Genomes and Biodiversity: Research and Career Development workshop

The Genomes and Biodiversity: Research and Career Development workshop is a three-day event for early- and mid-career researchers (EMCRs) in the life sciences. The workshop aims to create a space for EMCRs and research leaders from a range of disciplines to meet and share their latest research.

The event will provide opportunities to hear from research leaders, receive hands-on training in analysis of big data delivered by experts in genomics, phylogenomics, biodiversity analysis, and pathogen biology; and participate in career development sessions.  


The Australian Academy of Science invites EMCRs and PhD students interested in attending to submit an expression of interest to be selected to join the workshop. There are limited spaces available.

Applicants who are interested in showcasing their research at the workshop are invited to include a proposed title for a 10-minute talk when submitting an expression of interest. A limited number of talk spaces are available.  

Registration includes attendance and catering at all three days of the workshop, as well as attendance to the networking event at the end of day one.

To help you prepare for the online registration we recommend you read the expression of interest template to preview the questions.

Expressions of interest are open to EMCRs and PhD students in the life sciences. We particularly encourage expressions of interest from EMCRs who meet any of the following criteria:

  • identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • are based in regional areas
  • work outside the university sector.
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Early- and mid-career researchers are defined as researchers who have received their PhD within the last 15 years (excluding any periods of career interruption). PhD students in the life sciences are eligible to apply.

To apply you must complete the expression of interest form by 11:59pm AEST 30 September 2019.

Successful applicants will be notified in mid-October, upon which a registration fee of $30 will be requested from participants to offset costs associated with running the event.

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria, taking into account experience relative to opportunity:

  • principles of equity, diversity and inclusion
  • demonstrated benefits of attendance for your career development
  • ensuring a diversity of disciplines are represented at the workshop

Mobility grants

Through the Theo Murphy Initiative (Australia), the Australian Academy of Science is offering a number of mobility grants to support a diversity of EMCRs and PhD students to attend the event.

The mobility grants are designed to offset the expenses associated with attending for those participants who may not be able to attend without support and/or people from traditionally underrepresented demographics.

The mobility grants can be used to cover costs associated with attendance to the event, such as caring responsibilities, travel, accommodation and other support required to facilitate your attendance.

To apply to be considered for a mobility grant complete the relevant questions when submitting your expression of interest.

Applications close at 11:59pm AEST on 30 September 2019.

Event supporters

The Genomes and Biodiversity workshop is proudly supported by the Australian Academy of Science through the Theo Murphy Initiative, the University of Sydney and the University of Copenhagen.

The Theo Murphy Initiative (Australia)

The Theo Murphy Initiative (Australia) supports activities which provide tangible benefits to Australia’s early- and mid-career researcher (EMCR) community, with the overall goal of furthering scientific discovery. Activities are managed by the Australian Academy of Science and funds are made available by the generous support of the Royal Society through the Theo Murphy (Australia) Fund.

Date & time

20–22 November 2019


University of Sydney


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