EMCR Forum update—February 2018

February 15, 2018

New leaders for EMCRs in 2018

The new executive members of the EMCR Forum are (from left) Vanessa Wong, Adrian Murdock, Emma Beckett, Michael Bowen and Justine Shaw.

The Early- and Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Forum welcomes five new executive members in 2018.

Dr Vanessa Wong is passionate about talking to the general public about the importance of soils. She joins the EMCR Forum executive committee from Monash University.

Dr Adrian Murdock is from CSIRO and his research focuses on making and studying new nanomaterials. He has also been a guest science presenter for BBC Radio Oxford.

Ms Emma Beckett also appears regularly on local and national radio, where she busts myths about nutrition. In her day job she is an NHMRC Early Career Fellow at the University of Newcastle studying the interactions between our genes, the food we eat and the environment we live in.

Dr Michael Bowen strives to find drugs to treat brain disorders at the University of Sydney, where he is Senior Lecturer. In 2016 Michael was inducted into the World Economic Forum’s Young Scientists Community, which recognises the top 50 scientists around the world aged under 40.

Dr Justine Shaw is a Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, but she spends most of her time in Tasmania, Antarctica or somewhere in the sea between the two. Justine’s research focuses on Antarctic conservation and she is co-founder of Women in Polar Science and one of the leaders of the Homeward Bound leadership program.

In 2018 the EMCR Forum will be led by a new Chair, Dr Drew Evans, and Deputy Chairs, Dr Róisín McMahon and Dr Hamish Clarke. All were major contributors to the Forum in 2017, with Drew and Róisín being involved in launching the Kick-starting Collaboration at Science meets Business and Hamish serving as the editor of the EMCR Pathways newsletter. The 2018 committee will be rounded out by Dr Amber Beavis and Dr Carly Rosewarne, in the past Chair role.

The EMCR Forum executive members will next meet at its annual planning meeting in February.

EMCR conference: Diversify your thinking

Registrations are now open for the EMCR annual conference, Science Pathways 2018: Diversify your thinking, to be held on 23–24 April in Brisbane.

This is Australia’s premier conference for career development of EMCRs from academia, industry and government and offers unique opportunities to network with leading scientific professionals from some of Australia's top organisations in public and private enterprise.

Most importantly, this event aims to engage Australia's early- and mid-career researchers, across all disciplines and from around the country, in active discussion. The Forum wants to learn more about the specific challenges EMCRs face and, with participants, devise some possible solutions—both aspirational and practical.

The EMCR Forum is committed to supporting equity, diversity and inclusion, and has arranged various schemes to facilitate attendance at the event as well as on-site support and accessibility.

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