CMBE NHMRC ECF/CDF Workshop October 11, 10am-2pm.

This workshop is designed to provide ANU CMBE & CPMS early career academic staff with an opportunity to prepare for and start writing their NHMRC fellowship applications and cover the fundamental knowledge of what is required in each of the fellowship applications. The workshops are open to those in CMBE and CPMS. RSVPs are to be sent to events@anu.edu.au Please note that these workshops are to be held in rooms with Echo360 (lecture capture) so should be able to be recorded.

Date & Time: October 11, 10am-2pm.
Venue: The Crawford Brindabella Lecture Theatre, J.G. Crawford Building, ANU.

HealthHack Medical and Health Hackathon, 14-16 October

HealthHack is a a weekend hackathon aimed at solving problems in medical research or any other health-related field using digital technology to improve performance and provide better service. This means that if someone has an idea that would benefit their research or daily work that could be solved using computers, but they don’t have the skills to develop the solution him/herself, they should come and participate in HealthHack. We are looking at anything from building an app to track down certain habits in patients or gather some other data, better data management and visualisation protocols, software tools, etc. More information can be found on the website, which will be continuously updated as we approach the event on 14-16th Oct:

http://healthhack.com.au/

Interested participants can register their interest online, but it would also be good if they could contact us directly at canberra@healthhack.com.au (cc’d) to give us more details about their project. We can then help to define the problem to fit the HealthHack format and give further assistance when it comes to pitching at the event itself. There will be an official Eventbrite registration form opening 4-6 weeks prior to the event. Both students and staff are welcome to attend, as well as any health workers you know might be interested.

HealthHack is an excellent opportunity for networking and meeting people from the innovation/start-up community. The event will be hosted by CBR Innovation Network. It is an event driven by the enthusiasm of its participants and it’s quite amazing what can be done within those 48 hours. It can help to discover an innovator within people who never thought of themselves like that or serve as a proof of concept for some long-term projects.

Will your Business Idea Fly? CBR Innovation Network workshop

Lean Startup Workshop: Customer Validation 4 October, 2016

Have you got a startup idea but not sure if it will fly? Then CBR Innovation Network’s Customer Validation half-day workshop, the beginning workshop in our Lean Startup Workshop series, is for you! You’ll learn how to test your startup idea, using an open-source tool called the Validation Board, and how to inject innovation into your business by thinking like a startup and by using lean methodologies. The Customer Validation workshop is a practical, interactive, hands-on and outcomes based workshop.

Book Now – Customer Validation Workshop

Book Now – Series Ticket

Time: 1pm – 4.30pm.
Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2016.
Location: CBR Innovation Network, Level 5, 1 Moore St, Canberra.
Cost: $350 per person (50% discounts available for high-growth startups and series tickets available).
Parking: Available at Citywest Carpark, on Allsop Street, Canberra.

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2017 September – The Buzz NECTAR Newsletter.pdf Early Career Poster Exhibition

2017 August – The Buzz NECTAR Newsletter.pdf  ANU Grand Challenges Scheme

The Buzz NECTAR Newsletter – July 2017.pdf  ECAs to be leaders of $10mil scheme

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ANU’s Vice Chancellor Brian Schmidt has announced that the ANU Grand Challenges Scheme (now open) will be granted to teams with leadership from a ‘high proportion’ of early to mid career academics.

“This scheme should create leadership opportunities for Early Career Researchers and thus platforms for future funding.”

This scheme will favour unique interdisciplinary collaborations.

Prof Schmidt says he wants this scheme to “expose the next generation of researchers and scholars to the benefits of interdisciplinary collaboration”.

Nevertheless, Early Career Academics have contacted NECTAR expressing private concerns that the ECA of ANU will be sidelined in the grab for this money bag.

“The professors in our school are putting together a proposal and I think they are just going to add some names of Early Career Researchers to their scheme but after they get the funds who knows if there will be any leadership opportunities for us!” They said.

What do the guidelines say on this scheme, do I hear you ask? They can be found here.

Basically they say established research leaders can be included in this scheme to provide guidance and support to develop future leaders.

NECTAR Custodian, Sophie Baker, wants to know how Early Career Academics are going with this scheme. Are you putting in a proposal and do you need collaborators or help? Are the established leaders around you supportive? What are the intractable problems you are facing? And would you like any support from the NECTAR team?

“I propose a meeting for Early Career Academics and Researchers to discuss this scheme at the next NECTAR meeting on Wed the 19th July 12pm Fellows Cafe“. Early Career Academics and their family members are actively encouraged to attend. Register for free food.

Submissions for this scheme are due on the 24th of July by 3 min video. Need help with that? Ask NECTAR.

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Expressions of interest to serve on the ACCAN Independent Grants Panel

If you are an Early Career Academic at ANU and you want to be on this panel then ask NECTAR for back up. Contact us

ACCAN is calling for expressions of interest for one additional member to serve on the Independent Grants Panel.

The Independent Grants Panel is responsible for assessing grant applications for funding under the ACCAN Grants Program. The Grants Program funds projects that work towards the vision of communications services that are available, accessible and affordable for all consumers. Projects address current consumer concerns by providing education, representation and/or research into issues of importance in the telecommunications marketplace.

If you would like to make an expression of interest please write a short statement (no longer than three pages) addressing the selection criteria and submit this with your curriculum vitae (CV) to nominations@accan.org.au by 5pm AEST on Tuesday 18th July, 2017.

For more information on the process, selection criteria and the role itself, please visit the Independent Grants Panel page on our website.

Each panel member is recruited for a three year term. We are especially keen to hear from candidates with a background in community sector project selection and management, commercial or consumer issues generally, and/or technical expertise and the social impact of communications technology.

ACCAN values diversity: women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, persons with disabilities and people from diverse cultural, linguistic and religious backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Please also share this email with any candidates who would be interested in serving on the panel.

Warm regards,

 

p.p.

Narelle Clark

Acting CEO

 

 

Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN)

 

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Join the discussion on redefining the ANU PhD Program

You are invited to Open Forums where you can have your say in this important discussion. (See below).

NECTAR has also been offered the opportunity to nominate a representative for the Committee of Inquiry. Expressions of interest for this position to NECTAR by 10am, 30th June.

Here is the letter from Prof Imelda Whelehan (ANU’s Dean of HDR)

Dear NECTAR

We are redefining the ANU PhD program.

During the development of the new Strategic Plan we made a commitment to redefine our PhD program.  We are now starting to work out what this will mean for our academic staff, supervisors and students.

ANU has the highest HDR load per total student population of any Australian university, consistently high research rankings and an enviable international reach. To continue to provide some of the best academic programs around the world and to give our students the best opportunities for their futures, we have a responsibility to reflect on what we do well, and to discuss what we might review and change. We are inviting you to help shape our discussions and have your say on what the new ANU PhD of the future could look like.

To start the discussion I will be hosting open forums for all interested staff and students. Please register below for one of the forums.

Questions will include:

  • What should a 21st century PhD look like?
  • How can we ensure that the ANU secures our position as a world leader in graduate research education?
  • What is best practice for PhD delivery worldwide?
  • What changes can we make?

In these forums I will be using Poll Everywhere to allow live interactive audience participation. Bring a mobile device (phone, tablet, laptop or iPad) to enable you to join the interactive discussions.

Please join me.

With best wishes

Imelda

Professor Imelda Whelehan

Dean, Higher Degree Research Office of the Vice-Chancellor | Chancelry 10 East Road

FORUMS AVAILABLE

Wednesday, 5 July from 10am-11.30am Venue: R214 Seminar Room, Ian Ross Building #31 ANU Register here.

Tuesday, 25 July from 1pm-2.30pm. Venue: The Drawing Room, University House, 1 Balmain Crescent ANU Register here.

Thursday, 3 August from 10am-11.30am Venue: ANU. Exact venue to be confirmed shortly. Register here.

Tuesday, 8 August from 10am-11.30am Venue: The Drawing Room, University House, 1 Balmain Crescent ANU Register here.

Thursday, 10 August from 10am-11.30am Venue: 1012, Fred Gruen Economics Seminar Room, HW Arndt Building #25A50 Register here.

 

 

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Dear colleagues,

Document for discussion: ANU Supervisor Database Proposal Consultation .pdf

The consultation process on this proposal, was due by 13 June. NECTAR compiled a collective response. Read NECTAR’s collective response here: 170612NECTARResponseProposedSupervisorDatabase.pdf

At the NECTAR Retreat we had a further discussion on ANU’s Supervision Improvement Plan with ANU’s new Dean of HDR Professor Imelda Whelehan. She has invited us to her next consultation on redefining the ANU PhD.

We’re interested to hear your opinion on these consultation processes. Contact us

 


Full program: NECTAR_RetreatProgram2017Finalforweb.pdf

20-21 June at the National Museum of Australia, Peninsula Room

Program highlights

Register at Eventbrite! (Registrations by 16th June.)

Registration ensures you get free food to your needs and pre-event information.

Promotional poster: 20170516NECTARRetreatposterprogram.pdf


Register now, limited places, don’t miss out!

NECTAR Retreat is ANU’s Early Career Academic Retreat

20 -21 June 2017 at the National Museum of Australia, Peninsula Room

  • Be heard,
  • Take charge of your own network, and
  • Lead the future strategy of ANU!
Program highlights

(Full program available here.)

  • Roundtable discussion with Professor Brian Schmidt, ANU Vice-Chancellor
  • Direct collegial discussion with both ANU’s Deputy Vice-Chancellors!
  • Strategic directions: What does it take to see your vision realised?

With Professor Graham Durant, Director of Questacon; Professor Joanne Tompkins, Executive Director (Humanities and Creative Arts), ARC, and Dr Tony Willis, Executive Director, NHMRC.

  • Workshop on innovation in teaching with Glen O’Grady, Director CHELT
  • Engaging with industry to advance your vision through strategic partnerships

With Professor Michael Breadmore (1 of only 3 Australians in Analytical Sciences top 40 under 40) and world leading anthropologist Professor Genevieve Bell

  • Engaging with the public as an expert, Dr Rod Lamberts, Deputy Director CPAS
  • How to improve supervision at ANU and develop a culture of mentoring, with ANU’s new Dean of Higher Degree Research, Professor Imelda Whelehan  

Register for the NECTAR Retreat, by 16 June!

Early bird registrations (by 12 June) are FREE and go in the running for a free massage

More info:

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Applications for the 2017 Gender Institute student prizes for undergraduate and graduate work are open twice a year. Read more about the application process here.

Applications are due in May and December.

Applications are invited from EMCRs and final year PhD/Masters students to undertake a 3-month policy-focused internship with the Academy of Science in early-2017. Interns will gain experience in a range of science policy and advocacy activities and will have the opportunity to undertake a policy-focused project of mutual interest. The internships are based in Canberra, and a stipend is available for successful applicants. Applications close COB Friday 20 Jan, 2017. More here.

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

The Macaw Project documentary premiere | ANU

Presented by ANU College of Medicine, Biology & Environment

Join us for a special screening of the The Macaw Project, a documentary about Macaw conservation research filmed in the Peruvian tropical rainforest.

This visualy stunning documentary was made with the aim to direct public attention towards the problems that macaws and other creatures face in their natural habitat and the importance of scientific conservation research in this region.

The Macaw Project differs from previous nature documentaries as it is filmed mainly by the researchers themselves; something that is rarely seen on the screen.

The event will be hosted by ACT Scientist of the year 2016, Dr Ceridwen Fraser, and opened by the ambassador of Peru and former Chairman of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development, His Excellency Mr Miguel Palomino De La Gala.

Following the screening, a Q&A will be hosted by the a panel consisting of documentary film maker, Dr George Olah; conservation biologist and evolutionary ecologist, Prof Robert Heinsohn; and evolutionary biologist and conservation geneticist, Prof Rod Peakall.

Refreshments (Peruvian food) on arrival from 6-6.30pm. Peruvian cocktails will also be available for purchase.

View the trailer here

Official homepage of the documentary: www.macawmovie.com

Donation to the project via on-demand crowdfunding site: http://igg.me/at/macawmovie

Date: 6th December 2016, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Auditorium of the Australian Centre on China in the World, The Australian National University, Canberra
More information and registration: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/screening-of-macaw-project-documentary-tickets-29470925331
Official website of the movie: www.macawmovie.com
Teaser trailer: https://youtu.be/QPwfKvUWF7k
ANU event site: http://www.anu.edu.au/events/the-macaw-project-documentary-premiere
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1276064689101587
Donation for the project via our on-demand crowdfunding site: http://igg.me/at/macawmovie
Hashtag for Twitter: #macawmovie
Contact person at ANU Events: Pamela Lourandos

Research Professional (RP) provides an easy way to find new funding sources for all disciplines within Australia and overseas. The database provides funding opportunities freely accessible to everyone at ANU and allows users to create and save searches to find new funding sources based on key words and deadlines.

In November 2016, ANU engaged a 3-month trial on two new features in RP “Funding Insight” and “Global News” (currently available to a limited number of users). Funding Insight (document attached) provides a useful addition to funding information, allowing you to identify and apply for the funding best suited to you and direct access to insights and intelligence on funding sources. “Funding Insight” also provides additional background, insight and user viewpoints regarding the opportunities available.

In addition, the Global News provides authoritative news, analysis and comment that covers government departments and funding agencies such as the research councils and the activities of universities themselves.  We would be grateful if you can attend one of these sessions:

ANU: Tuesday, 29th of November 2016

The RP representative, Rene Logan, will deliver sessions on ‘How to find funding’

  •  Academics and professional staff sessions:
    • Time: 14:00 – 15.00
    • Venue: Copland Building , Building 24, Computer Lab G25 (map)

Register: Please click on this link

  • College and central RP administrators:
    • Time: 15.15 – 16.30
    • Venue: Copland Building, Building 24, Computer Lab G25 (map)

Register: Please click on this link.

Please note: We welcome staff to attend the available sessions

Please feel free to invite your work colleagues.

By the end of these sessions, attendees will be able to:

  • Search for awarded grants from major Australian and international fund sources.
  • Set up the alert feature for new funding opportunities.
  • Gain an understanding of the new features: Global News and Funding Insight.
  • Get some knowledge about the Fingerprinting feature that RP has recently adopted.

NECTAR recently held the seminar Research Impact & Your Career on Thursday 10 November, 10.30am-12.00pm.

The seminar comprised a presentation from Dr Douglas Robertson, Director of Research Services, ANU, and talks by a panel of leading ANU academics who spoke about their research and its impact, and how successfully attending to both has benefited their academic career:

  • Associate Professor Antonio Tricoli, Research Fellow & Lecturer, Engineering and Computer Science, CECS;
  • Dr Deborah Apthorp, NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow, Research School of Psychology, CMBE; and
  • Dr Catherine J. Frieman, Lecturer in European Archaeology, School of Archaeology & Anthropology, CASS.
  • Dr Nicholas Farrelly, Deputy Director (Impact and Engagement) for the Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, CAP.

Presenters Dr Douglas Robertson, Dr Deborah Apthorp and Associate Professor Antonio Tricoli have kindly supplied their powerpoint presentations, following the seminar, as below:

Deborah Apthorp – impact talk

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NECTAR-2016-Public_Antonio Tricoli


FINAL DAY TO REGISTER! Please circulate to your networks

NECTAR ANU EARLY CAREER ACADEMIC NETWORK SEMINAR

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RESEARCH IMPACT AND YOUR ACADEMIC CAREER

THIS THURSDAY 10 November, 10.30am-12.00pm

REGISTRATIONS CLOSING TODAY, Tuesday 8 November, REGISTER NOW at Eventbrite

An ANU ECA focused seminar supported by NECTAR ANU Early Career Academic Network, with ANU Research Training & Skills, and ANU Research Services Division

We constantly hear that academics must ‘publish or perish’ – but what does it mean in practice? After all, academic research and its impact can be measured in a variety of ways.

