Important notice: The Australian Research Council (ARC) has no association with the Academic Research Foundation (India) or their conference organiser Mr Vijay Jha. The ARC does not endorse the 7th International Conference on Economic Business and Management (28-29 Sept) conference, currently being promoted by the foundation. An incorrect ARC logo has been used on conference promotional material without the ARC’s permission.

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Find out about upcoming events for the ARC and events in the research sector supported by the ARC. 

Here we promote current news, upcoming events, calls for nominations and opening of applications across the research sector. 

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August 2017

Fresh Science
Applications close—31 August 2017

Fresh Science is a national competition that helps early-career researchers find, and then share, their stories of discovery. Scientists get a day of media training and the chance to share their work with the media, general public and school students. Now in its 20th year, Fresh Science has trained over 500 scientists to share their science, and generated hundreds of news stories via TV, print, radio and online. You can read past Fresh Scientists’ stories online on the Fresh Science website.

Fresh Science is looking for early-career researchers (from honours students to no more than five years post-PhD), with a peer-reviewed discovery that has had little or no media coverage, and some ability to present ideas in everyday English. The top ten applicants in each state will get:

  • a day of media training where you will: hear from working journalists about what makes science news for them; find the story in your research with guidance from two experienced science communicators; and practice being interviewed in front of camera and on radio
  • a short profile about your work written in a media-friendly way, published online and via social media
  • the chance to step on stage and present your science to a friendly audience down at the pub. In some states, you will also present to school students.

How to nominate
Check out the selection criteria, find out what questions will be asked, then go online and nominate via the short, easy, online application form. Nominations close midnight on Thursday, 31 August 2017.


September 2017

Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Symposium

5–6 September 2017
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Since launching in 2015, Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) has led the call to action to improve participation, retention, and success of women (and other gender minorities) in Australian higher education and research in the fields of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM).

This year's symposium will focus on practical solutions for implementing change in the STEMM sectors. This includes bringing experts together to identify mechanisms to address the barriers for women of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; sharing views and inputs to support best practices for on the ground action; and continue the dialogue on national policy enablers to support continuous improvement through measurement.

To review the 2017 Symposium program and register for the event, please visit the SAGE website.



International Science of Learning Conference: Research to Reality

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, 18-20 September 2017

The Australian Science of Learning Research Centre—an ARC Special Research Initiative—is hosting its 2017 International Science of Learning Conference, which will provide an opportunity for cognitive and brain researchers, educational researchers, and neuroscientists to present and share their latest research findings into the science for learning and for education; to discuss what these findings mean across the respective disciplines from cognitive and brain research to education; and to consider the challenge of how these findings may be applied in learning and education.

The program will feature international keynote and invited speakers including Professor Andrew Meltzoff (University of Washington), Dr Mmantsetsa Marope (UNESCO), Professor Roberto Lent (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), Dr Nancy Law (University of Hong Kong) and Professor John Hattie (University of Melbourne). The conference will include invited symposium sessions on research programs from laboratory-based brain sciences to application in education practice or policy.

To register for this event, please visit the Science Learning Research Centre website.


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Sax Institute Research Action Awards

Applications close 22 September 2017

Do you undertake research in public health or health services? Has your work had demonstrable real-world impact?

Applications are now open for the Sax Institute’s annual Research Action Awards, which recognise research that has made a significant impact on health policy, programs or service delivery.

Early career researchers who work for one of the Sax Institute Ordinary Member organisations are eligible to apply.

Applications close 22 September 2017. For more information visit the Sax Institute website.


Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS) Conference

Wellington, New Zealand—26–29 September 2017

The ARC is a Bronze level sponsor of the 19th annual national ARMS conference.

The ARMS Annual Conference is the principal research meeting for research managers and administrators in Australasia. The conference will feature internationally renowned key note speakers, oral and poster presentations, industry exhibitions, collaboration meetings, and professional development workshops of significance to this global profession. The conference’s theme Funding Research: Drawing on the Power of Collaboration will explore opportunities to bring together professionals in research organisations and funding bodies to create greater efficiencies in the wider management of research and its funding.

Call for abstracts is now open, and registrations open April 2017. For more information, please visit the ARMS2017 conference website.


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Reading and Spelling Workshop

Macquarie University, Sydney—27–28 September 2017

The workshop, hosted by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders in conjunction with the MQ Cognition Clinic for Reading, aims to bring together leading researchers from around the world to discuss reading and spelling development, disorders, remediation, and related policy. The workshop will therefore have two parts, one day focused on practice and policy and one day focused on research. Our intended audience includes teachers, school counsellors, clinicians, parents, and researchers.

For further details on workshop program, speakers and registration information please visit the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders website.


November 2017


MAGIC 2017

Mentoring and guidance in careers workshop
13–17 November 2017, University House, The Australian National University (ANU), Canberra

The inaugural MAGIC Workshop will present an opportunity to explore the many facets of forging a career in academic, government or industry settings, and to discuss how to create building blocks for success and resilience in careers.

Participation is limited to a maximum of 35 early career researchers (0-7 years post PhD) who are female or of diverse gender identity and who have a PhD in mathematical or physical sciences. The workshop is organised by Professors Mahananda Dasgupta (ANU) and Nalini Joshi (The University of Sydney) and is supported through the Australian Research Council’s Georgina Sweet Award as part of their Australian Laureate Fellowships.

To register, please complete the MAGIC17 application form by 13 August 2017.


January 2018


International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology


29 January–2 February 2018
University of Wollongong, NSW

The 2018 International Conference On Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICONN 2018), hosted by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Elecromaterials Science (ACES), will bring together Australian and International communities (students, scientists, engineers and stakeholders from academia, government laboratories, industry and other organisations) working in the field of nanoscale science and technology to discuss new and exciting advances in the field. ICONN will cover nanostructure growth, synthesis, fabrication, characterization, device design, theory, modeling, testing, applications, commercialisation, and health and safety aspects of nanotechnology. The five-day conference will feature plenary talks followed by technical symposia (parallel sessions) consisting of invited talks, oral and poster presentations. Two Nobel Prize winners have been confirmed as plenary speakers for this event—Sir Fraser Stoddart and Professor Ada Yonarth.

The event will include a joint showcase with six ARC Centres of Excellence:

  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Elecromaterials Science
  • ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics
  • ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science
  • ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems.

For more information, visit the ICONN 2018 website.