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About Indago Academy

The Latin word ‘Indago’ means enquire, explore, investigate, or research. Indago Academy was established to meet the needs of academics and researchers in the challenging environment in which we now find ourselves. Through their experience as researchers and mentors, Indago's founder and the experts with whom she works have developed effective strategies to help researchers, at different career stages, to navigate the academic landscape and build effective careers.

Combining decades of successful research experience with expertise in behaviour change, researcher mentoring and development, Indago's experts are passionate about assisting researchers to strategically advance their careers, and research organisations to produce the best researchers.


We have delivered highly-regarded career development and research skills workshops to hundreds of researchers and research teams in Australia and internationally. See some of our testimonials here.

Our Founder

Kylie Ball AM

Kylie Ball (BA(Psych)(Hons), PhD, FAHMS, AM) is a Professor and world-leading researcher with 20 years’ research and research leadership experience.  

Kylie has been consistently ranked in the top 1% of her field internationally (Thomson Reuters/Clarivate Highly Cited). She has attracted more than $25 million in competitive research funding, including four consecutive NHMRC Fellowships, and published more than 300 research publications. In 2021 she was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of her significant service.

Kylie's former and current research leadership roles include:

  • Head of Early- and Mid-Career Researcher Development in her Institute

  • Associate Head of School (Research)

  • Founder and leader of the Mums in Academia network

  • A decade serving on the Executive Committee of her Institute

  • Associate Editor/Editorial board member of two leading international journals

  • Past-President & Fellow of the leading international society in her discipline


She is an award-winning mentor (CAPHIA President's Award, 2018) and an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

In 2017 Kylie established the Happy Academic blog as a virtual mentoring channel for early- and mid-career researchers, that has reached more than 100 countries worldwide and been awarded one of the top 10 academic blogs in the world. It was so well-received (and she enjoyed creating it so much) that she has now adapted her career path to invest more in researcher development through this Academy. 

Kylie works with several other leading academic, research and coaching experts who also bring significant expertise to the Academy. 

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