This seminar explores “the increasing focus on showcasing or measuring the societal benefits from research, and a need for better coordination in reporting and promoting the impact of these research outcomes”. In this, research impact is generally understood as “the demonstrable contribution that research makes to the economy, society, culture, national security, public policy or services, health, the environment, or quality of life, beyond contributions to academia.” (ARC 2015)

This seminar will comprise a presentation from Dr Douglas Robertson, Director of Research Services, ANU, and talks by a panel of leading ANU academics who will speak about their research and its impact, and how successfully attending to both has benefited their academic career:

  • Associate Professor Antonio Tricoli, Research Fellow & Lecturer, Engineering and Computer Science, CECS;
  • Dr Deborah Apthorp, NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow, Research School of Psychology, CMBE; and
  • Dr Catherine J. Frieman, Lecturer in European Archaeology, School of Archaeology & Anthropology, CASS.
  • Dr Nicholas Farrelly, Deputy Director (Impact and Engagement) for the Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, CAP.

Dr Douglas Robertson will help us learn about how academic impact, productivity and quality can be measured, how to publish in formats and locations that can benefit your career, and help clarify how the publishing system works:

1) Understand how research outputs are measured and how this might differ between universities.
2) Have an appreciation for the complexities of the contemporary publishing landscape and the importance of being strategic about how and where you publish.
3) Understand how publishing does – and doesn’t – play a role in promotion and career advancement.

A light lunch will be served after the presentation. This will be an opportunity to network with the presenters and other attendees.

All current ANU Early Career Academics and PhD candidates are invited to attend.

 Date & Time: Thursday 10 November, 10.30am-12.00pm, followed by light networking lunch 12.00-1.00pm
Location: Finkel Theatre, JCSMR Building, Bldg 131, ANU
Register now at Eventbrite

This event is proudly bought to you by NECTAR with the ANU Research Skills and Training team and Research Services Division. For further information, you can contact the NECTAR Coordinator via email: nectar@anu.edu.au


Speaker Biographies

Associate Professor Antonio Tricoli is head of the nanotechnology Research Laboratory at the Australian National University. His group focuses on the engineering of advanced materials for enhanced fluid-light interaction. He received his master in Mechanical and Process Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) in 2004 with his thesis “Numerical calculation of the blood flow through a cerebral aneurism featuring MR-reconstructed real geometry and an elastic artery wall” under the supervision of Prof. D. Poulikakos. Immediately after, he joined the Renewable Energy Laboratory of Prof A. Steinfeld at ETH where he worked on the production of hydrogen from solar energy. He continued his PhD studies in 2005 at the Particle Technology Laboratory of ETH Zurich working with Prof. S.E. Pratsinis on advanced nanomaterial synthesis by scalable flame reactors. In 2010, he received his PhD in the field of Nanotechnology with his thesis “Gas sensitive nanostructured films by direct flame synthesis and deposition”. His thesis received numerous awards including the prestigious HILTI Prize for the most innovative PhD thesis of ETH Zurich in 2010. He continued his work as research fellow and lecturer at ETH Zurich working on the nanofabrication of nanoparticle and nanowire layers for renewable energy production and medical devices. In 2012, he joined the Australian National University under the Future Engineering Research Leadership Fellowship, and founded the Nanotechnology Research Laboratory at the Research School of Engineering. His research efforts have been recognized by numerous awards including one of the four Westpac Research Fellowships awarded in 2015 in Australia.

Dr Deborah Apthorp is currently an NHMRC Early Career Fellow at the ANU Research School of Psychology. After earlier careers as a classical musician, parent, and self-employed businessperson, she began her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Macquarie University in 2002. Graduating with first-class Honours and the University Medal in 2006, she went on to complete her PhD at the University of Sydney under the supervision of Dr. David Alais in 2011. After brief stints as a postdoctoral researcher at Sydney and then at the University of Wollongong, she was awarded the NHMRC Early Career Fellowship in 2013, and moved to ANU to carry it out. She was recently awarded a Perpetual Impact Philanthropy Foundation grant for her research into postural sway in Parkinson’s Disease. She has established an EEG (electroencephalography) lab at the Research School of Psychology as well as a Parkinson’s Research Lab at the Canberra Hospital, in collaboration with Professor Christian Lueck. Her collaborators at ANU also include scholars from the Research School of Engineering, the John Curtin Medical School, the Research School of Population Health (CRAHW), and the ANU Medical School. Her research interests include visual perception, attention, EEG, postural control, neurodegenerative diseases, and non-linear dynamical approaches to data analysis.

Dr Catherine Frieman is a lecturer in European archaeology in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology. Previously she was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art at the University of Oxford and a lecturer in archaeology at the University of Nottingham. She received a BA in archaeological studies from Yale University and an M.st and D.phil in archaeology from the University of Oxford. Catherine’s D.phil examined the adoption of metal objects and metallurgy in 4th-2nd millennium BC northwest Europe through a close study of various lithic objects long thought to be skeuomorphs of metal. Her primary research interests include innovation and conservatism, and she is a material culture and technology specialist with a particular interest in stone tools. She has ongoing fieldwork in the UK, is lead Chief CI of an ARC Discovery project looking into human mobility and the diffusion of innovations in prehistoric Iberia and the Pacific and she has also worked on lithic material and technology from Neolithic sites in Vietnam. In addition to her research, Catherine is a passionate teacher and her contributions to education at the ANU have been recognised by teaching excellence awards from CASS, the Vice-Chancellor’s office and the Australian Office of Learning and Teaching.

Dr Nicholas Farrelly is Deputy Director (Impact and Engagement) in the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. After graduating from the ANU with First Class Honours and the University Medal, he completed Masters and Doctoral theses at the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In 2006, Nicholas co-founded New Mandala, which is nowadays a prominent website on Southeast Asian affairs. Over the years he has undertaken political and social research in Thailand,  Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, China and Myanmar. He recently completed an Australian Research Council fellowship focussed on political change in Myanmar, for which he spent 6 months living in Naypyitaw. Nicholas also writes a weekly newspaper column for The Myanmar Times.

Dr Douglas Robertson is Director of the Research Services Division at the Australian National University reporting to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research; an appointment he took up in July 2013. Douglas started in the field of University Research Administration and Support at the University of Leeds, UK in 1983. This was then followed by a period as Contracts Manager at the University of Strathclyde, UK from 1987 to1993. In 1994 Douglas was appointed as Director of Research Business Development at Nottingham University, UK with responsibilities covering research, procurement, insurance, conferences and technology Transfer. In 2003 Douglas assumed the role of Director of Business Development at Newcastle University, UK with wide ranging responsibilities covering all aspects of externally funded project activity including research support, regional economic development and technology transfer. Major projects included project direction of a significant museum refurbishment project and part of the senior team responsible for initiating development of overseas campuses in Malaysia and Singapore and development of an entirely new city centre property development in Newcastle, UK focusing on co-location of university and industry activities.

QRN Spring Forum

Theme: Qualitative research and the policy process: How can qualitative research better inform decision making processes?

Date: 15th November, 2016. 4pm – 5.30pm
Location: Scarth Room – University House, ANU

Speakers for the forum include:

Sean Innis – Special Advisor to the Productivity Commission
Susan Helyar – Director, ACT Council of Social Services
Karen Kellard – Director of Qualitative Research, Social Research Centre
Kim Grey – Senior Advisor, Evaluation Policy and Advice Section, Indigenous Affairs Group, PM&C

Enquiries: Dr Marisa Fogarty: marisa.fogarty@anu.edu.au

The University of Canberra warmly invites you to attend the Pitch for Funds Competition Final on Monday 31 October 2016, 5:00-6:30pm.

Watch researchers ‘pitch for funds’. On the night, accompanied by a single PowerPoint slide or prop, UC researchers have 1.5 minutes each to convince the judges to invest in their project. Think ‘Shark Tank’ with a twist.

You can show your support too! Each member of the audience will be given a $5 UC note to award to their favourite pitcher (which the recipient can later trade for Australian currency). Afterwards, mix and mingle with the judges, competitors and other attendees over drinks and canapes.

Judges: Senator Katy Gallagher, Sheryle Moon, Professor Tim Senden and others to be announced.

Venue: Ann Harding Conference Centre, Building 24, University Drive South, UC, View Map  Register at Eventbrite

Research Professional is a database of funding opportunities in all disciplines from a wide range of sponsors in Australia and overseas.

ANU will take up a 3-month trial on two new features in Research Professional namely the global news and the new development Funding Insight ANZ service. Funding Insight potentially provides a very useful addition to the funding information, to provide additional background, insight and user viewpoints regarding available funding opportunities.

Given Early Career Academics are key users of the Research Professional tool in seeking funding opportunities, ANU Research Services is looking for ANU ECAs who are able to assess the effectiveness of the Funding Insight feature in helping users to get research funding. Please contact Irwan Krisna at ANU Research Services if you are interested in joining the trial and providing your feedback: Irwan.Krisna@anu.edu.au

BECOME AN ECAF IN 2017!

University House Early Career Academic Fellows 2017

University House (incorporating Graduate House) is seeking to appoint its next cohort of Early Career Academic Fellows, broadly representative of ANU’s academic areas and its diversity in other respects, to contribute to the academic life of University and Graduate Houses. The Fellowships will commence in January 2017, and be tenable for up to 3 years.

Early Career Academic Fellows will be invited to contribute to the Houses for a period of up
to 3 years, subject to annual review against the selection criteria. The Fellowships are non-stipendiary, but attached privileges include dining rights at the Houses’ weekly Hall Dinners, membership of University House for the duration of the Fellowship, and a contribution of up to $1200 annually for approved expenses relating to the Fellow’s academic work.

Early Career Academic Fellows contribute to the life and work of University House in a variety of ways: by connecting with each other, with members of University House, and with resident postgraduates; by mentoring later-year Tuckwell Scholars; and by contributing to the governance of University and Graduate Houses. The Fellows hold early-career academic appointments at ANU. Find out about current Early Career Academic Fellows at http://unihouse.anu.edu.au/students-alumni/ecaf/

Applications close 25 November.
Application details at https://nectar.anu.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/UHGH-ECAF-2017.pdf

Enquiries should be directed to:
Professor Peter Kanowski
Master of University House
p: (02 612) 55334
e: peter.kanowski@anu.edu.au

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An ECA focused seminar, with NECTAR ANU Early Career Academic Network, ANU Research Training and ANU Research Services Director, Dr Douglas Robertson

Wednesday 26 October 9:30am -10:30am– registrations now open, see further details below. Register by 20 October.

NECTAR & ANU Research Training team invite Early Career Academics, including final year PhD candidates, to this research fellowships focused seminar.

Fellowships are an important part of the research funding landscape. They are highly competitive but enhance your CV significantly.
How does a Fellowship differ from a project grant? Are there any major things to look out for?

Come along to this session which will look at a range of different fellowships and discuss how to fine tune your fellowship writing skills.

By the end of this session you will:

1) have been exposed to a number of different Fellowship schemes
2) appreciate the difference between a Fellowship and a Project grant
3) Understand how to approach a Fellowship application process.

Presented by Dr Douglas Robertson, Director of Research Services, ANU. A panel of invited ANU academics will also speak about their Fellowships.

All current PhD candidates and Early Career Researchers are invited to attend.

The Understanding Research Fellowships seminar forms part of the larger PhD to Present one-day program offered by Research Training.

Date & Time: Wed 26 October, 9.30am-10.30am, followed by morning tea
Location: University House, ANU

Register now at Eventbrite

This event is proudly bought to you by NECTAR  and the ANU Research Skills and Training team. For further information, you can contact researchtraining@anu.edu.au or the NECTAR Coordinator via email: nectar@anu.edu.au

Commercialisation Bootcamp. Full day workshop to learn about research commercialisation and the technology transfer process, 31st October.

Lean Startup Workshops. Apply lean startup methodology to your research projects: Customer Validation, 9th November; Business Model Generation, 23rd November; and Product Development 7th December.

First Wednesday Connect. CBRIN hosts an entrepreneurs networking event on the first Wednesday of every month, 5-6.30pm. Connect to the vibrant community of innovators, entrepreneurs and businesspeople for short pitches, a surprise guest speaker, nibbles and drinks.

Dr Debra Saunders (CMBE) has been accepted into ON Prime, a pre-accelerator program that helps research teams validate their research and discover a real world application for it. 

ANU Research Training team invites you to join us for a day we call PhD to Present now in its third year. We have invited a wide range of academics and professionals in a range of fields to share their experience and expertise. In a competitive academic job market, what skills and attributes do academic employers want from you? Is it all about the long research CV, or do other things matter? Around 60% of research students now exit the academy when they finish their PhD. What sort of skills do these employers want?

Join us for a festival of ideas, skills and wisdom. Asking the big question, what next? What will you do when your doctorate is done?

Date & Time: Wed 26 October, 9.00am-5.00pm
Location: University House, ANU

Morning sessions
Understanding Research Fellowships: The what, why and how? with NECTAR ANU Early Career Academic Network and Dr Douglas Robertson
The Thesis Whisperer answers ‘what do non-academic employers want?’
Implement Imagination with Camilo Potocnjak Oxman, 3-hour workshop
Career Crafting: Identifying skills and opportunities for your career with Dr Shari Walsh, 3-hour workshop

Afternoon sessions
Academic Teaching Panel: Dr Catherine J. Frieman, School of Archaeology & Anthropology; Dr Joseph Hope, Research School of Physics and Engineering; Dr Vinh Lu, Research School of Management. ANU Winners of Teaching Excellence Awards 2015.

Career Crafting: Identifying skills and opportunities for your career with Dr Shari Walsh, 3-hour workshop *repeat

The Conversation with Sunanda Creagh
Pitching your Research with Professor Robert Faff

Join us to find out what your next steps can be. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. The day will end with a walk to Fellows Bar & Cafe where the conversations will continue.

Tickets sales close on 20 October. Register now at Eventbrite

ANU Research Skills and Training team
researchtraining@anu.edu.au

This workshop is designed to provide ANU CMBE & CPMS early career academic staff with an opportunity to prepare for and start writing their NHMRC fellowship applications and cover the fundamental knowledge of what is required in each of the fellowship applications. The workshops are open to those in CMBE and CPMS. RSVPs are to be sent to events@anu.edu.au Please note that these workshops are to be held in rooms with Echo360 (lecture capture) so should be able to be recorded.

Date & Time: October 11, 10am-2pm.
Venue: The Crawford Brindabella Lecture Theatre, J.G. Crawford Building, ANU.

HealthHack is a a weekend hackathon aimed at solving problems in medical research or any other health-related field using digital technology to improve performance and provide better service. This means that if someone has an idea that would benefit their research or daily work that could be solved using computers, but they don’t have the skills to develop the solution him/herself, they should come and participate in HealthHack. We are looking at anything from building an app to track down certain habits in patients or gather some other data, better data management and visualisation protocols, software tools, etc. More information can be found on the website, which will be continuously updated as we approach the event on 14-16th Oct:

http://healthhack.com.au/

Interested participants can register their interest online, but it would also be good if they could contact us directly at canberra@healthhack.com.au (cc’d) to give us more details about their project. We can then help to define the problem to fit the HealthHack format and give further assistance when it comes to pitching at the event itself. There will be an official Eventbrite registration form opening 4-6 weeks prior to the event. Both students and staff are welcome to attend, as well as any health workers you know might be interested.

