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Science at the Shine Dome 2016: Human Plus

Each year the Academy holds its annual conference Science at the Shine Dome: national awards are made, high achievers are admitted to Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science, and there is a symposium on an issue of national importance.

So what does it hold for an EMCR? The conference includes a special program for EMCRs—you will get the opportunity to attend a social evening with Fellows of the Academy and choose from one of four EMCR workshops to help you with your career.

In addition you will hear new Fellows of the Academy and award winners present their cutting-edge research. This is probably the most multidisciplinary experience you can have and all the talks are pitched to a general audience.

Previous EMCRs who attended have valued the excellent networking opportunities with leaders of Australian Science and with other EMCRs, and have been inspired by the research on display.

So find your inspiration for 2016 at Science at the Shine Dome: more information and registration.

Women in STEM Prizes

The World Science Festival Brisbane, the Queensland Government’s Office for Women and the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist have launched two Women in STEM prizes, one judged by a jury and one people’s choice. Both awards are valued at $5000 to go towards professional development, conference attendance or your research project. So if you are a woman in STEM with a bright idea, apply before 19 February.

Australian Academy of Science Awards 2017 now open

Help us to also recognise science leaders by nominating them for the Australian Academy of Science’s honorific awards. The Academy’s honorific awards are open to early- and mid-career researchers as well as senior scientists who are making amazing contributions to Australian science across a range of disciplines in the physical and biological sciences.

The closing date for award nominations is 30 April 2016.

The Academy is also calling for applications for research, conference and travel grants. Have a look at the variety of support available on the website and apply today. The closing date is 15 June 2016.

Who can you trust to publish your work?

Are you about to publish your latest research results? Then head to to make sure you are submitting to a trusted journal. The website is part of a campaign by the international academic publishing industry to help researchers make informed decisions about publication.

While we all aim for publication in Science and Nature, this information might help when we need to submit somewhere with a slightly lower impact factor. Or for assessing those out of the blue invitations you might receive from a journal in your inbox.

And don’t think you are the only one out there wondering if a journal is legit. See this recent news article showing that even experienced researchers like Nobel laureate Professor Peter Doherty have been taken in by potentially unscrupulous publishing companies.

Interested in hosting a local event for EMCRs?

The EMCR Forum supports local events, such as the recent presentations by Professor Michael Breadmore (Hobart), Professor Peter Klinken (Perth), and Professor Rob Robinson (Sydney), at local universities around Australia. If you have a great idea and are interested in hosting such a local event, then let us know via email or Twitter (@EMCRForum).

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