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International Biofest 2016 comes to Australia

Kristen Goodgame AusBiotech

Experienced researchers, industry professionals and CEOs, together with leading biotechnology companies, startups and investors will meet at International BioFest 2016, a three-conference event that promises to be the largest-ever gathering in the Australian life sciences and a rare opportunity to propel your career.

To be held in Melbourne this October, International BioFest includes AusBiotech 2016, Australia’s flagship life sciences conference; the 17th International Biotechnology Symposium (IBS 2016), presenting the most advanced issues in biotechnology, green chemistry and its related fields; and Australia Biotech Invest, Australia’s life sciences investment showcase. The event will be hosted by AusBiotech, Australia’s biotechnology organisation.

International BioFest provides delegates with a holistic view of current opportunities, representing the key fields of the global biotechnology ecosystem with events dedicated to academia, industry and investment.

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 Australian universities. If you have a great idea and are interested in hosting a local event, then let us know via email or Twitter (@EMCRForum).

Take the More Open Access Pledge

The pledge is an initiative by early- and mid-career researchers from around the world with the goal to push for wide availability of research findings.

Despite significant movement towards open science, many practitioners, policymakers, and citizens still can’t access the latest evidence. And in the 21st century, the Global Young Academy thinks this should not be the case.

Pledging means submitting at least one manuscript to an open access outlet (peer-reviewed OA journal or a pre-print server) by the end of this year.

More details on the pledge are available at blogposts on the Mental Elf or the Research Whisperer. You can sign the pledge here: (it takes less than a minute).

Connecting Women in STEMM national symposium

Women in Science AUSTRALIA invites you to join them at their first National Symposium: Connecting Women in STEMM to be held 13–14 September 2016 at RMIT University in Melbourne. This meeting will share best practices and policies in academia and industry, as well as ground-breaking initiatives to foster an environment where more women in STEMM can lead and excel.

Women in STEMM in industry, education, research, management, academia, government, administration, publishing and communication are invited to participate. Men who champion change and those who want to see equity and equality in the workplace are also invited and encouraged to attend. This is an inclusive event and all are welcome—registration is essential.

Media and communication workshops for scientists

Conveying the complexity of your research, your life’s work, into a 30-second grab for the media can be hard. The solution is to shape the essence of your science into a story. Join Science in Public for a one-day media training workshop and get some help.

Journalists from television, print and radio will explain what makes news for them. And you’ll get the chance to practise being interviewed in front of a camera and on tape.

Upcoming training dates

Melbourne: Tuesday 6 September, Thursday 27 October, Tuesday 13 December
Sydney: Friday 2 September, Tuesday 15 November
Perth: Wednesday 14 September
Adelaide: Wednesday 5 October

Find out more about the workshops

Get your tickets now for MURDER in Brisbane

Join MC Bernie Hobbs for a dark and intriguing evening at the Queensland Museum as Dr Aaron Sell pulls back the curtain on the mind of a murderer, Dr Harendra Parekh peers into poison, and Associate Professor Bryan Fry shares what he’s learned from a life studying venom.

The third event in Academy’s ‘life & death’ public speaker series will be held at 6pm on Friday 16 September at the Queensland Museum. Book your tickets today and bring along your friends and family.

ECR Industrial Fellowships

The CSIRO SME Connect team are pleased to announce the STEM⁺ Business Fellowship program is open for applications, on behalf of the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF). SIEF has provided $7.875 million funding support to enable Australian SMEs (small-medium sized enterprises) to undertake 2-3 year research projects with ECRs from Australian research organisations.

The program aims to build deeper connections and collaboration between researchers and SMEs, accelerate the adoption of new ideas and technology, and help SMEs grow into larger and more profitable organisations. It will also provide practical experience in industry for ECRs, thus creating and sustaining a cohort of researchers capable of addressing national challenges.

CSIRO’s national SME Connect team, work with businesses and research organisations to establish projects and facilitate financial assistance in the form of a STEM+ Business SME-matched grant worth up to $105,000 per annum. They encourage ECRs to work with their supervisors and university research offices to scope potential projects and business partners.

Eligible ECRs:

  • Have completed a research higher degree (PhD or Masters) in STEM subjects or a bachelor’s degree in engineering with relevant research experience.
  • Have no more than 6 years relevant experience since conferral of the most recent degree.

For application forms and more information, including detailed program and eligibility guidelines, please visit the website. Alternatively contact Jason Barkla, SME Business Manager on (03) 9545 8246 or

Applications to attend the 2017 Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting now open

Want to meet your Nobel science heroes? You could get your chance if you nominate to go to the next Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany. Next year's meeting is dedicated to chemistry. The Lindau Laureate Meetings allows the opportunity for in-depth exchange between Nobel Laureates and the next generation of leading scientists. The Science and Industry Endowment Fund is providing financial support for Australian attendance at the meeting through the Science and Industry Endowment Fund – Australian Academy of Science Fellowships to the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. .

Deadline for nomination is 4 October. Find out how to apply

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