Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsWhat's on in ienrol research - 27 September to 10 October 2019

Proactively Supporting our Research

ienrol research lists all training and development opportunities related to developing skills core to the research process and doing research at Flinders University. You can book to attend workshops, information sessions, and/or seminars that aim to facilitate the ongoing development of all researchers.

This regular posting in Inspiring Research will update you as to what’s on offer in the coming weeks, listing current opportunities that you can participate in and book into now.

Click on the links below to view the course details.


Drop-In Sessions: Industry, Government, International & Internal grants, Tuesday 1 October 2019

Drop-In Session: NHMRC and Health grantsWednesday 2 October 2019

ResearchNow health check - preparing your profile for the global go-live, October 2019Thursday 3 October 2019

ResearchNow health check - preparing your profile for the global go-live, October 2019Thursday 3 October 2019

Drop-In Sessions: ARC grantsWednesday 9 October 2019

Drop-In Session: NHMRC and Health grantsWednesday 9 October 2019


Further courses scheduled for later in the month and beyond are available at ienrol research.

Flinders Research NewsResearch Manager Dashboard improvements

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The Research Manager Dashboard has been improved and is now live. It provides real-time updated financial information, with each Chief Investigator designated a dashboard.

Now accessible online through TechOne Financials, the Research Manager Dashboard will ensure that relevant information is available for your research project when you need it.

The following benefits are also expected:

  • A simplified view of the portfolio of your research projects that is clear and intuitive to follow,
  • A streamlined “whole of life” view of your research project budget view allowing for clearer point in time view of the available budget for research projects,
  • An updated “Action Indicator” to help you focus on the projects that need your immediate attention. 

The aim of this first review was to simplify and streamline the Research Manager Dashboard used for monitoring research projects in TechOne Financials.

As a result of the work undertaken to review the prior Dashboard with input from Research staff, the Research Manager Dashboard has been redesigned in this way as an interim measure to better meet the demands of ongoing research project management. 

These incremental improvements are in response to your feedback. There are further opportunities being explored in the grants research area of work. The continuous improvement approach is a journey, and as such, the Finance and Procurement portfolio are encouraging continued feedback and support.

For more information or guidance on TechOne Financials, please visit the Finance and Procurement Services webpage

For training contact

Flinders Research NewsCall for clinicians to join the Southern Adelaide Clinical Human Research Ethics Committee

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The Southern Adelaide Clinical Human Research Ethics Committee (SAC HREC) is a joint committee of the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network and Flinders University.

The SAC HREC has identified high priority clinical areas where further representation is needed and have opened a call for expressions of interest. 

This is an excellent opportunity for clinicians to engage in professional development, improve their knowledge of human research ethics, improve the quality (and thus turnaround time) of their own human research ethics applications, and network with other clinical and non-clinical members.

The SAC HREC understands that many clinicians are extremely busy and have developed a range of engagement options to suit clinicians with much of the committee's work handled out of session via email. Members are expected to attend a minimum of 6 meetings per year, which are held every 3 weeks on a Monday afternoon. This will be reverting to monthly meetings as of 2020.

High priority areas where the SAC HREC is seeking greater immediate representation include:

  • Mental Health
  • Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
  • Paediatrics
  • Pharmacology
  • Medical Oncology

Other areas where the SAC HREC lacks adequate/optimal representation for its current (and developing) needs include:

  • ICCU
  • Nephrology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Dermatology
  • Haematology
  • Immunology
  • Diabetes and Endocrine

Clinicians interested in applying are asked to submit an Expression of Interest with a copy of their CV to or to Petrina Kasperski.

Flinders Research NewsNew Systematic Review Resource - Covidence at Flinders


Flinders Library and IDS are pleased to announce that Flinders now offers a site license for Covidence.

Covidence is a cloud-based software tool designed to facilitate the systematic review process. Covidence is a core component of the Cochrane review process, an industry-standard approach to systematic literature reviews.

Who can use Covidence?

Any researcher already using the limited free version, or any researcher who wants to undertake a systematic literature review / Cochrane review.

Covidence can also be used in the classroom as a tool to help demonstrate the systematic review research method and critical appraisal of studies.

What does Covidence do?

Covidence assists with multiple steps in the systematic review process, including:

  • Importing data from bibliographic management software tools
  • Screening and selecting studies
  • Resolving disagreements
  • Extracting study data
  • Assessing study quality/risk of bias
  • Exporting data to multiple file types
  • Creating PRISMA diagrams

Covidence is available to all researchers at Flinders from 1 October 2019. More information is available on their website.

