The chat on 12 December is hosted by @acmedsci and @naje99. Holly Rogers and Nigel Eady both work for the Academy of Medical Sciences, the independent body in the UK representing the diversity of medical science. Nigel manages a range of schemes which aim to support and encourage medical researchers as they develop their careers. Holly works in communications across all the Academy’s activities, whether promoting policy reports, running public engagement events or tweeting about anything Academy-related!
The Academy is interested in issues of reward and recognition for early career researchers. We are particularly concerned about this in the area of ‘team science’, by which we mean team-based collaborative or interdisciplinary research, which is increasingly common in the fields of biomedical and clinical science. So, to what degree do postdoctoral researchers receive reward and recognition for their contributions to ‘team science’ projects? How could these contributions be better recognised?
We want to know what you think, whatever your research area of interest and whether you are an early career researcher yourself or work with ECRs:
Are there barriers which discourage ECRs from participating in team-based interdisciplinary research?
Do implicit or explicit conventions in authorship of papers have an impact?
How might grant applications better reflect the contributions to research of postdoctoral researchers?
Do universities have adequate policies to appropriately account for contributions made as part of a team when it comes to career progression?
Do some research areas/disciplines have better systems of reward and recognition than others?
Maybe you have experienced a problem yourself. Maybe you could highlight an effective mechanism to ensure ECRs are better recognised for their input! Join the chat and let us know.
The Academy is putting together a working group of senior academics, ECRs and other stakeholders to investigate this issue. Your views and comments comprise part of the scoping process for this study and will inform the development and direction of the project. The likely output of the study is a report with recommendations which will be delivered to key stakeholders in the research community.
The Academy comprises over 1000 elected Fellows, representing the breadth of medical science, from fundamental biological sciences and clinical academic medicine through to public and population health, medical and nursing care and other professions allied to medical science. Our Fellows’ knowledge, influence and networks are the Academy’s most powerful assets, enabling us to work towards our vision to improve health through research.
For this event we’re teaming up with ECR Network by RiAus, an Adelaide-based series of ECR-specific events, covering professional development and career topics specifically for early career researchers, to discuss one of the most often requested topics for ECR Network – how to manage a work-life balance in research.
In a unique event for ECR Network and #ECRchat, we’ll be livestreaming a live discussion from Adelaide and discussing it on twitter with @ECRChat and @Ri_Aus. The speakers at the live event will also be able to interact with the twitter discussion and field questions from those online.
The full recap blog is available as part of this storify by Dr Joanne Kamens, Executive Director of Addgene, a nonprofit dedicated to helping scientists around the world share plasmids. Before joining Addgene she worked for 15 years at BASF/Abbott and 4 years in biotech at RXi Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Kamens has been raising advocating for diversity in science since 1998 upon realizing that an entire week had gone by at work and not one other woman had been at any meeting she attended. She founded the current Boston chapter of the Association for Women in Science and served as Director of the Healthcare Business Women’s Boston Group Mentoring Program for 3 years. In 2010, Dr. Kamens received the Catalyst Award from the Science Club for Girls for longstanding dedication to empowering women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In 2013 she became a Fellow of the Massachusetts Academy of Science and was recognized as a PharmaVoice 100 Most Influential. She speaks widely on career development topics in person and via Webinar to STEM trainees.
The next #ECRchat is on Thursday 21st November at 20:00-21:00 in the UK (GMT), which is 21:00-22:00 in Europe (CET), 15:00-16:00 in New York (EST), 12:00-13:00 in Vancouver (PST), and 09:00-10:00 in Auckland (NZDT). This chat will be hosted by Joanne Kamens of Addgene (full bio below).
Please vote for your preferred chat topic (topic descriptions below):
1) International collaboration and resource sharing
The internet is making the world smaller, but sharing information and materials across borders can still be challenging. International collaboration is on the rise. What are the characteristics of good collaborations and what tools can you use to make these projects successful.
2) How to find and utilize a mentor
We all hear the buzzword of “mentoring” in relation to career success but most of us don’t know how to look for a strong mentor or how to use once effectively once we have found one. Let’s talk about tips for finding a mentor and getting the most out of these relationships
3) Networking is really building relationships–how to
Strong and diverse professional relationships are necessary for most people to succeed in their careers. Networking is more than meeting people, it is developing relationships for the future. What practical tips have worked for you in starting and maintaining relationships to enrich your work life and to provide opportunity?
4) Building skills during training for a future in a non-academic career
One of the questions I am most asked is how can one apply for jobs that require industry experience before getting some industry experience. There is a lot you can do while in graduate school or as a postdoc to prepare for non-academic careers. What specific things have you been doing and what skills should you be demonstrating?
Dr. Joanne Kamens is the Executive Director of Addgene, a nonprofit dedicated to helping scientists around the world share plasmids. Before joining Addgene she worked for 15 years at BASF/Abbott and 4 years in biotech at RXi Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Kamens has been raising advocating for diversity in science since 1998 upon realizing that an entire week had gone by at work and not one other woman had been at any meeting she attended. She founded the current Boston chapter of the Association for Women in Science and served as Director of the Healthcare Business Women’s Boston Group Mentoring Program for 3 years. In 2010, Dr. Kamens received the Catalyst Award from the Science Club for Girls for longstanding dedication to empowering women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In 2013 she became a Fellow of the Massachusetts Academy of Science and was recognized as a PharmaVoice 100 Most Influential. She speaks widely on career development topics in person and via Webinar to STEM trainees.
Today’s chat was hosted by Claire Evans (@bookworm_29), who is an early career researcher who completed her PhD at Cardiff University in March 2013. The chat was about ‘The academic job search’ and aimed to demystify the process of applying for academic jobs and potentially generated ideas for #ECRchats in the future.
Q1: What do we mean by an ‘academic job’? What types of jobs do finishing PhDers & ECRs look for?
The main two types of jobs discussed were lectureships and post-doc positions, with one participant commenting that the lectureship is the dream job, but any research position will do!
There was some debate as to what type of job was more dominant following the completion of a PhD, with the suggestion that it might (as often is the case) depend on the discipline.
Mention of jobs outside of academia (i.e. independent researcher opportunities and jobs in industry) is a reminder that post-PhD, people need not limit themselves to academia
Q2: How do you find academic jobs? Does anyone have any recommendations for good sources?
Several options were suggested by chatters including:
US/Canada West chat time 12:00-13:00 (PST - Vancouver)
US/Canada East chat time 15:00-16:00 (EST - New York)
UK chat time 20:00-21:00 (GMT)
Europe chat time 21:00-22:00 (CET)
Australia chat time 07:00-08:00 Friday 13 December (AEDT - Sydney)
New Zealand chat time 09:00-10:00 Friday 13 December (NZDT - Auckland)
Hosted by: @acmedsci (Holly Rogers) and @naje99 (Nigel Eady).
Topic: SPECIAL “The Experts Ask Us” – Issues of reward and recognition for early career researchers, with the Academy of Medical Sciences