ASA Early Career Researcher Mentoring Workshop 2012

“Are you worried you’re going to be a postdoc for the next 20 years?”

“Want to know how to get a permanent job?”

“Having problems with your career! Take a break on the beach!”

The Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA) and other sponsors held the ASA Early Career Researcher Mentoring Workshop 2012. The workshop was held over two days (May 31st to June 1st) at Shoal Bay Resort & Spa in the beautiful Shoal Bay by the entrance to Port Stephens, NSW. The purpose of the workshop was to address topics related to career progression for the future leaders in our astronomy community.

The workshop was aimed at postdocs and very junior faculty, that is anyone who is only just beginning to establish themselves and looking for career guidance. The sessions were not just talks, but included a large proportion of discussions and other activities. It was more ‘down to earth’ than ordinary science meetings, with a great deal of participation and interaction.

Topics covered:

1. Planning your career
2. Getting a faculty job
3. Building your network
4. Managing your time
5. Managing money
6. Managing people
7. Writing proposals
8. Leadership and vision
9. Family and work/life balance


  • Brian Boyle (CSIRO)
  • Kate Brooks (CSIRO, ASA)
  • Matthew Colless (AAO)
  • Warrick Couch (Swinburne)
  • Bryan Gaensler (CAASTRO)
  • Karl Glazebrook (Swinburne)
  • Geraint Lewis (University of Sydney)
  • Sarah Maddison (Swinburne)
  • Helen Sim (CSIRO)
  • Rachel Webster (Melbourne University)

ASA, AAO, CAASTRO, CSIRO – CASS, Mount Stromlo Observatory, ANU, ICRAR, Swinburne University of Technology

The Organizing Committee
Darren Croton, Marie Martig, Chiara Tonini (Swinburne), David Parkinson (University of Queensland)

For comments and enquiries, email asa.ecr.mentoring.workshop [at]

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