P23 - Exploring Effective Modes of Delivery for Professional Development and Skills Training

Day Day 1
Session Poster presentation
Start time 18:10
Code P23

Dr Keely Brumsted O'Brien, Head, Scientific Education Office, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Dr Nicki Cranna, Scientific Education Officer, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research


The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute offers skills training and career development in order to attract, train and retain the best and brightest researchers.  We define success as a researcher who actively participates in development offerings, views knowledge as valuable and applies that knowledge to progress their career. With the need to offer a broad set of engaging development opportunities for time-poor researchers, understanding the most effective mode of delivery for specific types of training is crucial. We know there is value in providing face-to-face training to enhance idea sharing and collaboration; however, we also recognise that a significant amount of learning is self-directed and on-demand.  A major question we have asked is: How might we deliver high quality engaging opportunities that retain the benefits often associated with face-to-face training, whilst exploring established, new and emerging technologies and methodologies? We will show a summary of our experiences in delivering training in the following areas via a range of modes:

  • Ethics
  • Experimental Design and Statistics
  • Data Visualisation/Communication
  • Career development/Readiness