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Coming up: Joint #ECRchat and @RiAus live event, 1 May 2014

Be recognised as the expert: Communicating science to the public and media

Thursday 1 May, 6:00pm ACST (6:30pm AEST, 9:30am BST, or convert your timezone)

This event will be livestreamed at, with twitter discussion using #ECRChat. Questions can be submitted to @RiAus to be answered live on stage by the speakers.

ECR Network: Becoming an Independent Researcher is a program of 4 events to equip researchers with the knowledge and skills to smooth the transition to running their own funded research program – get recognised, get the funding, know the politics, get the group.

The first event of the 2014 program is Communicating science to the public and media. Professional science communicators from RiAus and the Australian Science Media Centre reveal why it is important for researchers and research leaders especially, to engage the public and the media. How can you use public engagement and the media to benefit your career, and how do you best engage them? Professor Corey Bradshaw from University of Adelaide will give the researcher’s perspective and how his public engagement assisted his career progression. Be recognised as the expert.

For more information, go to

Programme of the event (times in ACST)

6:00pm    Welcome

6:05pm    ECR Speaker 1

6:15pm    ECR Speaker 2

6:25pm    Communicating Science to the public

7:10pm    Q&A/discussion

What is ECR Network: Becoming an Independent Researcher?

ECR Network: Becoming an Independent Researcher events are specifically for research professionals based in Adelaide including ECRs, late-stage PhD students and mid-career researchers.
This series of events will provide a solid knowledge and skills base to assist researchers to progress their career and develop their own research programs. Additionally the program brings together a like-minded cross-disciplinary and cross-institution group of researchers to network at each event.

If you can’t attend the events in person you can always watch and interact on the RiAus Livestream. A live twitter discussion in collaboration with #ECRChat will also occur during the event, allowing those not at the event to not only interact and discuss with the event itself but also interact with other researchers around SA, Australia and the world.

For more information on ECR Network: Becoming an Independent Researcher, head to the RiAus ECR Network webpage,

Thursday 1 May, 5:30pm for 6pm, to 8pm

Be recognised as the expert: Communicating science to the public and media

–          Science communication experts show how to effectively communicate with the public and media, and demonstrate why it can help your career.

Thursday 24 July, 5:00pm for 5:30pm, to 8pm (Please note earlier starting time)

Be the grant writing star: Grant Writing Workshop

–          Highly successful established scientists reveal the secrets of grant writing in this interactive and hands on workshop.

Thursday 4 September, 5:30pm for 6pm, to 8pm

Be aware of the role of politics: Understanding the political framework for research

–          Join political heavyweights to discuss the political framework for research in Australia.

Thursday 30 October, 5:30pm for 6pm, to 8pm

Be the Leader: Towards research independence

–          Take the step from being known as a great team member and start being known as an exciting new PI. Find out how to build your lab group and manage a larger research project.

ECR Network events are held at the Science Exchange, 55 Exchange Place, Adelaide, and are supported by University of South Australia, University of Adelaide and Flinders University.



Postdoc in psychology and cognitive neuroscience, researching visual word recognition. Likes MEG, TMS, fMRI, reading, waffles, and motorbiking.

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