Early Career Women in STEMM Paper & Grant Writing Workshop

Various Guest Presenters

Initiatives for this workshop:

An early career researcher (ECR) grant & paper writing workshop designed for women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) is aimed at strengthening the scientific writing, critical thinking and communication skills of Australia's next generation of scientists and academics. This workshop aims to provide mentoring, transparent peer review and centralised writing training opportunities that young women in STEMM may not have at their home institutions. lt may also help to increase the number of female academics in STEMM-related departments. ln particular, all ECRs need to complete a significant amount of scientific writing in their academic research positions including grant & fellowship applications, journal articles as well as patent applications, which requires critical writing skills towards their success as researchers. This workshop will provide an opportunity for ECRs to build on their scientific writing skills and gain inspiration from mentors and like-minded researchers, forming a valuable component of their academic career development.

ECWW venue & travel

Online workshop will be planned. Zoom link will be provided after the application and registration.


20th September (Monday) 

                 09:30-09:45 Workshop Opening by Prof Chennupati Jagadish AC, Distinguished Professor and Australian Laureate Fellow, ANU  

                 09:45-10:45 Senior Academic Mentor Guidance (Prof Igor Aharonovich)

                 10:45-11:00 Q&A
                 11:00-11:15 Morning Tea

                 11:15-12:15 Senior Academic Mentor Guidance (Prof Deborah Marsh)

                 12:15-12:30 Q&A

                 12:30-13:15 Lunch Break

                 13:15-14:15 Senior Academic Mentor Guidance (Prof Elizabeth New)

                 14:15-14:30 Q&A
                 14:30-15:00 Panel Session with Mentors & Afternoon Tea

                 15:00-17:00 Writing with Mentoring

                 19:00-20:00 High Impact Publishing at Nature by Dr Rosamund Daw (Zoom)

21st September (Tuesday) 

                 09:30-10:30 Senior Academic Mentor Guidance (Prof Lan Fu)
                 10:30-10:45 Q&A
                 10:45–11:00 Morning Tea
                 11:00–12:00 Senior Academic Mentor Guidance (Prof Liming Dai)
                 12:00-12:15 Q&A
                 12:15-13:00 Lunch Break
                 13:00-14:00 Senior Academic Mentor Guidance (Prof Drew Evans)
                 14:00-14:15 Q&A
                 14:15-14:45 Panel Session with Mentors & Afternoon Tea
                 14:45–16:45 Writing with Mentoring
22nd September (Wednesday) 

                 09:30-10:30 Young Mentor Guidance (Dr Tushar Kumeria)
                 10:30-10:45 Q&A
                 10:45–11:00 Morning Tea
                 11:00–12:00 Young Mentor Guidance (Dr Liesel Senn)
                 12:00-12:15 Q&A
                 12:15-13:00 Lunch Break
                 13:00-14:00 Young Academic Mentor Guidance (Dr Hang Ta)
                 14:00-14:15 Q&A
                 14:15-15:15 Young Academic Mentor Guidance (Dr Noushin Nasiri)
                 15:15–15:30 Q&A
                 15:30-16:00 Awards Announcement & Afternoon Tea
                 16:00-17:00 Panel Session and Networking

Keynote speakers/mentors

Professor Igor Aharonovich (ARC CoE Chief Investigator, ARC DECRA Fellow), University of Technology Sydney

Professor Lan Fu (Future Fellow), The Australian National University

Professor Drew Evans (Future Fellow), University of South Australia

Professor Deborah Marsh (NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship), University of Technology Sydney

Professor Elizabeth New (ARC DECRA and Westpac Research Fellow), The University of Sydney

Professor Liming Dai (Scientia Professor and ARC Laureate Fellow), University of New South Wales

Dr Rosamund Daw (Nature Senior Editor), Nature Publishing Group

ECR Mentors

Dr Noushin Nasiri (TEDx Talk Speaker and Young Tall Poppy Science Award), Macquarie University

Dr Liesel Senn (Research Development Manager of Research Office), University of Technology Sydney

Associate Professor Hang Ta (NHMRC ECR fellow and Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow), Griffith University

Dr Tushar Kumeria (Scientia Senior Lecturer and NHMRC ECR Fellow), University of New South Wales

Committee members

Dr Ziyuan Li, DECRA Fellow, The Australian National University

Dr Helen Xu, Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Technology Sydney

Dr Helen McGuire, Research Associate Pathology, The University of Sydney

Dr Natalie Holmes, Research Fellow, The University of Sydney


ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems (TMOS)

The Australian National University (ANU), Research School of Physics

University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Athena SWAN, Research Development Program (RDP)

Crystals - an Open Access Journal by MDPI

University of Sydney, Faculty of Engineering

Microscopy Australia

ARC Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals

Australian Institute of Physics

Materials Australia

ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science

IEEE Electron Devices Society





Applications & registrations

Application criteria: You will need to provide your name, email, affiliation, a 1-page CV, publication list, and PhD testamur to register your interest; and please state in no more than 300 words how attending ECWW2021 will benefit your career.

Registration fee: Free

Attendee selection criteria

  • Open to early career women within their first 5 years of academic or other research-related employment after the award of PhD degree.
  • Currently based in Australia.
  • Each attendee must bring two documents to work on during the retreat. These can be (a) grant proposal, (b) fellowship proposal, (c) scientific manuscript, and/or (d) patent application


15 May 2021: Applications Open

31 August 2021 (11:55PM): Applications Close

5 September 2021: Outcome of Successful Applicants and Registration Open

10 September 2021 (11:55PM): Registrations Close

20 - 22 September 2021: Workshop

Date & time

Mon 20 Sep 2021 9.30am – Wed 22 Sep 2021 4pm



Huxley Teaching Room H4.20


Staff, students and public welcome