In this issue we hear from recently promoted Professor Tracey Danaher (Monash University) about her promotional to do list. I am delighted to introduce Dr Swee Hoon Chuah our new President of Women and Research, welcome Dr Chuah. In her article, Dr Chuah outlines her plans for our group and some thoughts on the importance of such groups. And we hear from Ms Maja Golf Papez (University of Canterbury) who is a brand new PhD student talking about the roller coaster it has been so far. I hope you enjoy our first issue of this year.