Programs

Explore the main issues concerning the evaluation of public policies and programs and the potential traps of poor evaluation methodology. Learn about the different techniques for evaluating costs and benefits, minimising bias and errors, recognising the limitations of existing data, and extracting evidence that is meaningful to policymakers and/or informs current policy debates. Delivered by Prof Matthew Gray and Dr Matthew Manning.

15-16 November 2016

Social and Behavioural insights for Enhancing Public Policies and Services

Globally, policy tweaks and nudges have optimised behavioural changes in areas like revenue collection, eg tolls, fines, tax compliance etc. More recently, randomised evaluations of behavioural-type interventions are positively impacting policies and services in areas as diverse as integrity and compliance; cost-effectiveness, and operational streamlining; public affordability, access and uptake; and program efficiency, productivity and impact. Learn more about how behavioural insights are being applied in the public sector and brainstorm ideas with your peers in this course. Delivered by Dr Nicholas Biddle and invited APS practitioners.

17 November 2016

Using Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Data for Evidence-Based Policy Making

Mixed methods is a combination of quantitative and qualitative approaches that provide a better understanding of policy issues than either approach in isolation. The course is targeted towards those who commission, undertake or utilise empirical research as part of their role in the analysis, design or implementation of policies or services delivery. Delivered by leading academics from the University’s acclaimed Centre for Social Research and Methods (CSRM) in association with skilled practitioners from the Melbourne-based Social Research Centre (SRE). Co-delivered by Dr Naomi Priest, Dr Liz Allen and Ms Karen Kellard.

23-24 November 2016

Get publish ready! ANU Library “Publish and prosper” small group session

Want to navigate the world of scholarly communications and get publish-ready?
We can help you!

The ANU Library has recently created Publish and prosper, the first module of its Small Private Online Course (SPOC) designed to enhance your scholarly publishing knowledge and capabilities.

Please join us for an informal, interactive seminar exploring topics such as publication ethics, predatory publishers, finding a best-fti publisher, peer review and copyright.

The sessions will be facilitated by our resident expert, University Librarian Roxanne Missingham, who has over 180 articles published and is passionate about scholarly communications. There will be an opportunity to ask questions throughout the session.

For those unable to attend, feel free to follow along and engage on Twitter using #scholcomms #scholpub

Speaker: Roxanne Missingham, University Librarian,
Chief Scholarly Information Officer, Scholarly Information Services
The Australian National University

Date & Time: Thursday 25 August 2016, 11am–12pm
Location: Graneek Room, Chifley Library, ANU

Registration required:
Session will include light refreshments

Presented by ANU Library


Springer Nature Author Symposium for ECRs at the Australian National University

Looking to get published? In cooperation with the ANU Library, Springer Nature is hosting an Author Symposium on Book and Journal Publishing.

The Symposium is aimed at early career researchers. Springer’s Senior Publishing Editor for hard sciences, cell biology & biochemistry, Dr Thijs van Vlijmen, will present on the following topics:

An introduction to Springer Nature

  • Australia in a global scientific context
  • Journal publishing with Springer
  • Academic book publishing with Springer – how it works
  • An ANU author’s perspective on publishing with Springer

The Symposium will be held in McDonald Room Menzies Library on Tuesday 13th September from 10:30-12:00

Bookings are required and can be made via the registration link on the ANU Library website.

There will be opportunities for discussion with Thijs van Vlijmen after the Symposium. Space is limited, so please do reserve your spot ahead of time.

Applications are now open for Round 1 of the 2017 ANU Education Grants scheme

Applications are now open for Round 1 of the 2017 ANU Education Grants scheme.

A Q&A workshop will be held on Thursday 18 August from 1.00-2.00pm in the CHELT Meeting Room. Please register by emailing

The ANU Education Grants scheme incorporates the ANU Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Enhancement Grants (ANUTEG) which support innovative and creative teaching initiatives and projects, and are linked to improving coursework student learning at undergraduate or postgraduate level, and the ANU Linkage for Learning and Teaching Grants (ANULLTG) which support strategic connections between ANU and organisations outside of the higher education sector.

In 2017 Round 1, up to half of the available funding for ANUTEGs will be allocated towards a Strategic Priority Area (SPA) of ‘Very Large Course Development’. It is expected that applications for SPA funding will primarily be made by the Super Convenors across the University. Other staff who wish to develop applications for SPA funding for ‘Very Large Course Development’ should contact the Super Convenor in their area and collaborate with them to develop an application. The Promoting Excellence team can assist with the names of the Super Convenors.

Recognising that large course development may be particularly challenging, we would welcome applications from groups of LCC for amounts up to $40K for ambitious projects. Applications with a focus on technology-enhanced learning are encouraged and applicants for such must consult with the ANU Online Education Design team.

The closing date for grant submissions is 10am, Monday 17 October.

If you have any questions about the grants programs please contact the Promoting Excellence team. If you can’t attend the Q&A workshop on 18 August, please contact us to arrange a time to discuss your application.

