Academic Futures

Tuesday, 22 October 2013, 12:00 pm — Tuesday, 22 October 2013, 01:30 pm

Location Advanced Technology Centre Lecture Hall (ATC210), Callaghan Campus
Contact Laura Juratowitch - E: | T: 492 18635

Early Career Researcher: Lunchtime Program

What is required to be competitive in tomorrow's research environment? Gain a global perspective on the essential roles of the early career academic.

About the Presenter

Vice Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillenProfessor Caroline McMillen joined the University of Newcastle as Vice-Chancellor and President in October 2011.

Professor McMillen has dedicated almost 30 years to the higher education sector, holding leadership roles across research, innovation and teaching. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford University, and completed her medical training at the University of Cambridge.

In 1983, Professor McMillen moved to Australia to lecture at Monash University. In 1992, she was  appointed Professor, Chair and Head of the Department of Physiology at the University of Adelaide. In  2005, she accepted the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President: Research and  Innovation at the University of South Australia, a position held until moving to Newcastle.

As a biomedical researcher, Professor McMillen is internationally recognised for her work into the impact of the nutritional environment before birth on the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and  obesity in adult life.

Her research group has been funded continuously for two decades by both the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council. She has published over  200 publications and been invited to present at more than 70 international and national meetings. Professor McMillen is also currently the Chair of the Endocrinology, Reproduction and Development Commission of the International Union of Physiological Societies - the only Australian Chair on this international body.

Over her career, Professor McMillen has trained more than 50 Honours and PhD students who have gone on to win national honours and fellowships and made signifi cant contributions in diverse careers,  including research, industry, medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and education.

She has served on  state government groups focused on: building innovation, climate change, manufacturing and the resources industry. Professor McMillen was a member of the Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council  Working Group on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders focusing on maternal and peri-natal health.  She has served as Chair of the Australian Research Council and National Health and Medical Research  Council's grant review panels.

Professor McMillen is committed to building collaborative partnerships between universities, government, industry and communities that directly contribute to the economic, environmental, social and cultural health of Australia.


The Early Career Researcher (ECR) lunchtime program is designed to support all ECRs at the University of Newcastle. All staff, including part-time and sessional academic staff, are welcome to attend.

Register: Please register through HRonline via the Training and Development menu under the category Research.

Please note that places are limited. The session will be recorded to inform future planning.

For more information or to attend as a conjoint, please contact Laura Juratowitch via email or phone 492 18635.