How do I get access to Covidence?

Covidence will be available via the Flinders Library’s A-Z database page. Users log in with their Flinders email address and password.

How much does it cost to use?

Covidence is available at no cost to all Flinders researchers.

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsCall for presentations at the Australia Africa Universities Network Symposium

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The Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN) will be holding a symposium at the Parramatta South Campus, Western Sydney University on 22 November 2019.

The AAUN network is calling for presentations at the Symposium from researchers and research teams on the work that they are doing in, or in collaboration with Africa.

This symposium will focus on:

  • Health research (including maternal, child, and women's health)
  • Food security
  • Water resources

The Executive Director, Worldwide University Network, and Chairman of AAUN, John Hearn, will be in attendance at the symposium.

If you are interested in participating in the symposium, contact Dr Annette McLaren, Senior Policy Advisor and Project Manager in the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research and Innovation), Western Sydney University via email

New OpportunitiesAustralian Parliamentary Library 2020 Summer Research Scholarship

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Are you a postgraduate student with an interest in public policy, the environment, science and technology, natural resources, foreign affairs, social policy, law, statistics or economics? Would you like to apply your research skills in the parliamentary environment?

The Parliamentary Library offers two summer research scholarships for postgraduate students each year. Scholars work alongside specialist researchers in the Parliamentary Library in Canberra for a period of six weeks (January–February 2020) to produce a report on a topic of relevance to the Library’s research program.

The Parliamentary Library is a unique research environment: it provides high-quality information, analysis, and advice to senators and members of the House of Representatives in support of their parliamentary and representational roles, as well as to their staff, the staff of committees, and the Governor-General.

The Summer Research Scholarship allows scholars to understand and work within this important national institution. The scholarship also gives recipients the opportunity to:

  • build research expertise
  • contribute to scholarship on the Parliament and its work
  • receive training and access the Library’s specialist collections and databases
  • interact with subject-matter experts and
  • be guided by a mentor who will provide advice during the scholarship.

Upon successful completion of the scholarship, an honorarium of $1,800 is paid.

Download the information kit at

Applications must be submitted by 16 October 2019 to

New OpportunitiesNew funding guidelines for the Ian Potter Foundation

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The Governors of The Ian Potter Foundation approved the establishment of four funding pillars that align with the Foundation's Vision for a Vibrant, Healthy, Fair and Sustainable Australia, at their September 2019 Board meeting. 

From Round 1, 2020 (opening in November 2019) all grants will be made based on revised funding guidelines, which align with each of these funding pillars.

The four pillars are

  • Vibrant – Arts and Culture
  • Healthy – Medical Research Equipment and Public Health Research Projects
  • Fair – Early Childhood Development and Community Wellbeing
  • Sustainable – Environment

Not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants that meet the funding guidelines of the above areas. Major grants remain by invitation only.

Check the Funding Rounds page on the Ian Potter Foundation website to see when each funding area will next open.

New OpportunitiesModelling Complex Warfighting Strategic Research Investment call for expressions of interest 2019

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Joint and Operations Analysis Division (JOAD) and the Defence Innovation Partnership have launched the second Modelling Complex Warfighting (MCW) Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) call to academia.

The MCW SRI expressly seeks to revolutionise how they undertake Operations Research (OR) in Defence Science Technology to better handle the interaction of complex geopolitical, social, technological, economic and cultural factors for design of the Future Force. Force design is the process by which Defence conceives and produces a plan for its future capabilities.

The MCW SRI aims to address the force design and future defence force employment problems under four broad research themes:

  • Conquering Uncertainty,
  • Innovative Simulations,
  • Knowledge Synthesis, and
  • Modelling Complexity.

More information on the MCW SRI can be found at DST website.

Expressions of interest are to be submitted by 18 October 2019. The Flinders internal closing date for a completed final draft Expression of Interest is 4 October 2019Mr Tony Kyriacou, Defence Partnerships Director, and Mary Lyons, Senior Research Grants Officer (IGII) can provide application advice and assistance.

The projects will be for a period of 12 months commencing in January 2020. For more information on the call for expressions of interest, visit the DST website.

JOAD undertakes rigorous, scientifically-based analysis of Defence operations and capabilities to provide independent, impartial and timely advice. Their Mission is to develop and employ trusted analytical methods and decision support tools that give Defence and national security decision superiority across all aspects of force design, operational planning, command and control, and support to the Australian Defence Force on operations.

