September 12th chat is hosted by @ellen_boeren Chancellor’s Fellow (tenure track position) at the University of Edinburgh, UK. At Edinburgh, Ellen works in the School of Education and researches participation issues in adult, higher and lifelong education. Her teaching duties include Research Methods for MSc students. She is also the coordinator of her School’s Early Career Research Network. Previously, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Leeds and she completed her PhD at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, in May 2011. Her PhD research was linked to a large European Sixth Framework Grant carried out by a consortium of research teams in 13 different European countries, ranging from Ireland to Russia.
The upcoming chat is about ‘establishing and maintaining international networks’. In a globalised world, research is no longer limited to geographical boarders and researchers are expected to generate worldwide impact and ECR’s are often expected to become world leading academics in their chosen field. One way of generating global impact is the fact of knowing people in various parts of the world.
This chat will explore questions such as: Do ECR’s already have international networks in place? How were these networks set up? What advantages have these networks offered you? Is having an international network considered important by everyone? Do ECR’s receive enough support to present their work at international conferences and how do they attract funding for international travel? Are visiting scholarships in other countries a must on your CV nowadays? Does the worldwide web make it easier to establish and maintain international networks?
This chat will hopefully attract ECR’s from a wide range of countries and will give ECR’s the opportunity to learn from each other experiences. Additionally, it might result in some tips in how to set up networks in an innovative and creative way, e.g. through the use of social media.
Looking forward to chatting with you soon.