Early Career Researcher Workshop

ECR Workshop


The 2018 Early Career Researcher Workshop will take place at Shanghai Jiao Tong University on the theme of ‘Sustainable Futures’ which focuses on environmental sustainability. 


This workshop aims to address the importance and necessity of innovative research and collaboration in paving a route towards a sustainable and resilient future for generations to come. Tackling climate change, the impact of industrial growth and disparate poverty, are key actions featured in the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals which seeks to ‘promote prosperity while protecting the planet’. This workshop will showcase how U21’s network of Early Career Researchers are contributing to making our futures sustainable though sessions promoting knowledge exchange and skills-sharing, networking and cross-disciplinary partnerships. There will also be a workshop session concentrating on how U21 can help sustain the futures of its own network of ECRs.

This workshop will bring together ECRs from across the U21 network who are within the first eight years of their post-doctoral career. The workshop theme ‘Sustainable Futures’ aims to provide the opportunity for ECRs from across all disciplines to share knowledge, experiences and current projects which are at the cutting edge of research from around the world. Research areas may include (but are not limited to):

•    Smart Cities 

•    Sustainable Energy Management 

•    Low Carbon Development 

•    Eco-Heritage Parks and other Eco-Initiatives

•    Climate Change Policies 

•    Innovative Environmental Technologies and Management 

•    Ecocriticism and cultural responses to landscape and climate

The key objective of this workshop is to develop research capabilities and skills that lead to a sustainable career in academia. The workshop will also have a strong focus on networking and gaining an international perspective on the role and career route of researchers. The three-day programme will include small group workshops, talks by established researchers from U21’s network institutions, poster sessions, a key note address, and sessions with international perspectives on:

•    How to develop high-calibre research 

•    How to demonstrate the impact of your research

•    How to fundraise for your project 

•    How can sustainable thinking help your research?


Early career academics from all disciplines are welcome to join. They should have been awarded their PhD within the last 8 years; this definition is flexible with each university having the discretion to nominate ECRs who fall outside this definition, due to an atypical career path, including those who have:

1.    started the research-intensive component of their career later

2.   had career breaks

3.   spent time in industry

Each U21 member university may nominate up to 7 researchers to attend the workshop, four nominations per member will be guaranteed, with three reserve nominations (to be confirmed at a later date should spaces become available). To be eligible for the workshop researchers must have been awarded their PhD and have no more than 8 years post-PhD experience (exceptions are noted on the nomination form).     Workshop costs are covered by U21, however each U21 member must be willing to cover the travel and accommodation costs for all nominated researchers. Accommodation recommended by SJTU range from US$80 - 120 per night, please bear this in mind when budgeting:


Submit your nominations by Friday 20 July 2018.  

Dr Connie Wan
Event start date
09 October, 07:00
Event end date
12 October, 19:00
How to register

Registration is now closed.


The key target groups for the annual ECR workshop are early career researchers/junior faculty who are establishing international research networks and who are at the beginning of their career, i.e. within 8 years of their PhD being awarded.