ANU Promoting Excellence Team | Centre for Higher Education, Learning & Teaching
OLT Institutional Contact Officer | NSW/ACT Promoting Excellence Network10T1 Fellows Road | The Australian National University | Acton ACT 2601 | T:  +61 2 6125 9486 |

What will you be doing in Canberra this National Science Week?

National Science Week is almost here. This year’s edition is packed with fantastic events. From talks to workshops, moonlight tours and open days, there is something for everyone!

And with more than 100 events registered here in the ACT, the choice might be hard! So here are a few examples of what you could be doing this coming week:

Saturday 13 August, 10am-4pm: join us at Science in ACTion (Old Bus Depot, Kingston) to learn about all the incredible science done in the ACT. Hands-on experiments, demos, talks, drones, Daleks and much, much more!

Saturday 13 August, 5:30pm: watch Interstellar at the Palace Electric (free popcorn and science badges included!) and discuss the science behind the movie with our panel: Naomi McClure-Griffiths, Ryan Ridden-Harper, Erica Hediger and Paul Altin.

Sunday 14 August, 3pm: watch I, Robot at the Palace Electric (free popcorn and science badges included!) and discuss the science behind the movie with our panel: Tamara Browne, Elise Hampton, Damith Herath and Eleanor Campbell.

Monday 15 August, 5:30pm: watch The Martian at the Palace Electric (free popcorn and science badges included!) and discuss the science behind the movie with our panel: Brad Tucker, Amy Shira Teitel, Emma Tucker (a specialist in space medicine), Estee Tee and Penny King.

Tuesday 16 August, 5:30pm: join space history nerd Amy Shira Teitel and discover the secret history of space travel at the CSIRO Discovery.

Wednesday 17 August, 5:30pm: meet the yet to be announced and thus still very mysterious 2016 ACT Scientist of the Year, in conversation with Amber Beavis (Canberra’s very own Spider Lady) at the Wig’n Pen. Then, join Physics in the Pub at Smith’s Alternative (come for the puns, stay for the science!).

Thursday 18 August, 5:30pm: discover Canberra’s fluffiest and cutest environment engineers at Mulligans Flat!

Friday 19 August, 7pm: join Sophie Lewis, Anna McDonald and Kate Auty for the Big Climate Trivia Night at Smith’s Alternative!

Saturday 20 August, 7pm: go on a Scavenger Hunt at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. What will you discover?

Sunday 21 August, 10am-3pm: join Geoscience Australia for its Open Day, learn, discover and have fun!

Visit or follow us on Twitter and Facebook to find out more. Be inspired, be amazed!

Dr Anne-Sophie Dielen
Chair, National Science Week committee for the ACT
+61 (0) 468.633.954

Writing for Academia – an Early Career Academic Workshop Supported by NECTAR, with Dr Malini Devadas

“A Seven-step Process for Academic Writing”


Do you struggle to write your journal articles or grant applications? In this free one-hour workshop targeted to early career academics across all disciplines at ANU, Malini will present the seven-step process she uses to help academics create publications that are clear, concise and compelling. This process has helped many of Malini’s clients increase their confidence and write more efficiently. During the workshop, attendees will be guided through a worksheet and provided with a checklist that they can use afterwards for future academic writing tasks.

Following the workshop (11am – 12pm), participants are invited to stay on for an informal lunch discussion (12 – 1pm) to chat with the presenter and network with other participants.

About the presenter:  Dr Malini Devadas finished a PhD in neuroscience and a postdoc in medical research before realising that she loved the writing more than the lab work. So in 2004, Malini switched careers and started working as a science writer and editor. She has a Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing and is accredited with the Australian Institute of Professional Editors. Through her business, MD Writing and Editing, Malini provides editing, training and coaching services to academic staff and students.

This event is proudly bought to you by NECTAR. For further information, you can contact the NECTAR Coordinator via email:

When Tuesday, 30 August 2016 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (AEST) – Add to Calendar
Where Brindabella Theatre – Level 2, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 2601

Register: If you’re an Early Career Researcher or final year PhD candidate interested to take part in this, please register your participation at Eventbrite

Workshop Flyer

This event is proudly bought to you by NECTAR. For further information, you can contact the NECTAR Coordinator via email:

Attention Early Career Researchers – Westpac Research Fellowship 2017 Applications are OPEN

The Westpac Research Fellowship 2017 scheme is open!

The Westpac Bicentennial Foundation is partnering with Australia’s leading research universities to offer up to six Westpac Research Fellowships in 2016 each valued at up to $460,000 over 3 years commencing no later than 30 June 2017. These Fellowships offer early career researchers a unique opportunity to support their ground breaking research, provide access to networks, open career pathways and global experiences.

Fellowship recipients will be exceptional people, chosen for their intellectual ability, leadership qualities, and commitment to the community. Successful Fellows will be undertaking research that has the ability to make a difference to Australia’s future in one of the Foundation’s priority areas:

  • Technology and innovation;
  • Strengthening Australia-Asia ties; or
  • Enabling positive social change.

The ANU recipient of the Fellowship in 2016 is Nanoscientist  Dr Antonio Tricoli from the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science.

