Early Career Researchers Networking Conference

Life as an ECR can be demanding and stressful as you find your feet as an independent researcher. Being plugged into an active research community can be vital to sustaining momentum, keeping up-to-date with information, and building your network of potential collaborators. This one-day conference has been designed by ECRs for ECRs with the aim of providing opportunities for networking, learning, and building a community of support for ECRs at La Trobe University. Come and join us on the Monday, 25th September 2017 (9am to 4pm) at John Scott Meeting House. All are welcome.


The conference is fully funded by La Trobe University through the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and by the Graduate Research School's Research Education and Development (RED) team. Registration is free and the event is fully catered throughout the day. We believe these details are important to ensure maximum accessibility of this networking opportunity within the ECR community.

For ECRs travelling from regional campuses, financial support is available to assist with the costs of transport and accommodation on the Melbourne Campus. We strongly encourage ECRs from regional campuses to submit an abstract. If you're interested in accessing a travel bursary, please contact Clarice Tang via ECRcommunity@latrobe.edu.au.





9.00 am -
9.20 am

9.05 am -
9.20am: Conference Welcome

Keith Nugent

9.20 am -
9.50 am

Key note speaker 1

Being an ECR outside of academia

Mark Eccleston

9.50 am -
10.30 am

Senior management panel

Being an ECR at La Trobe

Keith Nugent, Ash Franks, Sue Martin, Birgit Loch, Christopher Scanlon

10.30 am -
11:00 am

Morning tea break


11:00 am -
12.20 pm

Sandboxing activity


12.20 pm -
1:00 pm

Lunch break


1:00 pm -
1.40 pm

Lightening round 1 (5 minutes lightning talk + 2 minutes of questions)

Various ECRs

1.40 pm -
2.20 pm

Futurists panel

Potential career pathways for ECRs

Tseen Khoo , Michael Healy, Jeanette Fyffe, Tasha Weir, Zoe Krupka

2.20 pm -
2.40 pm

Afternoon tea break


2.40 pm -

Key note speaker 2

Tips on being a successful academic researcher

Misty Jenkins

3.10 pm -

Lightening round 2

Various ECRs

3.40 pm -

Sandbox awards and close



Registration for this event is now open via eventbrite. Full details of the program will be available shortly via this website.


Social media details

The conference hashtag is #LTUecr and delegates are encouraged to livetweet the proceedings.