ARC Nanotechnology Network

Australian Research Council Nanotechnology Network Book Project/Workshop

Macquarie University 08/02/2010 - 16/02/2010

Important Dates

  • Expression of Interest deadline - 23rd October 2009 to be sent to Prof Deb Kane at
  • Notification of acceptance - 18th December
  • Workshop Dates- Monday 8th February to Tuesday 16th February 2009

    Information for Applicants

      This Nanotechnology book project will lead to a book that will be published by World Scientific (book contract in place). Those who are successful in having their chapter proposal accepted for development and inclusion in the book will travel to Macquarie University ~ Sydney to participate in a 9 day workshop. This will involve working with the Editors and the collective of authors to workshop the book chapters. Your travel costs (economy or discounted fare) will be reimbursed and your accommodation at Dunmore Lang College will be paid for. The workshop will cover a range of key professional development areas, in addition to the strong focus on high quality scientific writing and communication.

      Who should apply?

      If you have nearly finished or recently finished your PhD thesis then this is an opportunity you should consider carefully – you are the optimum applicant. If you are a PhD student and you have not yet started writing your thesis, and/or you have not published any refereed journal articles, it is too soon for you to apply. If you are completing or have completed your PhD with examination by a thesis that is a collection of refereed papers this may be an opportunity for you to develop your writing skills for the format of a book chapter, but please do not underestimate how much time this may require. If you completed your PhD thesis in the last three years and you work at a university or ARCNN affiliated organisation you may apply, if your current work commitments permit. However, every chapter in the book must make reference to the relevant literature in the field up to the present.

      What is the preferred format for the book chapter?

      Each chapter should include all or most of:

    • (i)An introduction, and review of the relevant field of research. This should give appropriate care and attention to fully acknowledging the work of others that precedes and informs the research being communicated. It should also demonstrate the significance of the original research you and your co-workers have completed.

    • (ii)“tutorial” style coverage of concepts, methods and theory required to understand, interpret and analyse the new science. This book is intended to give readers clear and significant insights and understanding of the science.

    • (iii)Some of the original research from your PhD research. Note permission will be required to use any figures and graphs that have appeared in copyright materials. However, the workshop will also address how you might achieve higher visual and scientific impact in the way these materials are presented.

      What sort of a book do we want to produce?

      One with excellent scientific writing, reporting excellent nanoscience and nanotechnology. This is an opportunity for early career researchers working in Australia to show the world the quality and capability of their science and science writing. Appropriate acknowledgement of co-workers (including co-authorship when appropriate) must also be given.
    • What are the copyright issues?

      The publisher will be the copyright holder of the book chapter. Thus, you should not submit any research that you plan to publish in substantially the same form, at a later date, in an archival journal or other copyrighted form. The chapter should also be substantially different from any journal papers already published. Figures and graphs can be reproduced from previously published work provided the appropriate permission is obtained from the publisher holding the copyright. Documentation of such permissions will be required by the book publisher. Such permissions are normally granted.

      What financial support will participants get if successful in being selected as a chapter first author?

      Your travel costs will be reimbursed following standard ARCNN/Macquarie University reimbursement procedures. You can either get your university to invoice Macquarie University or claim against original receipts for reimbursement into a bank account. Your accommodation costs will be met. Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the University Hall of residence (single rooms). Note participants from Sydney are expected to “live-in” during the workshop as much of the discussion will inevitably occur informally in the evenings.

      Will anyone make any money from the book?

      The authors and editors will not receive any royalties from this book. Pan Stanford Publishing ( will be aiming to make a profit from book sales. Chapter first authors will receive a complimentary copy of the book.

      Who are the Editors?

      Prof Deb Kane, Macquarie University, Dr Adam Micolich, UNSW, Dr James Rabeau, Macquarie University. These are the people who will work with you at the workshop and facilitate all the activities. Other invited facilitators will also contribute. Professor Kane has edited and contributed to 2 books.

      What will participants get from the project?

      A lot! They will collaborate closely within the group and learn how to build task-focused, cooperative working relationships quickly. They will have an excellent motivation to write a review/new results chapter from their PhD thesis research to an exceptionally high standard, in a higher profile publication than is normally achieved at this early career stage. They will have the opportunity to produce an excellent book that will be valued widely, and that will garner respect and acknowledgement for what ECRs can achieve. They will have a high quality learning experience - they will get to learn about each others' research and learn from each other and the editors in the discussion process around improving their own and others' writing and illustration. This will be done in part by formal instruction on, and discussion of, high quality scientific writing. They will contribute to an experiment in professional skills development for PGs and ECRs. The success of this experiment will be largely in the minds and hands of the contributors. The book will be distributed in Australian government and science policy making circles to show the talent in early career scientists that is to be supported.

      Will it be all work?

      No. We plan to have some social fun as well and the weekend will be “free” time – time to reflect before finalising text.


      The timeline leading to the February workshop is outlined below. We want to have the published book on the shelves, and on our Ministers’ and their senior public servants desks, at the earliest possible date - .

      Criteria for selection

    • Significance of the concepts, methods, theory and/or experiment that will be the content.
    • Demonstration that the content is nanotechnology and/or nanoscience as defined by ARCNN.
    • Motivation for being a contributor
    • Statement of contributions to the research written up in the chapter by the first author and other co-workers.

      Expression of Interest

      Please provide the following details,
    • Family name,Given name,Title,
    • University,Department,Position Held,
    • Current status-ECR,Postgraduate- PhD/MSc/Other(specify)
    • Phone,Fax,Email,Mailing Address

      Information for Applicants

      The expression of interest should include the following sections – use the phrases in bold as section headings. Use 12 point Times Roman font, or equivalent, and ~2 cm margins.

    • Scope of the book chapter (maximum one page)
    • Table of contents listing for the book chapter – sections and sub-sections.
    • Bibliography – a list of key references for the book chapter.
    • Statement of nanotechnology context - where the subject fits contextually in nanoscience/ nanotechnology (half page maximum)
    • Motivation (half page maximum) – why do you want to contribute/participate in this book project?
    • Statement of Contributions. Honest and straightforward acknowledgement of the role played by each researcher/contributor involved in the research. Note you are not being judged by the “size” of your role, but by your maturity in knowing and acknowledging the role of all contributors.
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV) (no more than 2 pages, plus full list of publications separated as refereed journal papers and letters, refereed conference papers, non-refereed publications and conference papers, and any other outputs.
    • Letter of support – include a letter of support from your PhD supervisor or host for your ECR position.
    Contact: Prof Deb Kane
    Email: link
    Phone: Tel (02) 9850 8907