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Training workshops and events

Professional development programs can be undertaken through workshops and seminars, online courses, professional experience, collaboration, networking, mentoring and independent study. It is important for researchers of all levels to develop transferrable and professional skills for degree completion, career progression, personal development and employability.

The list of professional development offerings below are delivered by Research Services, Graduate Research School, Library-Research Services and Organisational Development, HR. View upcoming training and events by month and click on the event title to register. Please direct any enquiries to researcher.development@ecu.edu.au

2020

MON
06
APR

Cross Cultural Awareness

Personal and Professional Development
ECU Staff
Research Staff

Develop a theoretical understanding of the dimensions of culture and how it influences language and behaviour. Guest speakers from various cultural backgrounds will present real life examples and insights.

WED
08
APR

Reach a wider audience with Research Online

Engagement and Impact
Postgraduate Research Students
Research Staff

Highlights the benefits of making research outputs openly accessible in ECU’s repository. How Research Online can help increase readership and impact as well as fulfil funder requirements. Creative commons licences, journal copyright agreements and author’s accepted manuscripts explained. Library-Research Services sessions are offered either on campus, as live webinars or via appointment.

WED
08
APR

Building an Academic CV

Personal and Professional Development
Research staff
Online

Produce an effective CV that will improve your chances of being successful in applications. During the workshop there will be opportunities for practice and feedback, so please bring three paper copies of your current CV.

MON
20
APR

Increasing and Measuring Citation Impact

Engagement and Impact
Postgraduate Research Students
Research Staff

Benchmark your research using a variety of metrics from databases including Web of Science, Scopus and SciVal. Includes suggestions for targeted promotion to increase citation impact. Library-Research Services sessions are offered either on campus, as live webinars or via appointment.

TUE
21
APR

MPS for Supervisors

Personal and Professional Development
ECU Staff
Research Staff

This workshop will examine the ECU planning framework and the role of the Management for Performance System in achieving the strategic priorities of the University.

THU
23
APR

Writing an abstract

Engagement and Impact
Postgraduate Research Students
Honours Students
Research Staff

Abstracts are an essential part of written communication in academic research and are used to communicate large amounts of information in a very short space. This practical workshop will analyse examples of abstracts and help you both start the abstract and improve your abstract-writing skills in general.

TUE
28
APR

Open Refine

Research Skills
Postgraduate Research Students
Research Staff

See the big picture of data, find and fix errors and inconsistencies and transform data using Open Refine. Library-Research Services sessions  are offered either on campus, as live webinars or via appointment.

THU
30
APR

Cross Cultural Awareness

Personal and Professional Development
ECU Staff
Research Staff

Develop a theoretical understanding of the dimensions of culture and how it influences language and behaviour. Guest speakers from various cultural backgrounds will present real life examples and insights.

THU
07
MAY

Advanced Excel

Research Skills
Postgraduate Research Students
Research Staff

A workshop exploring some of the more advanced features of Excel, such as pivot tables, visualizations and graphs. How to use these effectively in your workflows, reporting and to manage data. Library-Research Services sessions are offered either on campus, as live webinars or via appointment.

FRI
08
MAY

Effective Communication Skills (1) - Communication Styles

Personal and Professional Development
ECU Staff
Research Staff

Good communication skills are essential in the workplace. Communication breakdowns are typically the root cause of misunderstandings, breakdowns in trust, inefficiency and ineffectiveness. Part 1 of this series looks at individual personalities and how they effect our communication with others.

FRI
08
MAY

Effective Communication Skills (2) - Listening

Personal and Professional Development
ECU Staff
Research Staff

Good communication skills are essential in the workplace. Communication breakdowns are typically the root cause of misunderstandings, breakdowns in trust, inefficiency and ineffectiveness. Part 2 of this series, makes you more aware of your listening skills, and explores how it complements empathy as a core relationship skill.

FRI
08
MAY

Effective Communication Skills (3) - Assertiveness

Personal and Professional Development
ECU Staff
Research Staff

Good communication skills are essential in the workplace. Communication breakdowns are typically the root cause of misunderstandings, breakdowns in trust, inefficiency and ineffectiveness. This workshop, Part 3 this series assesses your assertiveness, looks at ways to manage emotions and resolving disagreements.