New Opportunities2020 Michelson Prizes for vaccines and immunotherapies for major global diseases

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The Michelson Prizes are scientific awards of US $150,000 given annually to young investigators who are applying disruptive concepts and inventive processes to advance human immunology, vaccine discovery, and immunotherapy research across major global diseases. 

The 2020 Michelson Prizes will focus on transformative research in human immunology, with trans-disease applications to accelerate vaccine and immunotherapeutic discovery. They will be looking for high-impact and highly innovative research that has the potential to be applied across many diseases and to significantly expand our understanding of the human immune system.

Applications close on 31 October 2019. The Flinders internal closing date for a completed final draft application is 17 October 2019. For application advice and assistance, contact Lucy Sheehan-Hennessy, Research Grants Officer (NHMRC and Health).

If you are a young researcher with an innovative research project, please visit the Michelson Prizes website to learn more about applying. 

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsCRC-P Information Day and Bid Clinics at Tonsley

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A free event is being held at Tonsley for those interested in CRC-P grants. To be held on Wednesday 9 October from 10.30 am, the first part of the day will be an information seminar and the second part will allow those close to finalising a bid to receive feedback via bid clinics.

The CRC Association welcome attendance not only from those who are close to finalising a bid but also from early-career researchers just beginning to familiarise themselves with the program and everyone in between. SMEs are especially encouraged to attend.

This Information Day will provide you with an opportunity to hear from Tony Peacock, CEO of the CRC Association; and Martin Dent, CRC Projects Program Manager in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science; as well as receive specific feedback regarding potential ideas for bids. We will also be joined by special guest, Professor Graham Wren, Director of Major Projects and Special Adviser to the Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Strathclyde.

The CRC-P Program is a federally-funded grant program that provides industry-led collaborations with short term (up to three years) matched funding of up to $3 million to develop important new technologies, products, and services. CRC-Ps are funded on a biannual basis.

CRC-Ps must:

  • be a short term, industry-identified and industry-led collaborative research project to develop a product, service or process that will solve problems for industry and deliver tangible outcomes
  • benefit SMEs and increase their capacity to grow and adapt in changing markets
  • include education and training activities.

If you, as a business or research group, are considering a bid, attending this event will give you valuable insights on an effective submission.

To register for the information seminar and/or a bid clinic time slot, visit Eventbrite.

New OpportunitiesBill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations round 24

Grand Challenges Explorations round 24

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting grant proposals for the Grand Challenges Explorations: Innovations for Improving the Impact of Health Campaigns.

This Grand Challenge seeks innovative solutions that accelerate the improvement of coverage, reach, efficiency, and effectiveness of campaign-based delivery of health interventions. Initial grants of USD $100,000 will be awarded, and applications are only two pages, with no preliminary data required.

Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any type of organisation, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies.

The application deadline is Wednesday, 13 November 2019 11:30 am PST. The Flinders internal closing date is 30 October 2019. For application advice and assistance, contact Rupali Saikia, Research Grants Officer (IGII).

For more information, visit the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation website.

The Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) initiative has awarded grants to 1485 investigators in 71 countries, targeting a diverse set of global health and development challenges.

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsSave the date - Re-produce workshop

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The Re:produce workshop, 10-11 December 2019 at Customs House, Brisbane, is an opportunity for Early- and Mid- Career Researchers (EMCRs) to access two days of hands-on training in key areas of the reproducibility of science.

EMCRs can apply for funding to attend this workshop, which encourages open discussion on the challenges related to the reproducibility of their research and find ways to navigate the tools available to make their research more open and verifiable.

Lack of reproducibility of scientific claims has been a recurrent topic in many branches of science and the source of public debate in recent years. Many solutions have been proposed to address specific problems, but navigating them and finding effective tools and methods to implement can be a daunting task for researchers and their institutions.

Mobility grants from the Australian Academy of Science are available to support the attendance of a range of EMCRs at this event. The grants close on 31 October 2019.

The grants can be used to cover costs associated with attendance at the event, such as caring responsibilities, travel, accommodation and other support required to facilitate attendance. If you are applying for a mobility grant, please alert Dr Marina Delpin, Manager: Researcher Training, Development and Communication, Research Development and Support. 

For more information, visit the event page.

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsAustralian Research Data Commons Combined Characterisation-Neuroscience Symposium

Australian Research Data Commons Combined Characterisation-Neuroscience Symposium

The Australian Research Data Commons Combined Characterisation-Neuroscience Symposium is a national event to discuss and shape the data-driven science across instruments, experiments, and neuroscience in Australia.

