Regional researchers gain valuable skills in Armidale

February 28, 2020
Regional researchers got together in Armidale NSW to build their professional skills. The conference was a Theo Murphy Initiative event and was supported by the University of New England.

Early- and mid-career researchers (EMCRs) working in regional areas were recently provided with a valuable opportunity for professional development and networking at the Academy’s Empowering Regional Research conference.

The two-day event held in February at the University of New England in Armidale NSW was designed to empower researchers from regional institutions with the tools needed to build successful careers. The attendees engaged in sessions on honing their writing and communication skills, learning how to work with the media and building their leadership skills.

Across the two days, the 60 EMCRs also joined discussion groups on the challenges faced by researchers in regional and remote areas, on working towards increasing diversity in their workplaces and how they can create a stronger more unified voice.

Empowering Regional Research was the last event of the 2019–20 round of the Theo Murphy Initiative and received support from the University of New England. The Theo Murphy Initiative (Australia) supports activities which provide tangible benefits to Australia’s EMCR community, with the overall goal of furthering scientific discovery.

The activities to be delivered as part of the new round of the Theo Murphy Initiative will be announced in the coming months.

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