Early-Mid Career Researchers Association (EMCRA)
The School of Biomedical Sciences' Early-Mid Career Researchers Association (EMCRA) was formed to support level A and B postdoctoral researchers in our School, across all three departments. We offer opportunities for postdocs to network with each other, and most importantly run an inter-department collaborative seed-funding grant once a year, called the EMCRA Collaborative Award. We are also actively involved with the School of Biomedical Sciences' Research Committee, and Executive Committee, providing a voice for early and mid-career researchers to the senior members of the School.
Please reach out via email or our social channels, so we can keep you up to date with events and opportunities that specifically benefit YOU, our School's postdocs! We are also eager to engage with other postdoctoral early-mid career associations in Victoria. If you represent any such organisation, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Meet the Steering Committee
The EMCRA committee meets monthly to discuss ways we can help support the level A and B postdoctoral research in the School of Biomedical Sciences. We have 34 members in 2021.
We have formed three subcommittees to champion our goals for the year:
Communications, Development, Scientific & Social
The Communications subcommittee keep us all connected, whether it's via email, social media or this website! Contact us with any of your burning questions, or if you need to get the word out about any upcoming events or achievements in the School.
Members: Amar Abdullah (project lead), Hamid Soleimaninejad, Mariana Del Rosso de Melo, Rubaiyea Farrukee, Sapna Devi, Ashleigh Porter, Stacey Keenan.
The Development working group are here to create and support opportunities for professional skills development for EMCRs within the School.
Members: Justin Hardee (project lead), Claire Weekley, Kristy Swiderski, Aimee Tan, Maria Nogueira de Menezes, Ric De Paolai-Iseppi, Svenja Fritzlar, Emma McHugh, Paula Miotto, Louise Rowntree, Samantha Grimley.
Scientific & Social Subcommittee
The Scientific & Social subcommittee is the driving force behind our EMCRA Collaborative Award and our annual research symposium, beyond keeping us all networked face-to-face, organising regular social activities for EMCRs to catch-up and relax. These activities are a great way for new staff to make friends when they join our School!
Members: Claire Gorrie (project lead and EMCRA co-chair), Annabel Bachem (project lead), Patrick Shriek, Pin Shie Quah, Katharina Hochheiser Aung Aung Kywe Moe, Cameron Adams, Jeff Liddell, Michael Morgan, Stephanie Neville, Hyon Xhi Tan.
The EMCRA committee has three co-chairs in 2021:
Justin Hardee, Claire Gorrie and Amar Abdullah
Other ongoing projects
VISA information sessions: Pin Shie Quah (project lead) and Patrick Shriek
Pitch and networking event for the collaborative award: Claire Gorrie (project lead), Hyon Xhi Tan, Ayenachew Bezawork-Geleta