AIC Graduate Research Interdisciplinary Network

AIC Graduate Research Interdisciplinary Network

A program to support greater connectivity and build international and collaborative leadership potential for Research Students and Early Career Researchers engaged in the AIC Research Clusters

Pilot Program: 26 November – 2 December 2016


The AIC’s research program aims to deliver impact through shared solutions to shared challenges for Australia and Indonesia.

Within the research program, the development of research student and early career researcher contributions is a key component for establishing a sustainable and engaged network of expertise at the regional level which has potential for global reach.

In addition to supporting capacity demands to address long-term challenges through innovation, the national innovation systems in both countries will continue to demand research graduates with capabilities to support future strategic leadership through effective international collaboration and the ability to translate research outputs into economic, environmental and societal benefit.

The Graduate Research Interdisciplinary Network will establish informal connections across the AIC’s Research Program through ECRs, research students, their supervisors and others working across the AIC research group where knowledge sharing on research training and development, options and opportunities for research development and further collaborative linkages can be established.


The Australia-Indonesia Centre’s pilot program follows from partner consultations and sessions held at the AIC-RISTEK-DIKTI 3rd Research Summit in Surabaya in August 2016. In association with DFAT’s Knowledge Sector Initiative team and the Joint Academies of Sciences, the AIC pilot program will align with the first Joint Science Symposium of The Indonesian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Science to be held in Canberra between 28 November and 1 December 2016. The Program will also align with the Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference hosted by the ANU.

The purpose of the pilot program is to

  • Introduce the research group – to include students and other participants – to the research training and development initiatives of the Australian partner institutions
  • Enable the research students from Australia and Indonesia to contribute to the Joint Science Symposium forum– in particular to contribute to the discussion session on research career pathways
  • Provide exposure to experts and live project opportunities relevant to skills and knowledge in areas of demand by research students as identified at the Indonesia-Australia Research Summit
  • To offer an opportunity to grow understanding of the Australian research environment in relation to government policy, corporate and community research requirements



Thursday 24 November arrive Melbourne Arrive Hotel  
Friday 25


Monash Big Data & managing complexity (Monash) tbc
Saturday 26


Melbourne Cultural / laneways tour Dr Megan Power

Ms Katrina Reid

Sunday 27


Melb-Canberra Travel to Canberra by coach Dr Megan Power
Monday 28


Shine Dome / ANU University House Science Symposium opening session

ANU Career Pathways and Leadership in Research

A/Prof Inger Mewburn

Dir of Research Training ANU

Evening National Portrait Gallery Canberra Dinner Victoria Firth-Smith
Snr Program & Events Coordinator Research Skills ANU
Tuesday 29 Nov:


DFAT Innovation Exchange Innovation in policy: development to implementation Jeff Roach
Assistant Secretary InnovationXChange DFAT
pm ANU University House Developing a research team Dr Sebastian Thomas UoM tbc
A/Prof Ross Coleman UoS tbc

Prof Peter Kanowski

pm Shine Dome Science Symposium Mentors Dinner Nancy Pritchard – Confirmed
Wednesday 30 Nov ANU Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference ANU (tbc) – Brian Schmidt keynote Dr Igor Skryabin

Professor Ken Baldwin ANU

Evening ANU Solar Oration / Dinner  
Thursday 1 Dec am / lunch Shine Dome, Canberra Science Symposium. Careers in Science Forum Nancy Pritchard Director International Programs and Awards Australian Academy of Sciences
pm Canberra-Melb Return Melbourne
(by air)
Overnight Melbourne
Friday 2 Dec University of Melbourne Research, International Collaboration and Entrepreneurship Dr Sebastian Thomas (to confirm)
Saturday 3 Dec   Depart Melbourne or own program to follow  
Tuesday 6 Dec Hobart Infrastructure Workshop Rebecca Hateley