HealthHack is an excellent opportunity for networking and meeting people from the innovation/start-up community. The event will be hosted by CBR Innovation Network. It is an event driven by the enthusiasm of its participants and it’s quite amazing what can be done within those 48 hours. It can help to discover an innovator within people who never thought of themselves like that or serve as a proof of concept for some long-term projects.

Lean Startup Workshop: Customer Validation 4 October, 2016

Have you got a startup idea but not sure if it will fly? Then CBR Innovation Network’s Customer Validation half-day workshop, the beginning workshop in our Lean Startup Workshop series, is for you! You’ll learn how to test your startup idea, using an open-source tool called the Validation Board, and how to inject innovation into your business by thinking like a startup and by using lean methodologies. The Customer Validation workshop is a practical, interactive, hands-on and outcomes based workshop.

Book Now – Customer Validation Workshop

Book Now – Series Ticket

Time: 1pm – 4.30pm.
Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2016.
Location: CBR Innovation Network, Level 5, 1 Moore St, Canberra.
Cost: $350 per person (50% discounts available for high-growth startups and series tickets available).
Parking: Available at Citywest Carpark, on Allsop Street, Canberra.

When: Friday 30 September, 12.30pm-2.00pm
Where: Lecture Theatre 2, Hedley Bull Centre (130), corner of Garran Rd and Liversidge St, ANU

Those of us who work in universities like to think that academics and their ideas have the power to make the world a better place.

But all too often, scholarly insight and knowledge fails to reach the wider world. So how do we liberate this expertise?

One proven approach is to harness the power and potential of academic blogging — the re-packaging of lofty scholarship in accessible, bite-sized formats.

In this Horizons 2016 seminar, three practitioners will look at the promise and pitfalls of academic blogging and why it is an activity that modern places of research and teaching must undertake – for both theirs and the globe’s sake.

Speakers will examine how academic blogging can fill the gap left by the retreat of traditional media, speak truth to power and hold elites to account, scrutinise politicians’ claims with peer reviewed fact checks, and drive and deepen public debate and knowledge.

This seminar forms part of the ANU Bell School’s Horizons 2016 seminar series, Digital vision: agency, power and the future of Asia-Pacific affairs.

The event is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided beforehand (12pm) and registration is essential.

Register at Eventbrite

About the Speakers
Sunanda Creagh is Fact Check Editor for The Conversation. Prior to this role she worked as a political and general news correspondent in the Reuters Jakarta bureau, and as a reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald where she covered politics, urban affairs, arts, features and sport.

Sam Roggeveen is Director of Digital at the Lowy Institute. He oversees the Institute’s digital strategy across its two websites and its social media channels. Sam joined the Lowy Institute in 2007 as founding editor of its digital magazine, The Interpreter. In that role he was privileged to work with some of Australia’s best international policy minds to put together one of the smartest, wittiest, most informative sites on the web.

James Giggacher is editor of New Mandala a specialist academic blog on Southeast Asia’s politics and society, teaches courses on strategy for digital platforms and writing for public audiences, and co-convener of the Bell School’s 2016 Horizons seminar series.

About Horizons
Hosted each year by the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, the Horizons seminar series aims to enhance research innovation by supporting and showcasing collaborative, interdisciplinary, innovative and accessible thinking and work in Asia-Pacific affairs. The 2016 series, Digital vision: Agency, power and the future of Asia-Pacific affairs, explores how and why academics need to take scholarly debate and knowledge to wider audiences.

The ANU Myanmar Research Centre is delighted to announce the Reciprocal Academic Visitor Program in partnership with the University of Yangon. The aim of this program is to develop research linkages between scholars at the two institutions.

Over the next 12 months, this program will support 10 academics from ANU to visit the University of Yangon and 10 academics from Yangon to visit ANU. This program is a component of the DFAT supported Government Partnerships for Development (GPfD) project between ANU and the University of Yangon.

Since 2014, the Myanmar government has been working on reforming the country’s tertiary education sector. As these reforms continue to unfold, it is particularly exciting to have this opportunity to collaborate with scholars in the country’s leading tertiary institution, the University of Yangon.

The ANU Myanmar Research Centre is providing academic and administrative support to the Reciprocal Academic Visitor Program, and calling for expressions of interest from ANU academics. Scholars from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. The University of Yangon has expressed particular interest in developing collaboration with ANU in the Sciences, building on some of the links already established in the social sciences and humanities.

If you would like to apply please fill out the Application Form, addressing the following criteria:

  1. Does the proposal demonstrate an intention to develop an ongoing collaboration with the University of Yangon?
  2. How will the project contribute to improved governance in Myanmar through improved research capacity at the University of Yangon?
  3. Are the outputs from the visit realistic?
  4. Does the University of Yangon have the capacity to host the visitor and collaborate in the research? (The ANU Myanmar Research Centre can assist applicants with criteria #4)

Successful applicants will be supported for a 10-day visit to the University of Yangon, and provided with a return airfare, accommodation and a generous per diem.

A selection committee has been formed to oversee and endorse selections. The committee comprises Professor Andrew Walker (Chair), College of Asia and the Pacific; Professor Don Rothwell, College of Law; Dr Charlotte Galloway, College of Arts and Social Sciences; a representative from the Colleges of Science; and Mr Anthony Pages, ANU Enterprise.

For travel in 2016, expressions of interest are due on 20 June 2016. For travel in 2017, expressions of interest are due on 29 September 2016. Please submit your completed application to olivia.cable@anu.edu.au.

If you have any queries about this exciting opportunity, please do not hesitate to contact Olivia Cable (olivia.cable@anu.edu.au), or Andrew Walker (andrew.walker@anu.edu.au).

Opportunity for Early Career Academic or PhD student to join Australia-Indonesia Leaders Program, 16-25 November (applications close 21 September)

The Australia Indonesia Centre, of which ANU is a member, is offering sponsorship for an ANU early career academic or PhD student to join the second 2016 Australia-Indonesia Leaders Program (16-25 November) – the theme is “Public Diplomacy, Infrastructure and Innovation”.

Application Information: Australia-Indonesia Leaders Program Nov16 application information ANU

Program Overview:  Australia-Indonesia Leaders Program – November 2016 Program Overview

Deadline: Applications close 5pm 21 September.
Applicants should be working on a topic relevant to the program themes.

Inquiries and applications should be directed to:
Peter Kanowski, ANU AIC Coordinator – peter.kanowski@anu.edu.au; ph 6125 5334.
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Author symposium on book & journal publishing presented by Springer Nature – ANU Library – ANU

Date: Tues 13 Sept 2016
Time: 10.30am-12pm
Venue: Mcdonald Room, RG Menzies Building, ANU


Looking to get published?

In co-operation 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 Editor for hard sciences, cell biology and 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

There will be opportunities for discussion with Thijs van Vlijmen after the Symposium.

Space is limited, so please reserve your spot ahead of time.

Further info

ANU again has the opportunity to recommend some young scientists to take part in the prestigious Global Young Scientist Summit (GYSS) in Singapore. The GYSS is open to post-doc academics  and PhD scholars (under 35), with ANU able make five nominations. ANU has been highly successful in the past, with all five of ANU nominations selected last year. The theme for GYSS 2017 is “Advancing Science, Creating Technologies for a Better World”.

The GYSS is aimed mainly at scientists but some cross-disciplinary applications have been successful in the past.

Those wishing to apply will need to forward the following documents to peter.francis@anu.edu.au by COB Friday 16th September  to be considered for selection as an ANU nominee:

  • one page addressing the selection criteria (see GYSS2017-Participant-Selection-Criteria.pdf). Applicants should focus on their research and how it relates to the GYSS theme in their statement.
  • a short CV (no fixed format but should highlight research interests, education background, awards and key publications), and
  • a letter of support from a supervisor or Head of Research School (this should include confirmation that funding is available for flight costs).

ANU is expected to sponsor participants’ passage – all the other expenses will be provided by Singapore (see GYSS2017-Participant-Selection-Criteria.pdf). ANU PVC (Research & Research Training) will contribute $500 toward the flight costs of each participant. This will be paid via College Finance teams as a reimbursement.

Please contact Peter Francis if you have any questions. peter.francis@anu.edu.au

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: http://rsss.anu.edu.au/story/executive-short-courses-launched

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

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: ilp@anu.edu.au
Session will include light refreshments

Presented by ANU Library
anulib.anu.edu.au

PublishandProsper_Flyer

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.

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 promotingexcellence@anu.edu.au

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 |
E: promotingexcellence@anu.edu.au

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 www.scienceweek.net.au 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
annesophie.dielen@gmail.com

“A Seven-step Process for Academic Writing”

A NECTAR-SUPPORTED ANU EARLY CAREER ACADEMIC WORKSHOP with Dr Malini Devadas, MD Writing and Editing

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: nectar@anu.edu.au

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: nectar@anu.edu.au

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: Maria.Davern@anu.edu.au |W: http://anu.edu.au/
– 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).

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 (annick.thomassin@anu.edu.au) or Annie (annie.teone@anu.edu.au) by July 31st.

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

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)
claire.obrien@anu.edu.au

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 science.events@anu.edu.au 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).

$3,000 scholarships are now available to women in the higher education sector to assist them to participate in the Advanced Leadership Program (ALP).

Created to provide tailored development and support to Australia’s growing pool of senior female leaders, the ALP is enabling the advancement of high potential women across all areas of the education sector.

Developed in consultation with an unparalleled group of educational stakeholders the ALP directly responds to a national need to increase the representation of women in formal leadership positions across all industries.

During a career-defining six month journey, participants accelerate their career potential, become part of an exceptional peer network and consider the broader implications of gender equality throughout the Australian education sector.

To view the course Prospectus Click Here

To request a scholarship application, please reply to this email and provide the following information:

Name:
Organisation:
Phone:
Email:

Kind regards,

Nick Williams

Nick Williams
National Excellence in Educational Leadership
P 1300 138 037 F 1300 451 031
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The Westpac Research Fellowships for early career researchers are now open for application. These are prestigious scholarships aimed at outstanding early career researchers. The fellowships pay up to $460,000 over three years (for salary and professional development costs) and require college support. They are aimed at influential researchers in the fields of:

Technology and innovation;
Strengthening the ties between Australia-Asia; and
Enabling positive social change.

An information session on the Research Fellowships will be held on Wednesday 6th July (from 12 noon to 1am in the Innovations Lecture Theatre, Innovations Building (# 124), Eggleston Road). Please note the change in venue. Further information on conditions and college support requirements is available from Maria Davern (Research Services Division).

Please promote this opportunity actively amongst your ECR networks.

Key dates are:

  • 18th August – Applicants complete application (online) for College Research Office (RO)  to review
  • 25th August – RO submit completed application to Research Services Division (RSD)
  • 25th 26th August – Letter of support finalised (PVC RRT and RSD)
  • 31st August – Applicants submit application to Westpac
  • September – October – Shortlisting (Westpac, ANU)
  • October – December – Final selection (Westpac)
  • 19th December – Notification of Fellowship recipients.

(more details can be found here – UID and HORUS password required for access)

The Westpac Bicentennial Foundation is partnering with Australia’s leading research universities (ANU, UMelb, UQ and USyd) 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

An ANU Westpac Research Fellowship Information Session will be held on Wednesday 6th July 2016 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM in the Manning Clarke Theatre (venue to be confirmed). More details will come from the PVC (R&RT) office shortly.

ANU Submission Process
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)
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.

The Westpac Research Fellowship supports early career researchers to undertake ground-breaking research, here in Australia.

Westpac Bicentennial Foundation is partnering with Australia’s leading research universities to offer four Westpac Research Fellowships valued at up to $460,000 over three years. This unique fellowship supports outstanding early career researchers whose ground-breaking work has the potential to make a difference in one of the Foundation’s focus areas:

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

Fellowship recipients will be exceptional people, chosen for their intellectual ability, leadership qualities, and commitment to the community.

The Fellowship has been co-created with university partners to focus on the specific needs of research Fellows, and covers each early career researcher’s full-time salary plus professional development and global experiences.

Applications for the Westpac Research Fellowship close 31 August 2016.

Further information: http://bicentennial.westpacgroup.com.au/scholarships/research-fellowship/

The ‘B-HERT’ (Business Higher Education Table) award submissions are now open, the closing date is September 9, 2016.

The categories are:

  • Best Research and Development Collaboration
  • Best Higher Education and Training Collaboration
  • Best Community Engagement Collaboration Awards
  • Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business Education Collaboration
  • Best Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Support of Higher Education Award Guidelines
  • Award for Sustained Collaboration between Business and Tertiary Education
  • There is also a newly created category this year: The B/HERT Research Translation Award.

All publicly funded research projects including business/university collaborative programs involved in translating research are eligible to apply. Collaborative partnerships may involve one or more publicly funded research organisations, one or more industry partners, and/or international partners as long as there is one Australian entity involved in the project. Applying for the Research Translation Award requires a commercial relationship to exist between the parties following the research activity. The parties may have a pre-existing relationship prior to a licensing arrangement, for example, or the formation of a start-up but this is not a requirement. There is an expectation that an agile transition has taken place from research to the translation phase of the innovation. Commercialised research that is available in the marketplace is ineligible for this award.

The application may be submitted by the licensee and/or the researchers, the investors and/or the researchers from publicly and privately owned companies, SMEs, start-ups, venture capital investors, federal, state and government departments, statutory authorities, not-for-profits, etc.

More information can be found at: https://e-award.com.au/2016/bhert/newentry/AwardsGuidelines.php

Nominations for the 2016 ACT Scientist of the Year Awards are being accepted until 5pm Tuesday 14 June.

The ACT Scientist of the Year Award recognises the achievements of an ‘up and coming’ scientist with significant potential to continue to achieve in their chosen field of research.

OBJECTIVES
The objective of the new award is to:
•• celebrate excellence in scientific research and innovation in the ACT through recognition of an ‘ACT Scientist of the Year’;
•• showcase the contribution that local scientists make to science and innovation, both nationally and worldwide;
•• enhance the ACT’s reputation as a ‘centre of excellence in research and innovation’; and
•• inspire young people to consider a career in science.

PRIZE
One scientist will be recognised as the ACT Scientist of the Year and receive a $30,000 (ex GST) prize.

Further information about the awards and nomination guidelines.

The AusBiotech Advancing Women Program is a bespoke six-month, intensive program. It has been designed specifically for emerging female leaders in the life science industry who’ve achieved one or two promotions, and are now looking to build on their leadership potential. Participants are typically aged between 25 and 39, and have  a strong focus on accelerating their career.
This opportunity is prioritised to AusBiotech members, and numbers are strictly limited for the 2016 program.

Date:  5 July 2016 – 1 December 2016 (4 half day workshops & 2 executive coaching sessions)
Location:   The offices of DibbsBarker, Level 8 123 Pitt Street Sydney NSW 2000 Australia

About the program: You’ll work one-on-one with a highly qualified executive coach to work through your career challenges.

Examples of key topics you’ll cover in the coaching sessions include:

– How to articulate your career goals in a compelling way
– Improving how you communicate your value to the organisation
– Managing your performance in high pressure situations
– Improving your senior stakeholder management
– Mapping your goals and identifying your next career step
– Reviewing your career trajectory: Are you moving fast enough?
– A detailed assessment of where you are today, vs. where you want to be over the next 5-10 years.

