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    Franklin Women events are different. In our day-to-day jobs we have ample opportunities to hear from the successful men and women in our field. We want to bring you speakers and workshops that you don't normally have access to.

Previous Events 2015


Our events are all about broadening your networks and your skills, in a relaxed, fun environment (and will usually involve some great food!). If you’ve attended one of our recent events or you’ve yet to attend and would like to see one of our events in action, please see our previous events below.

Yoga Under The Harbour Bridge

Let’s Meet – Westmead

Making The Most of Social Media in Your Career

Mentoring Breakfast

Grant Writing Workshop

Yoga Under The Harbour Bridge


To start the year off on the right note we snuck in an unofficial event holding an early morning yoga class overlooking Sydney Harbour. The class was led by Grahame from Mosman Yoga Co-Op and followed by some time to enjoy delicious Pressed Juices juices before heading off to work. A nice reminder to make your own health and happiness a priority.



Let’s Meet – Westmead


With universities and research institutes situated across all of Sydney, opportunities to mix with researchers from different campuses are often few and far between. For our first event for 2015 laboratory, public health, allied health and clinical researchers as well as research administrators and clinical trials coordinators came together at the new (and very swanky) Westmead Millennium Institute. Not only did we get to check out the facilities at the ever growing Westmead Research Hub, but we also had the opportunity to hear from Professor Nadia Badawi who shared her career journey and how mentors played a critical role in making her the powerhouse in the health and medical research field she is today. Oh, and did we mention delicious food and beautiful flowers….

Making The Most of Social Media in Your Career


Our third event for the year was all about learning new career skills while we have fun. We were very lucky to have Michelle Gallaher from The Social Science as our guest speaker who passionately shared with us the value of utilising social media in your health and medical research career, whether it be to promote you or your work, connect with study participants or build your research networks. We also had four talented women in the field participate in a panel discussion on their own experiences with social media in research: PhD student Chloe Warren; ECR Dr Bridianne O’Dea; Lab Head Prof Deborah Marsh and USyd media advisor Victoria Hollick. It was wonderful to see all the new career connections being made on the night over delicious food and drink, but also after the event in the twitter sphere where to conversations continued. Tweet tweet….

Looking to set up a Twitter account? Step-by-step instructions on how to make an account are found here and you can find everything else you need to know about ‘tweeting’ in Chloe’s blog here. A copy of Michelle’s presentation is also available for our members. Please log in to view the presentation.

The Franklin Women Mentoring Breakfast


Our mentoring breakfast was our biggest event yet with 120 women in diverse roles across the health and medical research sector coming together at The Tea Rooms QVB to talk all things mentoring. We were very lucky to have leadership consultant Maud Lindley as our guest speaker who talked us through the different types of career development relationships (mentoring, sponsorship and career coaching), how they differ and how to utilise them effectively throughout your career. As if that wasn’t enough, each table was assigned a leading woman in the health sciences who took on the role of ‘table mentor’ and shared their own experiences with mentoring and any tips they picked up along the way. We were in very good company with table mentors representing diverse career paths in the health research sector including industry, academia and policy. The conversations, the ambience and the food were all amazing….

If you couldn’t join us for the breakfast or want to recap, you can follow the conversation on twitter via our storify here. A copy of Maud’s presentation is also available for our members. Please log in to view the presentation.


Grant Writing Workshop


Our last event of the year was a full day writing workshop focussing on writing clear and engaging funding proposals. We were very lucky to have trained health researcher and professional editor Dr Malini Devadas as our workshop facilitator. It was a day of learning but also fun. Not only did attendees get to learn strategies to help plan, write and edit a research synopsis but also connect with women working in diverse health science areas and institutes from around Sydney – after all, that is what Franklin Women is all about!

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If you couldn’t join us for the workshop or want to recap, a copy of Malini’s slides and a writing checklist are available for our members. Please log in to view the event resources.

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