News and upcoming events for February 2024

This post provides an overview of what’s coming up at the University of Melbourne for researchers; and highlights updates from the research support community. 

Researcher@Library Webinars are back!

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Researcher@Library webinars run throughout the year to help you develop your library research skills and digital capabilities as a researcher from database searching, managing references to publishing strategically and strengthening your research impact. They are open to researchers from all disciplines and career stages, and are presented by topic experts from across the Library. There are two Researcher@Library webinars scheduled for February, with the full programme for 2024 being released progressively throughout the next month – check the Researcher@Library events page to see what’s coming up.

Open Access Publishing Agreements in 2024

Using our open access publishing agreements, University of Melbourne corresponding authors can avoid open access Article Processing Charges (APCs) for eligible articles in many APC-charging journals. Join us at this webinar a look at the University’s 2024 open access publishing agreements, including new agreements with ACM, APA, ASME, and John Benjamins. We will also cover our 20 continuing agreements, including those with Elsevier, Wiley, Springer Nature, Taylor and Francis, Sage, Cambridge University Press, and Oxford University Press.

Date and time: 14 February 2024, 1PM – 2PM.

Location: Online, via Zoom.

Find out more and register here.

Getting Started with Advanced Library Research

This webinar, delivered by Liaison librarians, is for graduate researchers and academic staff who are new to the university, or want a refresh of the Library Services offered to researchers. Presenters will cover the essentials for advanced research at Melbourne, including:

  • The top five research starting points;
  • Library Services which will help you in the first year of a graduate research degree; and
  • The next steps researchers can take to develop their library research skills.

Date and time: 28 February 2024, 11AM – 12PM.

Location: Online, via Zoom.

Find out more and register here. 

Events and Training Opportunities

Webinar: Demonstrating the new University of Melbourne Archives catalogue

Join the Archives for a showcase of the new archives catalogue, and learn how to find what you need in the extensive collection of historical documents, photographs, and artifacts.  Lachlan Glanville, Senior Archivist, Digital Systems, will guide you through the new interface and features available.

Date and time: Thursday, 8 February 2024, 2PM – 3PM.

Location: Online, via Zoom.

Find out more and register here via the RDU portal. 

Course: Mixed Models in R

The Statistical Consulting Centre is offering this course for researchers who need to fit mixed models to their data – for example, randomised cluster trials in medicine, hierarchial structures in educational studies and repeated measures in social sciences. Please note that some familiarity with R is necessary, and there are costs to take the course. Those affiliated with the University of Melbourne are offered discounted prices of $275 for graduate researchers and $440 for staff.

Dates and times: 12 – 15 February 2024, 9AM-12:30PM.

Location: Online

Find out more and register here via the RDU portal. 

Shut Up and Write Sessions

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Shut Up and Write sessions are back for 2024, running each week and open to all University of Melbourne students and staff.

Face-to-face at Parkville campus

Time: 9AM-11AM every Wednesday until 31 December 2024.

Location: Mezzanine (M) level, Melbourne Connect – 700 Swanston St, Carlton VIC 3053.

Organised by: A/Prof Julienne van Loon, from the School of Culture and Communication – Faculty of Arts.

More information here via the RDU portal. 

Online via Zoom

Time: 9AM – 12 noon, every Friday until 23 December 2024.

Organised by: Jonathan O’Donnell, from the Faculty of Science and the Research Whisperer blog.

Zoom details available here via the RDU portal. 

Research Data Management System Finder

The new Finder helps you choose between the University’s recommended research data storage and management systems. Use it to filter and compare the services you want to learn more about – just select what research activities you are undertaking, who needs access to the data, its sensitivity, and whether you have any specialised needs. Check out the tool here. 

Researcher Newsletters

Get regular updates and news throughout 2024 by subscribing to some of the newsletters available to researchers at the University of Melbourne:

Faculties, schools/departments, and research institutes/centres/groups often have their own newsletters where they share opportunities, news, and events. Check out their websites to see if there’s information, or ask your colleagues i they know of any newsletters that might be useful for your area of research.


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