EMCR Pathways issue 18—April 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

So long and thanks for all the fish

Farewell from the outgoing EMCR Forum Chair

Drew Evans says a goodbye of sorts as he leaves his role as our fearless leader

Meet the new members of the EMCR Forum Executive 2019

Get to know the new members joining the EMCR Forum Executive Committee

EMCRs need training in soft skills and entrepreneurism to succeed in and beyond the lab

Anna Figueiredo from gemaker writes about transferrable skills and how to get them

On the job with…Renee Webster

We go on the job with Dr Renee Webster, a chemist supporting the Australian Defence Force and working with @realscientists, a rotational curation Twitter account giving scientists a platform

Inspiring EMCRs

Anna Figueiredo tells her story of transition from PhD to industry

EMCR Agony Aunt

Looking for rock solid, ironclad, foolproof, child proof, future proof and proof proof advice? Ask the EMCR Agony Aunt

What have we been up to?

Read what the EMCR Forum Executive has been up to

Opportunities for your workplace to support EMCRs attendance at Science at the Shine Dome 2019

Don’t forget to talk to your organisation about the EMCR partnership opportunities the Academy has made available for your workplace to support your full attendance at Science at the Shine Dome. EMCR opportunities are available for $3000 (ex GST), and cover the cost of registration, accommodation and travel expenses, as well as offering branding and promotional opportunities for your workplace.

If you are interested, we encourage you to discuss this opportunity with your workplace. They can contact the Academy on events@science.org.au if they have any questions on how to become a partner and secure your spot at the event.

Science at the Shine Dome is on 28–30 May. Early registration is encouraged.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scientist Travelling Research Award

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD students and early- and mid-career scientists are invited to apply to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scientist Travelling Research Award. The award aims to support the expansion and growth of research networks and international knowledge exchange through visits to relevant international centres of research. Two annual awards of $5500 are planned, with additional support provided to attend the Academy's Annual Science at the Shine Dome event.

Applications close at 9 am AEST on Saturday 1 June 2019.

Australian Academy of Science awards for research funding

The Australian Academy of Science supports the following awards aimed at EMCRs, we invite you to check them out:

The Max Day Environmental Science Fellowship Award is an annual award of up to $20,000 per awardee to assist early stage PhD students or early career researchers with their research. It provides funding support toward the costs of travel, courses or research expenses.

The Margaret Middleton Fund for endangered Australian native vertebrate animals offers annual science grants of up to $15,000 each to support field-based, high-quality ecological research.

The Moran Award for History of Science Research is an annual award that supports access to archives that record the history of science in Australia by postgraduate students and other researchers with expertise in the history of Australian science.  

The Thomas Davies Research Grant for Marine, Soil and Plant Biology offers annual Science Grants of up to $25,000 each to Early-and Mid-Career Researchers in the field of Marine, Soil and Plant Biology.

Applications for all awards close at 9 am AEST on Saturday 1 June 2019.

Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology

Applications for the ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology are still open. This prize is awarded to an Australian individual, team or organisation that has used new or existing technology in an innovative way to significantly improve the outcome of their research. Check out the details and nominate an individual, a team or self-nominate for the chance to win $10,000.

Applications close at 7pm AEST on Friday 3 May 2019.

Secure your attendance at Science meets Parliament 2019

Registrations for Science meets Parliament 2019 in August are now open. The event offers unique opportunities to EMCRs to learn more about policy- and decision-making process and to connect with parliamentarians to enhance understanding of how science contributes to Australia’s health, environment, wealth and wellbeing.

From our members
Canberra EMCR group

EMCRs across Canberra looking to connect with their peers in Canberra are invited to join the Canberra EMCR mailing group. The group has been formed to be inclusive and assist with sharing experiences and knowledge of how to survive, and thrive, as an early career researcher in the ACT.

The group organises coffee once a month at CSIRO, occasional drinks, and information sessions or training over coffee. If you or any of your colleagues are interested to be part of this group we encourage you to check it out. 

National ECR Survey—Challenges faced by early career researchers in the sciences in Australia

Katherine Christian, from Federation University Australia, is conducting a research project exploring challenges faced by ECRs in the sciences in Australia. The purpose of this research is to gather data about work–life experiences for ECRs and it is expected that the results will inform recommendations for changes to the work environment for these researchers in order to increase their job satisfaction and the likelihood of them continuing to work in research in Australia.

If you are interested in participating in the study, please complete the online questionnaire.

This project is being conducted under the supervision of Dr Carolyn Johnstone, Federation University Australia. For more information regarding the study, please contact Dr Johnstone on 03 5327 9585.

‘When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.’Arthur C Clarke’s First Law

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