Early- and mid-career researchers

Welcome to the EMCR Forum

Welcome to the Early- and Mid-Career Researcher Forum. This forum is run by and for all early- and mid-career researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in Australia. Within this website you’ll find all manner of information and contacts to help you develop a career in and around STEM. Whether you are a recent PhD graduate in university research, based within the private sector, or making your contribution in Government, the EMCR Forum is here for you.


Theo Murphy Initiative OPEN for your great ideas

We are changing the way we deliver activities that support EMCRs. The Theo Murphy (Australia) Fund which has supported High Flyers Think Tanks and Australian Frontiers of Symposia for EMCRs since 2002 is now launching the Theo Murphy (Australia) Initiative. The Initiative will continue to support activities for EMCRs the difference is YOU can help decide what they are.

We are calling for ideas on what to do to best support the careers of EMCRs in Australia. We want to go straight to the source (YOU) to figure out what will best help you in your career.

You can propose any idea. The main criteria is that it provides benefits to EMCRs and has broad reach or impact. If your idea is selected you and an organising committee will work with the EMCR unit at the Academy to make it a reality.

Proposal are straightforward and due 18 February, so check out all the details and get your thinking caps on.

EMCR Forum kick-starts collaboration

The entire research sector is being encouraged to collaborate in order to drive innovation.

How can EMCRs, often at the coalface of such changes, form successful collaborations and thrive in this new environment?

Does our culture need to change if we are serious about driving innovation?

How can leaders in the sector foster a supportive environment for collaboration?

The EMCR Forum is excited to announce the launch of its latest project kick-starting collaboration, which addresses these issues and aims to put EMCRs at the forefront of decisions which are changing the future of the research landscape.

Kick-starting collaboration is a selection of resources and case studies aimed at promoting collaboration and understanding between the different sectors which make up the research and innovation environment in Australia. It includes:

  • resources for EMCRs and others working at universities, in industry, and within the research landscape outside these two
  • big ideas to spark collaboration
  • advice on how to achieve cultural changes which will support an innovative nation
  • case studies showcasing EMCRs successfully collaborating.

Check it out today or follow the conversation on Twitter using #kickstartcollab.

Become a member

Become a member of the Australian EMCR Forum and receive the regular newsletter EMCR Pathways

Submissions and consultations

Find out what Australia’s EMCRs have been saying in response to the major issues they face


Learn more about the EMCR Forum, including its history, the members of the executive, and the Strategic Plan.

Contact us

Get in contact with the EMCR Forum, and make a positive contribution to the outcomes and future of EMCRs around Australia.

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