Workshops

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

Well I used to, until Covid-19 grounded me… below is a revised list of workshops and lectures I can do live via Zoom. I can also deliver these in person; when and if travel restrictions are lifted.

I deliver lectures for free, depending on my availability. In most cases, I charge a fee to deliver workshops outside of ANU. Please contact me on inger.mewburn@anu.edu.au if you are interested.

ANU students and staff note: I run all these workshops regularly with the ANU Researcher Development team. My upcoming events are listed on our eventbrite page.

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.

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So, you’re graduating your PhD in a Pandemic. What next?

A free lecture – contact me if you would like to deliver this for your university.

Covid-19 presents a massive disruption to the academic workforce. PhD students and early career researchers are worried about their future career prospects inside academia and confused about their options outside the university walls. In this one hour lecture I use our team’s research on the post-PhD job market to:

  • Enhance your understanding of the changed academic job market, analysing the effects of hiring freezes and travel restrictions.
  • Increase awareness of career opportunities in industry; which sectors are looking for research talent?
  • Help you approach the non-academic job market with more confidence.

Who? PhD students, supervisors and policy makers
How long? One hour (with Q&A)
How many? up to 500 participants on Zoom

Link to slide deck

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Academic Writing workshop series

(These are based on our book ‘How to fix your academic writing trouble: a practical guide’)

These short workshops help competent academic writers become outstanding and persuasive scholarly communicators. Each of the workshops in the list below runs for one hour online. Each session can be run seperately, or stacked together into a one or two day intensive workshop:

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

Who? Anyone writing or editing academic texts.

How long and how many?
One hour pop up format: up to 500 participants on Zoom
One or two day workshop format: Up to 30 participants on Zoom
Participants should have their own internet enabled device and copies of their work in progress

Copies of the book that goes with this workshop are available from Open University Press.

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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.

Institutional subscribers to PostAc get these workshops twice a year as part of the package. Explore the PostAc course map to see the training that comes with the tool. Please contact me on inger.mewburn@anu.edu.au for more information.

I also offer a three hour workshop ‘Beyond doom and gloom: finding a non academic job after you graduate’ as a taster for universities interested in PostAc and wanting to test out the enthusiasm of their cohort. This workshop Please contact me for prices and availability.

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How to influence others with your research

In the age of skepticism about experts, it’s even more important we learn to communicate our research to a wide range of audiences. In this workshop we will learn:

  • How to be memorable
  • How to communicate complex ideas with concrete analogies and metaphors
  • How to structure a persuasive talk.

This workshop is designed specifically for candidates who are doing the Visualise your thesis competition, but will be useful for other situations, like the Three Minute Thesis or just to help you talk to people at social events!

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

How long and how many?
1.5 hour pop up format: up to 500 participants on Zoom
One or two day workshop format: Up to 30 participants on Zoom

Link to slide deck