Education and

Kick-start your

research career.

Readr is free to attend.

Travel support is available.

The problem: Starting a research project can be overwhelming, with no clear payoff or knowledge of what comes next. It doesn't have to be.

Our solution: At readr, commencing scientific research students learn essential skills from outstanding young researchers & envision their careers with leaders in Australian research.

Register free by Jan 21!

The Retreat

Readr is where the next generation of Australian scientists learn technical and professional skills from leading young researchers. 

The content is designed to help students about to start a major research project pick up essential skills that were missed in their undergraduate education. In a workshop series over one week, you will learn how to apply valuable technical skills, perform effective research, discover the hidden value of research training, and accelerate your scientific career. Students from all backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Enable your research

Quantitative research requires a range of general and specific skills, which we've identified and compiled into our curriculum to boost your research quality.

Learn from the experts

At readr you'll meet a diverse set of inspiring young researchers who will deliver workshops and wisdom to help you make the most of your postgraduate study.

Find your future

Our cast of outstanding keynote speakers representing government, academic, and industrial research will show you how research makes you more than just an expert in your field, and what it takes to get an edge on the competition.

Join the community

Research is personally challenging. With our special guests from student champions of diversity ANUFifty50 and ANU Counselling, we'll talk about how we can build a supportive & inclusive academia for everyone.

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The location


The tranquil location offers afternoon hikes through pristine wilderness and close encounters with Australian wildlife. The seclusion creates a close social environment free of distractions, giving you an opportunity to get to know your peers and the visiting speakers, and to reflect on your research.

Readr will run in February 3-9 at Birrigai in the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, a short drive from Canberra. Registration opens in August, and includes all tuition, accommodation, catering, and transport from Canberra.

If you're interested in:

  1. Presenting a workshop or career session,
  2. Aligning your brand with our innovative research & education platform, or
  3. Organizing a retreat!
Then use the form below or send an email to

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Course details

Our curriculum is curated to ensure a smooth start to a challenging research program.

Technical workshops invite students to engage and apply techniques in quantitative reasoning, computing, and data analysis. Professional skills like writing, presenting, and time management prepare students for effective work with impact.

Open discourse encourages students to help create an inclusive, supportive community.

Keynote presentations from researchers in academic, government, and industrial roles showcase some of the exciting opportunities for young researcher

Dates: The one-week retreat runs from February 3-9, 2019. Five days of workshops run from February 4-8.

Academic level: Students who have completed a Bachelor's degree in natural science or a similar discipline and intend to commence Honours, Masters, or PhD research in 2019.

Prerequisites: An undergraduate degree in natural science, engineering, computer science, or related field.

Course size: Places are available for the first 40 applicants.

Registration: Registration opens in August and closes on January 21, 2019.

Location: Birrigai, Tidbinbilla nature reserve, Namadgi national park, ACT.

Logistics: Accommodation and catering is included. Return coach trip to the site from Canberra will be provided. Competitive travel support is available, email for more information.

Fees: Registration is free at this link .

Work with us


Our versatile workshop formats provide passionate educators with an opportunity to test novel content & delivery styles with an engaged, motivated audience. Our flexible curriculum can accommodate a variety of workshops. Typical classes run for three hours, and are integrated to build a cohesive picture of research over the retreat. We offer all presenters housing for two nights on site including all travel expenses, and consultation on course design. If you'd like to run a course, get using the form or email us at


Our students are keen independent thinkers with an appetite for tough, quantitative problems. If you or your organization are excited to connect with leading researchers of the future, we'd love to feature you as a partner. Partnership with readr includes branding on all relevant materials, recognition on our website, and representation at the retreat by a speaker of your choice if desired.

About us

Our mission is to smooth the learning curve of entry into research, strengthen research communities, foster mentorship & entrepreneurship, make career paths visible to graduates, and graduates visible to employers.

The 2017 readr was born out of the belief that graduate school needn't have a turbulent start. Informed by interviews with supervisors and our own experiences, the founding team assembled readr with a vision of a national, collaborative research community.

The founding members of readr are Jacob Ross, Lauren Bezzina, Prithvi Reddy, and Bryce Henson, PhD students at the ANU Research School of Physics & Engineering.

The readr program has been made possible by the generous support of the ANU Postgraduate and Research Students' Association and the ANU Research School of Physics & Engineering.