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 (Exeter University, UK)
Xavier Benito (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA)
Alicja Bonk (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)
Vachel Carter (Charles University, Czech Republic)
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
  2019
  2020
  2021

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.

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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.

Newsletters

> February 2019 (pdf, 301KB)
> January 2019 (pdf, 410KB)
> December 2018 (pdf, 275KB)
> November 2018 (pdf, 280KB)
> October 2018 (pdf, 789KB)
> September 2018 (pdf, 270KB)
> August 2018
(pdf, 259KB)
> July 2018 (pdf, 196KB)
> June 2018 (pdf, 988KB)
> May 2018 (pdf, 120KB)


Call for Reviewers of the IPCC Working Group 1 report First Order Draft AR6

The PAGES ECN is co-organizing the early-career effort to produce a group review of the upcoming IPCC AR6 report and would like to invite you to participate in the review process.

The first order draft (FOD) of the Working Group I (WGI) 6th Assessment Report (AR6) by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) is due to be published around 2021. APECS, PYRN and YESS, WCPA, and PAGES ECN are coordinating the next review by early-career experts that will take place between April and June 2019.

Since April 2018, the APECS-IPCC (Association of Polar Early Career Scientists) working group has taken part in two rounds of review of the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). More than one hundred international early-career reviewers have participated - by participating, reviewers not only get recognized as early-career experts, but also gain valuable training and insight in the scientific review process for reports written for policy makers.

APECS aims to produce a group review in collaboration with other early-career associations such a Permafrost Young Research Network (PYRN), Young Earth System Scientists (YESS) community, Young Professionals Network of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), and Past Global Changes (PAGES) Early Career Network (ECN) for AR6.

We are now looking for reviewers for the first round of review of the IPCC AR6 WGI report. We encourage researchers from various career stages to participate, including advanced Master students, PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and early career faculty members. If you do not fit in these categories and are interested in applying, please email us with a short explanation so we can determine eligibility. If you want to participate, please fill out this online form, by no later than March 1, 2019 (23:59 GMT).

We will assess all the applications and select participants based on Motivation and Research experience. Moreover, we will try to balance the selection of applicants further based on gender, career stage and geographical location. Accepted participants will be assigned to a chapter and contacted by the end of March 2019.

This round of reviews will take place from 1 May to 15 June 2019. Please ensure that you have the necessary amount of time available during this period. Previous reviewers spent in average 40 hours on the process including training and reviewing period. You need to be familiar with the recent literature in your field and will be asked to review a minimum of 10 to 20 pages of the report. (If you want to review the entire report, IPCC offer opportunities on their side). These are not anonymous reviews - you will be individually credited for your contribution, and your comments will be public record. Further information about the review process will be shared with selected participants.

For details on the general review process for the report, please visit: https://www.ipcc.ch/report/sixth-assessment-report-working-group-i/ .If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact the project group leader: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Upcoming events

The ECN's first workshop, titled "Funding starts here - Grant writing for early-career researchers" will be held from 26-29 May 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic. Applications due 14 February. All info here.

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

Recent events

Webinar

The webinar 'From Idea to Paper in the Paleogeosciences - Using RMarkdown to make your work easier and better looking' was held on 23 January 2019 and hosted by Simon Goring.

This webinar introduced participants to RMarkdown documents, and the way they can be used for documenting ideas, performing interactive exploratory analysis, and how they can be carried all the way through to publication, with examples.

Watch the webinar on the ECN YouTube channel here.

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

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.

Other ECR networks

You may also be interested in learning about other early-career researcher networks. PAGES ECN has connections with:

> Future Earth ECR
> YESS
> INQUA ECR
> IPA ECR
> ICYS
> YOUNG ISDR