Research Advantage

ECR 'Connect and Empower' Network

ECR Connect and Empower Network

The University is committed to establishing a collegiate Early / Mid Career Researcher (EMCR) community and will facilitate the EMCR ‘Connect and Empower’ Network.

This Network will support the next generation of researchers through the provision of a series of interactive professional development sessions, opportunities for networking and collaborations, peer-to-peer support and attainment of knowledge.

2020 Diary Dates 
Wednesday 4 March

As part of Research Advantage, the first 2020 Early - Mid Career Researcher (EMCR) Connect and Empower Network Session will provide an opportunity for you to engage in a roundtable facilitated by Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin, Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation to explore options for the establishment of engagement priorities [Better, Healthier Living; Next Generation Resources; Connected communities and Growing Industries] that build on our reputation for high quality research.

Who: UON Early - Mid Career Researchers

When: 2.00 – 3.00pm Wednesday 4 March 2020 [tea, coffee and biscuits]

Where: IRC 113 [Information Resource Centre], Central Coast – Ourimbah Campus

Register now via Discover

2019 Diary Dates 
Tuesday 19 March

Flash Mentoring Session – an opportunity to speak one - on - one with up to 5 senior UON Researchers and seek their advice / lessons learnt / top tips on specific areas of research career development.

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Friday 3 May

An opportunity for you to Raise your Research Profile by understanding the value of having a Social Presence

Dr Paula Jones – Changing nature of research – value or currency of Impact

Professor Clare Collins – Research Profile – social footprint – the value add for researchers

Mr Rob Brooks – Types of social media and how to get started [practical applications]

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Tuesday 25 June

This session will provide an opportunity for you to ask those burning questions about developing work / life balance in academia. Panel members will share their experiences, wisdom and provide some strategies for building resilience.
Don’t miss this opportunity to ask questions and equip yourself with tools to assist your survival and well-being in 2019.

Professor Cathy Coleborne, Head of School - Humanities and Social Science, Faculty of Education and Arts

Professor Adam McCluskey, School of Environmental and Life Sciences [Chemistry], Faculty of Science

Doctor Vanessa Murphy, NHMRC Career Development Fellow, School of Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine

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Tuesday 30 July

An opportunity for researchers to examine The Art of the Conference– discover how you can make the most of conferences as an environment to strategically network and build research connections.


  • How do you make attendance at academic conferences productive?
  • What are your personal goals while attending conferences?
  • Tips and traps for conference presentations
  • How do I ask effective questions?
  • How do I network during and after a conference?

Who: UON Early - Mid Career Researchers

When: 10.00 – 11.30am Tuesday 30 July 2019 [tea, coffee and biscuits provided]

Where: HPE 203 [Health and Physical Education Building], Callaghan Campus

Join via zoom

Meeting ID: 188 875 473

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Tuesday 3 September

An opportunity for researchers to practise writing in plain English to assist the preparation of writing grant applications

Who: UON Early - Mid Career Researchers

When: 10.00am – 1.30pm Tuesday 3 September 2019 [light working lunch provided]

Where: CH205, The Chancellery, Callaghan Campus

Register via Discover for face-to-face workshop

Face-to-face only with limited capacity of x18 Researchers

Thursday 3 October

An insight into the topic Traditional Academic vs Professional Academic

Who: UON Early - Mid Career Researchers

When: 10.00am – 11.30am Thursday 3 October 2019 [tea, coffee and biscuits provided]

Where: ATC210 [Advanced Technology Centre], Callaghan Campus

Join via zoom

[Meeting ID: 410 519 184]

Presenter: Professor Lee Smith, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Science

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Tuesday 26 November

An opportunity for you to meet the onsite Intersect Manager – Mr Shaun Grady and hear about the range of Research Data Management Techniques and follow up workshops available to you for free onsite at UON.

Who: UON Early - Mid Career Researchers

When: 10.00am – 11.30am Tuesday 26 November 2019 [tea, coffee and biscuits provided]

Where: GP201, Callaghan Campus

Join via zoom [Meeting ID: 106 292 420]

Facilitator: Mr Shaun Grady, INTERSECT and eResearch Analyst, Information Technology, Resources Division 

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Open to all ECRs (1-5 years post PhD) and MCRs (5-10 years post PhD)

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