PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN)

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Summary

The PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN) aims to facilitate the exchange of ideas and skill sets in order to give early-career researchers the tools to excel in their research fields. The PAGES ECN will aid in the dissemination of information, establish vital scientific networks, and foster the development of ideas that can lead to future research collaborations and improved job prospects.

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How we define ECRs

Early-career researchers (ECRs) are defined as:
- Age: Usually under 35 years
- Career status: a. PhD Students, usually in the latter stages of their degree. b. Post-PhD, usually within five years of completing their degree.
- However our guidelines are flexible and the network is open to anyone who believes they could benefit from participation in this network.

Goals

- Build a network of early-career researchers by creating a platform to meet and share experiences and to create ideas for new research and international collaborations in Earth science research.
- Foster career development of early-career researchers via sets of webinars and training events.
- Promote education and outreach to disseminate scientific ideas to a wider community, and improve the visibility of early-career researchers in the scientific community.

Leaders

Stella Alexandroff (Bangor University, UK)
Xavier Benito (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA)
Alicja Bonk (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)
Vachel Carter (Charles University, Czech Republic)
Manuel Chevalier (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
Andrea Kay (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
Alexander Koch (University College London, UK)
Madelyn Mette (Uni Research, Norway)
Caroline Quanbeck (University of Florida, USA)
Nick Schafstall (Czech University of Life Sciences, Czech Republic)
Tamara Trofimova (Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Norway)

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Participants of the 3rd PAGES Young Scientists Meeting (YSM) 2017, where plans for the ECN were initiated.

Timeline

Launch
 
 
Phase 1 Synthesis
 
 
 
 
Feb 2018
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Tomorrow’s science will be determined by today’s early-career researchers (ECRs). Each new generation of scientists comes with fresh and novel ideas that contribute to existing knowledge and challenge established paradigms.

However, only a small proportion of today’s ECRs will succeed in a career in science. When ECRs are lost through the academic bottleneck, the scientific community loses potential resources that could lead to innovative research, concepts, and collaborations.

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In an increasingly competitive job market, the years during and shortly after the PhD have become critically important to identify and develop viable career paths to becoming independent, successful researchers. Unfortunately, many ECRs are not always adequately prepared for the competitive nature of today’s academic market.

PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN) is designed to address this issue. This group aims to facilitate the exchange of ideas and skill sets in order to give ECRs the tools to excel as researchers. Additionally, this network will aid in the dissemination of information, establish vital scientific networks, and foster the development of research ideas that can lead to future research collaborations and improved job prospects.


Upcoming events

1. Splinter meeting at IPA-IAL 2018 Joint Meeting
A meeting will be held on Sunday 17 June from 17.00 before the IPA-IAL 2018 Joint Meeting, titled "Unravelling the Past and Future of Lakes", which will be held in Stockholm, Sweden, from 18-21 June 2018.

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2. Splinter meeting at 2nd AFQUA International Conference
Informal discussions will be held during this PAGES-supported conference (and associated workshops) in Nairobi, Kenya, from 14-22 July 2018.

All details of future and past meetings and activities, including how to watch ECN webinars, can be found in Meetings/Activities.

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PAGES ECN timeline: Selected events, organized by PAGES ECN, including splinter meetings, webinars and workshops.


Newsletters

> May 2018 (pdf, 120KB)
> June 2018 (pdf, 988.6kb)


Learn more and participate

Stay updated with all ECN events. Subscribe to the ECN mailing list here. Also, please update your PAGES People Database profile by logging into your account and ticking the new ECN box located under the name and username section. If you are not a member of PAGES People Database, you can join easily here.


Contact us

You can email us directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

For those with a ResearchGate account, follow the ECN project folder to stay connected to ECN news.

Webinars will be uploaded to the ECN YouTube Channel.

Read and contribute to The Early Pages blog. If you have a story idea, please email The Early Pages coordinators: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or join the ECN Google forum to exchange ideas and directly discuss personal questions about strategies in grant application, social outreach, careers outside academia and life as an ECR, for example.