About the Facilitator – Gillian Fox

Guest Speakers

Testimonials

Click here to download the Information Guide.

Early bird offer:
The early bird rate of $3,500 plus GST applies before Friday 10 June 2016.
Standard cost, post early bird date is $3,900 plus GST.

Registrations close Friday June 24 2016.

For more information or to register contact, events@ausbiotech.org or 03 9828 1400.


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About the Lean Startup Workshops

The ANU Technology Transfer Office is teaming up with KILN Incubator to show you how to apply lean startup methodology to your research project.

Lean startup methods enable you to:

  • Test an idea’s commercial potential
  • Find a viable market opportunity
  • Create a successful business model
  • Build the right prototype faster
  • Effectively deal with risk and uncertainty
  • Increase the impact of your ideas and innovations

The Lean Startup Workshops, facilitated by experienced entrepreneurs, are challenging and fast-paced, involve active small-team learning and will provide you with relevant and effective methods to innovate.

The Workshops are suited to any ANU academics or HDR students who may be interested in taking their research project or idea to market, including those with an existing startup or even those who may have an idea but are unsure of the next steps to take.

Registration is essential as spaces are limited.

Upcoming Lean Startup Workshops

Social Media training with @thesiswhisperer

Presented by ANU Research Training

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You have an opportunity to learn Social Media with The Thesis Whisperer.

This course has 12 available places and will be a blended model and will run over six weeks, beginning in early July 2016. There will be a compulsory one hour face to face workshop and one hour of interaction with the rest of the cohort online, via the ANU Wattle platform. There is an expected additional four hours a week of personal study time. Register your interest following the link below 😀

https://docs.google.com/…/1tSqgPQuQVbVRQD7EIskc95W…/viewform

 

If you are a recent PhD graduate, you could be the next winner of the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists.

Submissions are now open for 2016 entries.

Doctoral graduates may submit an essay based on their thesis work. Four winners, in different categories, will be selected for this international award.

Application deadline: August 1, 2016

Categories: Cell and Molecular Biology | Ecology and Environment |
Genomics and Proteomics | Translational Medicine

The winners will:
• Be published by Science
• Share 60,000 USD in prize money
• Be awarded in Stockholm, Sweden in December

Questions/Inquiries: SciLifeLabPrize@aaas.org

Apply now for your chance to win the 2016 Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists!

ANU welcomes Simon Dewulf, CEO of AULIVE, to speak about Innovation Logic.

Presented by Innovation ANU
When: Thursday 30 June, 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Where: TBC, ANU Campus
Free to register

AULIVE Innovation Logic is based on fifteen years of creativity research, over five hundred innovation projects and the exploration of worldwide BIG Patent DATA. The method and patent analysis software bring speed and efficiency to:

  • R&D innovation and problem solving capability
  • market connection for technology, product or process
  • predictive innovation and technical trend analysis
  • knowledge retainment and technology transfer
  • patent analysis and technology landscaping.

The AULIVE Innovation Logic originated in the nineties from a UK DfEE sponsored project at Imperial College, London, on fostering creativity and innovation in engineering education. With subsequent research years in Ypres and Leuven, Belgium and Bangalore, India, AULIVE designed free inspiration tools at www.aulive.com including an innovation database, a patent analysis tool, and production innovation tool and a creativity test. AULIVE has trained over 1500 researchers in Innovation Logic. Their star research tool PatentInspiration is actively used in universities in San Paulo, Talca, Ohio, Brno and Osaka and companies like GSK, P&G, SKF, CSR, Shell, L’Oréal, SABMiller and Kodak. The patented AULIVE Innovation Logic was awarded the INSEAD Innogator prize in 2010.  Now based in Australia, AULIVE opens an innovation training resort this September on a bush mountain, in Glen Elgin NSW.

More information about this event

Have you ever wanted to communicate your science through street art?

Co-Lab: Science Meets Street Art pairs science PhD students and early-career scientists* with local Canberran street artists. Pairs discuss the scientist’s research, field and discoveries to come up with the concept for murals which will be painted at Science in ACTion as part of ACT National Science Week at Kingston Bus Depot, Saturday 13 August 2016.

The public will be invited to watch as science-inspired street art evolves over the course of the day. Descriptions written by the participating scientists will accompany each piece and the scientists involved will be invited to speak to the public about their work as the artworks take shape.

*Early career scientists are in their first 3 years of research following completion of a PhD.

How do I apply?
Please provide the following information to colabsci@gmail.com by June 30th.

  1. Name:
  2. Email:
  3. Phone number:
  4. Gender:
  5. Are you a PhD student or early-career scientist in your first 3 years of post-PhD research (please specify which)?
  6. University/Research Institute and Faculty:
  7. Research topic and field:
  8. Please provide a paragraph (up to 12 lines) aimed at the general public to describe your research and/or field:
  9. Please provide 1-4 images that you would use to assist a street artist in understanding your research, field and/or discoveries. This can include photos, graphs, diagrams etc. Please number images and provide a caption for each.

If I am successful, what do I need to do?
If you are successful you will be paired with a street artist and you will be introduced to each other via email. Pairs will then choose to meet in person, talk on the phone or email back and forth to discuss your research, field and discoveries and come up with the concept for a public art based on this. You will then be asked to write a description of the work based on draft sketches by the artist. On Saturday 13th August at Science in ACTion your description will be displayed for the public to read as they watch the street artist create a piece of work inspired by your research. You will also be asked to attend the event to talk to members of the public about your research and answer any questions. Once the works are complete, there will be an official launch of Co-Lab: Science Meets Street Art and scientists and artists who participated will be invited to say a few words about their work and the process of working together.

Applications for the 2016 Australia China Young Scientist Exchange Program (YSEP) close Monday June 20, 09.00 (AEST).

Please see link to the guidelines and application form at http://www.atse.org.au/content/international/australia-china-young-scientists-exchange-program.aspx

The Program is funded by the Department of Industry Innovation and Science and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).

Up to 20 Australian participants will be selected to undertake a two-week program of visits in China 30 October-11 November 2016.

Any queries, please contact Dr Carolyn O’Brien, Senior International Relations and Policy Officer, Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering: carolyn.obrien@atse.org.au

Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering
Level 1, 1 Bowen Crescent, Melbourne, 3004
GPO Box 4055, Melbourne, Victoria, 3001

D  +613 9864 0904  |  M  +61 411 423 095  |  T  +613 9864 0900  |  F  +613 9864 0930

www.atse.org.au

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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

The OECD’s Co-operative Research Programme’s Call for Applications for conference sponsorship and research fellowships for funding in 2017 has been launched: www.oecd.org/agriculture/crp. The deadline for the submission of applications is 10 September 2016 midnight (Paris time).

To access the application page at the website, click on “CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Research Fellowships and Conference Sponsorship” under “Find” or in the NEWS Section : “Apply now for Research fellowships and conference sponsorship to be funded in 2017”.

If you have a big idea, share it with the world. The Falling Walls Lab Australia asks ‘Which are the next walls to fall?’ as a result of scientific, technological, economic and social breakthroughs. A very brief online application (10-15 minutes) is due 23 May, with selected finalists invited to present their 3 minute pitch in Canberra on 24 August.

The Australian winner will travel to Berlin to present at a global event on 8/9 November and hear some of the world’s leading scientists share their current breakthrough research.

More info: https://www.science.org.au/…/gr…/falling-walls-lab-australia

Apply online: http://falling-walls.com/lab/applyold?location=1 – closes 23 May.

The Inaugural CUHK Research Summit: Digital Methods & Social Development will be held on the campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) during 21-27 August 2016. The Summit offers a platform for young academics to interact with world-leading researchers and global peers. Participants will benefit from this unique opportunity to learn about the latest research and developments in a stimulating environment and to develop network with potential collaborators from all over the world.

About the Summit

How can digital methods benefit not only academia but also society at large? How does one select, develop, and use the most appropriate digital research tools to tackle real-world issues in a week – such as an election, an environmental campaign, labor advocacy, and data challenges facing a social enterprise? How do the world’s leading scholars evaluate the state of digital methods globally? How do they think about the future directions of this burgeoning field beyond a Eurocentric Internet, beyond the norms of liberal democracies?

Planned activities include (a) a high-level public event on 21 August consisting of keynote speeches and open discussions, and (b) a six-day training program during 22-27 August for advanced PhD students and early career researchers. Applicants from around the world are welcome. Twenty trainees will be selected from diverse cultural, methodological and disciplinary backgrounds to conduct group work with help from experienced trainers throughout the week.

Speakers and trainers will come from around the world. The content will cover social media analysis, network analysis, data visualization, Big Data, and related research topics. Emphasis will be placed on innovative thinking, the mastery of research tools, the matching between analytical strategies and theoretical / practical questions posed by subject experts, especially in the contexts of Chinese- and Asian-language cyberspaces.

Deadline for applications is 21 May 2016.

For more details about the Inaugural CUHK Research Summit, please refer to the CUHK Research Summit Flyer and visit http://c-centre.com.cuhk.edu.hk/research-summit/.

ANU Teaching Enhancement Grants and ANU Linkage for Learning and Teaching Grants.

These grants schemes are designed to support teachers in their commitment to continually improve their teaching while sustaining high quality learning at ANU, and to support strategic connections between ANU and organisations outside of the higher education sector. The closing date for grant submissions is 10am, Monday 6 June. If you have any queries about the grants programs please contact the ANU Promoting Excellence team.

‘Looking back, moving forward: What is the future of qualitative research?

First forum of the ANU Qualitative Research Network (QRN)

Tues 17th May 2016 – 4pm
Drawing Room, University House, ANU.

The forum will be followed by drinks at the Fellows Bar, University House.

Some of the issues we will discuss include:
• Innovative qualitative methods
• Perceptions of qualitative methods
• Future of qualitative research methods – are we moving more to the quantification of qualitative research?
• Archiving qualitative research
• Issues around analysis of qualitative research
• How qualitative research methods can contribute to scientific fields of research that are traditionally quantitative
• Issues around teaching qualitative methods
We have four fantastic panel members from a diverse range of disciplines and research backgrounds, see below for details:

Dr Johanna Rendle-Short (School of Language Studies)
Dr Johanna Rendle-Short is the Associate Dean (Students) in the College of Arts and Social Sciences. She analyses interaction using the methodology of conversation analysis (CA) across a range of contexts, including, language and learning, media studies, and children and adults who are communicatively impaired. She is particularly interested in how children with Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism communicate within ordinary everyday settings.

Dr Graham Fordham (ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment)
Dr Graham Fordham teaches ‘Qualitative Methodologies in Health Research’, ‘Anthropological Approaches to Health Interventions’, and ‘Anthropological Concepts for Health Research: From Risk to Suffering’, in the Master of Culture Health and Medicine degree in the Medical School. Over the past thirty years he has conducted anthropological fieldwork and consultancy throughout much of mainland Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam), in the sub-Saharan AIDS belt in Africa and in urban Australia. He has worked on a wide range of development and development health issues including: HIV/AIDS/STIs, developing models for behaviour change, developing models of male risk behaviour, prostitution, reproductive health/adolescent reproductive health, substance abuse (alcohol), the trafficking of women and children, the impact of pornography on children and youth, gender-based violence, street children/child protection, masculinity, gender and youth sexuality. His current research interests focus on a critical anthropology of biomedicine and public/global health and on the roles played by these “disciplines” in the surveillance and control of populations in the neoliberal state.

Dr David Bissell (School of Sociology)
Dr David Bissell is senior lecturer in Sociology at The Australian National University. He combines qualitative research on embodied practices with social theory to explore the social, political and ethical consequences of mobile lives. His current two projects are examining how mobile working practices are changing the constitution of the home (with Andrew Gorman-Murray); and how robotics and AI are reshaping employment futures (with Anthony Elliott, Thomas Birtchnell and John Urry). His most recent project investigated how commuting in Sydney affects people’s sense of self, their relations with others, their job and their sense of place in the city. He is an editor of Stillness in a Mobile World (Routledge, 2011) and The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities (Routledge, 2014).

Associate Professor Cathy Banwell (National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health)
Associate Professor Cathy Banwell completed a MA (social anthropology) at Auckland University, New Zealand and conducted a PhD in the Department of Community Medicine at Melbourne University. For many years, she has brought an anthropological perspective to public health problems. She is currently located at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (ANU). Her research interests include; understanding the socio-cultural determinants of public health; temporal dimensions of health; consumption and risk relating to food, alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use; reproductive health, family and social issues of women who use illicit drugs. She convenes a masters level course on qualitative research analysis.
Tues 17th May 2016 – 4pm; Drawing Room, University House, ANU. Followed by drinks at the Fellows Bar, University House.

http://mailman.anu.edu.au/mailman/listinfo/qrn

Teaching opportunities for Early Career Academics in the Research School of Biology

On the 18th March the Research School of Biology (RSB) Early Mid-Career Researchers (EMCR) Committee hosted a pancake brunch to discuss teaching opportunities within the department. So whilst eating delicious pancakes cooked up by Steve Eichten everyone listened to Stefan Broer talk on graduate teaching opportunities at RSB. Stefan talked on a spin off from the recent RSB organizational review, where postdocs are encouraged to contribute to training/teaching of PhD and Honours students by designing and implementing workshops in areas of their expertise. Suggestions are to produce short modules of about 2hrs and good examples of training workshops are those offered by the mass spectroscopy facility (Stephen Watt) and computational biology (Marcin Adamski).

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Next, Dave Rowell talked on undergraduate teaching opportunities within RSB. Dave gave hints on how to get lecturing experience by directly contacting course convenors. Dave also talked about teaching options outside the standard “lecture series” arrangement with Mel Norris is looking for people who want to be involved in presentations to schools, or to school students visiting the ANU. Dave also talked about the ANU Educational Fellowship Scheme (EFS) which provides an opportunity for all those involved in teaching to be recognised as professionals within an internationally standardised framework; and best of all this teaching accreditation scheme is free to ANU staff. A detailed synopsis of teaching opportunities within RSB was written up by Britta Forster and has been posted on the RSB EMCR webpage (http://intranet.rsb.anu.edu.au/Postdoc_resources/).

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Steve Eichten cooking up a storm (left)

 

 

 

 

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Ben Long, Florian Busch and Wil (Wei) Hee help themselves to delicious pancakes at the EMCR event (right)

 

 

Written by Brendon Conlan (RSB EMCR Committee Chair & ANU UEC ECA staff representative)

This Princeton professor posted his CV of failures for the world to see:http://www.cnbc.com/2016/04/27/this-princeton-professor-posted-his-cv-of-failures-for-the-world-to-see.html

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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

Would you like to meet other researchers in related fields across campus? Would you like to discuss your research ideas? Please come and join us for ANU Early Career Researcher and Graduate House Speed Networking on the topic of Human Rights.

During a one-hour session you will be able to network with ANU researchers from a wide variety of disciplines working in the area of human rights, establish new academic collaborations, and get feedback on your own research ideas from diverse perspectives.

Date: Wednesday, 4 May 2016
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 (Please join us for drinks afterwards).
Location: University House, Room TBD

Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/anu-ecr-and-graduate-house-speed-networking-topic-human-rights-tickets-24795587269

If you have any questions please contact Lauren Butterly (Lecturer, ANU College of Law) or Svitlana Chernykh (Lecturer, School of Politics & International Relations)

This week is Pledge Week at ANU, which is a campaign that addresses the issue of interpersonal violence, sexual harassment and assault on campus.

