Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminars (PATS)

ANZAMEMS is committed to supporting MEMS postgraduates and early career researchers by providing funding for specialist, intensive training seminars that can assist in their development as researchers and opportunities to network with experts and other postgraduates working in similar fields.

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About PATS
Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminars (PATS) are designed to support the academic development of postgrads and ECRS by:

    • Creating opportunities for training in skills not normally provided by University departments;


    • Bringing early researchers into direct contact with both national and international experts in the field of medieval and early modern research;


    • Creating an environment in which early researchers can approach experienced scholars as role models and mentors;


  • Creating opportunities for early researchers to meet, to network, and to collaborate with others in their field in universities throughout New Zealand and Australia.

PATS normally run for two days and are organised primarily as a series of ‘masterclasses’; that is, discussions and seminars led by senior academic staff working in the field. As part of these events, students are also invited to talk about their own current research or future projects (preferably with reference to current post-doctoral schemes in Australia and New Zealand).

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The ARC Network for Early European Research (NEER) was one of twenty-four Research Networks funded by the Australian Research Council for the period 2004-2009. The primary aim of the Network was to implement a formal framework for supporting and enhancing current Australian research into the culture and history of Europe between the fifth and early nineteenth centuries. It also aimed to foster new research and new connections between researchers, and to develop and nurture the next generation of researchers in the field and from 2005 to 2009 NEER sponsored a series of advanced training seminars aimed specifically at postgraduates and early career researchers. Known as Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminars (PATS), they were led by eminent researchers and focused on a specific interdisciplinary area or topic. Subsidies were provided to allow postgraduate students and early career researchers from across Australia and New Zealand to attend.

On the cessation of NEER as a funded entity, the PATS format was adopted by ANZAMEMS where it continues to provide excellent training and networking opportunities for postgraduate students and early career researchers.

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Expressions of Interest

ANZAMEMS welcomes applications to host a PATS from local Association members at any time.

Expressions of interest should include:

  • Proposed title / skill area to be addressed
  • Name(s) of local presenters
  • Name(s) of international presenters (if applicable)
  • Proposed venue(s)
  • Proposed budget
  • A draft day-by-day plan of the event

A copy of the Association’s Equity and Inclusivity Guidelines for ANZAMEMS Conference and Event Planners (Version effective 16 February 2018) can be downloaded from the Diversity and Equity page of Association’s website.

For further information please contact the Association at

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