For further details on Fellowship funding and breakdown, please read the Westpac Fellowship Funding Guidelines

ANU Submission Process
Submission Deadline: 31 August
ANU Key Dates are available here (UID and HORUS password required for access)
Applicants should contact their College Research Office for advice and support with research fellowship application proposals and budgets in the first instance.

 ANU Contacts
Research Services
– Maria Davern, Primary contact until 16th August 2016; (Nina Svedin, Secondary)
T: (02) 6125 6736 |E: |W:
– Nina Svedin, Primary from 16th August – 26th September 2016 (Peter Francis, EO to PVC (R&RT) Secondary contact).
College Contacts:  Your College Research Office will provide ‘at the elbow’ support to Early Career Researchers Applicants.

ANU Research Services Division has moved to
Level 2, Birch Building 36 (above Chemistry Lecture Theatre).

ANU Indigenous Studies HDR students/ECR writing retreat at Mount Stromlo

A full day writing retreat will be held on Saturday August 20th for ANU Indigenous Studies HDR students and Early Career Researchers!

The session will be 9-5 at Mount Stromlo and include morning/afternoon tea, lunch, tea and coffee. Thanks to NECTAR and PARSA, there is no cost to this event however spots are limited to 25 people.

The session will run similar to the thesis bootcamp with a series of writing blocks throughout the day and time to discuss your research and ideas with peers along the way. If you are interested in coming please forward an abstract of your research, and any dietary requirements to either Annick ( or Annie ( by July 31st.

Please feel free to forward this to anyone who might be interested.

The How and Why of Clinical Research

Are you a clinician interested in research but not sure how you can make it work?
Come along to hear how senior clinicians have developed their research career

ACT Health, the ANU Medical School, and the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment Early Career Academic Development Committee invite clinicians to attend a discussion about research careers, how to juggle research and clinical duties, and a panel discussion. Speakers include:

Professor Paul Smith
Assistant Professor Bernie Bissett
Professor Kieran Fallon
Associate Professor Christine Phillips

Professor Imogen Mitchell, Acting Dean, ANU Medical School will be convening. Come along to hear about successful research pathways and ask any questions that you may have.

Thursday 25 August 2016
5:30 pm for canapés and drinks
Session commences 6:00pm – 7:15pm

All clinicians, JMOs and medical students with an interest in research most welcome.

ANU Medical School Auditorium
Canberra Hospital
Building 4, level 2.
RSVP – August 13, 2015 (for catering)

ANU CMBE Workshop: Developing your CV for public service careers

On Friday August 5 (10am and 12pm), Dr Chris Schyvens will be presenting a workshop on Developing your CV for public service careers.

This forms part of the series of College of Medicine, Biology and Environment Early Career Academic Development events. This workshop is relevant to all those currently enrolled in a PhD program or have a PhD at CMBE.

Venue: In person at the Frank Fenner Seminar Room in the Frank Fenner Building with a video conference link to the Canberra Hospital (Video Conference Room Level 2, Building 5). Note that there are only about 15-20 spaces available at the venue at the Canberra Hospital.

Summary of workshop:

Have you ever considered using your research experience in a government position but not sure how to translate your research training to government speak? In the ‘Developing your CV for Public Service Careers’ workshop, Dr Chris Schyvens will equip you with the ability to transform ‘research training’ to ‘desirable attributes’ and ‘demonstrated experience’ for public service positions. Chris will guide you through common selection criteria used in public service applications and outline effective approaches and structure to addressing these selection criteria. Chris will also provide examples of acceptable phrases that could be used to translate research training including ‘working in a team environment’ (instead of collaboration with other academics) and ‘facilitation of group projects or project management’ (instead of clinical trials experience). The workshop will run for 2 hours which will incorporate some written exercises.

RSVP by July 29 to for catering purposes (a light morning tea will be provided at the main campus venue).

More about the speaker:

Chris Schyvens has a BSc (Pharmacology & Microbiology) from Sydney University and a PhD (Physiology & Pharmacology) from the University of NSW. His PhD thesis was on ‘The role of endothelium derived autacoids in atherosclerosis’. Chris undertook his Honours and PhD studies at St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst with the Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology Section and the Heart and Lung Transplantation Unit.  After moving to Canberra 15 years ago with family and he commenced a post-doctoral position and subsequently a research fellow position with the JCMSR with the High Blood Pressure Research Unit under Professor Judith Whitworth. At ANU he was involved with the set-up of the new ANU Medical School and was on the Animal Experimentation Ethics Committee for 5 years. In 2004 he left the ANU and joined the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) as a Senior Toxicologist for 5 years, which was followed by 4.5 years with the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) as a Senior Toxicologist and Risk Manager. In late 2013 became the Health Assessment Coordinator at the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA). His current responsibilities include the Toxicological and Occupational Health & Safety assessments of new and current chemicals and biologicals used as pesticides in agriculture and the home, and all veterinary medicines. Currently participating with the WHO/FAO Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (Veterinary Medicines).