Posted in Coming up, Support and healthy working

Coming up: #ECRchat on ‘Managing end-of-year pressures’, 19 December 2013 with @Comprof1

Although technically an ECR, Virginia Yonkers (@Comprof1) has been an adjunct in Communication, Business, and Education departments, and worked on research projects (including project manager/project director) for over 20 years.  She currently is an adjunct at the University at Albany in the communication department, looking for a full-time permanent job and researching mobile technology.

This final #ECRchat of the year will be on Managing end-of-year pressures.

The end of the year brings many time demands on the ECR.  Research projects often require at least annual updates, if not quarterly reports to funders and schools.  If you are a teaching researcher, you have the added pressures of grading, and if you are a working researcher, you have the end of year push before you and colleagues break for vacation. December and January is also the time when research projects need to meet RFP deadlines (as funding agencies need to hand out any left over money they may have) and ERC’s may need to start applying for jobs as their projects come to an end.  Add to this the family and community pressures of the holiday season, and you have one stressful time of year!

In this session we will discuss:

1) Strategies for identifying and managing time demands
2) Ways to balance personal and professional life
3) Prioritizing and designing work to minimize future stress

We look forward to chatting with you!

Posted in Professional development and Identity, Recap, Support and healthy working

Recap: Work-Life Balance – a joint ECR Network and #ECRchat event, 5 December 2013

For this event we teamed up with ECR Network by RiAus (@Ri_Aus) 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.

We heard from two high profile researchers who have navigated the work-life balance, Tanya Monro and Corey Bradshaw.

You can watch their discussion here:

And view the storified tweets here.

Posted in Coming up

Coming up: SPECIAL #ECRchat “The Experts Ask Us” – Issues of reward and recognition for early career researchers, with the Academy of Medical Sciences, 12 December 2013

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.

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Coming up: Work-Life Balance – a joint ECR Network and #ECRchat event, 5 December 2013

Please note the earlier time for this chat: 6:00pm AEDT (Sydney) 7:00am GMT 

If you’re in Adelaide you can also join us at The Science Exchange Auditorium,  Exchange Place, Adelaide, for the live event (registration required).

Livestreaming at http://riaus.org.au/livestreaming

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.

We’ll hear from two high profile researchers who have navigated the work-life balance, Tanya Monro and Corey Bradshaw.

Our 5 main questions will be:

  1. Am I working hard enough, is a 38 hour week reasonable?
  2. Can/Should I start a family during a research career, and what are the maternity leave arrangements for ECR’s?
  3. What are my rights when negotiating contracts?
  4. How do I identify the right work-life balance?
  5. How do I restore balance to my life/career?

For more details go to http://riaus.org.au/events/ecr2013-work-life/.

Posted in Recap, Support and healthy working

Recap: #ECRchat on how to find and utilize a mentor, 21 November 2013

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.