I visit other universities and do workshops for researchers of all ages and stages…

Below is a list of workshops and lectures I can do live, via Zoom or Teams.

Other than the free lecture, below, I charge a fee to deliver workshops outside of ANU. Please contact me on inger.mewburn@anu.edu.au if you are interested. (Note: I can only do a certain number of ‘away days’ from ANU, so I am almost always booked months in advance.)

I do not offer an individualised thesis coaching or proofreading service. If you need this kind of help, please look at the Recommended page for trusted suppliers. People often ask me about how to start their own Shut up and Write group – find out more on the official shut up and write page here.


Yes – I give guest lectures for free.

I do guest lectures often – online or in person, for audiences of academics and research students… or both.

The lecture I am offering at the moment is called Be visible or vanish It’s about research impact and draws on themes from my latest book with Simon Clews. I might be persuaded to make a special one for you if the topic is something I am already thinking about.

Please contact me at inger.mewburn@anu.edu.au and let me know what your event is about and how you think I can help you. Zoom lectures are free, but if I have to travel, I appreciate expenses being paid.


Academic writing workshops

(These are based on our books ‘How to fix your academic writing trouble: a practical guide’ and ‘Level up your essays‘)

These short workshops help competent academic writers become outstanding and persuasive scholarly communicators. Run times are included for each session. These sessions can be run separately, or stacked together into a one or two day intensive workshop:

Here’s how some of the workshops can fit together as a one or two day workshop.

Who? Anyone writing or editing academic texts.

How long and how many?
Each workshop module goes for one hour and places are only limited by your university Zoom capacity. I’ve delivered these to 200+ people at a time, so I don’t limit numbers, but the more people you have, the less personal attention I can give.

Participants should have their own internet enabled device and copies of their work in progress.

Copies of ‘How to Fix your Academic Writing Trouble’, which is the key text for each of these workshops, are available from Open University Press.


Academic productivity

I’m obsessed with productivity – I even have a whole podcast about it with Dr Jason Downs called ‘On The Reg’. I think skills in organising and executing work in an efficient way are essential for surviving and thriving in the contemporary academy.

I do whole day workshops at ANU only for students and staff, but I offer two, short workshops on the theme for other universities:

  • Building a second brain for writing (2 hours)
  • Get Sh!t done (2 hours)

Here’s a link to the combined teaching material.

Who? Any academic (also knowledge workers who do large, text heavy reports)

How long and how many?
Each workshop goes for two hours. These two workshops can be run on the same day, or separately. These can be run online, but honestly they are better in person as there is group work. Groups of 20-30 people is optimal, but I can have up to 100 (with less personal attention).

Participants should have their own internet enabled device. If in person, supplies needed include post it notes, whiteboard markers and paper. People should bring along a note book and their laptop.


How to influence others with your research

I have been teaching communications to all kinds of people for nearly thirty years. In the age of skepticism about experts, it’s even more important we learn to communicate our research to a wide range of audiences.

This workshop walks you through how the brain processes text and images in our presentations and how to communicate complex ideas with concrete analogies and metaphors. It’s designed specifically for candidates who are doing the Visualise your thesis competition and the Three Minute Thesis but the principles work for any research presentation. The accompanying text for this workshop is the book I wrote with Simon Clews called Be visible or vanish

Who? PhD students and academics who want to improve their communication skills.

How long and how many?
This workshop goes for two hours and places are only limited by your university Zoom capacity. I’ve delivered these to 200+ people at a time, so I don’t limit numbers, but the more people you have, the less personal attention I can give.

Link to slide deck


Post PhD employment workshops

My research specialty is post-PhD employment opportunities. I am a member of the PostAc team at ANU who use machine learning and natural language processing tools to explore the potential job market for PhD graduates.

Our research shows that 80% of the jobs that are suitable for PhD graduates do not say ‘PhD’ anywhere in the job ad, making the non-academic research job search difficult. Our PostAc platform makes this vast, largely hidden market for PhD level talent more visible.

Explore the PostAc course map to see the training that comes with the tool – I only offer these to PostAc subscribers.

I can do other employability workshops, including whole day workshops to help your candidates prepare CVs and respond to job advertisements. These book out very fast in a year. Please contact me on inger.mewburn@anu.edu.au for more information.



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