ACNS Early Career Researchers

ECR Events

Upcoming Events

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Early Career Researcher AMA @ ABPS 2022

11 July 2022, 11am

St. Lucy’s, University of Queensland

Join the ACNS ECR subcommittee for a career-focused Ask Me Anything session at the Australasian Brain and Psychological Sciences conference 2022.

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Early Career Researcher Social @ ABPS 2022

12 July 2022, 6pm

The Charming Squire, South Brisbane

Join the ACNS ECR subcommittee for a networking social event at the Australasian Brain and Psychological Sciences conference 2022.

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Past Events

Let’s Get Technical Webinar

29 April 2022

In April 2022, we held a technical skills webinar! If you missed it, you can view the presenters’ slides below, or watch the webinar on YouTube to the right.

2019 ECR Day

From Greetings to Meetings

The Tram Shed
Thursday, 21st November 2019
10:30AM-3:00PM

This year we hosted the fifth annual ECR Day at the 2019 ACNS Conference in Launceston.

Early career researcher mixer

James Boags Brewery Function Centre
Friday, 22nd November 2019

The ECR group hosted a special social event for ECRs on Friday evening at the James Boags Brewery Function Centre. A range of canapés was served, as well as a selection of Australian and international wines, beers, ciders, and soft drinks.

Let's Get Technical

Open Science: a culture shift toward openness, transparency and reproducibility

20th September, 2019

The ACNS ECR subcommittee hosted a half day interactive webinar on Open Science

This interactive webinar aimed to provide ECRs with a strong understanding of the concept of Open Science and to explain how it forms the basis of collaborative and impactful research. Furthermore, it presented the strategies to incorporate Open Science principles in the research process and discusses the most effective tools currently available to share resources, methods and outputs with the wider public. The course is suitable for researchers working in any discipline, particularly cognitive neuroscience, at any career stage, and is particularly relevant to those who share code, documents and data, and who work in collaborative computational environments.

We had three excellent speakers:

Assoc. Prof. Fiona Fidler: What is meta-research?
Australian Research Council Future Fellow and lead PI on the repliCATS project at the University of Melbourne.

Dr. Hannah Fraser: Open science in interdisciplinary collaborations
Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Research Coordinator on the repliCATS project at the University of Melbourne.

Dr. Thijs Dhollander: Open software and data in imaging: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Senior Postdoctoral Research Officer at the Florey Institute.

A recording of the webinar can be found here:

Increasing and Measuring your Research Impact using Online Resources

20th June, 2019

The ACNS ECR subcommittee hosted a half day interactive webinar on Research Impact.

The course was target toward students and ECRs looking to further their research impact and for those applying for grants in the near future. Our aim was to upskill researchers to increase their online presence where suitable for their career pathway, expand their research network, boost the visibility of their research and measure this impact, and take science communication into consideration when designing their projects. The course was be split into four components:

  • Using social media actively to connect with other researchers
  • Twitter
  • Measuring your impact
  • Designing your research with impact and engagement in mind

A recording of the webinar can be found here:

Grant Writing for Early Career Researchers

25th Sept, 2018

The ACNS ECR subcommittee hosted a half day interactive webinar on Grant Writing.

The course was be split into three components

  • Introduction to Grant Writing – Hints and Tips for Emerging Researchers (Speaker: Dr Catherine Hayden)
  • How to get funding and resources from non-traditional sources (Speaker: Prof Pauleen Bennett)
  • Interactive Panel (Speakers: Dr Catherine Hayden, Prof Pauleen Bennet and Dr Sue Rogers)

A recording of the webinar can be found here:

Mixed Modelling Workshop

19th-20th April, 2018

The ACNS ECR subcommittee hosted a two-day introductory workshop on the use of mixed linear models and data visualisation. The workshop was designed for researchers (PhD, Honours, Post-doc or otherwise) who have an interest in learning how to use mixed linear methods for their data analysis but have had little or no experience with such methods. The second day of the workshop will focus on improving data visualisation skills.

The course focussed on the application of mixed linear models in the very broad areas of psychology, psychophysics, cognitive neuroscience, neuroscience and related fields. The first day covered much of the theoretical ground and motivation, the second day covered both theoretical motivations for and practical examples of the good, the bad and the ugly in data visualisation using JASP, jamovi and related software.

A recording of the webinar can be found here:

Introduction to Bayesian Methods

2nd-3rd November, 2017

The ACNS ECR subcommittee hosted a two-day introductory workshop on the use of Bayesian Methods for data analysis. The workshop was designed for researchers (PhD, Honours, Post-doc or otherwise) who have an interest in learning how to use Bayesian methods for their data analysis, using freely available software but have had little or no experience with Bayesian methods previously.

The course was focus on the application of Bayesian methods in the very broad areas of psychology, psychophysics, cognitive neuroscience, neuroscience and related fields.

A recording of the webinar can be found here: