Early Career Researchers Launch Event

Gain valuable information about developing your research career.

The Early Career Researchers (ECR) Network Launch Event is open to anyone beginning their research career in OR, from final year PhD students and post-doctoral students to academics with under 5 years' experience. 

The event will launch our new network, bringing together those embarking on their academic careers to share their successes, challenges and experiences. The Early Career Researchers Network will be run by ECRs for ECRs.

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What to expect

The Early Careers Network Launch Event has a short but full schedule, designed to make the most of your valuable time.

2:00pm Arrival of participants
2:05pm Welcome to the ECR Network – What is the network and how will being part of it benefit you?
2:20pm Talk: “Moving towards research independence and leadership: your first grant as a PI”
Belen Martin-Barragan (University of Edinburgh)
2:40pm Q&A with Belen Martin-Barragan
2:45pm Talk: “Applying for a grant at EPSRC" 
Laura McDonnell (UKRI ESRC) and Mark Jenkinson (UKRI EPSRC)
3:05pm Q&A with Laura McDonnell and Mark Jenkinson
3:10pm Introduction to the Panel Session: Finding the right balance for a successful career. Panel members:
  • Belen Martin-Barragan (Edinburgh)
  • Duncan Robertson (Loughborough)
  • Maria Battara (Bath)
  • Christine Currie (Southampton)
3:50pm Thanks to speakers and closing statements
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Meet our speakers

We are excited to announce the following speakers at our 2020 Early Career Researchers Network Launch event.  You will have the opportunity to hear from and interact with experienced academics as they share their personal insights and advice on how to build a successful academic career. Streamed live & on-demand.

Belen Martin-Barragan
University of Edinburgh

Dr. Belen Martin-Barragan, Reader in Management Science at the Business School. Her main line of research can be described as using Operational Research tools, new mathematical programming formulations and metaheuristics, to obtain context-dependent solutions to real-life problems arising at the interface of optimization and data analysis.

Laura McDonnell

Laura McDonnell manages the OR research area for the ESRC. She will be joined by Mark Jenkinson (ESPRC) as they share their top tips for making your grant application stand out.

Duncan Robertson
Loughborough University

Dr Duncan Robertson is a Lecturer in Management Sciences at the School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University and a Fellow in Management Studies at St Catherine’s College Oxford.  His main research interest is agent-based modelling applied to strategic management and policy issues.  He has recently been involved in interpreting the spread of COVID-19, and is interviewed each week on BBC local radio to provide a COVID-19 update to listeners. 

Maria Battara
University of Bath

Maria Battarra is a Senior Lecturer in Management Science at the University of Bath, School of Management. In 2010, she obtained a PhD from the University of Bologna in Operational Research and she specialized in the study of combinatorial optimisation problems. 

Christine Currie
University of Southampton

Associate Professor of Operational Research in Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton, UK, where she also obtained her Ph.D. She is Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Simulation. Christine co-chaired the 9th UK Simulation Workshop, SW18. Her research interests include mathematical modeling of epidemics, Bayesian statistics, revenue management, variance reduction methods and optimization of simulation models.

ECR organising committee

Lucy Morgan

Lucy Morgan

ECR Lead Organiser
& Event Facilitator
   Carol McLaughlin

Carol McLaughlin

ECR Organiser

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