The Queensland Brain Institute is a vibrant, influential and world-renowned neuroscience institute with a strong team of early career researchers. 

Early career researchers are attracted to QBI because of the world-class research, excellent infrastructure and facilities, and inspiring mentoring opportunities.  

In order to provide an initial point of contact with the QBI EMCR community, and to facilitate contact with QBI faculty, the QBI ECR committee was established in 2015.  

EMCR activities

  • Student and Postdoc Association Meeting 
    The Student and Postdoc Association Meeting (SPAM) is a series of seminars that aims to showcase research being conducted at QBI or the broader UQ research community and provide practical information regarding science, research and academia as well as an opportunity to meet fellow students and early career researchers. SPAM events take place in a uniquely informal and relaxed environment that fosters open, active discussion among attendees and presenters. Every seminar is followed by some well-deserved time to unwind and socialise over drinks and food. SPAM is held every fortnight at 4pm in QBI's level 7 interaction area. Information concerning upcoming SPAM events can be found within This Week at QBI updates and emails sent to associated groups from the SPAM committee. For more information contact Delphine Levy-Bencheton or David Carter.
  • Career Development Workshops
    The QBI EMCR Committee organises Career Development Workshops addressing important topics related to the development of EMCRs' careers, with the aim of improving EMCRs' knowledge on career planning and opportunities. 






Faculty meeting representative

Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS) EMCR Committee Chair

Events committee

Student rep

General members

Career planning is one of the first steps to success, and the two main components to reach career goals are timing and information/knowledge. The QBI ECR Committee organises Career Development Workshops addressing important topics related to the development of ECRs' careers, with the aim of improving ECRs' knowledge on career planning and opportunities. 

Career Development Workshops are opened to all ECRs at UQ. Check the QBI events page regularly for upcoming workshops.

2017 Workshops

For 2017, we are going to focus on the careers within academia and the different pathways available to ECRs. The proposed workshops are:

Previous workshops

In 2016, we decided to focus on alternative careers outside academia and the industry side for ECRs.

1. Establishing interactions and collaborations with industry
The workshop was aimed to increase the awareness of ECR on how to interact and approach with industry partners. The workshop was popular and attended by 86 ECRs from QBI, UQ and external. The speakers were:

  • Prof Jürgen Götz (QBI), Academy vs Industry research
  • Dr Karen Hussey (GCI), Collaborating with an industry partner
  • Dr Craig Belcher (Uniquest), Safely interacting with industry
  • Roberto Lozada (Medtronic), Medtronic and QBI

2. Expanding your horizons: How your scientific skill set is useful in a wider market job
The second workshop was aimed to address the job opportunities and “alternative” career positions available in industry. The workshop was very popular and attracted 181 ECRs from QBI and UQ. The speakers were:   

  • Hugh Bradlow (Telstra), Bringing research skills to industry
  • Trevor Neuville (Tranzition), identifying your skill set
  • Belinda Ramirez (Medtronic), Networking, a brief how-to guide'



To increase interdisciplinary research and communication between young scientists, QBI ECRs from different research groups present and discuss their research together on A Grey Matter, QBI's neuroscience podcast. Every month we discuss differents topic.

If you have ideas for a great panel discussion or want to present your research yourself, please contact our communications subcommittee Martyna Grabowska ( and Angelo Tedoldi (