Networking & Career Development Event

The Networking & Career Development event for people from marginalised or underrepresented groups in STEM will be organised by, and for, members of STEM-focused Centres of Excellence.  It is designed to be a kick-starter for a national network that would exist beyond this first event.

We are seeking volunteers to sit on our Steering, Program & Planning committees.  Please express your interest by completing this form.  You are welcome to nominate for more than one committee.

We would like to convene a virtual meeting of the Steering Committee in the second week of February, with meetings of the Program and Planning committees occurring in the third week of February.  We propose that meetings of the Steering Committee would usually occur monthly until the event, while the Program and Planning committees would meet fortnightly.  A few additional meetings may be required closer to the event.

Event description

Duration: 2–3 days
When: TBC, June/July 2022 during the mid-year break
Where: TBC, potentially Queensland
Venue: TBC, consider campus vs conference/event venue noting cost implications

Program topics & suggestions
  • Potential topics (presentations/panel discussions)
    • The academic career: is its linear nature outdated?
    • Academia and the patriarchy
    • Advocating for yourself and influencing up
    • Project management in academia vs industry: is there a difference?
    • Diversity in STEM
    • Accessibility in our labs and on our field trips: can we do better?
  • Scientific talks
  • Activity-based workshops, eg, grant writing
  • 1:1 drop-in sessions, eg, writing CVs, mock interviews
  • Careers fair: employment opportunities for ECRs

Further scoping is required to determine the preferred program and logistics for the event that would most appeal to our Centre ECRs.  Once these details have been agreed an estimated costing can be developed.

The Steering Committee may also consider attracting external sponsors to this event, perhaps through a careers fair or attracting potential suppliers, noting the requirement to provide benefits and branding opportunities to those sponsors.

Proposed organising committee structure

Steering committee:

  • Overall organisation of the event
  • Oversight of the streams and ensuring event-planning is on track
  • Development of an EDI policy for the event

Program committee:

  • Setting the program
  • Identifying different program streams
  • Identifying speakers
  • Identifying session chairs

Planning committee:

  • Event communications (promotion of the event, speakers, audience and organising collateral and marketing material)
  • Event coordination and logistics (practical aspects of the event, booking the venue, organising catering, merchandise, etc.)
  • Sponsorships and financial management

Major funding support

Australian Research Council

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present.