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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.

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Please feel free to download and distribute the MAGIC17 flyer.

Registration

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?

Program

Download the MAGIC2017 workshop detailed program
Day one: Monday 13 November

Career options, aspirations and goals

11:00 Registration

Midday: Opening of workshop followed by working lunch and introductions

13:45 Panel discussion 1: A short walk in mathematics and physics careers
Our panellists from both outside academia discuss their careers.
Panellists: Sue Barrell (Bureau of Meteorology), Chennupati Jagadish (ANU), Madhura Killedar (USyd), and Brendan McMonigal (Google)

The panel, discussions and questions will be facilitated by Nanda Dasgupta (ANU) and Nalini Joshi (USyd)

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.
Discussion leaders:
Madhura Killedar (USyd) and Christine O’Keefe (CSIRO)
Annette Berriman (ANU) and Lesley Ward (UniSA)
Helen Maynard-Casely (ANSTO) and Brendan McMonigal (Google)

17:30 Welcome drinks and dinner

21:00 End of day one

day two: Tuesday 14 November

Gathering the building blocks of a career

09:00 Introduction
Merryn McKinnon (ANU) will facilitate all panels

09:05 Panel discussion 2: Building a long-term perspective in research
Panellists: Igor Bray (Curtin), Benjamin Burton (UQ), and Susanne von Caemmerer (ANU)

10:30 Morning break

11:00 Panel discussion 3: Outreach and service
Panellists: Deb Kane (Macquarie Univ.), Scott Morrison (ANU), and Lesley Ward (UniSA)

11:45 Panel discussion 4: Developing resilience along a career trajectory
Panellists: Margaret Barbour (USyd) and Natalie Chapman (gemaker)

13:00 Lunch break

14:00 Panel discussion 5: Towards a successful grant application
Panellists: Hans Bachor (ANU), Stephen Buckman (ARC), Naomi McClure-Griffiths (ANU), and Mary Myerscough (USyd)

15:30 Afternoon break

16:00 Breakout session 2: Career development
Guided discussion leaders, groups of participants explore strategies for career development.
Discussion leaders:
Jodie Bradby (ANU) and Nalini Joshi (USyd)
Margaret Barbour (USyd) and Naomi McClure-Griffiths (ANU)
Joan Licata (ANU) and Nanda Dasgupta (ANU)

17:30 End of day two

day three: Wednesday 15 November

Gathering the building blocks of a career and presenting yourself

09:00 Introduction
Merryn McKinnon (ANU) will facilitate all panels

09:05 Interactive workshop 1: Public speaking and promoting your research and results
Presenters: Will Grant and Merryn McKinnon from the Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science (CPAS)

10:30 Morning break

11:00 Panel discussion 6: Employer needs and expectations in industry and other non-university sectors
Panellists: Anita Dwyer (DFAT), Hugh Fahy (MYOB), Andrea Huggins (CSL), and Ian Mann (BluGlass)

13:00 Lunch break

14:00 Interactive workshop 2: Pitching your message
Presenters: Will Grant and Merryn McKinnon from the Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science (CPAS)

15:30 Afternoon break

15:45 Interactive session: Interview and media skills
Presenter: Melanie Bagg (AAS)

16:30 Mock interviews or group networking exercise

17:45 Drinks and finger food

18:45 End of day three

Day four: Thursday 16 November

Progressing further

09:00 Introduction
Merryn McKinnon (ANU) will facilitate all panels

09:05 Panel discussion 7: Leadership skills, collaborations and building networks
Panellists: Jenny Graves (La Trobe Univ.), Christine O’Keefe (CSIRO), and Margaret Sheil (UoM)

10:30 Morning break

11:00 Talk 1: Time management and prioritising
Speaker: Kate Gunn (CAASTRO)

11:40 Talk 2: Applying for promotion and managing expectations
Speaker: Rachel Webster (UoM)

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.
Discussion leaders: Hans Bachor (ANU), Nanda Dasgupta (ANU), and Nalini Joshi (USyd)

10:30 Morning break

11:00 Breakout session 4: CV development
In pairs, participants review their CV and identify areas for improvement.
Discussion leaders:  Nanda Dasgupta (ANU), and Nalini Joshi (USyd)

12:00 Feedback and staying in touch

13:00 Lunch and goodbyes

14:00 End of workshop

Download the MAGIC2017 workshop detailed program

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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.

Contact

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