FRI
08
MAY

Target Quartile 1 and Quartile 2 Journals

Engagement and Impact
Postgraduate Research Students
Research Staff

Identify high quality journals to publish within, using a range of metrics from both the Scopus and Web of Science databases. Identify Quartile 1 and Quartile 2 journals for grant and funding applications. Library-Research Services sessions  are offered either on campus, as live webinars or via appointment.

FRI
15
MAY

VosViewer

Research Governance
Postgraduate Research Students
Research Staff

VOSviewer is a software tool for constructing and visualizing bibliometric networks. Construct and visualise networks in the literature based on citations, authorship and other factors including using text mining to identify networks of important terms. Library-Research Services sessions  are offered either on campus, as live webinars or via appointment.

TUE
19
MAY

Curation of Data - Advanced

Research Governance
Mid and Experienced Researchers

A more advanced class dealing with issues around the management and use of research data over the complete data lifecycle. Included topics: effective description and metadata, where and how to make data available, FAIR data principles, cleaning and curation of data, version control. Library-Research Services sessions  are offered either on campus, as live webinars or via appointment.

FRI
22
MAY

Mental Agility and Innovative Thinking

Personal and Professional Development
ECU Staff
Research Staff

Exercising the brain is just as important as exercising the body. This workshop will give your brain a workout and provides you with some practical tools to help you thrive in an ever changing world and expand your mental horizons.

MON
25
MAY

Target Quartile 1 and Quartile 2 Journals

Engagement and Impact
Postgraduate Research Students
Research Staff

Identify high quality journals to publish within, using a range of metrics from both the Scopus and Web of Science databases. Identify Quartile 1 and Quartile 2 journals for grant and funding applications.Library-Research Services sessions  are offered either on campus, as live webinars or via appointment.

TUE
26
MAY

Effective Communication Skills (1) - Communication Styles

Personal and Professional Development
ECU Staff
Research Staff

Good communication skills are essential in the workplace. Communication breakdowns are typically the root cause of misunderstandings, breakdowns in trust, inefficiency and ineffectiveness. Part 1 of this series looks at individual personalities and how they effect our communication with others.

TUE
26
MAY

Effective Communication Skills (2) - Listening

Personal and Professional Development
ECU Staff
Research Staff

Good communication skills are essential in the workplace. Communication breakdowns are typically the root cause of misunderstandings, breakdowns in trust, inefficiency and ineffectiveness. Part 2 of this series, makes you more aware of your listening skills, and explores how it complements empathy as a core relationship skill.

TUE
26
MAY

Effective Communication Skills (3) - Assertiveness

Personal and Professional Development
ECU Staff
Research Staff

Good communication skills are essential in the workplace. Communication breakdowns are typically the root cause of misunderstandings, breakdowns in trust, inefficiency and ineffectiveness. This workshop, Part 3 this series assesses your assertiveness, looks at ways to manage emotions and resolving disagreements.

WED
27
MAY

Developing Teams

Personal and Professional Development
ECU Staff
Research Staff

Participants will gain an understanding of the components of management and explore ways to build a successful team.

THU
28
MAY

MPS for Supervisors

Personal and Professional Development
ECU Staff
Research Staff

This workshop will examine the ECU planning framework and the role of the Management for Performance System in achieving the strategic priorities of the University.

FRI
29
MAY

Cross Cultural Awareness

Personal and Professional Development
ECU Staff
Research Staff

Develop a theoretical understanding of the dimensions of culture and how it influences language and behaviour. Guest speakers from various cultural backgrounds will present real life examples and insights.

FRI
29
MAY

Increasing and Measuring Citation Impact

Engagement and Impact
Postgraduate Research Students
Research Staff

Benchmark your research using a variety of metrics from databases including Web of Science, Scopus and SciVal. Includes suggestions for targeted promotion to increase citation impact. Library-Research Services sessions  are offered either on campus, as live webinars or via appointment.

