Supervision Improvement Consultation

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


NECTAR Retreat 2017

NECTAR Retreat is ANU’s Annual Early Career Academic Development event

At this event you can: 

  • Be heard,
  • Take charge of your own network, and
  • Lead the future strategy of ANU!
In 2017 this event was held at the National Museum of Australia over two days. It looked like this:

Key events in the program:

  • 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  

(Full program NECTAR retreat 2017 available here .pdf)

More info:

Contact us

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Policy internships at the Academy of Science

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.

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

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

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

VC Roundtable Highlights (Videos)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Teaching & Learning with Glen O’Grady (videos)

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

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

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

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

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

Or you can listen to the podcast versions here


From the NECTAR Team

The Macaw Project documentary premiere | ANU

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:

Donation to the project via on-demand crowdfunding site:

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:
Official website of the movie:
Teaser trailer:
ANU event site:
Facebook event page:
Donation for the project via our on-demand crowdfunding site:
Hashtag for Twitter: #macawmovie
Contact person at ANU Events: Pamela Lourandos

Invitation to session on ‘How to find funding': Research Professional

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.

Research Impact & Your Career: presentations now available

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