Mentoring and Guidance in Careers (MAGIC) workshop
early career female or gender diverse researcherS In mathematics and physics
13-17 November 2017, at University House, ANU Canberra.

The inaugural MAGIC Workshop will present an opportunity to explore the many facets of forging a career in academic, government or industry settings, and to discuss how to create building blocks for success and resilience in careers.

Participation is limited to a maximum of 35 early career researchers (0-7 years post PhD) who are female or of diverse gender identity and who have a PhD in mathematical or physical sciences. Applicants should be based in Australia. Interested researchers should submit an application.

The workshop is organised by Professors Mahananda Dasgupta (ANU) and Nalini Joshi (The University of Sydney) and is supported through the Australian Research Council’s Georgina Sweet Award as part of their Australian Laureate Fellowships. The organising committee members include Dr Merryn McKinnon from the Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science, ANU.

Please any direct questions to maths.joshiera@sydney.edu.au.


Please feel free to download and distribute the MAGIC17 flyer.


Registration closed 13 August 2017. Successful applicants will be contacted by 25 August. Acceptances are due by 30 August.

To register, you should have a PhD in mathematics or physics, be 0-7 years post PhD,  based in Australia, and be a female or gender diverse researcher. Please complete the MAGIC17 application form and email a copy to maths.joshiera@sydney.edu.au by 13 August 2017.

You will need to provide your name, email, affiliation, a two page CV; and also answer the following questions:

What are your career goals in the next 5-7 years (in other words what would you like to be)?
What are the biggest challenges that you perceive in achieving the above goal(s)?
What do you hope and expect this workshop will enable you to achieve in the future?


Download the MAGIC17 program.
Day one: Monday 13 November

Career options, aspirations and goals

Midday: Opening of workshop followed by working lunch and introductions

13:45 Panel discussion 1: A short walk in mathematics and physics careers
Four panellists from both outside academia discuss their careers.

15:30 Afternoon break

16:00 Breakout session 1: Aspirations and goals
Guided by a senior discussion leader, participants form groups and discuss their career goals and aspirations.

17:30 Welcome drinks and dinner

20:00 End of day one

day two: Tuesday 14 November

Gathering the building blocks of a career

09:00 Panel discussion 2: Building a long-term perspective in research

10:30 Morning break

11:00 Panel discussion 3: Outreach and service: a perspective

11:45 Panel discussion 4: Developing resilience along a career trajectory

13:00 Lunch break

14:00 Panel discussion 5: Towards a successful grant application

15:30 Afternoon break

16:00 Breakout session 2: Career development
Guided by a senior discussion leader, groups of participants explore strategies for career development including fostering connections and networking.

17:30 End of day two

day three: Wednesday 15 November

Gathering the building blocks of a career and presenting oneself

09:00 Interactive workshop 1: Public speaking and promoting your research and results
Run by the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS), ANU

10:30 Morning break

11:00 Panel discussion 6: Employer needs and expectations in industry and other non-university sectors

13:00 Lunch break with panelists

14:00 Interactive workshop 2: Pitching your message
Run by the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS), ANU

15:30 Afternoon break

16:00 Interview skills

17:30 Drinks and finger food

18:30 End of day three

Day four: Thursday 16 November

Progressing further

09:00 Panel discussion 7: Leadership skills, collaborations and building networks

10:30 Morning break

11:00 Talk 1: Time management and prioritising

11:40 Talk 2: Applying for promotion and managing expectations

12:20 Lunch break

13:00 Free afternoon

18:30 BBQ dinner at ANU

21:00 End of day four

Day five: Friday 17 November

Putting learnt things into practice

09:00 Breakout session 3: Research grant application review
In pairs, participants review their 100-word grant application summaries before presenting them to discussion leaders.

10:30 Morning break

11:00 Breakout session 4: CV development
In pairs, participants review their CV and identify areas for improvement. Senior people are also available for CV review.

12:00 Lunch and goodbyes

14:00 End of workshop

Download the MAGIC17 program.


Successful applicants

Successful applicants will be contacted this week and will need to confirm their attendance by 30 August. Travel details will need to be submitted by 15 September.

Applications have closed!

Applications for the first MAGIC workshop closed 13 August. The organising committee will be evaluating all the applications promptly. Applicants will be contacted about their decision as soon as possible.


For any questions or comments, please email maths.joshiera@sydney.edu.au