The main aim of PAGES ECN is to facilitate networking and career development for early-career researchers (ECRs) in the paleosciences while supporting the goals of the PAGES community.
Our products and channels provide direct opportunities for ECRs to enter, engage with, become familiar with, and contribute to PAGES activities, products, and working groups. Through these efforts, we cultivate the next generation of leaders and development of future science initiatives.
Dedicated events, such as webinars and workshops, foster professional development. Our webinars cover a range of subjects from peer review to funding to programming, following requests and feedback from ECN members.
Our Activity Clusters bring together members from across the network and paleoscience community. In the clusters, teams of ECRs collaborate to create products (e.g. blog, workshops, webinars, etc) that target an audience of ECR peers and of the larger scientific and public communities. Through these activities, members build working relationships with colleagues they would otherwise not encounter in their other professional networks (i.e. university, research group, country).
To further encourage collaboration and exchange, we organize online writing retreats (Write Club) and splinter meetings at international conferences to bring ECRs together in-person. PAGES ECN collaborates with other early-career networks through joint organization of special activities (e.g. IPCC Assessment Report draft review with YESS) and workshops (e.g. PAGES-INQUA Past Past Socio-Environmental Systems).
PAGES ECN provides several platforms for ECRs to share scientific ideas with the wider scientific community. The work of our members has been highlighted, for example, through the peer review blog posts (The Early Pages), PAGES Magazine articles, scientific products sponsored by the ECN, webinars, and more. We maintain social media presence primarily through Facebook and Twitter pages. The ECN Regional Representatives promote the network within their local research communities and bring attention to regional events to the wider network.
Early-career researcher engagement
The ECN is structured to invite engagement from our members through regular calls for participation in ongoing and special activities, primarily through our mailing list. Our social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, ResearchGate, YouTube) and blog engage with peers inside and outside the scientific community. Early-career liaisons within every PAGES working group further facilitate engagement of ECRs within PAGES by advocating for active ECR involvement and leadership within working groups.