On 2 May, eighteen of our academics, mostly early-career researchers, packed their bags and hopped on a mini-bus (a couple more cars were involved too), for a two-day retreat at the stunning ANU Kioloa Coastal Campus.
The aim? Foster collaborations and networking between the School’s four Departments, but also equip early-career researchers with the tools they need to further develop their career. Topics were diverse, ranging from how to use social media in academia (with a focus on Twitter) to defining strategies for career development and finding grant opportunities. There was a lot of very serious and in-depth discussions, some of them held by a bonfire after sunset because, why not? Two weeks after the retreat, some of these discussions are already starting to shape into new collaborations.
Attendees came back to Canberra slightly tanned and very positive about the experience. “I really enjoyed the retreat, it was a good way to meet other early-career researchers”, “All talks were excellent and helped me develop ideas about my academic future, it was very encouraging”, “It was terrific to be taken out of the work environment and I got a lot out of it”. With such positive feedback, we can affirm this first retreat was clearly a success!
* a couple of scientifically literate ticks decided to join our attendees on the day, making for a few funny stories.