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Early Career Women in STEMM Paper & Grant Writing Workshop

  • 20 Sep 2021
  • 9:30 AM
  • 22 Sep 2021
  • 4:00 PM
  • Huxley Teaching Room H4.20, ANU, Canberra

Initiatives for this workshop:

An early career researcher (ECR) grant & paper writing workshop designed for women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) is aimed at strengthening the scientific writing, critical thinking and communication skills of Australia's next generation of scientists and academics. This workshop aims to provide mentoring, transparent peer review and centralised writing training opportunities that young women in STEMM may not have at their home institutions. lt may also help to increase the number of female academics in STEMM-related departments. ln particular, all ECRs need to complete a significant amount of scientific writing in their academic research positions including grant & fellowship applications, journal articles as well as patent applications, which requires critical writing skills towards their success as researchers. This workshop will provide an opportunity for ECRs to build on their scientific writing skills and gain inspiration from mentors and like-minded researchers, forming a valuable component of their academic career development.

ECWW venue & travel

We are planning for an ONSITE workshop at The Australian National University, with an ONLINE meeting format as backup.


20th September (Monday) 

                 09:30-09:45: Workshop Opening by Prof Tim Senden, Director of Research School of Physics, ANU  

                 09:45-10:45: Senior Academic Mentor Guidance by Prof Igor Aharonovich

                 10:45-11:00: Q&A

                 11:00-12:00: Senior Academic Mentor Guidance by Prof Deborah Marsh

                 12:00-12:15: Q&A

                 12:15-13:00: Lunch Break

                 13:00-14:00: Senior Academic Mentor Guidance by Prof Elizabeth New

                 14:00-14:15: Q&A

                 14:15-16:15: Mentoring Session with 3 Senior Mentors

                 19:00-20:00: High Impact Publishing at Nature by Dr Rosamund Daw (Evening Session via Zoom from London, UK)

21st September (Tuesday) 

                 09:30-10:30: Senior Academic Mentor Guidance by Prof Lan Fu

                 10:30-10:45: Q&A

                 10:45-11:45: Senior Academic Mentor Guidance by Prof Liming Dai

                 11:45-12:00: Q&A

                 12:00-13:00: Lunch Break

                 13:00-14:00: Senior Academic Mentor Guidance by Prof Drew Evans

                 14:00-14:15: Q&A

                 14:15-16:15: Mentoring Session with 3 Senior Mentors

22nd September (Wednesday) 

                 09:30-10:30: Young Academic Mentors Guidance by Dr Tushar Kumeria

                 10:30-11:00: Q&A

                 11:00-12:00: Grant Application Guidance by Dr Liesel Senn

                 12:00-13:00: Lunch Break

                 13:00-14:00: Young Academic Mentor Guidance by A/Prof Hang Ta

                 14:00-15:00: Young Academic Mentor Guidance by Dr Noushin Nasiri

                 15:00-16:00: Mentoring Session with 4 ECR Mentors

Keynote speakers/mentors

Professor Igor Aharonovich (ARC CoE Chief Investigator, ARC DECRA Fellow), University of Technology Sydney

Professor Lan Fu (Future Fellow), The Australian National University

Professor Drew Evans (Future Fellow), University of South Australia

Professor Deborah Marsh (NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship), University of Technology Sydney

Professor Elizabeth New (ARC DECRA and Westpac Research Fellow), The University of Sydney

Professor Liming Dai (Scientia Professor and ARC Laureate Fellow), University of New South Wales

Dr Rosamund Daw (Nature Senior Editor), Nature Publishing Group

ECR Mentors

Dr Noushin Nasiri (TEDx Talk Speaker and Young Tall Poppy Science Award), Macquarie University

Dr Liesel Senn (Research Development Manager of Research Office), University of Technology Sydney

Associate Professor Hang Ta (NHMRC ECR fellow and Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow), Griffith University

Dr Tushar Kumeria (Scientia Senior Lecturer and NHMRC ECR Fellow), University of New South Wales

Committee members

Dr Ziyuan Li, DECRA Fellow, The Australian National University

Dr Helen Xu, Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Technology Sydney

Dr Helen McGuire, Research Associate Pathology, The University of Sydney

Dr Natalie Holmes, Research Fellow, The University of Sydney


ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems (TMOS)

The Australian National University (ANU), Research School of Physics

University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Athena SWAN, Research Development Program (RDP)

Crystals - an Open Access Journal by MDPI

University of Sydney, Faculty of Engineering

Microscopy Australia

ARC Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals

Australian Institute of Physics

Materials Australia

ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science






Applications & registrations

Application criteria: You will need to provide your name, email, affiliation, a 1-page CV, publication list, and PhD testamur to register your interest; and please state in no more than 300 words how attending ECWW2021 will benefit your career.

Registration fee: Free (includes three days of catering)

Attendee selection criteria

  • Open to early career women within their first 5 years of academic or other research-related employment after the award of PhD degree.
  • Currently based in Australia.
  • Each attendee must bring two documents to work on during the retreat. These can be (a) grant proposal, (b) fellowship proposal, (c) scientific manuscript, and/or (d) patent application


15 May 2021: Applications Open

31 July 2021 (11:55PM): Applications Close

15 August 2021: Outcome of Successful Applicants and Registration Open

31 August 2021 (11:55PM): Registrations Close

20 - 22 September 2021: Workshop

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