December 2015 – Reports – The Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN)

Published in ESRS Newsletter December 2015

ESRS Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN)

Current Members (2014 – 2016):

Erna Sif Arnardottir (Coordinator), Ashleigh Filtness (Acting Coordinator), Harald Hrubos-Strøm (Vice-Coordinator), Cátia Reis, Bogdan Voinescu

During the successful World Sleep meeting in Istanbul, the ECRN were proud to host the Early Career Scientist Symposium. The symposium comprised four speakers who were Ph.D students or within 10 years of Ph.D completion. Jelena Mrdalji, Rosa Maria Bruno, Jeffrey Hubbard and Jason Amatoury all gave insightful presentations. The ECRN executive committee would like to congratulate the speakers on their excellent talks and recognise the strong caliber of the ECR abstract submissions from which the symposium speakers were selected. Thank you to everyone who came to support the symposium. The ECRN has an active Facebook group. Everyone is welcome to join and participate in online discussions. Search for ESRS Early Career Researcher Network on Facebook and request to join the group. This online group shares information and advice relevant to ECRN members. The focus is on sharing information about professional development, e.g. presentation skills, writing advice, job advertisements, and upcoming conferences/seminars/workshops/training. The ECRN executive committee continues to meet monthly by teleconference. The bylaws for the ECRN are now in place. The committee is working toward setting up an Early Career Day at the next ESRS conference in Bologna, 2016 and investigating the potential for more frequent online ECRN activities throughout the year. Since the last update in March 2015, we would like to congratulate Erna Sif Arnardottir, who is currently on maternity leave from her role as ECRN Coordinator following the birth of her little boy. Dr Ashleigh Filtness, Acting CoordinatorOn behalf of the executive committee, Early Career Research Network