The one-day symposium will focus on how to enable interoperability and collaboration between researchers in a data-driven world.

To be held at the Shine Dome, 15 Gordon St, Acton ACT on Wednesday 9 October 2019, from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm

The Symposium aims to bring together Australian and International experts to map the strategic link between imaging facilities, the standards and best practices they apply, and the research communities using instrument data to create data collections.

For more information and to register to attend, see the Symposium's eventbrite page.

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsSave the date - Empowering Regional Research

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If you’re an Early- or Mid- Career Researcher working in an academic or research organisation in regional Australia, mark your calendar for February 2020.

The Australian Academy of Science, through the Theo Murphy Initiative, will have an event coming up that has been designed with regional researchers in mind. 

The Empowering Regional Research conference will be held on 12-13 February 2020 at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW.

The event will create a space where researchers from diverse disciplines can explore collaborations and engage in conversations around the unique challenges faced by those working in regional and remote areas. Attendees will also have the opportunity to join professional development workshops designed to develop key skills that can help EMCRs build successful careers regardless of the sector.  

More information about the event coming soon from the Australian Academy of Science.

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsJoin Flinders University Library for Open Access week, 21-27 October


Flinders Library are holding a series of informal events around Flinders University Campuses to promote Open Access, including Pop-up Library chats in the Colleges and a free lunchtime screening of the film Paywall: the business of scholarship.

We encourage you to join us and we welcome your curiosity in finding out how we can help you demystify & get the most out of Open Access publishing options for your research. 

Follow the Flinders Library on twitter @FlindersLib and facebook for Open Access Week updates.

Want to know more about the film?

See the entry for the film on IMDB:

Want to know more about Open Access?


The Flinders Library recommends the Australian Open Access Strategy Group website.


Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsBioPhotonics Careers workshop

Bio-Photonics career workshop

Creating your career in biophotonics after a PhD or as postdoc researcher can be complex and confusing.

This 1-day workshop, Friday 15 November 2019, to be held at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, includes presentations from 9 senior industry figures and 6 national and international academics. A range of career paths and what academics and companies look for in a researcher will be discussed. The speakers will also provide a brief description of their technical areas, providing you with an extensive overview of opportunities in Australia.

The workshop will include a Mini-poster session, where all participants present a short poster of their research, allowing you to identify potential future collaborators amongst your peers and improve your professional network.

Catering will be provided throughout the event. All participants are invited to a social networking event after the workshop including a complimentary dinner.

For more information and to register to attend, visit the eventbrite page.

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsFree Webinar by Research Impact Academy - How to approach the NHMRC investigator grant impact case study

Research Impact Academy

The Research Impact Academy is holding a free webinar on How to approach the NHMRC investigator grant impact case study on 4 October 2019, at 1.00 pm AEDT.

The Investigator Grant round ran for the first time in 2019. It was the first time that saw the introduction of an impact case study required as part of each Chief Investigators track record. It was also the first time that track record had accounted for 70% of the grant ranking.

Having worked with a plethora of researchers around Australia to write their impact case studies for the first round, and having 29% of their clients win their grants totalling over $16.5 Million, the Research Impact Academy learned what not to do and how to tackle this aspect of your track record.

Note: This webinar will run after the release of the updated guidelines and include information on any changes to the impact track records sections. 

This session will show you:

  • how to approach the case study for the different impact types -  knowledge, social, health or economic
  • common mistakes people make when writing the case study
  • differences between the three sections required in building your impact case study
  • What reviewers liked and didn't like in the first round.

This is worth 20% of your grant, it's vital you get this section structured to highlight your impact.

Register now at the Research Impact Academy website.

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsThe Internet of Things 'Analytics' Challenge guest presentation at Flinders

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Professor Monica Wachowicz, University of New Brunswick, Canada, will be presenting on The Internet of Things 'Analytics' Challenge from 10 am to 11 am, Wednesday 2 October 2019, in room 5.29 Tonsley. This presentation is hosted by Professor Trish Williams, Professor in Digital Health Systems, Co-Director of the Flinders Digital Health Research Centre and Cisco Chair.

The fast-growing field of the Internet of Things (IoT) is enabling traditional objects to be transformed into IoT devices that can enhance the quality of life in our digital cities. However, current research on IoT is also unveiling new research issues.

Professor Wachowicz will, in this presentation, introduce a new Analytics Everywhere framework based on edge-fog-cloud computing for coping with high sampling rates containing noisy, incomplete and unreliable data.

