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Coming Up: #ECRchat on Leadership and the ECR, 13 Nov 2014

The next live #ECRchat is Thursday 13 November at 20:00-21:00 in the UK (GMT), 21:00-22:00 in Europe (CET), 15:00-16:00 in New York (EST), 12:00-13:00 in Vancouver (PST). This chat will be hosted by Jess Goodman, a Junior Research Fellow in French at Clare College, Cambridge. She can be found on Twitter @GoodmanJess, and you can learn more about her research here.

Leadership and the ECR

As a doctoral student, I undertook what I considered to be ‘leadership’ activities: organizing postgrad seminars and conferences, sitting on committees, and so on. Eighteen months out of my PhD, and now a ‘grown up’ researcher at Cambridge, I’m starting to take on similar tasks, but the stakes seem altogether higher: those with whom I’m interacting are senior academics, there’s not always a supervisor to turn to when I’m making a decision, and as leadership becomes yet another ‘desirable competency’, it seems we’re only expected to display more and more of it in order to secure that elusive permanent post.

I’m interested in thinking with fellow ECRs about what it means to be a leader in academia, how research leadership might differ from management or administrative leadership, how the ECR can negotiate the transition to a position of leadership, the pitfalls of working within multiple hierarchies, the extent to which these questions vary between disciplines, and the sort of guidance or training that is available on this issue.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences on this and more – see you then!

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Coming up: Towards Research Independence by @RiAus on #ECRchat, 30 Oct 2014

ECR Network Live-Streamed Event: Towards Research Independence

Thursday 30 Oct, 6:00pm ACDT, Adelaide (convert your timezone)

Take the next step from being known as a great team member and start being known as an exciting new PI. How do you actually build your lab group and manage a larger research project? Find out when to know the right time to take that next step in your career and maintain that progress. Speakers Dr Paul Jackson (University of Adelaide) and Prof Pam Sykes (Flinders University) share their insights.

As with all 2014 ECR Network events, this event will also be livestreamed and will be discussed on twitter using #ECRChat.

ECR Network events are held at the Science Exchange, 55 Exchange Place, Adelaide, and are supported by University of South Australia, University of Adelaide and Flinders University.

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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

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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!



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Coming up: #ECRchat on open-access publishing, 7 Aug 2014

The next live #ECRchat is Thursday 7 August 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 co-hosted by Sarah Seaton (@saraheseaton), Medical Statistician at the University of Leicester and Annelies Vredeveldt (@anneliesvrede), Research Fellow at VU University Amsterdam.

In recent years a lot of attention has been paid to open-access (OA) publishing, but it is still not clear to every ECR what OA entails exactly, which journals are reputable, and how to get funding for covering the costs of OA publishing. This #ECRchat is a chance to explore any issues relating to OA. We will discuss its advantages and disadvantages, and people will be encouraged to share their own experiences with OA publishing. We will also give some advice (and ask for tips from other ECR chatters) on where to find funding for OA publishing.

See you then!