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Early-Career Research Development Initiative

Supporting young researchers

The Brain and Mind Centre's Early- Career Research Development Initiative invests in early-career researchers in brain and mind sciences to foster personal and professional success.

Our Early-Career Research Development Initiative is led by Professor Phil Robinson and Associate Professor Kate Double. As Co-Chairs, they work together with early-career researchers at the Brain and Mind Centre to develop pathways, workshops, mentoring programs and project funding to help emerging researchers make the most of their time at the Brain and Mind Centre.


  • Develop the next generation of Brain and Mind research leaders
  • Foster a collegial and supportive environment to attract and retain research talent
  • Create professional development schemes for ECRs
  • Increase networking and research connectivity opportunities
  • Offer guidance on central research support
  • Facilitate development of multidisciplinary, multi-site collaborations.

Defined activities

  • Take a leadership role in organising the inter-university neuroscience and mental health conference and other conferences as necerssary
  • Coordinate the ECR mentoring scheme
  • Plan and organise professional development workshops and master classes
  • Develop multidisciplinary teams in line with Brain and Mind Centre Participation Model
  • Coordinate the ECR seminar series.


The Brain and Mind Centre Early-Career Research Development Initiative is led by two academic Co-Chairs, Prof. Phil Robinson and A/Prof Kay Double. The Co-Chairs provide guidance and report upwards into Brain and Mind Centre's Research Committee.

At present the committee comprises of early-career researchers from Brain and Mind Centre's Camperdown and Westmead campuses. Representatives from Nepean and Northern Clinical School are currently invited to apply.