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.
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!