In Conference Workshops


Monday 23 September 2019

Lunchtime session: Meet The Editors
13:00 – 14:00
Meeting Room 7

Book Publishing for an International Audience:
In order to create an impact, academics must publish their research and be read worldwide. Unlike Journal articles, a book needs far more content and takes much longer to complete. A good book is typically based on years of research/work that is put together to form a coherent story, linked via a common topic. Books come in various types- Monographs, Proceedings (as Edited volumes) Briefs, Theses (as Authored volumes). This talk will help attendees in understanding the book publishing process and the steps involved in publishing a good book.

About the Editor:
Loyola DSilva, PhD | Senior Publishing Editor; Springer Nature Singapore
Loyola DSilva is a Senior Publishing Editor for Physical Sciences and Engineering at Springer Nature Singapore. He covers areas in Physics, Biophysics, Materials, Bioengineering, Biomedical Physics, Astronomy, Computational Intelligence, Energy, Geophysics, Environmental Sciences, and Civil Engineering. His role is to reach out to potential authors and establish an author network in South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand for publishing activities in Science, Engineering and related fields.

Publishing papers in Advanced Materials and sister journals:
A highly competitive research environment with increasingly limited research funding has created the imperative to publish in high impact journals or “perish”. In this editorial session you will have the opportunity to quiz an Advanced Materials peer review editor on the peer review and editorial decision-making process at the editorial office of Advanced Materials and its sister journals. Tips will be shared on the aspects of manuscript preparation and presentation to focus on from the editor’s perspective. Broader aspects of journals publishing may also be discussed, depending on the interests of the participants.

Advanced Materials is Wiley’s flagship materials science journal. With a 2018 Impact Factor of 25.809 it has been publishing cutting-edge interdisciplinary research for over 30 years.

About the Editor:
Dr. Esther Levy | Editor-in-Chief, Advanced Materials Technologies | Consulting Editor, Advanced Materials
Esther completed her Ph.D. in supramolecular chemistry at Cambridge University (UK) in 1997. She then joined the Advanced Materials editorial team (Wiley-VCH, Germany) where she was appointed Editor-in-Chief in 2002. In 2007, Esther relocated to Sydney to take up the position of Senior Commissioning Editor for Wiley’s physical sciences book, journal and society publishing program in the Asia-Pacific region. She returned to the Advanced family of journals in 2011, where she is currently Editor-in-Chief of Advanced Materials Technologies as well as Consulting Editor for Wiley’s flagship materials science journal Advanced Materials, the premium open-access general science journal Advanced Science and the new open access journal Advanced Intelligent Systems.

Tuesday 24 September 2019

Lunchtime session: Early-Career Researcher Panel Discussion: Academic Career Pathways
13:00 – 14:00
Meeting Room 7

A/Prof Debbie Silvester-Dean (Curtin University, WA)

Panel Members:
Dr Xianjue (Sam) Chen, University of New South Wales, NSW)
A/Prof Jenny Pringle (Deakin University, VIC)
A/Prof Drew Evans (University of South Australia, SA)
Prof Lan Fu (Australian National University, ACT)

Navigating a scientific career is complex and has a unique set of challenges and opportunities. Early-career researchers are at a pivotal stage of their career and have many demands, where it becomes crucial to identify opportunities to advance their career.

This event aims to bring together early-career researchers in materials science to share, discuss and gain perspective on experiences about career development and progression. It will include a panel discussion and a networking lunch. The panel members will include a diverse set of academics at different career stages (early, mid, advanced).

If you would like to pose a question or a topic to discuss by the panel, please send your message to

 This session is targeted to PhD students and Early Career Researchers but is open to all interested participants.

Wednesday 25 September 2019

Lunchtime session: Scientific Writing Workshop
13:00 – 14:00
Meeting Room 7

Only open to ECR and PhD students

Scientific writing is crucial to academic success. Yet it is rarely trained, let alone mastered. Our workshop mends this weakness. In it, we delve into the world of scientific publishing, dissect the topic, share practical guidelines on how to conceive and write scientific papers and explain how the publication process actually works—so you can be prepared when you submit your next piece of work.

What you get. At the workshop, you will acquire practical tools to write impactful and high-quality research articles. You will learn how to develop a vigorous writing style for communicating results effectively while gaining a deeper understanding of the key aspects of scientific publishing. You will get the most important tips to the most efficient pathway to publish your results.

Targeted to PhD students and Early Career Researchers, the workshop is a must if you are committed to becoming a better scientist, critical thinker and communicator of new ideas.