Mentee Mixer for ECRs Today!

Following the great sponsorship/mentoring keynote lecture at our Summit last Friday, all ECRs (current and potential mentees!) are invited to an infomal mixer today at 4 – 5.30pm in Drummond North, BioSciences 4

There will be opportunity to:

  1. Hear about the recent mentee online feedback survey trends
  2. Learn from mentee experiences (great for anyone considering joining the program!)
  3. Discuss issues, potential for improvement
  4. Talk to the committee about joining the program or re-matching
  5. Catch up over some drinks and nibbles

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We have a full schedule of exciting talks and social networking:

09.10 – 09.30: Registration

09.30 – 09.40: Welcome from Head of Department – Prof. Ute Roessner

09.40 – 10.40: Keynote Presentation – Dr Jennifer de Vries

10.40 – 11.00: Morning tea

11.00 – 12.40: Session 1

12.30 – 13.30: Lunch

13.30 – 15.00: Session 2

15.00 – 15.20: Afternoon tea

15.20 – 16.30: Session 3

16.30 – 17.30: Social networking session (drinks, nibbles and prizes awarded)


Thanks to our sponsors and ongoing support from the School of BioSciences, we are pleased to announce that, the 2018 BECR Research Summit will be held on 27 July at the Kenneth Myer Building in Parkville. Please save the date! We will let all ECRs know once registration is open via email. In the meantime, please see below for more information.

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One of most exciting aspects of this year’s Research Summit is that we will have a Keynote Address by Dr Jennifer de Vries. Dr de Vries is a gender strategy and organisational development consultant as well as a Senior Academic Fellow: Organisational Development at the University of Melbourne. She specialises in organisational culture change, and how this can be pursued through linking individual development to organisational change (‘bifocal approach’). Jen has successfully applied this approach to leadership and mentoring programs for a variety of groups including women and  early to mid-career academics and researchers. Jen’s current research interests include examining the role of sponsorship practices (as distinct from mentoring) in academic and research careers, and the ways in which sponsorship can both contribute to and disrupt the gendered status quo.

At the Research Summit, Dr de Vries will discuss:

From ‘missing ingredient’ to career accelerator: Everything you should know about sponsorship but never thought to ask

“What is the difference between mentoring and sponsorship? How can early and mid-career researchers maximise being sponsored? And how do research institutions and individuals build sponsorship practices that aid career development?

In this keynote presentation Dr Jennifer de Vries, an expert on organisation development, will cover these questions and more as she highlights the potential for sponsorship to shape research careers and provides practical tools and information to ensure that you are ‘sponsorship savvy’.”

Stay tuned for more details as they develop!


Last Friday, BECR hosted its first BioSciences ECR lunch at Naughtons on Royal Pde. This is something we plan on doing every month (on alternating days of the week), so if you missed out this time, please come along in August. Watch this space for times and dates!