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

We are planning for an ONSITE workshop at The Australian National University, with an ONLINE meeting format as backup.


20th September (Monday) 

                 09:30-09:45: Workshop Opening  

                 09:45-10:45: Senior Academic Mentor Guidance

                 10:45-11:00: Q&A

                 11:00-12:00:  Senior Academic Mentor Guidance

                 12:00-12:15: Q&A

                 12:15-13:00: Lunch Break

                 13:00-14:00: Senior Academic Mentor Guidance

                 14:00-14:15: Q&A

                 14:15-16:15: Mentoring Session with 3 Senior Mentors

21st September (Tuesday) 

                 09:30-10:30: Senior Academic Mentor Guidance

                 10:30-10:45: Q&A

                 10:45-11:45:  Senior Academic Mentor Guidance

                 11:45-12:00: Q&A

                 12:00-13:00: Lunch Break

                 13:00-14:00: Senior Academic Mentor Guidance

                 14:00-14:15: Q&A

                 14:15-16:15: Mentoring Session with 3 Senior Mentors

22nd September (Wednesday) 

                 09:30-10:30: Grant Application Guidance by Research Officer

                 10:30-11:00: Q&A

                 11:00-12:00:  Young Academic Mentors Guidance

                 12:00-13:00: Lunch Break

                 13:00-14:00: Young Academic Mentor Guidance

                 14:00-15:00: Young Academic Mentor Guidance

                 15:00-16:00: Mentoring Session with 3 ECR Mentors

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, http://people.unisa.edu.au/Drew.Evans

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


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

The Australian National University (ANU)

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

Crystals - an Open Access Journal by MDPI

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 (includes three days of catering)

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 July 2021 (11:55PM): Applications Close

15 August 2021: Outcome of Successful Applicants and Registration Open

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

20 - 22 September 2021: Workshop



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