Throughout the week you have the opportunity to join with other members of the ANU community to sign the ANU Pledge and promise to make the campus a safe place for everyone.

From Monday until Thursday this week, the banner will be available between 12pm and 2pm in Union Court for signing.

Further information is available at the Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt’s latest blog entry.

Digital Science will be delivering a presentation at the ANU about some of their research-related products. Digital Science is a company that provides software and technology to serve research communities. They have engaged with various communities and stakeholders globally to help improve the way science works.

In the light of an increasing focus on measuring the societal benefits and Impact from research, and the need for better coordination in research data sharing, reporting and promoting the impact of our research, it is imperative universities work more efficiently with tools that can empower innovation and are also able to support researchers at every stage of the research cycle.

Digital Science will be delivering a presentation at the ANU about their following products:

Altmetric is a tool that helps to monitor, track and report on the online activity surrounding research published content.com collates data from sources such as social media sites, news outlets, blogs, post-publication peer review platforms, patent and policy documents to provide a much richer and more immediate measure of the social impact of the research that is complimentary to traditional metrics such as citations and downloads. The attention from these outlets provides evidence of societal impact and public engagement and allows an article to be assigned an “Altmetric score” and a badge showing the article’s score. http://www.altmetric.com/

Figshare for Institutions– Store, share, manage & discover research. Figshare is a repository where users can make all of their research outputs available in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner. Figshare allows scientists and researchers to upload research data, pictures, videos and other digital artefacts that were either used in, support or explain research that has been carried out. Figshare’s public data is automatically made available to others to download and view; sharing statistics are available on the site.  Data may be stored for free if it is shared with others or kept private for a fee. http://figshare.com/

Dimensions for Universities– built on a grant database containing more than $874billion of historic and current funding, with over 1.74 million projects from over 150 funders globally. Dimensions has been designed institutions analyse their funding gaps as well as identify global opportunities.  In 2015 the ANZSRC FoR codes were added as a classification.  Dimensions combines Natural Language processing and Big Data analysis with an intuitive interface and comprehensive awards/publication databases to allow an in-depth analysis of ongoing research funding.  http://symplectic.co.uk/products/dimensions/

You are invited to the presentation session which will be held on:

Date/Time:     Thursday 28th of April 2016, 11.30 am – 1.00 pm

Venue:    Innovations Lecture Theatre, Anthony Low Building #124, Level 2, ANU

All staff are welcome, please pass on this invite to any other relevant or interested staff.

ANU Research Services Division is running two further workshops on the Defence Trade Control Act. The purpose of these are to provide further opportunities to researchers including ECRs, Higher Degree Research students (who have been unable to attend previous workshops) to learn about the Defence Trade Control Act 2012 and its potential impact on your research. 

Upcoming Defence Export Control one hour seminars are scheduled for:

Wednesday 20 April 11:45 am RSPE Seminar Room
Friday 29 April 2:00pm RSPE Conference Room

Primary responsibility for compliance with export control laws resides with Individual staff and non staff of the University. This responsibility aligns with the obligations imposed on individuals by export controls legislation and with the principle that individual staff and non staff have the expertise in understanding the types and potential applications of their research activities.

The University is responsible for for providing guidance to, and raising the awareness of staff and non staff associated with the University who work with potential DSGL listed items of goods, technology and software.

Please visit the University’s Defence Export controls website to learn more.

Fellowships currently open for applications at the National Library of Australia. http://www.nla.gov.au/awards-and-grants/fellowships-and-scholarships

  • 2017 National Library Fellowships for research in the collections close on May 2, 2016. These significant awards, funded by donors, are open to both established and early career researchers, Australian and international applicants. Information, guidelines and application forms are available online.

Opportunity for Early Career Academic to join Australia-Indonesia Leaders Program, 18-27 May (applications close 21 April)

The Australia Indonesia Centre, of which ANU is a member, is offering sponsorship for an ANU PhD student or early career academic to join the 2016 Australia-Indonesia Leaders Program (18-27 May).

Applicants should be working on topics relevant to the program themes.

Details are provided in the following pdf link: AIC Leaders Program May 2016 ANU information Applications close 21 April.

Questions? Please direct any questions to Professor Peter Kanowski by email (peter.kanowski@anu.edu.au)in the first instance.

$50,000 prizes for stem cell research closing soon

Applications for the 2016 Metcalf Prizes for Stem Cell Research close Monday 21 March 2016.

“The $50,000 prizes are open to mid-career researchers who are five to 10 years past their PhD or MD (research-based) and working in stem cell research in Australia. They could be working in medicine or agriculture, government or a university, or anything in between.”

To apply online, and for a full list of criteria and conditions, head to the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia’s website: www.stemcellfoundation.net.au/researchers/metcalf-prizes

Do you want to influence policy and have your say on the future of your field? Would you like a sponsored opportunity to network with the nation’s next generation of science leaders? Do you have an interest in the science of risk and uncertainty?

Then apply to take part in the 2016 Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank An interdisciplinary approach to living in a risky world to be held in Canberra on 20-22 July by the Australian Academy of Science.

Find out more and apply to attend this year’s Think Tank by 31 March. Applicants will be notified of the selection outcomes by 30 April. If you require any further information please contact Sandra Gardam on 02 6201 9426 or via email emcr@science.org.au

ANU University Education Committee Early Career Academic Staff Representative

Expressions of Interest due FRIDAY 18th MARCH

Would you like to participate in discussions about academic teaching and learning at ANU?

Are you interested in the processes of University Governance?

Interested Early Career Academic staff at ANU are invited to submit an Expression of Interest for appointment to the University Education Committee as an Early Career Academic representative. The appointment will be made by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Chair of the UEC, for a term of two years.

Expressions of Interest from ANU Early Career Academics should be emailed to NECTAR at nectar@anu.edu.au by COB Friday 18th March. Members of staff wishing to submit an EoI are asked to please include the following information in their nomination:

  • Name and Title
  • Position and Location
  • Contact Details
  • A brief statement outlining his/her interest in appointment to membership of UEC
  • Endorsement of the nomination from the staff member’s supervisor.

The Membership and Terms of Reference for the University Education Committee are available at ANU Governance website pages: http://www.anu.edu.au/about/governance/committees/university-education-committee

For more information about filling the position, please contact NECTAR Coordinator Dr Michelle Antoinette (nectar@anu.edu.au or x57165).

The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers blog includes posts to connect, inform, develop and represent the scholarly publishing community.

Thursday, 4 February 2016
All Change in Scholarly Communications: How are the Players – Veterans and Newbies – Adapting? Fiona Murphy reports from #APE2016

“Last month, in characteristically bracing January Berlin weather, around 250 intrepid speakers and delegates attended the 11th Academic Publishing in Europe (APE – pronounced “Ahhhpay”) meeting. Keep an eye on Twitter #ape2016 as all of the presentations were recorded and so should become available in the near future. …”  To read the rest of this article see: http://blog.alpsp.org/2016/02/all-change-in-scholarly-communications.html

The ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods is excited to announce the launch of the ANU  Qualitative Research Network (QRN).

The QRN is a network of researchers and academics who are interested in building connections and collaborations across the university, as well as promoting excellence in qualitative methodologies at the ANU.

If you’re interested in qualitative research and/or supporting qualitative research at the university,  please sign up to the following link to be notified of exciting new developments throughout the year, including networking events and a 3-part discussion series. http://mailman.anu.edu.au/mailman/listinfo/qrn

Details of the official launch of the QRN are:
Venue: University House (Common Room) – Cash Bar
Time: 4.30pm, Wednesday 2nd March, 2016

Professor Catherine Waldby, Director of Research School of Social Sciences, has been invited to launch the network.

Further queries: please contact Marisa at marisa.fogarty@anu.edu.au

A host of opportunities for rising stars in science including Fresh Science competition and the $50,000 Metcalf Prizes for stem cell research.

Fresh Science is a national competition that selects researchers with research results, an invention, or a discovery; trains them in how to tell their story; and helps them share their findings with the media and the public. There is space for forty early career researchers this year. Nominations are open now until 23 March. Nominate now at freshscience.org.au.

Metcalf Prizes for Stem Cell Research: Two $50,000 Prizes for early-career stem cell researchers. The prizes are awarded to one male and one female mid-career researcher, five to 10 years past their PhD or MD (research-based), working in stem cell research in Australia. They could be working in medicine or agriculture, government or a university. Applications close Monday 21 March. For more information head to stemcellfoundation.net.au/researchers/metcalf-prizes.

Other prizes currently open include: the Australia Museum’s Eureka Prizes, Tall Poppies, the Victorian Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research, the L’Oréal For Women in Science Fellowships, the Australian Academy of Science Awards, and BioMelbourne Network’s Women in Leadership Awards. We’re waiting for a date for the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.

“What is the fate of the academic book: is it doomed to die or does it have a new lease of life? Early career scholars suggest that the life-form of the monograph remains vital to them – but the reasons are worth teasing out, and despite e-publishing the form such books could take remains to be fully explored.”

As the British Academy’s contribution to Academic Book Week in November 2015, the British Academy Review conducted a short series of interviews with a number of British Academy-supported early career scholars on different aspects of academic book publication. Audio recordings of these interviews can be heard via www.britishacademy.ac.uk/academicbookweek2015

The issues are originally discussed in an article written for the British Academy Blog (http://blog.britac.ac.uk) by Professor Mary Morgan FBA, the British Academy’s Vice-President (Publications) and member of the Strategy Board for ‘The Academic
Book of the Future’ project. See http://blog.britac.ac.uk/early-career-scholars-and-the-academic-book-of-the-future/

As a scientist, turning high level technical or academic ability and knowledge into high level leadership capability can be a challenging shift.

In the Advanced Leadership for Scientists Workshop 2016, delegates will explore the leadership skills demanded of scientific professionals to increase ​individual and​ team performance, in a​n increasingly outcome focused​ environment.

Express your interest early to be eligible for pre-release discounts!

For further information visit: http://liquidlearninggroup.com/documents/ALS0616A/ALS0616A_E.pdf

The Australian Academy of Science invites applications from Australian researchers for the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASIPIRE) Prize for 2016. The ASPIRE Prize is an annual award, valued at $25,000 USD (approximately $31,000 – $32,000 AUD), which recognises young scientists from APEC economies who have demonstrated a commitment to both excellence in scientific research, as evidenced by scholarly publication, and cooperation with scientists from other APEC member economies.

Given the important role of science cooperation and research in improving disaster resilience and to support economic prosperity across the region, the Australian Government and Australian Academy of Science are running a national competition to select three Australian finalists who will each be flown to Adelaide to the awards ceremony on 18 April 2016. The winner of the national competition, along with other economies’ candidates, will be nominated for the ASPIRE Prize which will be presented at a ceremony in Peru in August 2016.

The ANU can only submit 2 applications on behalf of early career researchers (ECRs), therefore internal ranking may be required. Contact your local ANU College Research Office with your expression of interest ASAP if you intend to apply. Local College Research Offices will need to notify central ANU Research Services Division about potential applicants by 4pm Thursday 10 March.

– See more at: https://www.science.org.au/opportunities/travel/grants-and-exchange/apec-science-prize-innovation-research-and-education-aspire

Scientists are becoming increasingly frustrated by the time it takes to publish a paper. Something has to change, they say.

See Kendall Powell

This is aimed at anyone at all that is interested in or working with data – they’ve got a program of events on that runs until about September, they are all free, and typically involve reading, watching or doing an activity around the topic – they’ve got some things that might be useful such as citation metrics for data, sharing sensitive data, licensing data for re-use etc. The program launches on 1st March, 2016. 

What is 23 (research data) Things?

23 Things is a recognised training concept with several organisations already using the idea to help Librarians, data managers and others to build their understanding of research data and its potential.
•23 Things: Libraries for Research Data in the United States: Poster Prezi presentation
•23 Research Things University of Melbourne showcasing a range of digital tools that can support research activity
•23ThingsUK to introduce library staff to social networking, online tools and mobile technology

Who would enjoy 23 (research data) Things?

Could this be for you? If you are a person who cares for, and about, research data and want to fill in some gaps, learn more, find out what others are thinking… then this may be for you!

The program is likely to be of interest to:
•Those who care for data: Librarians, Managers, Data custodians,
•Those who create data and want recognition for their data: Researchers, Early Career Researchers, Research Assistants
•those who are looking to incorporate data into their future careers: PhD students, Librarianship and Information management students

How will 23 (research data) things work in 2016?

This 23 (research data) Things is a self-directed learning program for anyone who wants to learn more about research data – what is it? why is it such a global hot topic? finding it, re-using it, managing it, describing it, how to make it open to the world, tricks and traps, and more. Participants will do roughly one Thing a week (with breaks and catch ups) over most of 2016. For each Thing you will:

1) Read, or watch, or do an activity
2) Post a comment or question about it to the 23 Things MeetUp site or share your ideas in a Community Group or one of our regular webinar catch ups.

Want to know more?  Visit: http://ands.org.au/23-things/index.html

This report summarises the main findings from the OAPEN-UK research project, a five-year study into open access monograph publishing in the humanities and social sciences.

OAPEN-UK was designed to work collaboratively and in an agile manner, supporting and responding to developments in the wider monograph publishing environment. Detailed research findings have been published throughout the project, and are available on the project website:
http://oapen-uk.jiscebooks.org

This report provides an overview of those findings, summarising the key messages and recommendations from the project and its many sub-reports.

Click here to link to the report including lessons and recommendations

“THE WORLD NEEDS SCIENCE AND SCIENCE NEEDS WOMEN”

Applications for the 2016 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowships open on Monday 22nd February.

Each year the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program recognises the achievements of outstanding female scientists in over 100 countries. Since 1998 over 2,250 women have been awarded Fellowships to support their continued research.

2016 marks the 10th anniversary of For Women in Science in Australia and four fellowships worth $25,000 each will be awarded – three for Australia and one for New Zealand.

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY APRIL 12TH 2016. Eligible Candidates must be within five years
of completing their PhD and an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

MORE INFORMATION AND THE APPLICATION FORM CAN BE
FOUND AT WWW.FORWOMENINSCIENCE.COM.AU

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

Submissions for the Lake Macquarie Environmental Research Grants for the current round are closing on Wednesday 27 January 2016. Application information can be found at the website: http://www.lakemac.com.au/community/grants-sponsorships-and-awards/environmental-research-grants

The Lake Macquarie Environmental Research Grants program is design to support projects that will assist Council and other environmental managers to develop appropriate land use practices, plan remedial and preventative works as well as adjust management strategies.

Since 1987, Lake Macquarie City Council, with assistance from sponsors, has provided over 125 grants to support environmental management of Lake Macquarie City.

Sponsors of the Lake Macquarie Environmental Grants for 2014 – 2015 included Delta Electricity, Glencore – West Wallsend Underground and Origin Energy.

If you require any further information or have any queries, please contact:

Kaisar Sarkar, PhD | Sustainability Risk Officer | Sustainability
Lake Macquarie City Council
126-138 Main Road Speers Point NSW 2284 | PO Box 1906 HRMC NSW 2310
P: 02 4921 0668 | F: 02 4921 0351
ssarkar@lakemac.nsw.gov.au |www.lakemac.com.au

Columbia University’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute is pleased to announce four postdoctoral fellowships for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Three of these positions are part of the Dorothy Borg Research Program, a three-year initiative to support teaching, research, and public outreach on issues relating the United States and East and Southeast Asia, funded by the Dorothy Borg Endowment. The fourth position is part of the INTERACT program, a pioneering program that focuses on developing global studies in the undergraduate curriculum through a network of postdoctoral scholars focused on cross-regional, trans-regional and interdisciplinary study.

