EMCR Pathways issue 19—August 2019

The Australian Early- and Mid-Career Researcher Forum of the Australian Academy of Science serves as the voice of the country's future scientific and research leaders. We currently reach over 4000 people and are seeking to broaden and increase our engagement with Australian EMCRs to better represent their views, needs and vision to decision-makers within the government, members of parliament and key funding agencies.


Editor’s welcome

Greetings from the new editor

Greetings from the EMCR Forum Chair

Vanessa Wong shares exciting insights about the Forum’s activities in 2019

Save the date: Science Pathways 2020

Exciting news about the Forum national meeting in 2020

‘An EMCR by any other name would (still) smell as sweet’

EMCR Forum Executive members share their thoughts on effective ways to support EMCRs

What is Expert Connect?

Find out more about this useful resource for researchers to increase their visibility

Inspiring EMCRs

Dr Vanessa Pirotta shares her insights from her inspiring FameLab journey: from Australia to the international stage

What have we been up to?

Find out what the Forum Executive has been working on since the last newsletter


Professional development opportunities for EMCRs

The EMCR Forum Executive invites you to complete a survey on professional development opportunities for EMCRs.

This is a chance to let us know about your professional development needs and preferences. We want you to share your thoughts on what types of opportunities are beneficial for your career. We also want to hear your ideas for effective mechanisms to address barriers to accessing professional development.

The survey results will inform development of future resources, in addition to opportunities and topics the EMCR Forum offers at conferences like Science Pathways and Science at the Shine Dome.

The survey will also assist the Australian Academy of Science to design the next round of the Theo Murphy Initiative (Australia). This initiative supports the career development of EMCRs and furthers scientific discovery in Australia.

Please complete the survey by Sunday 15 September 2019.


Visit to the National Institutes of Health in the USA by a junior scientist

The Australian Academy of Science invites expressions of interest from junior scientists who are no more than 30 years of age (at the time the application is submitted), to visit the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States of America. See the National Institutes of Health for a list of institutes. Under this scheme, applicants are expected to be undertaking PhD study in an Australian institution at the time of travel.

Applications close 9 am AEST Friday 13 September 2019.


Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) Early- and Mid-Career Fellowships 2020

The Australian Academy of Science invites Australian early- and mid-career researchers to apply for the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) Early- and Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Fellowships 2020.

These EMCR fellowships provide financial support of up to $16 500 for Australian researchers to travel to India and work with leading researchers at major Indian science and technology organisations for a period of between one and three months. The fellowships are intended to facilitate long-term science, technology and innovation collaboration between Australia and India.

Applications close 9 am AEDT Wednesday 9 October 2019.


Clunies Ross Awards 2020

The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering is accepting nominations for the Clunies Ross Awards 2020. The awards recognise the contributions of dedicated individuals who have shared their vision and knowledge with others to apply technology for the benefit of Australia. Three prize categories are available to recognise science and technology entrepreneurs—individuals or groups who have commercialised technology or led the adoption of technology.

Nominations close 9 am AEDT Friday 25 October 2019.


Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists for the 2020–21 academic year

Applications are open for the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists. The scholarships aim to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and more than 180 other countries, including Australia. Recipients are selected by the awarding body, the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS). The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships are aimed at young researchers from abroad who have completed a master’s degree or PhD and foreign artists holding a bachelor’s degree.

Applications close Saturday 30 November 2019.

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