The Islamic Community Academic Network (ICAN), organised an Eid Brunch on Saturday 7 September 2019, for Muslim Academics and research students across Sydney in collaboration with Western Sydney University and Charles Sturt University at the Parramatta city campus of WSU.

The event content highlighted the three pillars of ICAN: interdisciplinary collaboration, mentoring and celebration of ICAN members’ achievements.

During his welcome address, Professor Amir Mahmood, Dean of School of Business at WSU underlined the importance of collaboration, co-creation and cooperation.

He also talked about his experiences as an economist and advised ICAN to track the ‘output’ of ICAN activities.

Professor Mahmood, also mentioned the importance of collaborative research on the most pressing issues of our time and society.

The second talk was by Professor Onur Kesten of University of Sydney and Carnegie Mellon (USA), who came with a very impressive pedigree in Economic Engineering and Market Design, having worked in Harvard University with Alvin E Roth & Lloyd Shapley, 2012 Nobel Prize winners in Economics.

After a brief account of his research in Economics, Professor Kesten gave some practical tips to early and mid-career researchers.

The mysterious admin person of the Australian Muslim Musings facebook page showcased how the engagement and impact of their research can be increased through a research-based history page on facebook.

Although established only a year ago, @AustralianMuslimMusings has become increasingly popular with 5K followers, including some renowned faces of Australia like Kevin Rudd, past prime minister.

As the founder of ICAN, Dr Derya Iner stated the scope and goals of ICAN and introduced the steering committee of ICAN.

While nibbling the delicious dishes, academics from diverse fields met and exchanged business cards.

The attendees enjoyed the opportunity to connect with their fellow academics from different fields and universities in the well-organised and cosy environment.

ICAN is an independent platform bringing together Muslim academics from diverse disciplines and universities across Australia, and is inclusive of all ethnicities, cultures and political, philosophical and religious worldviews.

Australian Muslim academics are welcome to subscribe for ICAN membership via the ICAN website: https://www.academicnetwork.com.au (go to the ‘Become a Member’ tab) and ICAN Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/180732965811721/.