Recap: @RiAus ECR Network Events on #ECRchat

These events are brought to you by RiAus (@RiAus) an Adelaide-based series of ECR-specific events, covering professional development and career topics specifically for early career researchers.

The first set of videos are from the ECR Network’s Grant Writing Workshop and are well worth a watch for all budding granting writing stars!

ECR Network Grant Writing Workshop Part 1:

ECR Network Grant Writing Workshop Part 2:

ECR Network Grant Writing Workshop Part 3:

The final video comes from the ECR Network event on Understanding The Political Framework For Research

You can find out more about these and other ECR Network events on their webpage, including how to attend the events in person (if you are lucky enough to be within travelling distance of Adelaide).

The next ECR Network event will be held on 30th October on research independence. Tickets are still available, or catch the live stream on Twitter at #ECRchat

Coming up: Postdoctoral fellowships and funding

The next live #ECRchat is Thursday 16th October at 20:00-21:00 in the UK (BST), which is 21:00-22:00 in Europe (CEST) and 15:00-16:00 in New York (EDT). This chat will be hosted by Charlotte Mathieson (@cemathieson)

This week’s chat will be on the topic of postdoctoral fellowships and funding schemes. It’s approaching the time of year when many will be getting postdoc applications underway – often in the knowledge that such schemes are fiercely competitive. In this chat we can discuss the various schemes available, what happens in the application process and how to strengthen your application, dealing with the high rejection rate and building on feedback, and any other  issues you’d like to raise or questions you may have.

Host biography

Charlotte Mathieson (@cemathieson) is a Research Fellow at the University of Warwick’s Institute of Advanced Study. She researches and teaches Victorian literature and culture, having completed her PhD in Warwick’s Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies in 2011. In her position at the IAS she is responsible for projects supporting early career researchers in their career development, as well as public engagement activities. Charlotte blogs about her research on her website, and more about her work at the IAS can be found here.

Coming Up: Transferable Skills for ECRs

The next live #ECRchat is Thursday 2 October at 11:00-12:00 in the UK (BST), 12:00-13:00 in Europe (CEST), 20:00 in Sydney (AEST). This chat will be hosted by Kerstin Fritsches (@postdoctraining)

You hear it a lot: “researchers need to develop transferrable skills” – but what exactly are transferrable skills and which ones do you need for careers within academia and outside? How do you go about developing these skills and demonstrate to prospective employers that you have them?

Join us for the live #ECR chat on Thursday 2nd October to find out and share your thoughts on the subject.

Host Biography

This #ECRchat will be hosted by Kerstin Fritsches. After a 12-year research career in neuroscience, Kerstin now runs PostdocTraining, an independent organisation specialising in career development training and mentoring for early career researchers around the world. Kerstin blogs on her company’s website and can be also be found on Twitter @PostdocTraining and on LinkedIn.

Coming up: #ECRchat Anything Goes, 18 Sept 2014

The next live chat is Thursday 18th September 2014 at 20:00-21:00 in the UK (BST), which is 21:00-22:00 in Europe (CEST) and 15:00-16:00 in New York (EDT). This chat will be hosted by Katie Wheat (@KL_Wheat).

#ECRchat Anything Goes!

Today’s #ECRchat is a return of the ‘ask #ECRchat anything’ format.

Is there something that has been bugging you lately? Do you have a burning question that your ECR peers might be able to help with? Are there ECR issues that you feel we haven’t discussed recently?

Bring your questions, advice, or something you would like to get off your chest; anything goes!

See you then!



Coming Up: Knowledge Exchange and Collaborations

The next live #ECRchat is Thursday 4 September at 11:00-12:00 in the UK (BST), 12:00-13:00 in Europe (CEST), 20:00 in Sydney (AEST). This chat will be hosted by Debbie Maxwell (@deb_max)

Knowledge Exchange (KE) is a bi-directional process between academia and external groups, i.e. communities, businesses, or organisations, that enables the flow of information and knowledge between the two (or more) groups. The importance of KE, along with public engagement and the ability to demonstrate impact of publicly funded research, is of increasing importance, particularly within Arts and Humanities.

In this chat we will discuss what the value and potential is in engaging in research projects with non-academics, and whether ECRs should be leading the academic community on this work.

Host Biography

Debbie Maxwell (@deb_max) is one of those increasingly common breeds of interdisciplinary researchers; originally from a computer engineering background she has now found herself working in art schools on design projects. She is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, working on ‘Design in Action’, a large arts and humanities knowledge exchange project. She is interested in unpicking what knowledge exchange (KE) actually is and the skills required by academics, and ECRs in particular, to engage effectively with industry and the third sector. Outwith this, she is interested in the ways people interact with and reshape technology and the roles that storytelling can play across media and contexts, having worked closely with traditional storytellers.