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The Inclusive Research Network

The CCD sponsors an Inclusive Research Network (IRN) for academics, professional staff and students interested in creating an inclusive workplace. The IRN, formed in 2017, evolved from a Department of Cognitive Science Women’s Peer Mentoring group, which was the basis of the CCD Women in Science Group who discussed issues related to gender equity.
The main aims of the CCD Inclusive Research Network (IRN) are to:

  1. provide a supportive environment to educate and advocate for inclusive practices in academia,
  2. communicate current issues regarding equity and diversity in our research communities and,
  3. encourage members to consider active and practical steps for improving equity in our local and global environments

The IRN meets the first Thursday of every month in the Macquarie University Australian Hearing Hub on Level 3, Recreation Room at 1PM. At these monthly sessions, the Network runs seminars, discussion groups and practical workshops related to inclusivity.

So far this year, the IRN has held four successful meetings. In January, we held a seminar that provided a comprehensive overview of sexual harassment and assault in the wider community and on university campuses. This was followed in February by a timely discussion about the #metoo campaign.

In March, to celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, we created posters to showcase the accomplishments of 10 great women from a range of scientific fields. In the corresponding March meeting titled, ‘Good Afternoon Stories for Rebel Scientists’, the accomplishments of a selection of these scientists were highlighted, which revealed many of the institutional and societal barriers these women faced and overcame. The posters can be downloaded from the IRN information page.

The April session took a detailed look at how conference organisers can and should ensure equity in scientific conferences. The session used the Equity and Diversity Policy developed by the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society to demonstrate the importance of creating gender equity for session chairs, panel members and keynote speakers at every conference, and provide concrete guidelines for achieving this.

In coming months, we will be exploring work-life balance, inclusivity in academic recruitment and widening participation in research collaborations and subject pools.

If you are interested in finding out more about the meetings, please send an email to

To find out more about the IRN history, previous session, and other resources see the IRN home page.

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