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Mentoring and Guidance in Careers (MAGIC) workshop
early career female or gender diverse researcherS In mathematics and physics
29 October – 2 November 2018, at University House, ANU Canberra.

MAGIC2018 is 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. Participation is limited to a maximum of 35 early career researchers who will have the opportunity to develop a variety of skills; and to create a support network that will allow them to forge a successful career in science.

The MAGIC program involves actively interacting with your fellow participants and seeking potential collaborations. Applicants should have an ongoing commitment to making a positive contribution not only to their research but also to the broader scientific community. Applications for MAGIC2018 open 6 July 2018.

The workshop is organised by Professors Mahananda Dasgupta (ANU) and Nalini Joshi (The University of Sydney) and is supported by funding from the Theo Murphy Initiative (Australia) through the Australian Academy of Science, ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET), the Payne-Scott initiative of the University of Sydney, and the Australian National University. The organising committee members include Dr Merryn McKinnon from the Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science, ANU.

Please any direct questions to mentoring.guidance.careers@gmail.com.

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Please feel free to download and distribute the MAGIC2018 flyer.

Applications and registrations

Participation is limited to a maximum of 35 early career researchers who will have the opportunity to develop a variety of skills; and to create a support network that will allow them to forge a successful career in science.

The MAGIC program involves actively interacting with your fellow participants and seeking potential collaborations. Applicants should have an ongoing commitment to making a positive contribution not only to their research but also to the broader scientific community.

Successful applicants will receive financial support for economy round-trip travel from their home institution to the workshop and will be provided accommodation from 29 October – 2 November at University House, Australian National University, Canberra.

To be eligible to attend MAGIC you should:

  • be an early career researcher 0-7 years post PhD (excluding career interruptions)
  • be female or of diverse gender identity
  • have a PhD in mathematical or physical sciences (i.e. the disciplines of mathematics, physics and cognate disciplines)
  • currently be based in Australia

Please complete the application form.

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)?
Describe how attending MAGIC2018 will help your career and how you will use what you learn to benefit others in the scientific community?

Program

Download the MAGIC2018 program
Day one: Monday 29 October

Career choices, aspirations and goals

10:00 Registration and morning tea

10:45 Workshop opening

11:15 Panel discussion 1: A short walk in mathematics and physics careers

13:00 Genesis of the Georgia Sweet Laureate Fellowship

13:10 Lunch

14:00 Interactive session 1: Tailoring CVs for different sectors

15:30 Afternoon break

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

17:30 Welcome drinks and dinner

21:00 End of day one

day two: Tuesday 30 October 2018

Gathering the building blocks of a career

09:00 Introduction

09:05 Panel discussion 2: Building a long-term perspective in career

10:30 Morning break*

11:00 Interactive Workshop 1*: Public speaking and promoting your research/results

*Sponsored by FLEET.

13:00 Lunch break

14:00 Panel discussion 3: Towards a successful grant application

15:30 Afternoon break

16:00 Breakout session 2: Career development
Guided discussion leaders, participants for groups and discuss their career development plans

17:30 End of day two

day three: Wednesday 31 October 2018

Progressing further

09:00 Introduction

09:05 Panel Discussion 4: Leadership skills, collaborations and building networks

10:30 Morning break

11:00 Panel discussion 5: Outreach and service

12:00 Lunch break

13:00 Free time

18:30 BBQ dinner and small group tours of the Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility

21:00 End of day three

Day four: Thursday 1 November 2018

Progressing further

09:00 Interactive Workshop 2 (part 1): The Balanced Researcher

10:30 Morning break

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

13:00 Lunch break

14:00 Interactive Workshop 2 (part 2): The Balanced Researcher

15:30 Short afternoon break

15:45 Choice of private mock interviews: Public Service, Industry or Academia and/or working on your CV when not being interviewed

17:45 Drinks and finger food

18:45 End of day four

Day five: Friday 2 November 2018

Putting learnt things into practice

09:00 Introduction

09:05 Breakout Session 3: Research grant application review: In teams of two, participants review their 100-word grant application summaries before presenting them to discussion leaders.

10:30 Morning break

11:00 Breakout session 3 (continued): Research grant application review

12:00 Feedback and staying in touch

13:00 Lunch and goodbyes

14:00 End of workshop

Download the MAGIC2018 program

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Thank you

We would like to thank our newest supporter, the ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET), for helping to bring MAGIC2018 to fruition.

Childcare

Partial support is available for participants with young children who may require it to enable participation in MAGIC 2018. Please contact us if you would like discuss this option