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. The whole series can be separately, as stand alone webinar, or stacked together into a one or two day online writing retreat.

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

Copies of the book that goes with this workshop are available from Open University Press.
Participants should have their own internet enabled device and copies of their work in progress

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Professional Writing workshop series

(Series under development)

How to write a blog post
How to write a tweet people will share
How to write a ‘grey literature’ report
How to write a memo for a policy maker
How to write an email people will answer
How to write an academic book proposal

Who? Academics seeking a broader audience or to make money from writing

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

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Professional skills series

(Under development)

How to handle multiple information flows
How to plan and manage research project dependencies
How to engage multiple stakeholders in your research project

Who? PhD students and academics who are struggling to get work done on time and budget

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

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HOw to find a non-academic research focussed job

Where are the jobs for researchers outside academia? Join us to find out!

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. But we have the tools to help you find the jobs, so you can assess your options and start making connections to industry.

Come to this short webinar to:

  • Find out what industries and employers are looking for research talent.
  • Learn how to find a job that might suit you using PostAc – a machine learning assisted searching platform.
  • Make a plan for being ‘so good they can’t ignore you’!

(Slide deck coming soon)

Who? PhD students or post docs looking to exit academia

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

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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?
One 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