EMCR Forum resources

The EMCR Forum produces occasional resources for the use of EMCRs for professional development purposes. In addition they produce public statements and discussion papers on topics affecting EMCRs. The Australian Postdoctoral Survey aims to understand and track the demographics of the EMCR community in Australia and understand the issues affecting them.


  • Starting the conversation between academia and industry is a discussion paper addressing issues on how Australia can best bridge the divide between industry and universities. This a first step in producing a best practices guide in the area. We are currently preparing the final discussion paper. Please contact us if you wish to be involved in this project.

  • Research Translation and Innovation, was an event held Nature Research to discuss how to foster engagement between academic research and the commercial community. Members of the EMCR Forum executive attended the symposium and produced a report summarising the event.

Gender Equity

  • Gender equity: current issues, best practice and new ideas
    The EMCR forum presents a platform of initiatives (PDF, 177 KB) that can be used in universities, research institutes and laboratories across Australia to ensure that men and women have equal chances to pursue a successful career in science.
  • See also the 2014 update (PDF, 320 KB).
  • Gender equity in Australian science—update from the National Health and Medical Research Council
    In this position statement, the EMCR forum congratulates the NHMRC’s ongoing commitment to gender equity in science (PDF, 171 KB).
  • 'Where do EMCR's stand on addressing gender equity issues?' Professor Jenny Martin, ARC Australian Laureate Fellow from the University of Queensland and campaigner for gender equity, weighs in here

Science Communication

Best practices for postdoctoral progress

  • In a policy document (PDF, 209 KB) the EMCR forum aims to assess the climate for Australian postdoctoral researchers and launches an early- and mid-career researcher survey to find national examples of best practices for career progression.

Grant selection process

Every year researchers spend many hundreds of hours compiling their grant applications, but with only 15-20% of proposals being funded, and the return rate on budget funding sitting around 65%, the details of the selection process is particularly important. EMCR Forum Executive Dr Michael Crichton gets an exclusive look into the Australian research Council (ARC) grant selection processes.

Australian Postdoctoral Reference Survey

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