Early Career Researchers Development Program - Clinical/Public Health

Target Audience

This program for Clinical/Public Health Researchers aims to give participants support in career planning, networking and the development of research capacities. The program is for researchers who are 1 - 10 years postdoctoral. It consists of 7 half day sessions and a structured mentor program.

Demand for this course is always high so attendees must commit to attending all sessions.

The program will consist of the following modules:

To register your expression of interest

If you wish to express your interest in attending this program when future dates are established, please fill in the following waiting list form.


Session 1 - Career Planning

Presenter:
Associate Professor Donna Waters plus a panel including Professors Bruce Armstrong and Kathryn Refshauge.
Duration: 9.00am - 1.00pm
Date: 23 April 2010
Venue: Seminar Room 2, Learning Solutions, SUV, Bligh Building L03 - Ground Floor

Scientific careers may sometimes appear chaotic and out of our control, but there are strategies for maximising our chances of prospering and doing what we love: discovering the secrets of life, the universe and everything.

Topics will include the following:

  • Thinking about future directions of your career - what is possible?
  • Working collaboratively with other researchers
  • Engaging with industry / government partners - who is out there?
  • Research methods - thinking differently

Session 2 - Strategies for Grant Success

Presenter: Professor Carol Armour
Duration: 9.00am - 1.00pm
Date: 30 April 2010
Venue: Seminar Room 2, Learning Solutions, SUV, Bligh Building L03 - Ground Floor

A major grant application is like an examination where you must score 100% - but then still might not pass. Why are some people so often successful in their grant applications? Are they better scientists (perhaps they are), or just better at communicating their ideas to a highly critical scientific audience? Are there some simple skills that can be learnt to maximise our chance of success in grant applications?

Topics will include:

  • The grant process
  • What grants are available to clinical/public health researchers including grants from small granting bodies?
  • What support is available once you are successful?
  • Tips for success
  • "Traps for young players"
  • How to work most effectively with the Research Office.

Session 3 - Working with other Personalities

Presenter: Eleanor Shakiba
Duration: 9.00am - 1.00pm
Date: 7 May 2010
Venue: Seminar Room 2, Learning Solutions, SUV, Bligh Building L03 - Ground Floor

Recognising and understanding differences between people is enormously important in building more productive work relationships.

Through the use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, this session offers participants an opportunity to:

  • develop a better understanding of yourself and how you differ from other people in the way you prefer to focus your attention, acquire information, make decisions and manage your work
  • discover how workplace behaviour and communication is influenced by individual personality preferences
  • experience those differences in action and discover how they impact upon team dynamics
  • learn to improve communication between different personalities and explore ways of creating positive relationships in your team.

Session 4 - New Perspectives on Conflict

Presenter: Eleanor Shakiba
Duration: 9.00am - 1.00pm
Date: 14 May 2010
Venue: Seminar Room 2, Learning Solutions, SUV, Bligh Building L03 - Ground Floor

Building a productive team and managing that team through periods of change depends significantly on your ability to manage conflict effectively. An ability to identify the potential for conflict and to use influencing and negotiating skills to manage conflict when it arises are essential skills for success.

This session will cover areas such as:

  • discovering how to manage differences of opinion positively and professionally
  • learning to recognise early signs that conflict is developing
  • finding out how to recognise someone else's conflict style
  • choosing appropriate strategies for negotiating win/win situations

Session 5 - Writing about your Research in Plain English

Presenter: Mark Ragg & Melissa Sweet
Duration: 9.00am - 1.00pm
Date: 21 May 2010
Venue: Seminar Room 2, Learning Solutions, SUV, Bligh Building L03 - Ground Floor

Many researchers find it difficult to describe their work clearly and succinctly. Far enough - it's complex work. Yet it is vital to be able to do so for necessities such as:

  • grant applications
  • reporting back to funding bodies
  • reporting back to employers
  • seeking funding for charities
  • promoting your research
  • promoting research generally
  • social situations

By the end of the seminar we hope you will be able to:

  • describe your work in plain English
  • describe the reason you are doing this research
  • place this research inits social and scientific context

Topics to include:

  • What is plain English?
  • What is jargon?
  • Defining your audience
  • Writing to impress

Session 6 – Communicating with Non-Specialists

Presenter: Mark Ragg & Melissa Sweet
Duration: 9.00am - 1.00pm
Date: 28 May 2010
Venue: Seminar Room 2, Learning Solutions, SUV, Bligh Building L03 - Ground Floor


If you are doing research at a university, then at some stage you will want to, or perhaps have to, communicate with non-specialists about your work. You may want to raise money for your research. You may want to talk to a charitable foundation, or to a promotions committee, or to members of a support group. You may even want to talk to the media to publicise your work.

This session builds on the skills developed in the previous session on "Writing about your research in plain English" and covers areas such as:

  • the value of talking to the public - for them, for your employers, for research generally and for your career
  • talking to non-specialists such as Promotions or Appointments Committees
  • working out your message - what do you want to say?
  • understanding your audience - what do they want to hear?
  • the who, when, where, why and how of communication
  • how the media works and how to gain access

By the end of the seminar, we hope you will be able to:

  • understand the benefits of talking about your work
  • have a feel for what may or may not interest others
  • know how to decide what to say
  • know how to say it.

Session 7 - Meet Your Mentor

Presenter: Professor Carol Armour, Donna Waters & Michael Pooley
Duration: 9.00am - 1.00pm
Date: 4 June 2010
Venue: Seminar Room 2, Learning Solutions, SUV, Bligh Building L03 - Ground Floor

This workshop will introduce the mentoring program to the Early Career Researchers. ECRs will be invited to participate and will be asked to register their interest after the first workshop. The goal of the mentoring program will be for each mentee to develop a five-year research plan.

Topics to include:

What is mentoring?

  • Benefits of mentoring for both mentees and mentors
  • Structured mentoring program
  • Feedback skills for mentees
  • Coaching skills for mentors.