We are in the final stage of Canberra winter with snow sprinkling the Brindabella Ranges around Canberra and blossoms and wattle providing colour.

The Forrest Research Foundation is offering up to 22 Prospect Fellowships to exceptional recent PhD graduates to undertake cutting-edge research in Western Australia.
Find out more here.

Last week I was one of the judges for the Visualise Your Thesis competition. We saw 12 engaging 60-second visualisations of research that will change lives. Congratulations to our winner,
Anthony Chi Hin Leung who is using quantum physics to keep our data safe. Anthony is off to the International Final hosted by Melbourne University. The people’s choice award went to Shamim Homayun for his stunning visual and poetic description of Afghanistan’s cultural landscapes. 

We have another competition coming up – the
#ANU3MT 3 Minute Thesis competition will be streamed on 4 September at noon. While we can’t celebrate together in Llewelyn Hall, you are welcome to join us online to support your colleagues. Register for a free ticket here, strictly limited places.

Professor Ann Evans

Dean, Higher Degree Research

ANU Researcher Development coordinates and facilitates workshops, events, and competitions to develop your skills even further. All of the sessions below are offered to you online. Click on one to find out more:

1 September | 
Mindfulness Online: take a 'collective breath' in a weekly facilitated practice
2 September | RSES HDR: Thesis Proposal Reviews
3 September | HDR: Thesis Proposal Reviews (HASS)
4 September | #ANU3MT 3 Minute Thesis Final 2020
7 September | HDR: Thesis Proposal Reviews (STEM)
7 September | CBE HDR Research Writing Program: Thesis Proposal Reviews
8 September | CBE HDR Research Writing Program: Thesis Structures
8 September | CBE HDR Research Writing Program: Introductions & Literature Reviews
8 September | Respectful risk management: Ethics and mental health research
8 September | Mindfulness Online
9 September | Research Ethics drop-in session on Zoom
9 September | Word for academic writing: formatting your document webinar
9 September | Word for academic writing: formatting your document webinar
10 September | Research data management webinar
14-18 September | Is your thesis good enough? Examination and the PhD
14 September | ANUHDR: how to write clearer sentences
15 September | EndNote in an Hour webinar for Windows
15 September | Mindfulness Online
16 September | Word for academic writing: maintaining consistency in your thesis webinar
16 September |  HDR: Presenting your research
17 September | Library research webinar
18 September |  HDR Thesis structures
18 September | Managing your milestones, or why researchers run out of time
21 September | ANUHDR: how to write with less 'word clutter'
21 September | ANUHDR: Top tips for working with your supervisors
22 September |  Mindfulness Online
22 September | Achieving your Goals
23 September | Word for academic writing: putting your thesis all together
24 September | Digital research webinar
24 September | Tragic research mistakes and how to avoid them
29 September | Mindfulness Online
29 September | Achieving your Goals
6 October | 
RSPH: Editing your work (PhD, MPhil, Honours)
6 October | Mindfulness Online
13 October | Mindfulness Online
14 October | Research Ethics drop-in session on Zoom
13 October | NVivo introduction webinar ($95)
15 October | EndNote advanced webinar for Windows
16 October | ANU Student LGBTIQ+ Ally Training
20 October | NVivo advanced webinar ($95)
20 October | Mindfulness Online
22 October | HDR: Editing for style and voice (HASS)
27 October | HDR: Editing for style and voice (STEM)
27 October | Mindfulness Online
29 October | ANUHDR: 500 useful words every day

Updates from our research community and opportunities for you this month.

#ANU3MT Final - 4 September, noon.

The Three Minute Thesis is an international competition for higher degree research candidates to showcase their research. Candidates present to an audience on what their research is and why it is important in plain language for three minutes, with only a single PowerPoint slide. The #ANU3MT ANU Final will be streamed live via zoom Fri, 4 September 12:00pm - 1:30 pm. Register your free ticket to attend here



Have you tried out PostAc yet? This new product has been developed by ANU researchers to help PhD graduates find jobs using their research skills outside academia. Access the product with your ANU email address or look through the free online short course:

Idea to Impact

The Idea to Impact program is a competitive program researchers and entrepreneurs with early traction with their ventures who are looking to progress their ideas, find commercial partners and market opportunities.
Through 5 half-day workshops with intensive content and accountability sessions over 10 weeks, participants will be challenged to apply the innovative methods to their projects with a cohort of like-minded innovators. Apply now:


Stats Come 2 U Blog

In the latest SCU blog post, guest blogger Nidhi Menon of the Biological Data Science Institute introduces us to the role of multiple imputations in resolving the issue of missing data.


From the Thesis Whisperer

There's a lot of depressing news out there, so I've been trying to focus on the future. Check Post-Pandemic university, launching out of Cambridge University in September. 
I'm running a virtual 'un-conference' called 'WhisperCon' with the Research Whisperer people and Explore and Create Co,
You can see the schedule and sign up here
I've also started a podcast with my friend @jasondowns where we talk about academic work in COVID times. You can get it through any of the usual players, there is a list
Associate Professor Inger Mewburn

A warm congratulations to these candidates who have been recently approved to graduate from their PhD or MPhil. Well done all!

Name Program College
Achmad FauziPHDCBE
Annamaria De RosaPHDCOS
Catherine HallettPHDCAP
Elizabeta PloskovaPHDCPSYCCOS
Hossein Tabatabaei-JafariPHDCOS
Jennifer ColleyPHDCOS
Kathryn EylesPHDCOS
Kelzang TashiPHDCASS
Manju PerumbilPHDCOS
Meng ZhangPHDCOS
Mishka TalentPHDCOS
Richard BeggsPHDCOS
Sandy PotterPHDCOS
Shasidran RajPHDCOS
Sumudu WeththasinghePHDCOS
William StoltzPHDCAP

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