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Science ECAN

Early Career Academic Network - Science



The aim of Science ECAN is to serve as a leadership and representative body for early career academics (ECAs) in the Faculty of Science. Specifically, the Committee aims to support ECAs by assisting them to:

- Clarify their career directions and goals;

- Learn from the experiences of academics at various levels in the Faculty of Science;

- Build a network of colleagues from across the University and different discipline areas;

- Think strategically about their individual priorities and how these fit into the Faculty of Science and broader University context; and

- Access relevant resources for research, teaching and career development.





Early- and mid-career researchers (EMCR) Forum

Australian Academy of Science

Early Career Academic Network (ECAN)

University of New South Wales

Science ECAN

Faculty of Science, UNSW






Executive Committee

Science Ecan Executive Committee



What do I need to do if I want to be a member of Science ECAN?

If you are a new ECA at UNSW, you will be registered to ECAN automatically. This information will be sent to Science ECAN and you will be also added to our Faculty network. If you are an ECA who has been working at UNSW for a while but you are not a member yet, please use the following link to register:


Contact us

Do you want to get involved? Do you have any questions? Or an event you would like to propose? Feel free to contact us at:


To be added to our mailing list, please also contact us at: or subscribe to:


Find us on Teams too by searching for "Science ECAN"!


Please also check our Twitter account @UNSWscienceECAN for the latest news and future events.


Future Events


Library Training: Using metrics to measure impact

Online: Monday October 24th 10.00 - 11.30am 


The Library is pleased to offer this metrics training session for the Faculty of Science Early Career Academic Network.

In this session Science Outreach Librarians will introduce some of the metrics and measurement tools, including Scopus, SciVal and Dimensions, that you can use to demonstrate your research impact when applying for grants and promotions.

This session will discuss the ways in which you can illustrate the interdisciplinary reach of your research and show your record of national and international collaboration.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Start time: 10:00am for a 1 hour presentation, followed by a 30 minutes Q&A.

Click here to join the meeting

Meeting ID: 417 700 931 270 
Passcode: GiKmPc 


Seminar on Research Impact for ECAs' by Tamika Heiden from Research Impact Academy.

Workshop: Positioning research impact within grant writing

Date: 03 November 2022
Time: 1:00pm - 4:30am
Location: UNSW Business School, Room 118 (K-E12-118 )
This seminar is FREE but registration is essential (limited to 25 participants). Please find more information on the event and registration here.


Past events


Monday 25th July 2022 - Write-A-Thon #2

Writing session from 9:30-12:30 pm followed by a catered lunch! 

Opportunity to make real headway on that next manuscript, lecture, or grant proposal.


Friday 10th June 2022  - Write-a-thon

Uninterrupted writing with plenty of fuel, followed by a catered lunch.
2022 Seed Grants
This grant's goals were to provide Level A ECAs with the opportunity to obtain some funding for their research and establish collaborations with their peers.


20th April 2022 - Q&A with Prof Alex Hamilton, who is on the ARC College of Experts

Essential viewing for anyone writing a DP, or a DECRA later this year!

Discussing "Key mistakes to avoid in grant writing". Essential viewing for anyone writing a DP, or a DECRA!
17 December 2021

Seminar on Research Impact for ECAs' by Tamika Heiden from Research Impact Academy. Tamika has a wealth of experience in helping researchers craft their grant applications so this is a great opportunity to get some advice and tips from the expert for your next grant/fellowship application. 


Other Past Events

23rd November 2018 - How to get NHMRC and ARC funding as an Early Career Researcher?

Based on our Science ECAN foundation survey, we identified research funding as a major obstacle for ECAs in the Faculty of Science. Our aim with this event was to provide the support and motivation that were clearly lacking. Importantly, we had received very good feedback from our attendants stating that they really enjoyed and valued this event.




29th May 2019 - Where to From Here? Career Pathways for Early Career Academics

As academic job opportunities are declining but more PhDs graduate each year, the UNSW Science Early Career Academic Network is hosting a panel and networking event to explore important employment opportunities and pathways available to early career academics. We have invited speakers with expertise in a range of career fields to help answer your questions.




3rd October 2019 - NHMRC Investigator Grant Session for ECAs (Science ECAN and Medicine ECAN join event)

The first NHMRC Investigator Grant outcomes were just released but Investigator Grant 2020 applications are due in a couple of months! If you are thinking about putting in an application in the next round and would like to know how to improve your application or even if you would just like to learn more about this scheme, please join us in this NHMRC Investigator Grant Workshop.




17th October 2019 - Beyond the NHMRC and ARC (Science ECAN and Medicine ECAN join event)

Given that success rates for Category 1 grants (e.g. NHMRC and ARC) are getting lower each year and that ECAs often find it hard to compete against more established/senior researchers for these schemes, instead of focussing on NHMRC or ARC grants, have you thought about applying for other category grants? Do you know where to find these grant opportunities? Are you aware that the success rates for Category 2 grants are higher?




30th October 2019 - How to find my metrics? (Science ECAN and Medicine ECAN join event)

Metrics are becoming increasingly important these days for grant applications and promotions. Knowing the type of metrics available and how to successfully use them to highlight your track record could be extremely useful and crucial to make you stand out from the crowd.