PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN)

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Summary

The PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN) aims to facilitate the exchange of ideas and skill sets in order to give early-career researchers the tools to excel in their research fields. The ECN helps with the dissemination of information, establishes vital scientific networks, and fosters the development of ideas that can lead to future research collaborations and improved job prospects.

Read more about the ECN and its goals in the following languages (pdfs):
> English
> French
> Spanish
> Mandarin

Join!

Join the ECN (and PAGES) People Database here.

Sign up to the ECN mailing list.

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How we define ECRs

- Career status: a. PhD Students, usually in the latter stages of their degree. b. Post-PhD, usually within five years of completing their degree.
- However, our guidelines are flexible, and the network is open to anyone who believes they could benefit from participation in this network.

Goals

- Build a network of early-career researchers by creating a platform to meet and share experiences and to create ideas for new research and international collaborations in Earth science research.
- Foster career development of early-career researchers via sets of webinars and training events.
- Promote education and outreach to disseminate scientific ideas to a wider community, and improve the visibility of early-career researchers in the scientific community.

Leaders

Stella Alexandroff (University of Exeter, UK)
Olga Gildeeva (Friedrich-Schiller University, Germany)
Madelyn Mette (US Geological Survey, USA)
Christine Omuombo (University of Nairobi, Kenya)
Jessie Pearl (US Geological Survey, USA)
Nick Schafstall (Czech University of Life Sciences, Czech Republic)
Lena Thöle (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
Tamara Trofimova (Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Norway)

Advances in the paleosciences address important scientific questions of today and tomorrow. These frontiers will be led by today's early-career researchers (ECRs). Each new generation of scientists comes with novel ideas that build on existing knowledge and challenge established paradigms. In an increasingly competitive job market, the training years during and shortly after obtaining a PhD are critically important to identify and develop viable career paths and become successful, independent researchers. Unfortunately, ECRs are not always adequately prepared for the competitive nature of today’s academic market, and often have limited resources and power to pursue independent research.

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PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN) was organized as a result of PAGES' 3rd Young Scientists Meeting (YSM) and launched in February 2018 to address these issues by facilitating the exchange of ideas and skill sets to give ECRs the tools to excel as researchers. The network aids in the dissemination of information, establishes vital collaborative scientific networks, and fosters the development of research ideas that can lead to collaborations and improved job prospects.

Newsletters

Access all the monthly ECN newsletters, filled with relevant paleo news and opportunities, here.

Upcoming events

Workshops

The second joint PAGES-INQUA ECR workshop, titled "Past Socio-Environmental Systems (PASES2021)", will be held in La Serena, Chile, in November 2021. It was originally planned for November 2020. All details.

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Webinars

1. Show-and-Tell webinar series: The North America Regional Representatives are conducting a new series designed to showcase a paleoscientist in their work environment. Contact Jessie Pearl if you would like to participate or nominate a peer to present.

See the ECN's list of meetings and activities for all past and upcoming events.

How to get involved

To become a member of the PAGES Early-Career Network, you should complete two steps:

1. Subscribe to the ECN mailing list here.

2. Mark the box for "Early-Career Network" when you create or update your PAGES People Database profile (the box is located under the name and username section).

Please refer to the Activity Clusters page for information on getting involved in particular activities.

Contact us

You can email us directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

For those with a ResearchGate account, follow the ECN project folder to stay connected to ECN news.

Webinars will be uploaded to the ECN YouTube Channel.

Read and contribute to The Early Pages blog. If you have a story idea, please email The Early Pages coordinators: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Other ECR networks

You may also be interested in learning about other early-career researcher networks. PAGES ECN has connections with:

> Future Earth ECR
> YESS
> INQUA ECR
> IPA ECR
> ICYS
> YOUNG ISDR