This framework also aims to handle mobility and co-location of IoT devices that pose more research issues related to how can we more efficiently manage IoT data streams considering computing power, storage capability, communication capability, and energy limitations of IoT devices while generating meaningful insights and higher-level information in a timely way.

The IoT analytics challenge is three-fold:

  • First, there is a need to reconsider how previous analytical algorithms have been independently developed. They must now be integrated into a network structure, in a way that makes explicit the dependency between the same analytical tasks requiring different algorithms as well as different analytical tasks requiring the same algorithm.
  • Second, a mapping between analytical capabilities (e.g., descriptive, diagnostic, and predictive) and computational resources (i.e. edge, fog and cloud nodes) for running the analytical tasks must be developed, taking into account the variety of data life-cycles of IoT applications. However, it is still unknown what type of behaviour data streams exhibit during the data-life cycles of IoT applications.
  • Finally, an overall orchestration of the computational resources must be accomplished in order to guarantee a smooth execution of a variety of analytical tasks. Real-world IoT applications will be used to illustrate the potential of the Analytics Everywhere framework.

Please RSVP attendance to by Monday 30 September 2019.

Professor Monica Wachowicz is currently a Full Professor and the Cisco Innovation Chair in Big Data Analytics at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. She is also the Director of the People in Motion Laboratory, a center of expertise in the application of Internet of Things (IoT) to smart cities.

Her research interests include edge-fog-cloud computing, machine learning on graphs, big data analytics, stream data management, and IoT applications.

She works at the intersection of (1) streaming analytics for analyzing massive IoT data in search of valuable information in real-time; and (2) automated analytical frameworks for a world in which "intelligence" will be embedded in virtually everything around us.

She is a Founding Member of the IEEE Big Data Initiative and the International Journal of Big Data Intelligence. Her pioneering work in multidisciplinary teams with government, industry, and research organizations

New OpportunitiesCall for new members of the EMCR Forum Executive Committee

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Are you an Early- or Mid- Career Researcher (EMCR) interested in making a difference and want to help improve the national research environment in Australia? If the answer is yes, then the EMCR Forum would like to hear from you.

The Australian Academy of Science EMCR Forum has opened expressions of interest for EMCRs to join the Executive Committee in 2020.

The Forum Executive is looking for new Executive Members who can bring enthusiasm, effort, skills, and ideas to the EMCR Forum. All EMCRs interested in improving the research environment in Australia are welcome to apply. Two positions are available this year.

The Forum Executive has a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and will select new members with these principles in mind. The Forum Executive strongly encourages applicants from underrepresented minority groups to apply. 

Read the expression of interest flyer or the application form for more details.

Expressions of interest close Sunday 13 October 2019

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsYour ResearchNow profile will go live to the world in early October - are you ready?


Research Development and Support (RDS) are providing "ResearchNow health checks" to researchers to support readiness for the ResearchNow go-live.

Within a one hour session we will guide and assist researchers in checking that their individual profile information and publication outputs are up-to-date and accurately recorded.

We will:

  • help you enhance your public profile (e.g. add external links, show or hide metrics)
  • demonstrate how to import outputs (publications) from an online source and 
  • how to add entries manually
  • assist with other queries related to ResearchNow terminology and features

Please enrol now to access one of the following sessions:

  • Thursday 26 September, 9.30 – 10.30am – Computer Lab S122, Sturt South
  • Thursday 26 September, 12.00 – 1.00pm – Computer Lab 3, Finders Central Library
  • Thursday 3 October, 9.30 – 10.30am – Computer Lab 2030, Physical Sciences Building
  • Thursday 3 October, 12.00 – 1.00pm – Level 4 Seminar Area, Flinders Medical Centre (BYOD session) 

Please note: The workshop in Level 4 Seminar Room FMC is a bring your own device (BYOD) session. All other sessions will be held in a computer lab.


For additional information and support outside of these session times, please contact the RDS ResearchNow support team:

Brooke Williamson: supporting the College of Medicine and Public Health; available on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Emma de Courcy-Ireland: supporting the College of Science and Engineering; available on Tuesday and Thursday.

Mimi Eldeeb: supporting the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Science and the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work; available on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Bree Walden: supporting the College of Business Government and Law and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences; available on Thursday and Friday (for CBGL) and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (for CNHS)

To access your ResearchNow system click on the ResearchNow button on your OKTA dashboard. The researcher guides on the ResearchNow support website will help you to get started.

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