Clusters

The overarching goal of PAGES ECN Clusters is to identify emerging topics or needs from the ECN community and maintain a broad vision for ensuring a variety of training and scientific opportunities, networking events, and communication channels.

Any ECR can take a leadership role in community projects and activities that they have particular interest in.

 

Current active clusters

 

Science

Cluster leaders: Stella Alexandroff, Alicja Bonk, Franziska Lechleitner, and Tamara Trofimova

This is a multidisciplinary network for scientific collaboration. Scientific networks and collaborative projects can address research questions that are beyond the scope of single research groups or disciplines and therefore provide added value to society. It is particularly important for ECRs to collaborate with other researchers outside their departments and start new projects. However, for young researchers still establishing themselves, it can be difficult to gain access to such networks and projects.

This cluster is intended to provide a platform for ECRs to meet and discuss potential synergies and collaborations, in particular with respect to writing collaborative papers, applying for joint project funding, or even to think about starting a new PAGES Working Group. Please note: this will be a platform for bottom-up and self-organized collaborations. Organizers aim to connect ECRs and offer support where they can, but will not provide any training, funding, language corrections, or project ideas as a group.

How to participate: At the moment, the cluster format is very open but will mainly act as a platform that connects ECRs who want to develop ideas and collaborate with each other. Virtual meetings will be organized, either in large groups or break-out groups, where participants can exchange their ideas and discuss details of potential collaboration.

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Webinar

Cluster leader: Nick Schafstall, Lena Thöle, April Dalton, Onema Adojoh, and Moustapha Moussa

The webinar cluster aims to organize online webinars targeted for ECRs. This includes gauging interest from the community, seeking out speakers, and moderating the event.

Each webinar requires a small group of two or three people, giving you the opportunity to be involved in a topic you are really interested in and putting you in contact with various people.

The aim is to hold a minimum of two to four webinars per year.

The webinars are recorded and stored on our Youtube Channel.

How to participate: Any ECR is welcome to join the webinar cluster, or to email us with ideas for new webinars.

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Write Club

Cluster leaders: Stella Alexandroff, Víctor Merino, and Sangeeta Naik

The Write Club was created with the goal to help each other find the time and motivation to write regularly.

Our facilitators use the Pomodoro technique during regular writing retreats for members in all time zones. By signing up to a retreat, you create a non-negotiable time slot in your calendar that you will dedicate to writing - without distractions, and in the company of supportive fellow ECRs.

We also offer multi-week writing challenges for some extra motivation (and friendly peer pressure!).

How to participate: You are very welcome to become a member by joining our mailing list – as a member, you will be able to sign up to upcoming retreats and challenges. You are also invited to become a facilitator yourself, i.e. host retreats at times that work for you, which others can join.

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Blog

Cluster leaders/editors: Stella Alexandroff, Alicja Bonk, Tamara Trofimova, Christine Omuombo, Matthew Drew, and Isobel Rowell

The Early Pages is a blog by and about early-career researchers in the paleosciences.

We share the latest research (Science Stories) and experiences (Views and Experiences) of early-career paleoscientists.

The aim of the blog is both to increase the visibility of ECRs' work and to communicate the importance of paleosciences to a broad audience.

The blog also hosts advice by advanced scientists and professionals. All posts are peer-reviewed.

How to participate: ECRs can get involved in this cluster by sharing their stories, reviewing upcoming posts, commenting on existing contributions, and proposing important topics for composite posts.

For more information, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or follow the group on Twitter: @TheEarlyPages

 

Workshop

The workshop cluster is currently seeking membership/leadership.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to join the cluster and/or suggest ideas for its development.