Early Career Researchers

We are delighted to be joined by 200 Early Career Researchers (ECRs) from across the globe! This year’s conference features an outstanding program of invited speakers, including two sessions and a network event tailored just for ECRs! Here is a sneak peek at the exciting experiences that are in store.

To kick things off, it is our pleasure to invite you to the Early Career Researchers Networking Event on a private charter of Captain Cook 3 for a two-hour cruise in Sydney Harbour. Join us for an evening of networking and socializing with your fellow ECRs, as well as some amazing views of beautiful Sydney! 

We also invite you to attend two specifically dedicated workshops for Early Career Researchers, with presentations by local and international experts, followed by Q&A. Refreshments will be provided at both sessions.


A cruise of Darling Harbour on a private charter is the perfect opportunity to discuss your ideas and experience in a more relaxed atmosphere, get inspiration and start new projects together.

18:45 – Boarding ICC Wharf
21:00 – Disembarkation ICC Wharf

Participation fee: 30 USD (2 drinks and light snacks included).
To register for this event, please email reg_ipvc18@kenes.com

ECR Session 1: "Communicating your research"
7:30am on Friday October 5th

This session will provide practical information to attendees on how to successfully communicate their research for maximum visibility and impact. Session highlights include:

  • Pitching research to people outside academia.
  • The value of non-traditional media such as social media, blogs, TV panels, in successfully communicating research.
  • How many papers is enough.

Donna Weerd-Wilson 
(The Netherlands)


Donna de Weerd-Wilson is Executive Publisher of Elsevier's Virology and Vaccinology journals (including Papillomavirus Research).  She is driven by the need to provide researchers, authors and editors with creative solutions to issues they face in their daily working life and ensuring that the end-to-end publishing process is a positive experience.

Julie Leask 


Julie Leask is Associate Professor in the Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sydney. She is a social scientist who leads a program of research focused on responding to vaccine hesitancy and refusal, and strengthening vaccination programs and policy.

Christopher Fairley 


Christopher Fairley is Director of the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre and Professor of Public Health at Monash University.  His principal research interests are the public health control of sexually transmitted diseases and the effectiveness of clinical services.

ECR Session 2: “Career Planning”
7:30am on Saturday October 6th

In this session, our expert speakers selected from each of the public health, basic science and clinical sciences stream will share their unique and personal experiences working in HPV research. Session highlights include: 

  • Experience in working outside high-income countries. 
  • Engaging with industry and policymakers.
  • Juggling family and work.

Jane Kim

Jane Kim, PhD is a Professor of Health Decision Science in the Department of Health Policy and Management and the Center for Health Decision Science at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Kim's research focuses on the development and application of mathematical modeling methods to evaluate health policy issues, with a strong interest in women's health.

Ian Frazer

Professor Ian Frazer is a clinician scientist, trained as a clinical immunologist in Scotland, and now leads a research group working at TRI in Brisbane, Australia on the immunobiology of epithelial cancers.  He is recognised as co-inventor of the technology enabling the HPV vaccines, currently used worldwide to help prevent cervical cancer.

Woo Yin Ling

Professor Woo Yin Ling is a Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist in University Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur and also Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the University of Malaya. Since her return to Malaysia in 2010, Professor Woo has been actively involved in of a number of research programs with a focus on screening, prevention and management of gynaecological cancers in the Malaysian setting.

We encourage anyone who is starting out in the field to join us in these ECR activities. Together we can encourage each other, share knowledge and opportunities, and thrash out challenges and obstacles! Also join us on social media via #IPVC2018

We look forward to seeing you in Sydney soon!

The ECR Organising Committee
Kate Simms, Megan Smith, Dorothy Machalek, Talía Malagón and Taylor Saunders-Wood

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