WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

DAY 1: WEDNESDAY 5th JUNE 2019
WORKSHOPS (Pavilion B)

Your Research Career – where’s it heading and what’s your role in it?

TIME: 11:15am – 12:45pm
FACILITATOR: Ms Cecilia Stenstrom

 

Incorporating research into your career is individual, multi-faceted and always a work in progress. In effect it is a research project and the research topic is you! This workshop will explore career development tools and strategic considerations in a practical and relevant way. The workshop aims to assist participants to understand expectations of researchers, recognise that there are career path alternatives and how to set a career plan and make it happen.

What’s the benefit and how do I use social media to build and maintain my research profile

TIME: 2:30pm – 4:00pm
FACILITATOR: Professor Afaf Girgis

 

This workshop will aim to explain the benefits of using social media and also how to use it effectively to build a research profile. It will also provide helpful hints on how to maintain this profile without it encroaching on research time and how to ensure the benefits outweigh the efforts. The workshop will look at why social media is important to researchers and how to promote research profiles.

DAY 2: THURSDAY 6th JUNE 2019
WORKSHOPS (Pavilion B)

Building collaborations and maintaining wellbeing as a researcher

TIME: 10:30am – 12:00pm
FACILITATOR: Dr Freya MacMillan and Dr Kate McBride

Dr Freya MacMillan is a Senior Lecturer in Interprofessional Health Sciences based in the School of Science and Health at Western Sydney University. Dr Kate McBride is a Lecturer in Population Health in the Translational Health Research Institute at Western Sydney University. Dr Carolyn Ee is a Jacka Foundation Senior Research Fellow at NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University, as well as a practicing GP. All three of these women are ECRs having gained their PhDs in the past 5 years, who balance motherhood with work (with children ranging in age from 15 months to 18 years between them), and have managed to sustain rapidly rising research trajectories post PhD.
This workshop is targeted at clinicians and academics in the early stages of their research careers, who are facing challenges in finding a work life balance that allows for undertaken research productively. The session will focus on initiating and maintaining successful research collaborations to ensure that ECRs can undertake research in a manageable and effective manner, whilst looking after one’s own health and wellbeing. Activities in this workshop will assist ECRs in: defining their mission; finding research opportunities to progress with and others to avoid; identifying appropriate partners to collaborate with and ways of reaching out to form new collaborations; how to work effectively with others; how to maintain collaborations over the long term; and finding strategies to look after their physical and mental health and reduce risk of burnout. Whether you are male, female, purely academic, clinical or a mix of both, with or without parental or caring responsibilities, with little or lots of research experience, if you are in the early stage of your research career, this is the workshop for you!

The healthy habits of a successful grant writer

TIME: 2:30pm – 4:00pm
FACILITATOR: Dr Johanna Barclay

A panel of researchers who have been previously successful in securing competitive research funding will provide a practical discussion on how the panel members approach grant writing, and the tips and tricks that they employ to be successful. The session will be interactive with opportunities for the audience to pose questions to panel members.A panel of researchers who have been previously successful in securing competitive research funding will provide a practical discussion on how the panel members approach grant writing, and the tips and tricks that they employ to be successful. The session will be interactive with opportunities for the audience to pose questions to panel members.