Independent Researchers Group
The IRG has an online forum, known as the Grapevine, where dissemination of information and discussion amongst members can operate on an on-going basis. Subscription to the Grapevine is free and when you join the IRG you will be sent an invitation to opt into it, making an agreement to abide by the IRG Grapevine rules. (For Guidelines on participation in the Grapevine, please click here.)
The IRG has also established a regular fortnightly IRG Forum (currently undertaken on Zoom) that is open to all IRG members and attracts members from all States. Each session is a mix of a social catchup and a focus on a particular research technique or issue or business building process. Attendance is free for all IRG members across Australia and New Zealand and the sessions are currently held every second Wednesday, for an hour, from 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm (AEST/AEDT). Details of upcoming Zoom sessions are emailed to IRG members by the IRG Committee.
General enquiries: Helen Bartley, email email@example.com or phone +61 408 594 961
Membership enquiries and Grapevine help: Philip Derham, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (+61) 0414 543 765.
We would like all members of the IRG to be involved in its organisation and development. If you have any ideas about issues you would like discussed, suggestions for meetings, information to share, or you can help the group in other ways, contact Helen (as above) or better still, get on the Grapevine!
Other IRG Networking and Communications
LinkedIn: The Research Society Independent Researchers Group (IRG) LinkedIn Subgroup is another avenue through which current members of the IRG can communicate and exchange ideas. Information about joining the LinkedIn subgroup is supplied to new IRG members at the time they join, or can be provided by the IRG Grapevine help: Philip Derham, email email@example.com or phone (+61) 0414 543 765.
A regular monthly IRG Forum (on Zoom) is open to all IRG members and attracts members from across Australia and New Zealand. Each session is a mix of a social catchup and a focus on a particular research technique or issue or business building process, and attendance is free for all IRG members.
Sessions are held each month, on a Wednesday, and run from 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm (AEST/AEDT).
Any IRG members wishing to be attend an upcoming Zoom session should contact Philip Derham at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will ensure you receive the link.
In addition, the IRG holds regular TFIF (This Friday Is Fun) social catch-up sessions on Friday evenings, from 5.30 pm AEST/AEDT. These TFIF sessions are hosted by Seán McNally, who will provide the dates, times and links for those – and contact him at email@example.com.
When feasible, the IRG may also organise face-to-face events designed to cater for the needs of IRG members. Attendance at IRG events is generally restricted to members of the group only, but some are also open to guests. Details for each event will include information about the nature of the content and who is welcome to attend, and you can contact Philip Derham or Seán McNally for details.