For specific information on individual positions, including how to apply, please see links below:
2016-2017 Dorothy Borg Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Making of the Modern Pacific World: http://weai.columbia.edu/dorothy-borg-research-program/fellowship-in-the-making-of-the-modern-pacific-world/
2016-2017 Dorothy Borg Postdoctoral Fellowship in Southeast Asian Studies: http://weai.columbia.edu/dorothy-borg-research-program/fellowship-se-asian-studies/
2016-2017 Dorothy Borg Postdoctoral Fellowship in Modern Japanese Politics: http://weai.columbia.edu/dorothy-borg-research-program/fellowship-modern-japanese-politics/
2016 -2017 INTERACT Postdoctoral Fellowship: http://weai.columbia.edu/programs/interact/interact-postdoctoral-fellowship/

The due date for all applications is February 25, 2016.

For more information about these opportunities, please contact Jamie Tan, Student Affairs Officer, at weaipostdocs@gmail.com, or Ross Yelsey, Public Relations Officer, at kry2102@columbia.edu.

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.

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.

Early Career Academics at The Canberra Hospital are running are a Research Workshop Day to be held on Saturday 5th March, 9-5pm. The workshop is aimed particularly at Advanced Trainees who are embarking on their research project, but will be helpful to any clinician looking to learn more about the research process. Find out more

The THINK.CHECK.SUBMIT campaign was launched at the STM Conference in Frankfurt in October 2015. It is designed to guide journal authors and prospective journal authors on the selection of trusted publishers and journals for submission of their manuscripts.

The goal is to encourage awareness, to help ensure that authors submit to bona fide journals that are trusted and proven to have a strong reputation, applying best practice in their peer review processes, since this in turn will uphold and enhance the author’s reputation, and that of his/her institution.

For further details see the website: http://thinkchecksubmit.org/ and Think Check Submit APA Endorsement

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

Seeking Creative Minds

A possible opportunity for existing postdocs – http://www.society-in-science.org/how-to-apply.html

Up to ten fellowships each year available and is open to ECR’s no more that 5yrs post PhD across the life and natural sciences, engineering, medicine and social sciences.

The award provides funding for salary/eligible research costs and is in the order of $70k AUD, closing date is January 15, 2016.

Candidates that present an unusual research project that departs from the mainstream and that have a remarkable track record will be short-listed and could emerge from the annual selection process with an award for the prestigious grant.

Simply apply with a groundbreaking research idea to secure financial support for up to five years, working at an academic institution of your choice anywhere in the world.

The registration portal for the 2016 fellowship intake is now open, and will close on January 15, 2016, 11.59 p.m. (CET).

The IAS administers the Durham International Fellowships for Research and Enterprise (DIFeREns). DIFeREns (2010 – 2014) and DIFeREns2 (2014 – 2019) have received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement numbers 267209 and 609412. The schemes are COFUNDed by Durham University and European Union, and encompass two main fellowship schemes:

Junior Research Fellowship Scheme

The scheme is designed to attract the most talented researchers in Europe and beyond, and to build international networks of scholars with a common passion for today’s most important research challenges. Junior Research Fellowships are recruited to commence between July and October. Starting salaries are in the range of £31,342 – £35,256 p.a. For details on this scheme visit the Junior Research Fellowship Scheme webpage.

Senior Fellowship Scheme

This scheme is designed to gather together scholars, researchers, policy makers or practitioners from around the world and across the full spectrum of science, social science, arts and humanities to address themes of global significance in collaboration with Durham’s Research Institutes and researchers. Two classes of Fellowship are recruited: Senior Research Fellowships and Policy and Enterprise Fellowships. For details on this scheme visit the Senior Fellowship Scheme webpage.

For further information about applying to these schemes visit: https://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/diferens/

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)

How research is measured_presentation_101115


Public lecture Forum

Presenter: Prof. Sharon Bell, Charles Darwin University; Dr. Lisa M. Frehill, National Science Foundation
Event date: 
4–6pm 12 November 2015
Venue: Conference Room 1.02 , Sr Roland Wilson Building (#120), McCoy crt, ANU

Please register online

In November the Gender Institute is bringing to the ANU two distinguished experts on gender equity in science, who will reflect on the current state of knowledge and policy effectiveness in this area. This is a unique opportunity for everybody interested in gender equity in science to get together to debate how far we have yet to go and how to move forward.

 

Prof. Sharon Bell, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Charles Darwin University, will discuss the most recent findings from her studies of gender divides in Australian science. This research was motivated by the fact that in Australia women constitute a majority of undergraduate and higher degree research students. Yet, the semblance of parity disguises persistent patterns of inequality.  Growth in women’s participation remains primarily in disciplines that are historically highly feminized. Despite pressing and impending workforce needs, women in non-traditional areas of study as the equity category have fallen off the policy table, with the notable exception, and only recently, of women in science.

Sharon will discuss the recently released report ‘Women in the Science Research Workforce’ (2015), which focuses on biology and chemistry, as these two disciplines have experienced significant female participation up to the doctoral level for several decades. Postgraduate female biology and chemistry graduates, particularly chemistry graduates, enter a wide range of occupations in industry and government as well as in the science research workforce. This is a landmark report in that it is cross-sectoral in two important fields of science, draws on data from both men and women across all career stages and draws on evidence from those who have left the science research workforce.

Dr. Lisa M. Frehill, of the National Science Foundation, will present her recent research on the status of women in science and engineering cross-nationally.  Her talk will also discuss outcomes from the ADVANCE program funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation implemented to increase women’s access to academic careers in science and engineering.  Starting in 2000, the ADVANCE: Institutional Transformation Program has provided funds to U.S. universities and scientific societies to take stock of the status of women in science and engineering and to develop strategies to increase recruitment, retention, and advancement of women via positive institutional change.

Lisa implemented this program at two U.S. universities and worked on gender equity with two dozen other institutions in the U.S. and abroad. She has travelled to Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan to consult and assist in the development of similar initiatives. Lisa’s background includes work as a General Motors industrial engineer, positions in academia, industry, not-for-profit organizations, and the U.S. government. Her sociological research, including her most recent co-edited book titled “Advancing Women in Science: An International Perspective” published in 2015 by Springer, concerns implementing organizational change to increase gender and ethnic equity.

Please register online by Tuesday 10 November

 Early career researchers and students are particularly welcome to this workshop.
Presenter: Dr Lisa Frehill, National Science Foundation
Event date: 
12–2pm 11 November 2015
Venue: Hedley Bull Theatre 2

Please register online for this workshop.

For scientists today, there seems to be a sea of data.  But the extent to which those data can be used for meaningful research varies greatly. The title of this workshop is a play on a line from the poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” about a mariner who was the sole survivor of an ill-fated sea voyage in the 1700s. One of the lines, “Water, water everywhere nor any drop to drink” referenced the fact that the ship was surrounded by undrinkable sea water. How do we work better with the data?

Lisa Frehill’s research on women in science and engineering, e.g. her co-edited 2015 book titled Advancing Women in Science: An International Perspective provides one example. What is the status of women in science and engineering (S&E) cross-nationally? With growing concerns about equity in S&E, there has been keen interest in cross-national analyses of women’s status in S&E. The seemingly simple question, however, hides layers of complexity and inappropriately homogenizes S&E. Lisa will briefly speak about the social science methodological considerations associated with cross-national analysis with illustrations from her work with multiple datasets about human resources in S&E.

She will then lead a discussion with workshop participants about data challenges in participants’ own projects. Participants will each have an opportunity to present a three minute project talk much like a 3MT (i.e., Three Minute Thesis talk). This talk will introduce their research in which they (1) motivate and pose a research question and (2) offer their current ideas about how they plan to answer the question. This activity is optional and does not need to be limited to research on gender and science.  All are more than welcome to attend. Themes raised in 3MT will form the basis of a discussion in this highly interactive seminar to engage participants in dialog about overcoming research challenges.

Lisa’s 20 years of experience as a researcher in industry, academic, and government settings provides a rich background to inform social science research investigating human resource issues in S&E using many methodological approaches.

Mark your calendar! Participants from ANU and beyond are invited. Early career researchers and students are particularly welcome!

Registration online essential.

Take part in a hands-on bootcamp that will develop your innovation & commercialisation skills. Learn to use frameworks by exploring local case studies and find the innovation opportunities that are available to you.

For Academics, HDR Students, and Professional Staff.

The Spark Innovation Bootcamp is an initiative of the ANU Technology Transfer Office (TTO). Featuring facilitation by business incubator ATP Innovations and the (TTO).

Key outcomes will include:
• Understanding frameworks and how they apply to your academic career;
• Use innovation frameworks to identify new and exciting career pathways;
• Harness innovation and develop strategies to acquire alternative sources of funding.

Details:
Date & Time: 9am-4pm November 13
Venue: Allan Barton Forum, Building 26C (CBE), ANU
Register: www.sparkbootcamp15.eventbrite.com.au

SparkInnovationBootcamp

The 2016 Higher Education Conference – Transforming Australia: universities and their
communities will host a poster exhibition to highlight research that demonstrates
excellent collaboration and contribution to the community. This will be an
opportunity for PhD candidates and early career researchers to showcase their
work to senior researchers, as well as to delegates from across higher education,
industry and government.

The Conference is Universities Australia’s flagship annual event, attracting more than 800 delegates from both within and outside the university sector. It is attended by Vice-Chancellors, Chancellors, eminent scientists and researchers, international education specialists, policy makers, business representatives and the media.

The 8th annual conference is to be held 9-11 March 2016 at the National Convention Centre Canberra with a focus on universities and their communities.

The project
The candidate’s project should be focused on innovative research that is addressing an issue for
the community.The candidate will demonstrate how their project is building links between their
university and individuals, organisations and government to solve challenging real‑world issues.

The proposal
Candidates are asked to submit a proposal by 6 November 2015 for their poster, using the relevant form – Higher Ed Conference – Call for posters 2016. Please note that there are 20 spaces available in the poster exhibition.

Projects will be selected by a panel from Universities Australia and successful candidates will be notified in writing by December 2015.

Contact
Liz Long events@universitiesaustralia.edu.au
02 6285 8130

The ANU Medical School is holding a one day (free) research workshop on Saturday 14th November open to all in the ANU Medical School building a research career – either the researcher just starting out or those someway into the journey of building a research career.

Convened by Prof Imogen Mitchell, the workshop includes participation from internationally recognised researchers who have huge research track records. They are all approachable with practical solutions to the often daunting task of creating a research track record, a research group and writing a successful competitive grant.

The full program can be accessed here.Research Workshop November 2015 ANU Medical School.docx

rsvp’s to Liz Sturgiss: elizabeth.sturgiss@anu.edu.au

University House (incorporating Graduate House) is seeking its next cohort of Early Career
Academic Fellows, broadly representative of ANU’s academic areas and its diversity in other
respects, to contribute to the academic life of University and Graduate Houses in the terms
outlined below. The Fellowships will commence in January 2016.

Early Career Academic Fellows will be invited to contribute to the Houses for a period of up to 3
years, subject to annual review against the selection criteria. The Fellowships are non-­‐
stipendiary, but attached privileges include dining rights at the Houses’ weekly Hall Dinners,
membership of University House for the duration of the Fellowship, and a contribution of up
to $1200 annually for approved expenses relating to the Fellow’s academic work.

A cohort of Fellows will be selected in each of the two cluster areas of (1) Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Medicine and (2) Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. The proportion of selections in each cluster will approximate the proportion of Level A & B staff in these cluster areas at ANU. Up to 10 Fellows will be selected in 2016, to join the first cohort appointed in 2015: http://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/anu-welcomes-inaugural-early-career-academic-fellows

For further information about the ECAF 2016 selection criteria and application process please refer to the University House webpages: http://unihouse.anu.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Univ-House-Call-for-ECAF-2016.pdf

Submission Deadline: COB Wednesday 18 November 2015.

Enquiries: Professor Peter Kanowski, Master of University House.
p: (02 612) 55334
e: peter.kanowski@anu.edu.au

The High Commission of Canada is presenting an Information on research opportunities in Canada.

This presentation will provide information on Canadian research grants in all disciplines available to academic staff and postgraduate students. It will cover funding available from Canada’s three major federal research councils – the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The High Commission of Canada will also provide information on the prestigious Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program and Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, and other grants offered by some of the provinces, as well as other non-government organizations.

DATE: Monday 16th November 2015
TIME: 10.00am – 11.00am
VENUE: Allan Barton Forum, Level 2, College of Business and Economics, Bldg 26C, The Australian National University

RSVP: please RSVP by 9/11/2015 to: research.services@anu.edu.au
All interested welcome.

The Origins Project at Arizona State University is pleased to open nominations for the Origins Project Postdoctoral Award Lectureship sponsored by the Epstein VI Foundation. This award, the largest of its kind in the world, is awarded annually to an outstanding junior scholar chosen from all countries, from any field of study relevant to The Origins Project, and will consist of a $10,000 USD award, coach travel to/from Tempe, Arizona, and accommodations during week-long visit. In addition to participating in the awards ceremony, the winner will give 4 talks on his or her research, as well as participate in other Origins Project events during the visit.

An overview of the award is available in PDF.
Deadline: Sunday, November 1, 2015 – 4:00pm

For further information see: https://origins.asu.edu/origins-project-postdoctoral-award-lectureship?utm_campaign=HUB_Postdoc+-+Announcement&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Postdoc%20-%20universities&utm_term=HUB&utm_content=%20https%3a%2f%2forigins.asu.edu%2forigins-project-postdoctoral-award-lectureship

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.

Attention CMBE Early Career Academics!

CMBE is holding two NHMRC Early Career Fellowship/Career Development Fellowship Workshops  in the month of October.

Workshop 1 will be held on 8th October and is open to all early career academics and PhD candidates of minimum two years standing. This workshop is intended for those thinking about submitting an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship or Career Development Fellowship for the 2017 funding round.

Workshop 2 will be held on 22 October and is open to early career academic staff applying to the 2017 round. Prospective applicants should attend the second NHMRC ECF/CDF workshop to obtain feedback on the ‘non-research proposal’ components of their applications. Those attending must register by 10 am Monday 19 October

For further information on both these workshops please visit the CMBE Early Career Academic Development Event Series webpage: http://intranet.science.anu.edu.au/news-events/events/early-career-academic-development-event-series

$3,000 scholarships are now available to women in the higher education sector to assist them to participate in the Advanced Leadership Program (ALP).

Created to provide tailored development and support to Australia’s growing pool of senior female leaders, the ALP is enabling the advancement of high potential women across all areas of the education sector.

To view the course Prospectus Click Here

(Note there is still a requirement of $3,800 contribution for fees to participate in the program).

To request a scholarship application, please contact Nick Williams at the National Excellence in Schools Leadership Initiative nwilliams@asam.edu.au  providing the following information in your email:

Name:

Organisation:

Phone:

Email:

The Happiness and Well-Being Project, led by Dan Haybron of Saint Louis University, invites early career researchers in philosophy, the sciences, theology and religious studies to submit applications for a four-day summer workshop aimed at integrating scientific, philosophical, and religious perspectives on well-being. For the purposes of this workshop, “early career” or “junior” ranges from advanced graduate students to recently tenured faculty (preferably no more than 2-3 years past tenure).

The four-day workshop will take the form of a retreat in a secluded cloud forest location in Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica, from June 21-24, 2016. Up to 10 junior scholars and 5 senior researchers will meet to share their work and discuss key issues in contemporary well-being research.

