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Early to mid-career researchers

The Academy is offering a special program for early- and mid-career researchers (EMCRs), outlined below, in conjunction with Science at the Shine Dome. Those who attend will:

  • Learn about the latest research across a range of science disciplines
  • Meet and exchange ideas with renowned scientists, science teachers and other EMCRs
  • Participate in career development workshops.

The three-day registration fee of $495 per person includes:

  • New Fellows seminar (Tuesday 27 May)
  • EMCR cocktail reception (Tuesday 27 May)
  • Awards presentations (Wednesday 28 May)
  • One (1) workshop (topics below) (Wednesday 28 May)
  • Annual dinner at the National Arboretum (Wednesday 28 May)
  • Annual symposium - Celebrating Australian Science PAST PRESENT FUTURE (Thursday 29 May)
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, Tuesday - Thursday inclusive
  • A folder containing program information for Science at the Shine Dome, biographical information about other EMCRs attending, and notes for your selected EMCR workshop.

Organisations which employ early- and mid-career researchers have a unique opportunity to send delegates and boost their own profile by sponsoring an Early- to Mid-Career Researcher Travel Award, details of which can be found in our sponsorship prospectus.

For more information or to discuss sponsorship opportunities, please email Events Manager Mitchell Piercey or telephone 02 6201 9462.

EMCR Travel Award Sponsors

ABARESCSIRO University of Canberra

Flinders University

NMIThe University of Western Australia

University of Wollongong


EMCR workshops

2 - 5 PM Wednesday 28 May 2014

Early- and mid-career researcher participants are invited to attend one of four career development workshops:

Topic 1: Management and leadership in research careers

Location: University House, The Australian National University, corner Balmain Cr and Liversidge St, Acton ACT 2601 (5min walk from the Academy)

Have you spent many years learning how to be a scientist but don't know how to lead or manage a team? You're not alone. Professor Kieran Harvey and Dr Krystal Evans will discuss leadership and management in research - fundamental skills for a successful career. They will draw on their experiences as well discuss strategies adopted in other sectors. They will also discuss leadership and management strategies suitable for employees and students at various career points.

Topic 2: Practical grants writing workshop - Guide to successful funding applications

Location: Ground floor boardroom, Ian Potter House

Professors Ryan Lister and Aleksandra Filipovska will discuss funding opportunities and preparing successful applications to the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council. The presentations will focus on strategies for applying for national funding, insight into the review process, skills in grant writing and responding to reviewers, followed by group discussion and feedback from delegates. There will be opportunities for networking with other participants and scientists during the workshop.

Topic 3: Facilitating multidisciplinary scientific collaborations

Location: Level 1 boardroom, Ian Potter House

Sharing expertise, results or data is a key component of a successful career in science. However, initiating and maintaining productive collaborations is not always easy. This workshop, presented by Professors David Warton and Andreas Fouras, will identify and discuss issues that can affect whether these collaborations succeed. Participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences and highlight challenging areas. The aim of the workshop is to provide participants with an understanding of different cross-disciplinary strategies and the confidence to embark on new collaborations.

Topic 4: Communicating science: media and social media

Location: Becker Room, Shine Dome

Communicating the results and impact of our research is a critical part of every scientist’s job. Yet, many scientists are intimidated by the thought of dealing with the media. Dr Darren Saunders and Professor Emma Johnston will draw on their experience to discuss various aspects of science communication. We will discuss why communication is so important, provide good (and bad) examples, discuss potential pitfalls and provide practical advice, feedback and skills on interacting with the media (print, radio, TV). The workshop will be hands-on, showing how to get started using social media and how to optimise your experience in this space. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences.