This week’s chat was hosted by Katie Wheat, a postdoc in Cognitive Neuroscience at Maastricht University.
First, a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in the #ECRchat discussions over the past couple of weeks. When it started to seem like there was a need for this chat (beginning with the first few tweets between me, Hazel, and @biggerbrains) I had no idea just how many people would come along and bring such amazing and important suggestions (I counted around 100 tweeps using #ECRchat from the start of chat today).
Second, thank you to everyone who came along, joined in, and spread the word. I really hope you will all be back over the coming weeks to tackle the many issues raised during the chat. If you missed it (or it just went too fast), you can view it again via this Storify. I have also archived the entire chat, in case you prefer to read the unedited version, here (#ECRchat Archive 19/07/2012).
So many interesting topics came up, and many immediately sparked discussions. There were many common themes and issues that seem to be generally important to ECRs at all stages and from all disciplines. Hazel compiled a list during the chat
- What is an early career researcher?
- What is a postdoc and how many (if any) should you do?
- Track record relative to opportunity (issues surrounding maternity leave, RA jobs, etc.)
- Work-life balance (or lack of)
- Finding and managing collaborations
- Taking a PhD outside of academia
- Mentoring – in and outside your institution
- Academia and social media
- Issues surrounding relocation
- Developing an independent research profile (including if you work on someone elses project)
- Changing track – coming back from career breaks or changing directions
- Funding requirements and grant applications
- Publishing issues
- How to measure success
Hazel will be back with more information about how you can get involved in selecting the topic each week. If you don’t see your suggestion here, you can tweet us (Katie or Hazel) or add it in the comments below.
Over the coming weeks we will be looking for regular and guest hosts. Do let us know if you would be interested in hosting. We will post more information about this on the blog soon. Lots more resources and information to be collected here in the future, such as this list of ECRchat tweeps by Marguerite Galea, and this one by @DrSustainable.
Please share your thoughts in the comments below or via #ECRchat.
Really looking forward to chatting with you all again,
#ECRchat will be back at the same time next week with your host Hazel Ferguson. That’s 11:00-12:00 in the UK (BST), 12:00-13:00 in Europe (CEST), and 20:00-21:00 in Australia (EST), on Thursday 26th July.