Early Career Researcher Network


The Challenger Society’s Early Career Researcher Network is open to anyone who self identifies as an early career researcher in the marine sciences. We welcome undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs and faculty members, as well as project managers and other commercial sector associates within the marine sciences.

The aims of the network are:

1.  to link with fellow Early Career Researchers and share expertise, news and opportunities

2.  to link with other networks in the UK and internationally

3.  to benefit from the Challenger Society framework and events to foster collaboration among groups and with senior researchers

4.  to foster and support diversity at all levels of marine science

The Challenger Society for Marine Sciences recognises that Early Career Researchers (ECRs) have a critical role in the advancement of ocean sciences and sponsors events and activities to support them. If you are interested in joining the network or for more information, do not hesitate to get in touch with the ECR Network Coordinator, Siddhi Joshi; Siddhi Joshi

Please see details of the Chris Daniels Early Career Grant for ECRs here.

Join our network today to stay tuned on the latest news and opportunities for ECRs, shaping the future of marine sciences in the UK.

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January 2022 Update

The Challenger society recognises that its Early Career members have a critical role in the advancement of ocean science and we are pleased to introduce in 2022 the Challenger Society Early Career Researcher Seminar Series. These are a series of practical marine science specific seminars to:

-          Provide useful training in niche areas for marine science Early Career Researchers (ECRs) delivered by high level marine science specific guest speakers.

-          Encourage collaboration and networking with ECRs to support each other through challenges of early careers.

Planned topics include seminars on Challenges of Doing Science at Sea, Data science using Python, Virtual Meet & Greets with the Challenger Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and many more!

The Challenger Society is re-launching the ECR network in 2022 with a mailing list, ECR seminar series and virtual meet and greets. If you are interested in signing up to the mailing list and providing input on future seminar topics please fill out this short survey (2 minutes): https://forms.office.com/r/LeWS4i9UwL

The Challenger Society offers funding opportunities for Early Career Researchers such as the Stepping Stones Bursary and The Chris Daniels Early Career Grant. To improve the Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility of the funding awards of the Challenger Society, we are looking for ECR members to join the nominations committee. The nominations committee will also be for Council positions/portfolios, as well as fellowships and awards. If you are a member of the Challenger Society and are interested in the possibility of joining a nominations committee for funding/grants awarded by the Challenger Society, please email us at siddhi@hotmail.co.uk.

 Please feel free to distribute the survey to ECRs and your wider networks.

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