Participants will receive travel reimbursement, food and lodging for the workshop plus travel days, funds to attend the project’s capstone conference in 2018, and a $500 stipend.

How to Apply
Applicants should submit the following materials to wellbeing@slu.edu by January 8, 2016:
• A current CV
• A 750 word description of research interests and how they relate to the workshop’s themes
• One letter of recommendation (this can be submitted directly by the recommender)
• A writing sample (this need not focus on well-being)

For answers to questions, please email wellbeing@slu.edu. The Call for Applications can be found here: Call for Applications – Development Workshop.

Do you know, “Research Career” is a website which advertises research career opportunities in a wide range of science-focused academic and professional sectors?

See the Research Career website at: http://www.researchcareer.com.au

 

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

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

You can now register for this event at the following Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/how-research-is-measured-and-what-it-means-for-your-career-tickets-18701359269

WORKSHOP: “HOW RESEARCH IS MEASURED AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOUR CAREER” with NECTAR & ANU Research Training

We constantly hear that academics must ‘publish or perish’- but what does it mean in practice? Academic work can be measured in a variety of ways. Different institutions do things in different ways. Publishing without being aware of these differences could affect your promotion and employment prospects in the future.

Come along to this session to learn about how academic productivity and quality can be measured. At the end of it you will know more about how to publish in formats and locations that can benefit your career. The session will feature experienced research management staff who can answer your technical questions, and will be beneficial to research students and any academic staff who would like clarification on how the system works.

By the end of this session you will:
1) Understand how research outputs are measured and how this might differ between universities.
2) Have an appreciation for the complexities of the contemporary publishing landscape and the importance of being strategic about how and where you publish.
3) Understand how publishing does ¬ and doesn’t ¬ play a role in promotion and career advancement.

Presented by Dr Douglas Robertson, Director of Research Services, ANU (and team members)

A light lunch will be served after the presentation. This will be an opportunity to network with the presenters and other attendees.

This event is proudly bought to you by ANU Research Training and NECTAR.

All current PhD candidates and Early Career Researchers are invited to attend.

Date: Tuesday 10th November, 2015 Time: 10:00am-12:00pm Venue: Finkel Theatre, John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR)

Register for this event at the following Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/how-research-is-measured-and-what-it-means-for-your-career-tickets-18701359269

For further information please contact the NECTAR Coordinator via email nectar@anu.edu.au or phone x57165

You can now register for this event at the following Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/understanding-research-fellowships-the-what-why-and-how-tickets-18703437485

SEMINAR: “UNDERSTANDING RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS: THE WHAT, WHY AND HOW” with NECTAR & ANU Research Training

Fellowships are an important part of the research funding landscape. They are highly competitive but enhance your CV significantly.  How does a Fellowship differ from a project grant? Are there any major things to look out for? Come along to this session which will look at a range of different fellowships and discuss how to fine tune your fellowship writing skills.

By the end of this session you will:

1) have been exposed to a number of different Fellowship schemes

2) appreciate the difference between a Fellowship and a Project grant

3) Understand how to approach a Fellowship application process.

All current PhD candidates and Early Career Researchers are invited to attend.

Date: Thursday 5th November, 2015  Time: 10.00-11.00am   Venue: Finkel Theatre, John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR)

Presented by Dr Douglas Robertson, Director of Research Services, ANU (and team members)

Morning tea will be served after the presentation. This will be an opportunity to network with the presenters and other attendees.

This event is proudly bought to you by ANU Research Training and NECTAR.

Register for this event at the following Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/understanding-research-fellowships-the-what-why-and-how-tickets-18703437485

For further information please contact the NECTAR Coordinator via email nectar@anu.edu.au or phone x57165

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

Researchers looking to pursue the first stages of their career at the ANU in 2016 can now apply for prestigious Westpac Research Fellowships valued at up to $460,000 each over three years.

ANU is a partner with the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation to offer ANU postgraduate students access to the program. The Fellowship covers each early career researcher’s full-time salary plus professional development and global experiences.

Applications are open until October 4.

Program Ambassador Dr Nicholas Farrelly of the ANU College of Asia & the Pacific said the Westpac Research Fellowships would give early career academics the chance to work on world-leading research.

“It offers a chance to take on the challenges of the Asian Century while working at one of Australia’s best universities,” Dr Farrelly said.

“With this investment in today’s pioneering research, Westpac has shown it is committed to supporting Australia’s big thinkers and their bold ideas.

“The Westpac Research Fellowship is the perfect springboard for academics who want to secure our country’s long-term peace and prosperity.”

Susan Bannigan, CEO of the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation said the program was looking for outstanding researchers with a vision to improve the lives of Australians.

“We want to free them up so they can focus on their work rather than worry about the ongoing task of sourcing more funding,” she said.

Details on how researchers can apply for the Westpac Research Fellowships program can be found here.

http://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/westpac-research-fellowships-open-for-anu-applications

Two scholarships/grants at the National Library of Australia, are now open for applications. Closing date: September 30, 2015.

National Library of Australia Japan Study Grants

The National Library is offering a number of grants for scholars in any discipline whose work would benefit from access to the rich Japanese language and Japan-related collections at the National Library of Australia.  Japan Study Grants are open to any postgraduate students, academic researchers, teaching staff and independent scholars who can demonstrate a need to use these Japanese collections for their research.

These Grants are offered for periods of up to four weeks commencing in January each year.  The grant provides an honorarium of $1000 per week to cover accommodation and living costs in Canberra, together with a return economy class air fare or equivalent for travel to Canberra within Australia. Scholars will be provided with a workstation in the Asian Collections Reading Room, open access to the Japanese collections, as well as sustained interaction with specialist staff.

Applicants may be of any age and citizenship, but applicants must be resident in Australia and living outside of the Australian Capital Territory and its surrounding region. Priority will be given to applicants from centres where there are few or no library resources in the Japanese language.

Applications for the Japan Study Grants are now open and close on September 30.

http://www.nla.gov.au/awards-and-grants/fellowships-and-scholarships/japan-and-asia-study-grants

 

The National Library of Australia Summer Scholarships support research students in the disciplines of Australian history and cultural studies, Australian literature, librarianship, archives administration or museum studies, and in biographical research.

These awards are specifically aimed at younger scholars with a need for an intensive period of access to the unique and rich collections in the National Library for their own PhD research topic. Previous scholars have all found this award most valuable and timely, and are especially beneficial for PhD students in the mid-phases of their course. The Library normally supports four Summer Scholars who will undertake the award for six weeks, commencing January 11, 2016.  There have now been 50 Summer Scholars at the Library since the scheme commenced in 2002, made possible through the generosity of the family of the late Norman McCann (a former National Library Council Member), and of John and Heather Seymour.

In addition to support for travel, accommodation and living allowance while at the Library, scholars receive privileged access to the Library’s materials and facilities, as well as sustained interaction with many of its staff.

The scholarships are open to students who have commenced postgraduate study and are under the age of thirty at 31 December in the year of their application. Applicants must be Australian citizens or have permanent residency. Preference will be given to applicants who would otherwise find it difficult to use the Library’s collections on-site.

Applications for the Summer Scholarships are now open and close on September 30.

http://www.nla.gov.au/awards-and-grants/fellowships-and-scholarships/summer-scholarships

The ANU Gender Institute is presently preparing for a 5 year review of its achievements and impact with a view to building on the success of the Institute and ensuring its continuation. The formal review process will begin soon, and the Gender Institute would like to solicit member feedback and ideas for future directions.

Gender Institute members are invited to attend a general meeting with the Convener, Fiona Jenkins, and members of the Gender Institute Management Committee (Kim Rubenstein, Margaret Jolly, Hilary Charlesworth, Celine D’Orgeville and Helen Keane) where you can provide your feedback and ideas on the future of the Institute.

When: Wednesday 19 August, 12:30-1:30pm (followed by a light lunch 1:30-2:00pm)
Where: Conference Room 1.02, Sir Roland Wilson Building (120 McCoy Circuit).

by Friday 14 August for catering purposes (please specify any dietary requirements e.g., vegetarian, gluten free etc.).

The purpose of the review is to assess the Institute on the following aspects:
–          Gender research, education and outreach
–          Gender equity at ANU and beyond
–          National and international outlook and engagement
–          Influence in policy and practice
–          Furthering the strategic goals of ANU
–          Attracting visitors and students
–          Grants, prizes and fellowships
–          Management and governance structure

The Gender Institute understands that many members will have teaching commitments so if you are unable to attend, please feel free to email your feedback and ideas to admin.genderinstitute@anu.edu.au.

Thinking about applying your research and/or education knowledge within industry contexts? Perhaps you have an idea for running something around company formation or entrepreneurship and require funding?

Applications are now open for the CBR Innovation Development Fund. The Fund was announced as part of Confident & Business Ready: Building on Our Strengths, the ACT Government’s new business development strategy.  The CBR Innovation Development Fund is a key program response to the strategy’s major policy pillar of accelerating innovation to create wealth and jobs in Canberra. Applications close 3 September 2015.

 For further info, go to the below link, the landing page for the CBR Innovation Development Fund. 

 http://www.business.act.gov.au/resources_and_networks/news_archive/news/cbr-innovation-development-fund

‘How to Survive Your PhD’ edX MOOC : Learn evidence-based strategies for emotional resilience and supervision that will help you finish your PhD or research degree. 

Dr. Inger Mewburn (aka Thesis Whisperer) of ANU Research Skills and Training is teaching an edX MOOC (massive open online course) called ‘How to Survive Your PhD’.

Registration is now open for participants from any institution: https://www.edx.org/course/how-survive-phd-anux-rsit-01x

The link also leads to further information about the course (which is free!). 

If you are currently supervising HDR students, have colleagues who are supervising, or know of any HDR students who might be interested in taking up this opportunity, please pass on the link to them.


WOMEN IN SCIENCE: CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS
Public discussion forum presented by The League of Remarkable Women in Australian Science, generously hosted by CSIRO Discovery

Wednesday 19 August, CSIRO Discovery Lecture Theatre
Doors open at 5:45pm, forum starts at 6:30

What does it mean to be a woman in science in 2015? What do we need to do to help the next generation of female scientists? A public discussion forum will be held on the 19th of August at the CSIRO Discovery Lecture theatre, to talk about what it means to be a woman in science in 2015 and what we can do to help the next generation of remarkable women in science. To find out, join our remarkable panel:
The Hon. Karen Andrews, MP and Prof Brian Schmidt (ANU) (chairs)
Prof John Evans (ANU)
Dr Megan Hemming (CSIRO)
Prof Elanor Huntington (ANU)
Dr Sophie Lewis (ANU)
Dr Craig Wood (CSIRO)

Exhibition
This exhibition, called “The League of Remarkable Women in Australian Science”, registered as an event for the National Science Week, is made possible by the generous support of the ANU Gender Institute and the National Science Week – Inspiring Australia Program.

As part of this project 40 female scientists working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) have been interviewed about what it means to be a woman in science in 2015. There will be three events exploring the findings of this project.

Quotes from the interviews, together with photos, will be showcased at the CSIRO Discovery Gallery room from the 5th to 31st August, 9am-5pm. Objects from the National Museum of Australia’s collections will also be displayed, linking women in Australian science from the present and from the past.

Interactive display
This display will be held at Science in ACTion on the 14th and 15th of AugustOld Bus Depot Markets from 9:30am-4:30pm. School kids and adults will have the opportunity to test their knowledge regarding women in science and will be invited to visit the exhibition.

For more information please contact Anne-Sophie Dielen

GRANT ROUND 2 NOW OPEN

Applications are sought from ANU staff and students for funding from the Gender Institute for the development and implementation of events and projects. The Gender Institute aims to support events and initiatives that are accessible to and benefit the wider ANU community. Examples of work our grants have supported include “The League of Remarkable Women in Australian Science”, Forum on Gender in Public Policy, Postgraduate Conference– Transforming the Field of Study, and the Feminisation of Agriculture and Food Security Symposium.

Applications for grant round 2 of 2015 funding close September 16 2015.Submissions must be made online.

For more information and funding application guidelines please visit the ANU Gender Institute website. Please direct all enquiries to Jennifer Clynk by email or on x56281

ANU again has the opportunity to recommend young scientists to take part in the prestigious Global Young Scientist Summit in Singapore.  It is open to PhD scholars and post-doc academics (under 35), with nomination of five individuals from ANU.  We have been highly successful in previous years, often ranking along with MIT in getting all five of our nominations selected. This is aimed mainly at scientists but some cross-disciplinary applications have been successful in the past.

About the Summit
The Global Young Scientists Summit@one-north (GYSS) is a gathering of young researchers (primarily PhD students and post-docs) from all over the world, to interact with internationally eminent science and technology leaders (‘speakers’) in Singapore. The Summit will discuss the latest advances in science & technology, and how research and innovation can be harnessed to address major global challenges. It is a multi-disciplinary Summit, covering topics ranging from chemistry, physics and medicine to mathematics, computer science and engineering. Speakers invited to the GYSS are globally recognised scientific leaders, who are recipients of the Fields Medal, Millennium Technology Prize, Nobel Prize, and Turing Award.

Application Procedure
Those wishing to apply will need to forward the following documents, to peter.francis@anu.edu.au by COB Monday 21st August for consideration for selection:
• one page addressing the selection criteria – see the attached document
• a short CV, and
• a letter of support from a supervisor/Head of School (including that flight costs etc will be covered)

ANU is expected to meet flight costs – all the other expenses will be provided by Singapore.  PVC(R&RT) will contribute $500 toward the flight costs of each participant (which will be provided via the relevant ANU College).

For further informatio regarding selection criteria, please refer to the GYSS2016 Participant Selection Criteria information pages.

If you have any questions please contact Peter Francis, Senior Project Officer (Research & Research Training), Office of the Vice-Chancellor, ANU: Peter.Francis@anu.edu.au

Are you an Early Career Researcher with the College of Arts and Social Sciences?  Are you aware of the CASS Travel Awards for ECRs to attend overseas conferences?

CASS Foundation – Travel Grants open in July

The CASS Foundation invites applications for its travel grants. These enable early-career researchers to attend international conferences of significance to their research. The conference commencement date must fall within the specified timeframe of 1 November 2015 and 31 May 2016.

Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents who have been awarded their PhD degree not less than two years and no more than seven years before the application closing date. Applicants are expected to be presenting their current research at the conference as a platform presentation, panellist, invited speaker or a poster presentation, and the presented research should not be based primarily on the applicant’s PhD studies.

Grants are worth up to AU$4,000, representing maximum 80 per cent of the total cost.

 

ANU Research Training is organising a ‘PhD to Present’ event for October. The theme for the day is academic careers. The event will be at China in the World.

They are convening two panels, one for humanities and one for sciences. They are looking for people at the ANU who are in the first 10 years of their career and prepared to share the ‘warts and all’ story of their journey with HDR students.

If you think you have an interesting Early Career story to share with current HDRs considering a career in academia, please get in touch with the NECTAR Coordinator via email nectar@anu.edu.au or ANU Research Training Community Manager, Dr Melanie Haines via email: melanie.haines@anu.edu.au

Research Training is keen to finalise speakers asap and hopes to hear from interested ECAs by no later than 7th August.  Hope to hear from you!

 

The ANU library holds a number of workshops to assist Early Career Researchers.

“Making an Impact” is one such workshop.To get a taste of this workshop you can check out the accompanying slide presentation which has been made available to NECTAR by the ANU Library and can be accessed here: impact_rev

Below, is further news from the library to help ANU ECAs!