TUE
02
JUN

Managing your Online and Social Media Presence

Engagement and Impact
Postgraduate Research Students
Research Staff

Academic identifiers and tools- Orcid, Academia.edu, Research Gate, Google Scholar, LinkedIn can help to boost your reach and visibility. Learn to use Social media to network, and how to publish for a broader audience- twitter, blogging etc. to increase engagement with your research. Library-Research Services sessions  are offered either on campus, as live webinars or via appointment.

WED
03
JUN

Building an Academic CV

Personal and Professional Development
Research Staff

Produce an effective CV that will improve your chances of being successful in applications. During the workshop there will be opportunities for practice and feedback, so please bring three paper copies of your current CV.

THU
11
JUN

Increasing and Measuring Citation Impact

Engagement and Impact
Postgraduate Research Students
Research Staff

Benchmark your research using a variety of metrics from databases including Web of Science, Scopus and SciVal. Includes suggestions for targeted promotion to increase citation impact. Library-Research Services sessions  are offered either on campus, as live webinars or via appointment.

FRI
19
JUN

Reference Managers

Research Governance
Postgraduate Research Students
Research Staff

A guide to selecting from and effectively using the various referencing programs for researchers, such as EndNote, Zotero and Mendeley. Library-Research Services sessions  are offered either on campus, as live webinars or via appointment.

THU
06
AUG

PSAP Presentations: Session 1

Personal and Professional Development
Research Staff
Mentoring
Presentation
Networking

Come along to meet and hear from ECU early and mid career researchers participating in PSAP, along with guest speakers. This is a great networking opportunity for all ECU staff. Academics who successfully complete PSAP and are research active become eligible to be principal supervisors on an HDR supervision panel. Entry into the program is by nomination of the Associate Dean of Research.

TUE
11
AUG

GRS HDR Supervisor Update

Research Governance
Postgraduate Research Supervisors

This 1.5-hour workshop is for all HDR supervisors to be completed every two years. It provides updated information on rules, policies, guidelines, support services and new initiatives which are relevant to supervising Master by Research and Doctoral Candidates at ECU.

WED
12
AUG

Developing Teams

Personal and Professional Development
ECU Staff
Research Staff

Participants will gain an understanding of the components of management and explore ways to build a successful team.

TUE
22
SEP

GRS HDR Supervisor Update

Research Governance
Postgraduate Research Supervisors

This 1.5-hour workshop is for all HDR supervisors to be completed every two years. It provides updated information on rules, policies, guidelines, support services and new initiatives which are relevant to supervising Master by Research and Doctoral Candidates at ECU.

TUE
29
SEP

PSAP Presentations: Session 2

Personal and Professional Development
Research staff
Mentoring
Presentation
Networking

Come along to meet and hear from ECU early and mid career researchers participating in PSAP, along with guest speakers. This is a great networking opportunity for all ECU staff. Academics who successfully complete PSAP and are research active become eligible to be principal supervisors on an HDR supervision panel. Entry into the program is by nomination of the Associate Dean of Research.

THU
29
OCT

MPS for Supervisors

Personal and Professional Development
ECU Staff
Research Staff

This workshop will examine the ECU planning framework and the role of the Management for Performance System in achieving the strategic priorities of the University.

THU
19
NOV

PSAP Presentations: Session 3

Personal and Professional Development
Research Staff
Mentoring
Presentation
Networking

Come along to meet and hear from ECU early and mid career researchers participating in PSAP, along with guest speakers. This is a great networking opportunity for all ECU staff. Academics who successfully complete PSAP and are research active become eligible to be principal supervisors on an HDR supervision panel. Entry into the program is by nomination of the Associate Dean of Research.

FRI
20
NOV

GRS HDR Supervisor Update

Research Governance
Postgraduate Research Supervisors

This 1.5-hour workshop is for all HDR supervisors to be completed every two years. It provides updated information on rules, policies, guidelines, support services and new initiatives which are relevant to supervising Master by Research and Doctoral Candidates at ECU.

TUE
01
DEC

Building an Academic CV

Personal and Professional Development
Research Staff

Produce an effective CV that will improve your chances of being successful in applications. During the workshop there will be opportunities for practice and feedback, so please bring three paper copies of your current CV.

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