Mentoring @ ACEMS

ACEMS defines mentoring as a process that involves a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helping to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person in their learning and development to formulate and achieve their goals.  Our mentoring programs occur on an ongoing basis and may have either a formal or informal structure.

ACEMS members have access to a wide range of mentoring events via their home nodes and the various professional societies and related organisations. Members are encouraged to participate in these events as well as the activities offered through ACEMS.

ACEMS facilitates a range of mentoring activities for its members, through individual meetings, cross-node visits, online forums, workshops and conferences, and Centre-scale retreats.  ACEMS members interact with other members from different nodes to discuss research talks, research posters and mentoring talks at the three ACEMS annual retreats (student, postdoc and main), at ACEMS workshops and conferences.

ACEMS plans to enrich and expand the existing mentoring activities.

The ACEMS Mentoring Plan has four main aims:

  1. To engender a community of academic and non-academic support amongst its members;
  2. To facilitate discussion and advice about broad professional issues;
  3. To develop skills in areas such as leadership, public speaking and communication; and
  4. To encourage a life-long awareness of, and participation in, mentoring.

ACEMS 7-Step Mentoring Plan

The ACEMS Mentoring Plan comprises the following seven activities:
  1. An ACEMS Alumni Program
  2. Formalise ACEMS individual-level mentoring Programs
    • Next-Level-Up Mentoring Program
    • Cross-Node Mentoring Program
  3. Mentoring events at ACEMS workshops and retreat
    • The ACEMS Mentoring Seminar Series
      • Encourage an informal online mentoring forum on Slack #mentoring
      • Identify national and international engagement opportunities
      • A mentoring program for ACEMS Professional staff

      ACEMS 2018 Mentoring Series (scheduled talks so far)

      • Let's talk about equity, diversity and harassment - Kerrie Mengersen (QUT): Tuesday 20 February
      • Building a positive mentoring working relationship - Peter Taylor (Melbourne): Tuesday 20 March
      • Building an academic career and profile - Ian Turner & Kevin Burrage (QUT): Monday 16 April

      Previous Mentoring Sessions

      What goes on in Canberra when the ARC College of Experts gather to decide which researchers and projects get funded?

      ACEMS Chief Investigator Kate Smith-Miles, from The University of Melbourne, is a member of the College, and provides some insight into how the ARC College of Experts makes its funding recommendations.

      (click on image of Kate to watch video)

      For the complete document on ACEMS Mentoring, click here:

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