News from the Library
For Early Career Academics
July 2015 – Roxanne Missingham, University Librarian

Welcome Early Career Academics and Researchers
ANU Library is keen to support your work – through our collections (including ANU Archives and library collections), digital and information development programs, repository and ANU Press.
» read more<http://anulib.anu.edu.au/>
Want to use a room in the library?
You can book rooms in Chifley, Hancock and Law libraries through our online booking system. Log in using your university account and you can book a wide range of rooms. The booking system lets you know so what resources are available in the room.
» online booking system <https://anulib.anu.edu.au/using-the-library/book-a-library-group-study-room/>
Data management
The Library has recently launched a set of web pages on Research data management. Find material on:
· Planning your research<https://anulib.anu.edu.au/training/research-data-management/planning.html>: Finding and analysing data, training and support
· Managing your data<https://anulib.anu.edu.au/training/research-data-management/managing.html>: Collecting, organising and storing data
· Research publication<https://anulib.anu.edu.au/training/research-data-management/research-publication.html>: Sharing your research
· Policies and procedures: Responsible conduct, intellectual property
» research data management <https://anulib.anu.edu.au/training/research-data-management/index.html>
Open access
ANU has a strong commitment to open access. The Digital Collections is ANU’s institutional repository make research outputs visible to the world. Anne Lahey<mailto:anne.lahey@anu.edu.au> is the Manager of the Repository and she is keen to talk to Early Career Academics and Researchers about how open access can improve research impact.
» read more<https://digitalcollections.anu.edu.au/>
Publish and prosper
Getting published is a challenging area and the Library is developing resources and activities to help you get published.
You can find recordings of presentations on “How to get published” by Andrew Stammer, Executive Manager Communications & Publishing and Director of CSIRO PUBLISHING and Rosalia da Garcia, SAGE Publishing’s Director, Consortia/Library Sales & Marketing on the Library’s website.
» read more<http://anulib.anu.edu.au/events/recordings/>
Increasing your research impact
Having trouble finding out whether a journal has high impact, or whether you are being cited and what your impact is? The Library has an online guide, based on Oxford Library’s guide to help you master the “dark arts” of citations, bibliometrics and impact.
» read more<http://libguides.anu.edu.au/bibliometricsandcitationtracking>
Researcher identity
Not that you have started on your career as a researcher it’s time to make sure you are registered and can claim your publications. Orcid gives a persistent digital identifier to distinguishes you from other researchers. It takes only minutes to set up and supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.
» register now<http://orcid.org/>

Forthcoming events and training
The Library’s training calendar is online<http://anulib.anu.edu.au/training/calendar/>. Some of the events coming up are:
· ORCiD training sessions:
o Tuesday 28 July 12–1pm Menzies Library flex lab
o Tuesday 25 August 12.30–1.30pm Menzies Library flex lab
» read more/book<http://www.anu.edu.au/research/skills-training/get-involved/attend-publish-prosper-workshops>
· SPSS
o Introduction: Wednesday 19 August 10am-12 noon
» read more/book<https://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=XzhkOWxjZ3JmZHByNmFzams2aGltNGNqNTZrb2phY2I2NmdxbTZkajE2bGhqOG9oZ2M0czM0ZDFnNzRyMzhwajY2OWowIGprb3FhcDQ0cDAzaXU1bWcycW9yMjNpN3VnQGc&ctz=Australia/Sydney&sf=true&output=xml#eventpage_6>
o Advanced significance testing: Wednesday 269 August 10am-12 noon
» read more/book<https://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=XzhkOWxjZ3JmZHByNmFzams2NHIzMmRoaTZzcm1jZWIxNjhyajJjYjI3MHFqNGQ5bjZwaW1jY3BoNjRybThwYjU3MHFnIGprb3FhcDQ0cDAzaXU1bWcycW9yMjNpN3VnQGc&ctz=Australia/Sydney&sf=true&output=xml#eventpage_6>
· Endnote
o Introduction: Monday 7 September 2-4pm
» read more/book<https://www.google.com/calendar/event?eid=XzhkOWxjZ3JmZHByNmFzams2MWhqNmNwbWM0cmppb3I1Y2twajZvOWo2aGg2MmUzNWNsaGo0cGhsYzhvamlwaG42a29nIGprb3FhcDQ0cDAzaXU1bWcycW9yMjNpN3VnQGc&ctz=Australia/Sydney>
o Advanced: Monday 7 September 4-5pm
» read more/book<https://www.google.com/calendar/event?eid=XzhkOWxjZ3JmZHByNmFzams2c3MzZ3A5aWM0cGo2Y3IxNnNxajRwMW83NHFqZWNwbzZsaTY2ZWI1Y2tyNjZkaGhjZ29nIGprb3FhcDQ0cDAzaXU1bWcycW9yMjNpN3VnQGc&ctz=Australia/Sydney_6>

Book a research consultation: Subject contacts are available for personalised, one-to-one research consultations. Book in now and get the subject specific advice you’re after.

A number of upcoming events being run by ANU Research Training may be of interest to ANU Early Career Academics. These include:

  • Start your research career with an ORCiD! (Tuesday, 30 June 2015 at 12:30 PM Tuesday, 25 August 2015 at 1:30 PM (AEST))
  • The strategic researcher (Tuesday, 4 August 2015 from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM (AEST)); presented by Maria Gardiner, Thinkwell
  • Five rules of grant club (Tuesday, 11 August 2015 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (AEST)); presented by Dr Tseen Khoo, La Trobe University, one half of The Research Whisperer

Visit the following link for further details and registration:  http://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/anu-research-training-4057457771

Business/Higher Education Round Table (B/HERT) is a not-for-profit organisation that emerged from the Business Council of Australia 25 years ago to promote productive collaboration between business and the higher education sector. In addition to holding year-round round tables, forums, advice-giving sessions etc…it also holds an annual B/HERT Awards Dinner which showcases outstanding collaborative projects and rewards one project $10,000. The award categories are:

  • Best Research & Development Collaboration
  • Best Higher Education & Training Collaboration
  • Best Community Engagement Collaboration
  • Excellence in Accounting Teaching Collaboration
  • B/HERT Award for Outstanding Excellence in Collaboration – $10,000 prize to the overall winner of the above 4 categories
  • Ashley Goldsworthy Award for Sustained Collaboration between Business and Tertiary Education
  • Best Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year Award
  • Award for Outstanding Philanthropic Support of Higher Education

Submissions can be  made via the online portal until closing date 7th September. Winners will be announced at the B/HERT Awards Dinner, to be held on 17 November 2015 at Melbourne Crown Towers. BHERT_Awards-Dinner-2015-Flyer-July

More details about the 2015 B/HERT Awards can be found at their website, including guidelines, past winner information and sample submission forms.

 

The ANU Medical School invites Medical School HDR and ECRs to the upcoming
workshop “Building Your Collaborative Networks” with presenter Sheld Debowski, to be held on
TUESDAY 25th AUGUST
9 am – 2 pm
John Curtin School of Medical Research,
Seminar rooms 1&2

The workshop will focus on building skills in scientific networking, an essential skill for clinicians and scientists alike. Networking and collaboration are key skills that all researchers need to
develop. The capacity to connect with colleagues, share your research in an
enticing and interesting way, and identify mutual research interests are important
capabilities that will help you increase your research effectiveness and
impact. This workshop will provide you with the critical skills to maximise the
value from conferences and other professional networking opportunities. You
will learn how to connect with people, manage your networks and increase your
visibility. We will explore the key principles of collaboration, the ways you can
identify potential partners and methods for building and maintaining new
collaborations. By the time you finish this workshop, you will have a better
understanding of yourself as a networked researcher and effective ways of
building your connections and professional relationships.

For further information, please refer to the workshop flyer: FLYER_Shelda-Debowski-collaboration-networking-workshop.pdf

 

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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.

 

A number of upcoming workshops being run by ANU Research Training may be of interest to ANU Early Career Academics. These include:

  • Start your research career with an ORCiD! (Tuesday, 30 June 2015 at 12:30 PM – Tuesday, 25 August 2015 at 1:30 PM (AEST))
  • The strategic researcher (Tuesday, 4 August 2015 from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM (AEST)); presented by Maria Gardiner, Thinkwell
  •  Five rules of grant club (Tuesday, 11 August 2015 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (AEST)); presented by Dr Tseen Khoo, La Trobe University, one half of The Research Whisperer

Visit the following link for further details and registration:  http://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/anu-research-training-4057457771

The Early Career Academics at the ANU Medical school are hading a social gathering at Monster Kitchen and bar on the 23rd of July from 6pm.
Friends and family are welcome, food and drink are pay as you go on the bar.

RSVP by Monday 20th of June to Bridgid Cassells (at) anu.edu.au or Elizabeth Sturgiss (at) anu.edu.au

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

 

 

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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.

 

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

To empower women at the ANU, the ANU Students’ Association (ANUSA) in partnership with the Gender Institute is launching a mentoring program as part of their Women in Leadership initiative. Women in Leadership aims to create a support network for women at the ANU that connects women leaders in the wider community. The program also highlights prominent women leaders at the ANU, in Canberra, and within Australia.

ANUSA is looking for women mentors from all industries and professions to match with diverse student mentorees. In particular, we are looking for professionals from STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) as well as from business and law. Mentors and mentorees will be matched depending on the mentor’s expertise and the students’ area of interest.

Commitment
Between the 3 August and 23 October, there will be four gatherings for mentor groups to meet in an informal social setting. However, we are also looking for interested participants whose availability is best suited for a one-off speaking engagement at a mentor program gathering.

Participate
To be part of the exciting Women in Leadership mentoring program, please send an expression of interest to Sophia Woo.

For any enquiries, please contact Sophia Woo (2015 ANUSA Treasurer) using the following details:
Contact Number: (02) 6125 2444
Email: sa.treasurer@anu.edu.au

NECTAR holds two planning days per year. The NECTAR Planning Day is an opportunity for all ANU final year PhD candidates and Early Career Academics to help plan NECTAR’s ECA-focused activities.

The next NECTAR Planning Day will be held in July 2017, TBC.

Comments to the NECTAR Coordinator via nectar@anu.edu.au

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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.

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

Speakers include:

Professor Jane Dahlstrom
Professor Kirsty Douglas
Professor Paul Pavli
Dr Katrina Randall
Professor Klaus-Martin Schulte

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

Thursday 20 August 2015, 5:30 pm for canapés and drinks
Session commences 6:00pm – 7:30pm

All clinicians, Junior Medical Officers and medical students with an interest in research are encouraged to attend.

ANU Medical School Auditorium
Canberra Hospital
Building 4, level 2.

RSVP – August 13, 2015 (For Catering): Julia.Sharwood@anu.edu.au

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mobilising Research (ANU1/VCUG3001) seeks to examine the role of research for the good of society.

Dr Chris Browne, affiliate of ANU CECS, is looking for early-career researchers from all disciplines to present their current (or previous) research. About 30 students are involved in the course as part of the IARU Global Summer Program. No research is too technical, or irrelevant for this audience.

  • When: between 22 June to 17 July. Dates and session times can be negotiated
  • What: we plan for 2-hour sessions with between 1 and 3 speakers
  • Who: anybody involved or interfacing with research
  • Reward: Tea, coffee, and sharing your knowledge with of global classroom
  • Interested? email Chris.Browne@anu.edu.au to start the conversation

Mobilising Research challenges and supports students to explore the organisation of research for the good of society. How can we identify and integrate what is known from disciplinary research to contribute to the resolution of experienced problems? How can we prioritise research agendas for the good of society today and into the future? How will our future leaders negotiate research in an increasingly complex world?

More information about the course is available at: http://vc-courses.anu.edu.au/mobilising-research/, and about the Global Summer Program at: http://www.anu.edu.au/study/apply/information-on-the-anu-global-summer-program-for-students-of-iaru-partners-mobilising

Call to ANU Early-Mid Career researchers –

Inspire Australia EMCR Competition – a new video competition just launched with the Australian Academy of Science, with opportunities for media exposure and potential funding. The Sydney Morning Herald is media partner.

For further information, visit: https://thinkable.org/competition/15
W: Thinkable.org

 

Fresh Science Victoria is ‘looking for fresh, young researchers with a story to tell.’ Please see below for further information:

Fresh Science 2015

We’re looking for the best and brightest early-career researchers who have made a peer-reviewed discovery and received little or no media attention.

Fresh Science is a national competition that selects researchers with research results, an invention, or a discovery, trains them in how to tell their story, and helps them share their findings with the media and the public.

We’re looking for:
• early-career researchers (from honours students to no more than five years post-PhD)
• a peer-reviewed discovery that has had little or no media coverage
• some ability to present your ideas in everyday English (something we can build on).
Successful applicants will participate in Fresh Science 2015. First, a day of media and communication training, learning how to find the key, compelling story in their research, and how to tell that story. Then, in the following pub night, they’ll face the challenge of explaining their research. We’ll also publish short profiles on each Freshie, and we’ll pitch the best story in each state to the media.

Nominations are now open and close 25 June.

Fresh Science Victoria will be at Melbourne Museum on 28/29 July and is supported by Biomedical Research Victoria and the Victorian government. Then, over the following months we’ll be in:
• Perth – hosted by the West Australian Museum and supported by the five universities; Curtin, UWA, Murdoch, Edith Cowan and Notre Dame
• Townsville – hosted by James Cook University and supported by the Australian Institute of Marine Science
• Brisbane and Sydney – stay tuned for more information
• And we’re still working on Adelaide and the NT.
Read more, see the current schedule, and nominate online at freshscience.org.au

Please circulate this information to anyone who you think would fit the criteria.

Any questions? Contact Errol Hunt on (03) 9398 1416 or errol@scienceinpublic.com.au.

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

GUEST SPEAKERS:

  • 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:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/nectar-early-career-academic-retreat-2015-tickets-16906077533?ref=enivtefor001&invite=Nzk3MTc5MC9uZWN0YXJAYW51LmVkdS5hdS8w&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&ref=enivtefor001&utm_term=attend

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

 

 

The ANU Innovation Office is running a workshop called SPARK, designed to develop ANU’s innovation culture, which may be of interest to ECAs. See below for further info and links:

This interactive workshop SPARK will give ANU academics and HDR students insights into how their existing skills can be valuable to innovation, commercialisation, and entrepreneurial initiatives requiring academic input. It will also offer an opportunity to meet representatives from local organisations to provide ways to further develop their innovation skills and research projects.

Workshops have been organised at two separate locations, to make it easier for people to attend:

– 10am-1pm, June 3rd, Science Teaching Building (#136) – https://spark15n.eventbrite.com.au
– 10am-1pm, June 5th, Anthony Low Building (#124) – https://spark15w.eventbrite.com.au

Early career academics and final year PhD students at ANU are warmly invited to our fourth annual NECTAR Retreat 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.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • 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, ANU CMBE Dean
  • Prof Michael Martin Chair, ANU CHELT Professor of Statistics, and ANU Humanities and Social Sciences Delegated Ethical Research Committee Chair
  • Prof Peter Kanowski, Master of University house
    Early Career Academics from the ANU University House Early Career Fellowship
  • Early Career Academics who have participated in the ANU Educational Fellowship Scheme

Register on Eventbrite by Tuesday 2nd June to assist us with catering. For further information on NECTAR please contact the Coodinator, Dr Michelle Antoinette, on x57165 or nectar@anu.edu.au.

Please note: Attendees may be photographed during the event. Photos may be posted on the NECTAR website or used in future advertising material.

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