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Coming up: Developing new skills as an ECR

The next live #ECRchat is Thursday 21 May at 20:00-21:00 in the UK (BST), 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 Beth Hellen, a postdoc at the University of Sheffield. You can find out more about her from her account.

Learning is something integral to our lives as Early Career Researchers, but once your formal education is over, how easy is it to identify and learn new skills?

This #ECRchat will explore the types of skills we think it is important for ECRs to learn, how easy it is to access ways to improve these skills (information, courses, mentors etc.) and whether we can do anything as a community to help each other learn new skills.

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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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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.

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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: 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.