PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN)

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Summary

The PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN), which launched in February 2018, 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:
- 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 (University of Exeter, UK)
Xavier Benito (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA)
Alicja Bonk (University of Gdańsk, Poland)
Madelyn Mette (Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Norway)
Nick Schafstall (Czech University of Life Sciences, Czech Republic)
Tamara Trofimova (Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Norway)

Where it all began

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

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), which launched in February 2018, is designed to address this issue and to facilitate the exchange of ideas and skill sets in order to give ECRs the tools to excel as researchers. Additionally, this network aids in the dissemination of information, establishes vital scientific networks, and fosters the development of research ideas that can lead to future research collaborations and improved job prospects.

2020 timeline updatedNewsletters

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Upcoming events

Workshops

The second joint PAGES-INQUA ECR workshop, titled "Past Socio-Environmental Systems (PASES)", will be held in La Serena, Chile, in November 2021. It was originally planned for November 2020. All details.

Because this in-person workshop has been postponed one year, a virtual workshop will be held in November 2020. All details.

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Webinars

1. How to start a PAGES working group: Michael Evans, PAGES SSC Co-chair and EXCOM member, will explain how to start a new working group within PAGES. The webinar will likely be planned for the second half of September 2020. More information to come.

2. East Africa webinar series: Plans are under development by regional representatives within the East African region to organize a webinar series by African researchers about the current paleo research landscape in Africa. The series is planned to start in late 2020. More information to come.

Past events

Webinars

1. From Idea to Paper in the Paleogeosciences - Using RMarkdown to make your work easier and better looking: Simon Goring hosted this webinar held on 23 January 2019. Access it on the ECN YouTube Channel here.

2. Publishing a scientific paper: Thierry Corrège spoke about the publishing process in a webinar held on 26 September 2019. Professor Corrège currently serves as Editor or the journal Palaeoceanography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. Access it on the ECN YouTube Channel here.

3. How to successfully apply for academic jobs in science: Professor Timothy Bralower from Penn State University, USA, shared tips and answered questions in a webinar held on 12 May 2020. Access it on the ECN YouTube Channel here.

4. "rPlum: fechado con plomo para el usuario común" (rPlum: lead dating for the common user): Dr Marco Aquino presented (in Spanish) his new R package for age-depth modeling using 210Pb, followed by a Q&A session on 3 June 2020. Access it on the ECN YouTube Channel here.

5. "Arqueología y Paleontología en la ex-laguna de Tagua Tagua (Chile): ¿qué sabemos y qué nos gustaría saber?" (Archeology and Paleontology in Tagua Tagua ex-lagoon (Chile): What do we know and what would like to know): Dr Rafael Labarca (Researcher at the Universidad Austral de Chile) explained the different investigations carried out at the Tagua Tagua site, and the challenges of establishing a multidisciplinary early-career research group in this webinar held on 5 August 2020. Access it on the ECN YouTube channel here.

Workshops

1. The first joint PAGES-INQUA ECR Workshop, titled "Impacts of sea-level rise from past to present (iSLR)" was held in Utrecht, The Netherlands, in August 2018. Find out more here.

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

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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